This week on “Castle,” the team celebrates New York’s bar culture while investigating a bar owner’s murder. What will the team learn about history in their investigation? What happens when the Castle crew gets a little alcohol in their system? Find out in our review below…

The Players:

  • Director: Bryan Spicer
  • Writers: Scott Williams
  • Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Molly C. Quinn, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tamala Jones, Jillian Clare

Episode: “Last Call”

Castle and Beckett’s next victim, a dockworker who owns a bar, leads them through forgotten tunnels and passageways of New York City. The team uncovers a secret that has been buried since the days of the Prohibition, and Castle goes on a personal quest to preserve history by buying his own bar. Meanwhile, Alexis has her friend Gracie over for a visit.

The Good:

  • The Castillion: When Castle decides to open his own bar in lieu of the mesmerizing history behind New York City’s bar culture, he is charmingly humorous in his planning. He runs through names like “Castle-blanca” and the “Castillion,” and even humorously throws out the idea of making people enter it across a “little drawbridge.” Most charming about his decision is that he involves his family and friends in the process, praising Martha’s suggestion for a name, and inviting the whole team to be his first customers. It was also wonderful to watch the team sing together.
  • Gracie and Alexis: Alexis learns from first-hand experience how much people change from grade school, but she learns how to accept such changes by making an extra effort to connect with Gracie. It’s nice to see Alexis understand how she is perceived by others, and Beckett makes an intriguing point that our memories of the past are often warped by our current mind-set, thoughts, and emotions.
  • Lies and Labyrinths: This case is particularly adventurous, as Castle and Beckett explore old, abandoned sewers underneath the city, secret passageways, and even time capsules preserved from a century ago. Such mystery makes it particularly interesting, and it’s also nice to see Castle find inspiration in the case.

The Quotable:

  • Castle: “The Haunt. Dont’ tell me you haven’t heard of it-all the great writers drank there!” Ryan: “We’re cops. We go to cop bars.”
  • Beckett looking at Castle’s picture: “You were so cute back then.” Castle: “Back then?”
  • Castle: “Don’t ruin my story with your logic.”
  • Pete to Ryan: “Don’t worry, we’ll get this guy.”
  • Castle holding a gifted bottle of Scotch: “I was not expecting this.” Esposito: “Are you crying?” Castle: “Yes.”

The Bad:

  • A Question of Taste: It’s always intriguing to watch the many different guest characters on “Castle,” whose personalities generally play upon stereotypes, such as Pete, the habitual drunk who drives a pick-up truck, or the Cornell alum who lives a lavish lifestyle of partying due to successful business ventures. Usually such stereotypical behavior is funny. Sometimes, however, it can be offensive, as when the waitress at the Old Haunt calls Pete a “regular upstate redneck,” indicating that, in her character’s opinion at least, upstate New Yorkers are all rednecks. Of course, we must keep in mind that her character is merely meant to represent a group of people who actually believe this notion, and exposing misconceptions is the first step to debunking them.

Overall:

This week’s episode of “Castle” was filled with adventure, history, and lots of humor. And as usual, some life lessons as well.

Rating: 8/10

“Castle” airs Monday nights at 10pm on ABC.

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