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Castle Review: Behind the Murder

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"Swan Song” was an episode centered around the murder of a guitar player in a rock band.

A band that had been the center of a documentary, that is, placing Beckett and company in front of the cameras. Did this formula work? That’s debatable. So let's do so, TV Fanatics...

Hold Espo Back!

The weekly case featured the twists and turns that we are used to as Castle fans, but the documentary style approach made things quite a bit different. It was fun and made for some hilarious moments from the characters, but it didn’t make the hour one of the series' best.

Esposito really took center stage, showing off his personality in a great way. This by far was a highlight. His singing, his muscles and his making sure his best angle was in view were awesome.

Seriously, have you been to the man's gun show?

Even Gates was a lot softer... for a while. And Stana Katic was perfect in her awkwardness.And Lanie was adorable in her few moments of screen time. And Castle? Well, he was typical Castle.

It’s always interesting to see a series take a different approach, even if for just one week. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. We all remember the Grey’s Anatomy singing episode, right? This seemed to work for Castle... as long as it is a one time thing. This is definitely not something I would want to see a handful of times. Am I alone in thinking that?

Swan Song Scene

What makes this show great is the clever writing, the light heartedness and the fun. All of these traits were visible in “Swan Song,” but were hidden under the layer of the documentary style approach.

After Thoughts

  • Have Ryan’s eyes always been that blue? Seriously, those things are piercing.
  • Espo should wear his shirts that tight ALL of the time.
  • The quick embrace between Castle and Beckett was so sweet.
  • Looks like we got through another week without Gates finding out about Caskett.

Overall, a fun episode but not my favorite. What did you think? Did you enjoy the different approach the series took in this installment? Sound off below to let us know what you thought of “Swan Song" and check back later this week for the Castle Round Table as take a look at the Castle quotes for some funny one liners from Espo and the gang. 

Until next week, Castle fans. 

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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And the Caskett moments - A.Marlowe and co. are doing a fantastic job handling this situation. No need for lots of kissing. The subtle hand holding and touching and kind words are just beautiful. It shows just how much Castle adores Beckett and how much she loves him too - even though she hasn't said it yet. Very much how a new couple would be. And as for losing fans (because of an 'episode' like this) - that is absolute rubbish. The storylines and characters have evolved so much since this show began - but it has still maintained the light-hearted comedic side. That is so rare to find in a primetime hour long show. This show is the best on tv right now because it has a bit of everything in it. If you ask me, the fan base is going to continue to grow - no matter what type of episode they try!!! I just love the show.

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Yet again I am amused at these comments. Castle is a fantastic show and I loved this episode like ALL the others before it. Why some people are concerned that A.Marlowe would do another episode like this is beyond me. The premise of this show was a documentary about the rock band, not the precinct - they just happened to be in it because of the murder of the lead singer. So naturally, the actors were expected to look at the cameras and yes, sometimes some people do over-act when they are not used to being on screen. It was very realistic - just like when someone is making a home movie using a camcorder - some people are shy, some love to make jokes and pretend that they are movie stars! And remember people, these characters are not real - it's a tv show. No need to get so worked up about why certain characters do certain things - it's what is in the script and the ALL the actors are playing their parts to perfection. They are all extremely talented. And the Caskett moments - A.Marlowe and company are handling this situation beautifully without going overboard. All the subtle hand touching or kind words by either party are lovely. No need to have lots of kissing all the time. How it is being handled seems so realistic and natural - like 2 people very much in love. And as far as losing fans (because of an 'episode' like this) - that is absolute rubbish. If you are truly a fan and have been watching this show from the beginning, you will appreciate how great this show is. The character storylines are fantastic and the way the show is evolving is so believable. Kudos to all involved for making this a wonderful show.

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DON: DITTO. Your comments cover most of my ideas, will try not to be repetitive in mine.
LOVE BREADCRUMBS ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Castle being supportive & praising the woman he loves - KATE
THE 'AS USUAL'/FORCIBLY INTERRUPTED SCENE BETWEEN THEM - FRUSTRATING - kissing the palm of Castle's hand is OK writers - viewer will not loose interest & you might prevent us from getting an ulcer :(
We have been given a gift called CASTLE - it comes our way ONCE IN A BLUE MOON - it is the gift that keeps on giving. CAST & CREW are crazy smart, talented...MAGICAL. Nathan & Stana's chemistry...no need for words.
Give them lemons & you will get the best lemonade - the best - wonderful dynamics - ALWAYS :)
ROB DUNCAN - YOU WERE SORELY MISSED.WHO CAN EVER FORGET THUNDER - ALWAYS - SHUT THE FRONT DOOR?
ALL THINGS CASTLE - PLEASE DON'T TAKE THEM FOR GRANTED - WE NEVER HAVE - THANK YOU ABC-MAGICA\\\\

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I liked the episode, thought it was really funny. What I don't understand is why they used a hundred simultaneous multiple camera-angles. Seriously, no camera-man was seen (one was heard) and a documentary, especially about a beginning band, really won't have more than one camera pointing at an action at the same time.

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I am with Mary and Josie on this one, this episode was embarrassingly bad. All the characters mugging for the camera like they'd never seen one before, and all the over-the-top scene-chewing by Esposito and Castle was just AWFUL.
I mean, I love this show generally, and I have watched every episode with growing affection for the characters, but I cannot understand WHY the producers of the show would feel the need to show each character at their worst, most attention-grabbing,narcissistic selves. And Gates was particularly annoying, with her lies about always being there for her detectives and all that other crap she was spewing...it was terrible. It was like watching bad vaudville comedians who aren't funny, just vulgar. Embarrassing! Please don't go this ever again, producers, or you will lose your fan base!

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I liked the episode, it was different. From Espy's great singing to Lainie's hamming it up, to Beckett's sassyness. It showed a another side of them.

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I too have been a Castle fan from episode One (Firefly fan also) and I have to agree with most everyone above....I understand the writers trying something different, but I was VERY uncomfortable watching all of them preen for the camera. Beckett was the only one who was sort of normal and professional. I imagine that Castle might flirt with the camera a little bit, but I don't think that he would go to the extent that he did in the show and I REALLY don't think Gates would have acted that way. Since she resents having orders to tolerate Castle, she would also resent this intrusion into her domain and I imagine would very stiffly welcome the crew to the precinct and offer cooperation, but only because she was ordered to.And the ending....seemed kind of rude that she would lock them into a closet when she just finished thanking them for editing out the scene with her and Castle that would have given their relationship away to Gates.

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I JOIN THE MAJORITY OF COMMENTS THAT ARE UNHAPPY WITH THIS WEEKS FORMAT. OTHER TV SERIES HAVE DONE IT AND THEY ALL DETRACT FROM THE STORY AND CHARACTERS IN THE SHOW. "CASTLE"IS THE NUMBER ONE DRAMA/COMEDY ON TELEVISION IN MY OPINION. THE CASTING COULD NOT BE BETTER, AND THE "ON SCREEN" ATTRACTION BETWEEN BECKET AND CASTLE IS THE MOST BELIEVABLE OF ANY PAIR I CAN REMEMBER, AND THEIR BEDROOM SCENES ARE THE ABSOLUTE "HOTTEST" WITHOUT CROSSING THE LINE INTO SOFT PORN. THEY ARE COMPLETELY BELIEVABLE AS TWO PEOPLE IN LOVE , MAKING LOVE.

Strawberry-fields

Not my favourite episode, not even remotely close to my favourites. Still fun to watch though. I loved how Beckett was annoyed all the time, she's perfect. Basically everything with Esposito and Ryan was awesome, I love those guys.

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Guys - just a suggestion to the show's producers - why not do crossovers ? Since Castle is a police procedural at the core, why not a crossover with other popular tv shows like Grimm, NCIS, or even Hawaii Five-0... Think it'll be a blast with Kate interacting with Gibbs or DiNozzo (NCIS), or with Mcgarett (5-0), or det Nick Burkhardt (Grimm). To make it spicy, a love angle could be developed between tv characters- a first in network tv....