Castle Season 5 Review “Death Gone Crazy” – You Only Live Once

Castle Season 5 Episode 12 Death Gone Crazy (5)
Castle gave us a slightly more interesting episode this week with, “Death Gone Crazy,” the story of the murder of a Girls Gone Wild-esque video king. Sure, the reference is a little dated, but the issues with privacy in the internet age certainly are not. Using Alexis and her vlog in contrast and comparison to the girls in the murder victim’s films was good in theory, but I did find myself a little frustrated with Castle’s daughter. For someone so smart, she can be really naive.

I actually hope that something does happen to her because of that vlog. I realize that sounds horrible, but hear me out. Almost every single teen drama these days has done a story about someone being stalked, and while they usually include online elements, they’re so over the top and dramatic that they end up not being a warning to teenagers, but something they think won’t happen to them. But internet stalkers are very real and very dangerous and no one is totally safe from them, especially the beautiful children of very famous novelists who think that just being aware of that danger is enough to keep them safe.

Yes, Alexis and the millions of young men and women just like her have absolutely every right to be as open with their lives on the internet as they want, but until we live in a world that is a much different place, there could be very serious consequences for too much exposure. I’m disappointed that after everything she’s seen since her dad started working with Beckett, not to mention her own time with Lanie in the morgue, Alexis has decided to adopt YOLO as her life motto. Yes, you only live once, but she, of all people, should know how short that life can be thanks to greed and lust and envy and obsession. You would think she would be a lot more careful with her personal safety.

Not every porn producer or internet creeper has a heart of gold like this week’s victim, who was killed by his business partner after he decided to give up his crazy girl empire when he accidentally impregnated a one night stand who happened to be the daughter of a family-values group who opposed him. Romeo and Juliet? Not so much, but it was still a sadder death than we’ve seen in a long time.

It was also another good week for Esposito as he landed a date with a hot female bodyguard who was only under suspicion for fifteen or so minutes. Can’t he and Lanie just make it work?

What did you think about the episode? Let me know below! And remember you can always follow me on Twitter @krieli1 so you never miss a review.

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  • m baker

    I’ve never been a big fan of the perfect Alexis but tend to agree with you regarding the vlog. I have 3 daughters and i monitor emails, faceboo, and twitter interaction. they feel as if I am overprotective but research will support many have lost their lives because they did not think anything would happen because of too much sharing online. i expect we will see an episode that will pull Alexis into reality regarding her position as a daughter of a millionaire. I need to see Max..until then I don’t trust him

  • Ira

    “For someone so smart, she [Alexis] can be really naive.” By the end of the show, did she acknowledge the validity of the advice her Dad gave her? I couldn’t tell.

  • Hockeygirl71

    I can’t wait for the next episode. This was a good one but I would have like to see a few romantic scenes between Castle and Beckett, because i like them as a couple a miss the romantic scencs. I hope next weeks episode has a few romantic
    scences between them. I also hope to see him eventually tell Merdith to keep out of his and Beckett relationship.

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