Castle Season 5 Review “Scared to Death” – Three Days to Live


When Castle gets it right, it really gets it right, and this week’s episode, “Scared to Death,” got it absolutely right. Both intriguing and funny, it gave us an engaging mystery, a good dose of humor and a cameo from Wes Craven. What’s not to love?

It could have ended up being, as Mr. Craven said, derivative, as the case involved two victims who were seemingly scared to death after receiving a creepy video that foretold their deaths. Hello, Ringu! But as Beckett refused to believe an evil spirit was responsible, or that Castle would be the next victim after he unknowingly watched the video, she doggedly pursued a real-life human being, rather than a ghost. That left Castle to consult his buddy, Wes Craven, on the pretext of writing a horror film. Craven told them to look to the video for clues about the killer, which led them to a dead serial killer who promised to live beyond death.

Being dead put him off Beckett’s suspect list, but not Castle’s. They ended up turning to his brother, a mental patient who set off all the creepy alarms, but being locked up sort of put him out of the running, too. It seemed like Castle might be right, especially when they discovered that the serial killer’s body was missing from his grave.

Castle and Beckett could only try to protect the killer’s next victim, the third person to testify in the serial killer’s trial, but when they reached his cabin, they found out that the victims/witnesses had been coerced into identifying the wrong man, and a gross miscarriage of justice led the daughter of the wrongly accused man to snap and start murdering the people who had put her father away and driven him to death.

Okay, when I tried to explain it, I realized that this case was a lot more complicated than I’d thought, but I enjoyed the twists and turns, probably because I just enjoy watching Nathan Fillion work. It was a good episode, even though no mention was made of the trauma of Alexis’s kidnapping. It was back to business as usual, complete with sexy innuendos between Beckett and Castle. I’m totally fine with that. As you know, I wasn’t a fan of the kidnapping special, so I was more than ready to get back to normal.

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

About The Author

Born and raised in Florida, but currently living in Los Angeles, Kristen is an aspiring television writer who is willing to give any TV show a chance, unless it involves real wives. When she’s not flipping channels, she can be found either reading a good, old-fashioned bodice ripper, discussing the failures of George Lucas with her friends over cherry pie at Mel’s Diner or trying to round up one or more of her Star Trek RPG players. She’s a proud member of the Romance Writers of America and hopes to finish one of her novels someday.

  • ptjackson

    Totally agree about this episode – I love these types where Kate is the grounded – no such thing as spooks, and Castle is the believer who is running scared. They did something similar with aliens and I loved that one too!!

  • simon says

    great episode. as you said the dynamic between castle as a believer and beckett as non-believer is alwasy fun to watch. especially when castle is scared. and i like that ryan and esposito always get sucked in and that they mix it up a little. usually espo is with beckett and ryan with castle. but this time they were both on the believer side to this story.

    the case with all its twists was good but as soon as they said that someone was falsely imprisoned for those murderes i knew the murderer had something to do with him. i was dissapointed that no one checked that out. and i would think a electroshock that could stop the heart would leave some marks.