Castle “Pandora” Review

Castle Pandora Season 4 Episode 15

With a title like “Pandora,” I had a feeling that this episode of Castle was going to be mysterious, and boy howdy was it ever. What starts out as a pretty standard murder of a John Doe quickly becomes anything but standard when first the body, and then the suspect, disappears right out of the precinct.

Castle and Beckett are checking out the house of a woman connected to the crime when bags are tossed on their heads and they are whisked away to a secret underground office of the CIA. Turns out that the murderer they are searching for is a rogue agent and they need Castle and Beckett’s help to catch the guy. Not only that, but the agent in charge of the operation is none other than Clara Strike herself, the woman that Castle based his first books on.

Talk about a Pandora’s Box.

I felt for Beckett in this one. Not only does she have to keep working on a case while not being allowed to tell her captain or Ryan and Esposito about it, but she also has to contend with a woman who was previously involved with Castle. As to how involved they were, we still don’t know and I have to wonder if the reason why Castle is being so careful about his relationship with Beckett is because he got burned once by a Muse already.

This one took us for quite the chase and as it’s a two-parter, we still don’t quite know what’s going to happen. Castle and Beckett have saved the city of New York before but it’s looking like they are going to be saving the whole country if they solve this one. Next Monday cannot come fast enough.

My favorite bits..

Castle using his pasta to try and bribe his mother into telling him where Alexis was.

“This internship has my personal seal of approval.”
“That doesn’t make me feel any better.”

Castle acting as though he was totally okay with Alexis’ new internship. Yeah, right.

Whoa. First the body disappeared and then the suspect?

Castle pointing out that he was glad that Alexis wasn’t in the room when the body disappeared. He was so right about that.

My complete and utter freakout over seeing Castle standing there with his hands bound and a bag over his head. I don’t know why, but that creeped me out SO much.

Castle actually at a loss for words.

“Hey! Why is mine a panic button?”
“I guess she really does know you well.” – Haha, I was about to say the exact same thing.

Castle reassuring Beckett that what went on between he and Sophia was nothing like what they shared.

“How many women have you sem-stalked in the name of research?”
“Is this a trick question?”

The look on Castle’s face when Beckett busted out the classic car knowledge.

“We should go to the track sometime, Castle. See who laps who.”

Saying “Whoa!” right along with Castle when Gage snatched that gun from Beckett.

Castle admitting that he hit the panic button. Not sure what Beckett’s problem is. That was pretty damn smart if you ask me.

“Well, shouldn’t you tell Sophia about it?”
“She isn’t my partner, you are.”

Beckett finally asking the question I’m sure she wanted to ask ever since she met Sophia. Too bad he didn’t get the chance to answer.

They stopped it there??

What did you think of this episode of Castle? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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  • Castle actually irked me in this episode… thinking with the little boy instead of the big boy.
    “Will you help us”
    I’m sorry. When did you get your acceptance into the NYPD and how did I miss that episode??
    He walked over Beckett too much in this episode and I was surprised the writer’s let her take it like that. Not saying it was a bad episode. I’m very much looking forward to next week but …. there’s something  missing from this season and I can’t quite put my finger on it….

  • Ema

    Well, I agree on all you wrote except about Beckett’s reaction with the panic button. It makes everybody clear and Castle even more that she’s jealous. It’s a defense mechanism.
    As a matter of fact, since the beginning of the 4th season we see her being really in love and almost ready to dive into it. It is way more obvious than Booth and Brennan on season 4 if I may compare. No one is willing to date someone. It’s like they are waiting for each other. My point is that the writers and producers will have to move forward on this pretty soon (can be stepping back after an argue or obviously when their secrets will be revealed because this is what any show would do) and hopefully they won’t play too long with the viewers and the characters as well because on the Moonlighting curse. I feel like it is now an excuse to play with the public and sometimes it gets annoying. As Mr and Mrs Smith or Hart to Hart, this couple would be interesting to watch on the 2 levels basis: crime investigation and personal lives to adjust. There are still so much of both characters life to dig in and also to laugh about. 
    I hope those 2 episodes event will put them on the right path. 

    As for the episode of last night, I really enjoyed the story. As usual, it is very dynamic. They never rest as the intrigue changes.. This is brillant writing!

    Only surprised they did not underlight that much that for once, it is really about the CIA.. as Castle loves to bring this theory.

    I enjoyed to see the Captain getting mad not knowing. That was fun as well as the scene in the car.

    As I said you already covered all the good stuff! 

  • Charlotte

    Awesome review.

    But “Clara Striper” is actually “Clara Strike”. Can you lease correct it? (I checked the name for accuracy, in my Derrick Storm graphic novel “Deadly Storm”, in where she’s featured.)

    • Anonymous

      Done. :o)

  • Damian

    It was the worst episode ever. Well, no, part 2 is far worse(can’t believe Marlowe wrote it), I’m never watching those(episodes) again. It couldn’t be more wrong for Castle(the show).