Castle Season 5 Review “Under the Influence” – The Softer Side of Javier

Castle Season 5 Episode 11 "Under the Influence" (4)
I wish I had more to say about “Under the Influence,” this week’s episode of Castle, but the sad fact is that nothing really happened. At least not to Castle and Beckett. Esposito got some good screen time and a bit of backstory which was nice, but as for the case itself…I have to give it a yawn.

Sorry if that upsets anyone, but can you honestly tell me that you were totally riveted to your screen? This is not me attacking the show as a whole; not every episode will be perfect. This was just an off week. But I do think I know why. Castle is a great show about the relationship between a writer and a cop…but it relies heavily on the charm and screen presence of Nathan Fillion. This is not a dis on the other actors who are all amazing, but the balance of them versus Castle has to be precise. If it tips too far over into “them” without enough “him”…honestly you just have another cop show, no different from any other cop show on the air.

The case was about a DJ who got murdered after a big record promo party after she tried to stop a pop diva from using a misguided teenage boy to help steal the music of a rival singer. Esposito bonded with the kid even before he was cleared of the murder charge and decided to take him under his wing, as a teacher had done for him years earlier, thus saving him from a life of crime and turning him into the awesome, if somewhat playboy dude he is now.

It was sweet and like I said, I liked getting to know more about him, but there was virtually no Castle or Beckett in this episode, and definitely nothing with them together being adorable. I would have settled for them being alone in the same room; maybe they could have started to address some of the concerns that Castle’s ex planted in Beckett’s mind during her visit last week. But I guess they’re going to let that fester for a little while longer.

So, 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.