Castle Season 6 Review “A Murder is Forever”

Castle Season 6 Episode 8 A Murder Is Forever (10)

On the latest episode of “Castle,” we finally got one of those old-school type of stories where most everyone in the main cast on the traditional crime-solving end contributes to the matter at hand in some way, with each getting their moment to shine. There was no awkward plot machinations involving Beckett (or anyone else, for that matter), no drama with Alexis, no sci-fi/fantasy elements that made you question the reality of the show, and thank the Lord, no Pi to be seen. The worst thing we had to put up with in the James Bond-sounding “A Murder is Forever” was a bit of silliness involving Beckett being unsettled by Castle’s all-seeing lion Linus painting, which was fine and inconsequential overall.

In terms of the main plot, we got a solid murder mystery with lots of twists and the ever-popular last minute guilty party switcheroo, with the wife actually ending up being the guilty one instead of the expected husband or the victim’s boyfriend with a shady past. Okay, so it wasn’t a solution that was that hard to discern or completely out of the blue or anything, but neither was it the person I thought it would be, so there’s that.

I liked the details of the woman in question who was murdered being a best-selling author known for a book that drew on observations from studying gorillas and how they paralleled humans, which totally sounds like something someone would do these days. Kind of like “The Dog Whisperer”-meets-“Gorillas in the Mist” or what have you.

I also liked that even Beckett had to admit Castle’s wacky theory wasn’t all that wacky after all, and seemed like it might be true for a hot minute there. In fact, the main reason I rejected the boyfriend being the culprit was that Castle is rarely right when he goes wide with his theories, even when they’re not far-fetched. Detail-oriented stuff he’s great with, but wild conspiracies, not so much.

The Barrett Hawke character was pretty neat, too. I liked how prepared he was to completely erase the evidence at a moment’s notice and how he had like a mobile disposal unit at his beck and call to destroy stuff immediately. He was smug, no doubt, but he was also a slick customer if there ever was one, sort of a celebrity-friendly version of the “Pulp Fiction” character, the “Wolf.”

We also finally got some amusing, much-missed banter, such as when Beckett told Castle in regard to Linus: “If you ever want to be invited into my territory ever again, you might want to rethink that.” (That lion picture would have been gone, in my case!) I also liked the bit between Ryan & Esposito when the former was making boastful claims about his manhood and the latter said: “You do realize you’re wearing a sweater vest, right?” LOL.

The notion of a man-made diamond was not one I’d heard before, so that was cool, and the action scene involving Ryan & Esposito was exciting, even if you knew they’d come out of it okay. Granted, the would-be robbers gave up a little easy, but they wouldn’t have been able to get much done in the subway, so there’s that, I guess. Well, unless they were prepared to take hostages, I suppose. Whatever the case, it was still pretty exciting.

So, all in all, a solid episode. It may not have been anything earth-shattering, but it got the job done, and it felt like a classic old-school “Castle” episode, and that’s enough of a cause for celebration, really, in and of itself. I don’t know about you, but these days, I’ll take what I can get in that department.

To that end, what did you think of the latest episode of “Castle”? Good stuff or old hat? Decent but not exactly classic “Castle”? And was it me, or was that shell sculpture thingee creepier than the lion picture? I’d take Linus staring at me any day of the week over that eyesore. Oh well, I guess it beats a string of elephants. See you next week!