Castle Season 6 Review “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Castle Season 6 Episode 15 Smells Like Teen Spirit (5)

In the latest episode of “Castle,” wryly-titled “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Castle and Co. got a hold of a real-life “Carrie,” as in the Stephen King-created high school girl with telekinetic powers that was remade last year. The shenanigans here, at least in the initial video at the school cafeteria, actually reminded me more of the viral campaign for that remake, which if you haven’t seen, is pretty great, and can be found here.

Anyway, as with that real-life stunt, this was also faked, with a little help from the girl’s friend, who was trying to help her scare off some mean girl types. This plotline led down some pretty crazy avenues, including a floating-prone biophysicist, German bearer bonds hidden in a hollowed-out edition of “War & Peace,” a superstitious former member of the Asian Triads, a would-be “Bling Ring”-type clique and more jokes at poor Rick Astley’s expense. (Hasn’t he been through enough, people?)

All in all, this episode was a bit slight, though we did get to see Castle and Beckett dance at a prom, and some reasonably nifty telekinetic scenes, so it wasn’t a total wash-out. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it was fairly entertaining, and we’ve certainly seen worse episodes of “Castle” this season, especially early on, but it was still a bit of a letdown after the string of great episodes we’ve had as of late, which went a long way towards recapturing that “Castle” magic of yore.

That said, it was somewhat unpredictable and certainly an original take on the whole Mean Girls picking on a misfit scenario, even if it was lifting its plotline from sources most of us are very familiar with. I think if they’d beefed up the snarky commentary from everyone a bit more, it would have been that much more entertaining, but the best the show seemed to come up with was Castle saying how he couldn’t wait to tell “Stephen” about the case, as in King. Now if they’d gotten King himself to do a cameo, that might have been something, but as it stands…I thought this was a bit on the meh side.

It was passable time filler, and not much else, really, if I’m being brutally honest. Still, I’ll take this over the first few episodes of the season any day, so there’s that. But honestly, “Castle,” you can do better, and have already this season, so hopefully they will get back on track soon enough. In the meantime, it is what it is, I suppose.

What did you think of the latest episode of “Castle”? Did you think they could have done better, or did you enjoy the episode more than I did? What did you think about the implication they threw in about the fact that the girl with the “powers” might have been the real deal after all? (A friend of mine hated when they ended that episode about the “time traveler” with the implication that he’d been the real deal because in her mind, it took the show out of the realm of realism and into fantasy, and she thought it was ridiculous as a result.) What about the whole “Bling Ring” twist? Did you get a kick out of the prom scene?

Let me know down below and I’ll see you next time!