Castle: Demons – A Review

Castle: Demons

Last night’s episode was cut from a different cloth than what we’ve seen so far this season. And all I can say is…THEY’RE BACK!

Yes, Beckett and Castle returned to the fun and quirky crime-solving duo that fans fell in love with so, so many episodes ago. And I’m betting Melanie will absolute gush over this one. Let’s see what she has to say before I get into the police procedure. You’re on, Melanie.

Melanie Atkins

Demons. Ghosts. Paranormal activity. Whether or not you believe in any of that, this was a fun episode. The inciting incident: A ghost hunter dies inside a locked haunted house. Castle believes in ghosts, and Kate, of course, does not. The fast pace and clever writing kept me interested, and I cracked up several times… especially when Rick called spirits “apparition-Americans” after Kate threatened to send him home if he said the word “ghosts” again. Tee hee!

The episode contained plenty of togetherness for Rick and Kate, too, when they were trapped inside the haunted house. I really enjoyed their banter but could have done without the rats. Can you say ick factor? Even with all the togetherness, though, we didn’t get much real “relationship” movement — unless you count the failed double date between Ryan and Jenny and Lanie and Esposito. Jenny blew it when she asked Esplanie the not-so-cryptic question: “So, when are you guys getting married?” That scared both of them to death — so much so that they decided to cool it for a while. To take a break until they know what they both want. Yikes!

And don’t forget about Alexis bemoaning her long distance relationship with Ashley, who’s off at Stanford all the way across the country. Her talks with Rick and their father-daughter zombie movie bonding time bookmarked the show, and I enjoyed that, too. All in all, this was one of this season’s best episodes, IMHO. Classic Castle.

Can’t wait for next week, when Rick and Martha are taken hostage during a bank hold up. They have got to be two of the most annoying hostages EVER. What do you think?

There weren’t a lot of police gaffes this week, and I’m glad. I’m glad, because it gave me a chance to watch a truly fun episode that was leaps and bounds above what we’ve been subjected to so far this year. So, kudos to the writer. Good job.

The police work in this episode took a back seat, however, there were a couple of tiny things I’ll point out.

– The blood spatter at the crime scene looked more like a drunk painter had an accident with a leaky paint can. Lanie’s description of severed arteries did not match the low velocity drip patterns we saw on the floor. Instead, we should have seen some spatter patterns that looked like they’d been squirted from a water pistol. Remember, arteries are under pressure, which causes blood to spurt from openings (cuts, tears, etc,) with each beat of the heart.

– How many of you knew immediately that “Mercy” was someone’s name? It was so obvious, they may as well have scrolled a banner across the bottom of the screen that read, “Mercy is a person. Mercy is a person. Mercy is a person.”

– Beckett said one of the suspects had Motive, Opportunity, and Means (MOM). I liked that reference, because the person who has all three is normally the killer (rapist, robber, burglar, etc.). So use the MOM theory when writing your villain, killer, etc.

– I’m kind of curious how Beckett’s sidekick learned that one of their suspects had a paper route 20 years ago. Possible, but doubtful that anyone would have a record of it. If so, why would police have thought to search for it? What would have made detectives dig into the history of the city’s paperboys?

– How did Beckett arrive at the conclusion that bed made the scratches on the attic floor? The marks sort of looked like chop marks on a cutting board.

– Lanie said that preliminary tests indicated the skeletal remains found in the attic had been there for twenty years (exactly the time-frame for this murder). Wouldn’t ambient temperature, humidity, and rodents gnawing at the flesh and bones play a part in how quickly the body decomposed? How would they have determined all this in a day?

– How convenient that Esposito traced a light bulb back to the owner of the house in mere hours, and all by using the serial number on the bulb…yeah, right. That could happen…sure it could. (Yes, I’m being sarcastic).

In the closing scene (for once, I didn’t guess the killer’s ID) with the killer, Beckett stands there talking to the guy with her gun aimed as his midsection. Well, she should have cuffed the guy immediately. If not…well, he turns out the lights and gets her gun away from her. Duh… That’s why you cuff first, ask questions later. Safety first, Beckett. Tsk, tsk. Shame on you for almost getting killed.

Then, the bad guy points Beckett’s gun at her for what seems like ten minutes before the posse comes in to make the arrest. In real life, folks, the officers should have made Swiss cheese out of that guy the moment he touched her gun. Taking a cop’s gun to avoid arrest is a  pretty good clue that a suspect is up to no good and probably means to kill them, you know. Actually, the team should have moved in the second the killer dropped from the ceiling. Why place Beckett and an unarmed Castle in jeopardy. Oh, that’s right, this is entertainment TV. Sorry, for a moment I forgot where we were.

Still, a great show…finally!

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11 replies
  1. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Arne – Even with a serial number there’s no way they’d have traced in anywhere in that brief time period, especially not back to the building where it was installed.

  2. Arne Croell
    Arne Croell says:

    A short remark re: the lightbulb. The bulb they showed was the new LED version, and given the price of those the manufacturer may have serial numbers on the bulb (not only the box) to track defective batches.

  3. Sally Carpenter
    Sally Carpenter says:

    Best show this season (but the season’s young). Funny and had some decent deducing.
    The episode was a warm-over from last season’s UFO/astronomer show where Beckett debunks aliens and Castle is looking for little green men. Beckett’s logic and rationality can get annoying at times–no wonder she has difficulty with love (it’s irrational!).
    I realize this is TV, but I must nitpick. The secret room would need an outside entrance; otherwise, how could the killer sneak in and out of the house without the tenants seeing him?
    Wouldn’t the tenants notice the smell of a corpse after 20 years? The body wasn’t refrigerated or otherwise protected.
    If an explanation was given on how the killer avoided the blood spatter from the ghost hunter, I missed it. Likewise, I wasn’t clear on the killer’s motive for doing in the abused wife. Did the show gloss over these points or was I out getting a snack?
    Nice bit of humor with Rick watching the zombie movie with his girl. Why hasn’t Ashley noticed the other girls at Stanford? I predict he’ll dump Alexis for a college freshman, but we’ll see.

  4. Stressfactor
    Stressfactor says:

    I agree this one was a marked improvement. Nice banter. Although when they revealed the whole “repressed memories” thing I was a bit disappointed since they went to that well with ANOTHER Halloween episode — season 2’s “Vampire Weekend” where the young man who was an aspiring comic book artist and into the ‘vampire’ lifestyle started to recover repressed memories of witnessing the murder of his mother.

    Still, this one had a definite “Scooby-Doo” vibe and I loved Beckett’s reference to it with that line about “Shaggy” keeping “Scooby” out of trouble for a change.

    At least there was no Scappy-Doo involved.

  5. Allison Brennan
    Allison Brennan says:

    I love episodes where Rick and Alexis have a moment or two. I really wish they’d do more with them, but then I guess this would no longer be a romantic dramedy if they did that. I definitely thought the show has better timing, chemistry, and banter. I’m glad their not rushing the relationship because that really killed MOONLIGHTING and REMINGTON STEELE back in the day.

    I did guess the killer, but not the motive (until the brother said the victim was having the affair.) They spent just a bit too much time on the guy in the interview, and he was the only one they never checked his alibi (for obvious reasons, but the comments about the husband going off to Vienna and only sending a couple postcards to the brother, and nothing for before or after? I knew he was dead.) But I think part of the reason I guessed was because of how a 42 minute episode of tv is usually set up.

    Once again, great blog!

  6. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Fan – Well, the area had to be searched and cleared before CSU could be allowed inside. Wouldn’t want a bunch of unarmed crime scene techs bumping into a psycho killer. Even if they already had the killer in custody there could’ve been an accomplice.

  7. Castle Fan
    Castle Fan says:

    What about when Castle & Beckett found the secret chamber — wouldn’t they have called in CSI or something to see what could be found there instead of stomping around touching things without gloves on?

  8. Marni Graff
    Marni Graff says:

    Yeah, a great episode of the kind we like. I agree the arterial blood spatter was off; and the bit with the gun at the end was a no-brainer. Of course Kate should have had him handcuffed pronto! But mostly it was fun, the reason we watch this show in the first place.

  9. Edie Ramer
    Edie Ramer says:

    It was a fun episode, except I guessed right from the beginning that there was a hidden room or passageway that led to the living room. You’d think that it would’ve occurred to one of the team. Especially Castle. I didn’t guess the killer, though. And I didn’t realize in the beginning that “Mercy” was a person. So, the writers surprised me twice. Good for them!

  10. Melanie Atkins
    Melanie Atkins says:

    I would SO love to go to that convention, but it’s just too far away. And I hate to fly. And I need to save my pennies so I can go to the WPA next year. Etc, etc, etc. I need to win the lottery. lol

    Loved the episode. Such great stuff!

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