Last night, we were treated to a fun, light-hearted episode, and that’s where the characters of Castle truly shine. Sometimes, I believe Fillion and Katic could do this show in silent-film-style (no talking) and they’d still be deliver an entertaining show. Yep, their acting is that good, and this episode was proof. Of course, the supporting cast members offered plenty of their own “moments” throughout. And we saw the return of Perlmutter last night. His presence and ability to almost sound like a real M.E. were a definite plus.
I’m curious, though, as to what Melanie thought about this episode. So, off we go…
This episode centered around a murder at SuperNovaCon, a fan convention for Nebula 9, a fictional sci-fi franchise. Mentions from Nathan Fillion’s Firefly and just about every other sci-fi series ever aired abounded in this one, and the results were hilarious. One of my friends who loves sci-fi texted me throughout the entire show about all the references… and I didn’t catch half of them. Yes, I’ve seen several episodes of Firefly, because I love Nathan, but I’m not a big sci-fi buff.
Kate Beckett is, however… as evidenced by her dabbling in Nebula 9 sci-fi role play while in college at Stanford. A picture of her in a Nebula 9 uniform entrances Rick, and he’s blown away to learn she’s a closet sci-fi geek. The entire episode was light and fun, except maybe when they discussed the actual murder-by-laser, and I cracked up with Rick spotted Alexis at the con dressed in a skimpy costume. Too funny! Kate had to pull him away from Alexis to keep him from totally embarrassing her.
Kate and Rick were joined at the hip in this one. We didn’t get a kiss, but I love seeing them in a relationship, even if the episode wasn’t heavy on romance. Rick kept on about Kate’s costume, so by the end of the show, she finally agreed to dress up for him at the loft. The camera focused in on him on the bed, waiting for her to come out of the bathroom… and she did, foot and backside first. Then she stepped all the way into the room — in a short black skirt, a Nebula 9-looking top, and a hideous alien head with giant, bloody teeth — and Rick freaked out. Hahaha!
Not a lot of depth or actual romance in this one, but I still enjoyed it. Next week’s episode is one done documentary style (like The Office), so that will be different, too. I think we’ll get a good peek into all of the characters… and that’s not a bad thing. The previews made me smile. I just love this show.
Police procedure and forensics…hmm… Not much cop stuff in this episode. Of course, we saw the return of Perlmutter, who was pretty much believable, as usual, even when talking about unbelievable things (ray guns). Did you notice that he didn’t refer to a crystal ball?
Seriously, Perlmutter based his time of death on liver temp (good), and he suggested that the victim’s wound was not caused by a gunshot. His reason…no spatter/bloodstain patterns, and no stippling.
A great line delivered by Perlmutter was in response to Beckett’s question, “What caused the wound?” Perlmutter’s response was, “No clue. Never seen anything quite like it.” Then he went on to say he’d be able to tell more once he got the body back to the morgue. See how easy that is, and it’s believable! Why, oh why, can’t they give this stuff to Lanie? To do so would help her character tremendously. Believable make believe. That’s the key!
Oh, Perlmutter delivered another great line when he welcomed Beckett and Castle as they entered the room, “Detective Beckett…and non-Detective Castle.” Good one.
– Esposito does his usual walk-up to Beckett to deliver the latest clue, and says, “Perlmutter says the laser was definitely murder weapon.” Okay, a bit of Lanie must’ve rubbed off on good old Perlmutter, because M.E.’s do not test weapons. Nope. Their job is to determine the cause of death. I doubt seriously that examining laser weapons (Laser Weapons 202) is offered in medical school.
– I’m sure everyone is aware of this, but I’ll mention it just in case… Detectives don’t herd all the suspects into one room for a mass questioning/reveal of evidence, like they’re playing a real-life game of clue. But it worked well for this show, because that’s what this is…television. It’s supposed to be entertaining.
Finally, the costume…