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Castle Review: "Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind"

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Following a sub-par episode, Castle attempted to rebound with “Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind." Did it succeed? Not exactly.

The show got back to what it does best: unrealistic cases and witty banter. However, this case was almost too far-fetched. Much like last week, the installment jumped around a lot, from an alien abduction to a Chinese spy in the last few minutes. The writing was great, but the mystery wasn’t especially interesting.

Lyle Lovett on Castle

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Still, it's worth mentioning that Nathan Fillion is such an amazing actor. There is a reason why this man has such a cult following. The man is genius with his facial expressions, and I, for one, could watch a whole hour of him doing just that.

The big guest star of this episode was Lyle Lovett, who seemed like he would be a perfect actor for this case. He's sorta creepy looking, fitting right into an alien storyline. His character was completely underused, though. Any no-name actor could have played this role, as Lovett deserved a better part.

Having just a small amount of screen time for Lanie this week made me wish that we would see her more. Here’s hoping for some increased interaction between her and the detectives.

Once again, no Gina or mystery surgeon. As I have said before, let’s pray the writers have realized the problems with this arc and have decided to let it just disappear.

On the Castle/Beckett front, how could you not love the longing looks in the car, as well as the asking where each other was when being interrogated? I am a sucker for these two and can’t wait for some forward movement.

Overall, an entertaining hour. But still not as solid as Castle is capable of. What did you think? Was the storyline to far-fetched, even for Castle?

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Editor Rating: 3.7 / 5.0
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"Castle" producers should realize that not everybody watching the show is Nathan and Firefly's die-hard fan. I'm not for that matter and I didn't get Firefly reference. And to be honest, I don't need them on my show at all.
Loved the episode though, perfect hommage to X-Files :)))

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"Castle" producers should realize that not everybody watching the show is Nathan and Firefly's die-hard fan. I'm not for that matter and I didn't get Firefly reference. And to be honest, I don't need them on my show at all...
I loved the episode though, perfect hommage for X-Files :)))

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"Castle" producers should realize that not everybody watching the show is Nathan and Firefly's die-hard fan. I'm not, so Firefly references are completely unnecessary, I don't get them and don't need them on my show. Loved the episode though, perfect hommage to X-Files :)))

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How could you not love this episode? An homage to The X-Files plus some Firefly references kept me smiling the entire hour. Add that abduction scene where both of their immediate concerns was what had happened to the other. Then they wake up in the car with Beckett's head on his shoulder. The entire show was sweet and fun. Who can complain?

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I agree with Melissa. Of course it was far-fetched--it was an homage to one of the greatest shows of all time, The X-Files. I loved this episode. My friends and I were cracking up the whole time. My favorite part was Beckett talking into the box of bugs, then getting an immediate response. Loved all the X-Files references.

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I would just like to say how happy I am that other people got the Firefly reference, it's so hard to watch this show with people who don't get ALL the jokes!

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One more thing anybody noticed Nathan using Windows7 Phone..seemed that search feature as sort of subtle adevrt :P

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The Firefly reference was amazing. He seems to reference himself a lot more too, especially with the Twitter remarks as well. It did get pretty far-fetched, but I don't watch the show for the plausibility, I watch it for the quick humor and chemistry between Castle and Beckett.

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I loved this episode and really liked the murder mystery. I loved all the references to X-Files and Firefly, the banter and longing looks between C & B. Overall one of my favorites so far. It was different, yes a little "out of this world" yes. Mostly it was just plain entertaining!

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I think the reviewer may have missed what this show was - the entire thing was an hommage to the X-Files. Watching it in that light, the episode is absolutely fantastic. I have to wonder if they tapped Rob Bowman for his memories of working on the series. It was a hysterical episode start to finish - with all of the subtle (and not so subtle) nods, right down to the monologue of Scully-like skepticism from Beckett, the crazy way that the victim died, the abduction scene in the car, the moody Mark Snow-esque background music, Lance Hendricksen (oh hai Frank!) and the cigarette smoking man's involvement. The Firefly reference just added to the geeky goodness. I laughed the entire hour. Possibly my favorite episode so far this season!

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