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Castle Review: "Pretty Dead"

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Castle and Beckett returned to New York and wasted no time providing viewers with another entertaining case. "Pretty Dead” brought us into the world of beauty pageants and the cut throat people involved. 

Last week, Castle was fun in the sun in a different style of episode. Tonight, classic Castle reemerged with a dark and twisty case.

This show is known for its twists, turns, and endless guessing about the murderer. Yet, do you ever think that we twist one too many times? It is very rare that I feel like this, but this case just didn’t fit like it usually does. The hour was great, but the case itself was not my favorite.

Pretty Dead Picture

There were a few things to love about “Pretty Dead.” First, how great did Teri Polo look? I couldn’t help but get excited at seeing Pam Focker on my screen.

Secondly, does Amanda Schull creep anyone else out? After her crazy stint on One Tree Hill, she popped back up on the small screen as another strange girl.

Think it’s time to look for a new type of role!

After a very Caskett episode, “Pretty Dead” catered to Rick Castle all on his own. This installment highlighted him as a father and I really enjoyed his conversations with Alexis. Her crisis with Ashley provided a chance at some screen time for both herself and Martha.

I have said it before that these characters need something fun to do. Sending Alexis off to Stanford might be a good idea...

Alexis’ situation also caused the few smiles and glances us shippers got to enjoy out of the couple. :)

On a side note - where was Lanie at? 

So it is finally here, one episode left of season three. This entire season has been amazing and I have high expectations for the finale. The previews alone make it look epic, and if any of you have read the spoilers, you know we are in for a big one.

Here is hoping that Castle and Beckett will move forward instead of being torn apart, Alexis and Martha find something to do, and we get some screen time of Ryan and Esposito with their ladies.

Any guesses on what will be happening in the epic Season 3 finale of Castle? Sound off below with your guesses for next week’s “Knockout.” What did you think of “Pretty Dead?” Up to par or a little below expectations?

Until next week...

Review

Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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    I agree, not the best Castle case but still an entertaining hour. I'm okay with Alexis applying for early admission to follow Ashley to Stanford -- it's Stanford, one of the best universities in the country. I'm nail-biting about next week though. I hope it's more satisfying than last season's finale was.

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    I thought this episode was great!!! I have yet to see an episode that hasn't made me laugh and kept me sucked in. Keep up the good work Castle.

    Nicky79

    Alexis is going... Poor castle!! So next week we will have a sad castle in an sad episode about beckett's mum... At least they have eachother!! ;) I think next episode will be amazing and maybe change the things between this two... Hope so!!
    In the other hand I'm afraid the captain is the character who's gonna be killed...
    Can't wait to see what's gonna happen!!

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    It was not my favorite episode either. I did love the "Donald" nudge though. It just seemed to be going in circles for too long last night. Alexis going off to Stanford to be with Ashley? It just does not seem to follow character for this uber bright girl who can parent better than her father, to follow a man (boy in this case)anywhere. I think Castle will get his hope/wish to have Alexis home for another year ... he needs it...he loves her wisdom wings, but he does not want her to fly the nest yet.

    Sue-ann

    I'm even worse, Rick. I see Teri Polo from her days on Northern Exposure, after that show jumped the shark. :-)

    I am very afraid that it is going to be the Captain who gets killed. I love the way that actor can portray a range of expressions with his wonderful face, without saying a word. If he goes, I am going to miss that.

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    I agree, not my favorite case - although I was looking at Teri Polo as Rebecca, from a long time back, from her stint on 1999-2000 'Sports Night' as the love interest of sportscaster Dan Rydell, (Josh Charles, who plays Will on The Good Wife). Her little melt-down at the end cracked me up. Mostly though this was a night for set-ups; Alexis going away - a smart kid, apparently, who just 'decides' to go to Stanford and Stanford makes that happen - and then the Montgomery's 'news' - retirement. I felt like it was a cozy setup to a shocker, the wife, the happy Captain, all that together time stretching off into the future. Sure sounds like a dead guy to this viewer. And speaking of the finale, I'm wondering if the 'torn apart' aspect they were spoiling is actual, physical separation, as in an abduction?

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    I agree, not my favorite case - although I was looking at Teri Polo as Rebecca, from a long time back, from her stint on 1999-2000 'Sports Night' as the love interest of sportscaster Dan Rydell, (Josh Charles, who plays Will on The Good Wife). Her little melt-down at the end cracked me up. Mostly though this was a night for set-ups; Alexis going away - a smart kid, apparently, who just 'decides' to go to Stanford and Stanford makes that happen - and then the Montgomery's 'news' - retirement. I felt like it was a cozy setup to a shocker, the wife, the happy Captain, all that together time stretching off into the future. Sure sounds like a dead guy to this viewer. And speaking of the finale, I'm wondering if the 'torn apart' aspect they were spoiling is actual, physical separation, as in an abduction?




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