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Castle Review: Nerds, Rejoice!

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Geeks rejoice, “Heroes & Villains” was an episode just for us. A show known for stepping a little out of the box of reality, Castle delivered an installment worthy for all comic book lovers.

Heroes & Villains reminded me of last season's, “Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind.” A little out there, a little goofy, a whole lot of perfection from Nathan Fillion. Being a “nerd” really is his forte and it is very clear that the writers like to give his fan base what they want.

Beckett and Castle at Work

Kate Beckett = Elektra. Who knew that the infamous detective preorders Derrick Storm graphic novels and bought her first comic at age 14? Part of the fun between the two lead characters is their witty banter, and doing this over comics? Pure fun.

In fact, as outlandish as this episode was, it boiled down to just that - pure fun. After some heavy episodes last season and an emotional premiere, it felt good to have a Castle episode that was light hearted and entertaining.

Character Development. Even with the weekly case, the writers still found time to do some character building.

  • Captain Gates? Maybe she does have a heart... maybe not. Either way, she will be warming up to the Nikki Heat novelist in no time.
  • Speaking of: anyone else catch those glances and grins between Castle and Beckett at the end?
  • How dare Officer Hastings come at Beckett so hard in the interrogation room! Bringing up Beckett’s mother is touchy and this will end up being a slippery slope for Kate if she can’t maintain composure.

Shout Outs. Iron Man. Spiderman. Batman. Pretty much every comic book character that has inspired children to want to be superheroes received a reference. Stan Lee got his name dropped and HBO series Game of Thrones made its network debut by word of mouth. Loved everything about this, really felt like home for the series.  

The Lone Vengeance. A fun case that had twists and turns about who our real superhero was. Have to admit, never expected the vigilante to be one of NY’s finest. Even in a case designed for pure entertainment, the writers still managed to catch us off our toes. Kudos.

Family Life. Once again Martha was pretty much useless. On a brighter note, Alexis is getting an arc of her own! Castle came to grips that his little girl will be heading off to Stanford to be with her boyfriend. The conversation between these two about always doing what is right was so necessary. Let’s hope that before she leaves for school, she finds a way to get into some real teenager like trouble.

Scene Stealer: The Lone Vengeances... the alley way, the apartment, the interrogation room. All of our impersonators put on a performance that made for some laughs.

Best Quote: No question.

Castle: A writer and his muse solving crime, just like us.

Overall, a fun episode for the series that balances the seriousness with the laughter. Still looking forward to some more bromancing with our male detectives and Castle. What did you think Castle fans? Was “Heroes & Villains” up to Castle standards or just too silly? Sound off now and check out the official promo for next week's installment.

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Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Loved the episode! @Fitch Thank you for the Alexis defense. I was a lot like Alexis as a teen, still am as a young adult. I personally love that there is some representation of a teen who isn't falling into every negative teen stereotype imaginable. There are mature teens who actually feel compelled to be do-gooders no matter what. I love that about her, in fact I sometimes get a tad annoyed when they try to write her as every other teen cliche on tv. I don't see her attitude as superior as some have suggested. She's a mature girl with a lovably immature father so they balance each other out. Their relationship is remarkable to watch, because it's new age parenting revolving around the personality of the kid. She's a mature girl, behaves similiarly to an adult so their relationship is a co-dependent partnership more than a hierarchy and there is nothing wrong with that given the circumstances. They support one another and she tells him things that he needs to hear and he still parents her like any good father does, there is mutual respect. I get that. I've lived that. I find their moments to be some of the sweetest in the show. She's a mini-adult wise beyond her years and he's big kid (but naturally responsible and more jaded than anyone will ever realize). They balance each other out, allowing for the other to behave a certain way. the episode was just pure fun indeed and I loved it from beginning to end.

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Totally LOVED this episode...for most if not all of the reasons above.
My biggest reason for loving it though? Beckett = Elecktra...couldn't BE more perfect IMHO. Can't wait for the next episode!

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Loved the episode. My wife and I had some good laughs watching it. Wonderful entertainment. It has me anticipating the rest of the season with a much different, and better feeling than season 3 which introduced DMB after the awful let down of the season 2 finale. What we have now is the best of seasons one and two with C/B in the best place they've been to date inspite of the secrets. They are going to survive the exposure of the secrets because they've had the growth to make that possible. More to come of course, and we'll be scratching at the black board just as it should be in any great narrative, but it's going to be OK, so bring it on! I am really enjoying the way Katic is playing the subtle differences in how Kate feels between now and seasons 1 - 3. With out her saying it I get the definite feeling that Kate has let Castle in more than a little, walls or not. The expression when she, all sweaty from exercising, finds him at her door unannounced, and invites him in with out him having to ask. Her knowing the all sweaty won't matter to him. Her looks when he and the captain are having an "interaction". It's like she appreciates him for both his faults and his strengths. That's huge IMO. Bottom line, Kate is there for him more now than ever before in the series and Katic is playing that perfectly every chance she gets. On Alexis: warning, Proud Dad Moment. Our youngest daughter was alot like Alexis growing up. Scary smart. Always did the right thing every time she could figure out what that was (most of the time). Excellent judgement. Totally honest with herself and us. Validictorian of her HS class, her engineering class, masters in structural dynamics on a full ride scholarship at a top school, (PE in 3 states), and at the same time 4 years of junior + HS rodeo competition, and 4 years of college rodeo. With that as background, I can say with some confidence Alexis behavior is not at all out of character for a smart, secure, independent, well balanced HS senior getting ready to head off to college (with 3 horses, truck and horse trailer in my daughters case). It's really fun to see one of the "good girls" portrayed so well on TV. Molly Quinn is hitting it out of the park again and again.

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Loved it. Soooooooooooooooo funny. I mean i was laughing out loud most of the episode. Great change of pace from last one, much more light hearted. Think we're gonna have two light episodes [next weeks looks funny too] and then another dark one with the 3*k killer. Very clever episode, loved the ending with Castle saying "a writer and his muse fighting crime... just like us" And then the other pair kiss.
Can anyone else say 'awkward!'
Very good episode. Cute, funny and a good story too. Judging by the first two episodes, it's gonna be a great season guys... :)

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I like all the Castle, the deep, the pure fun, all of it. I love it because the entire cast is capable of a huge range of performance – not just light, but dark too – and finally the writers have shown the sure-footedness needed to service it all. Agree with the writer here, that this was the purest escape we’ve seen since Lyle Lovett showed up in the ‘Close Encounters’ X-Files homage from last year, but smart enough to still remind us of what the status between the leads is now (and no, it’s not the same, it is different than it was last year, pre-argument and shooting.) Agree also with ST’s choice of favourite quote (Castle’s “Lone Vengenance. Lone.�). On the home front, the idea is that Alexis has always been a little ‘adult’ – and no, it’s not disrespectful that she’s thinking about cohabitation – it’s Alexis through and through. The logical progression of growing up as Richard Castle’s daughter. Martha will get her moment too (especially if / when Castle’s dad shows up). Altogether, a good pair of balanced episodes to start the season.

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I won't bother commenting on the actual episode, since everyone here has already expressed the love it so clearly deserves. (My only complaint is that cleaving a person in two vertically is impossible. Also, since Firefly is also a graphic novel, couldn't we have had a shout out to it along with all the other wonderful references?) I will, however, weigh in on Alexis. I've enjoyed having a teenager on TV who isn't constantly going through the latest After School Special of the Week. On the other hand, I have to agree with Sue Ann that Alexis' behaviour toward Castle has been bordering on contempt lately. Yes, he plays a lot, but as Sue says, "Castle has lived long enough to know and have seen a lot, and to have enough maturity to guide his child correctly." But Alexis came around in the end, so it's all good.

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All-in-all a good show, mostly (see below) well-written, not over-dwelling on the arc story of still searching for the big bad killer, fun lines for Ryan and Esposito, and a great one-shot nod to the romantic tension b/tw Beckett and Castle. My one HUGE disagreement w/reviewer Courtney M..."real" teenage trouble? Unless a teen is a one-step away from being in a juvenile detention facility, or is at war with their parents, or eager to sleep around, they are not real?! The character of Alexis has thus far been a shining exception to how poorly written teenagers are on TV. To merely have her devolve into the stereotype would be a betrayal of how well-written her role has been.

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All-in-all a good show, mostly (see below) well-written, not over-dwelling on the arc story of still searching for the big bad killer, fun lines for Ryan and Esposito, and a great one-shot nod to the romantic tension b/tw Beckett and Castle. My one HUGE disagreement w/reviewer Courtney M..."real" teenage trouble? Unless a teen is a one-step away from being in a juvenile detention facility, or is at war with their parents, or eager to sleep around they are not real?! The character of Alexis has thus far been a shining exception to how poorly written teenagers are on TV. To merely have her devolve into the stereotype would be a portrayal of how well-written her role has been.

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I agree with Roxane. I am getting very tired of Alexis and her superior attitute towards her father. It has not only worn thin, it has holes in it. It is disrespectful, and the writers have taken it too far. In actuality, Castle has lived long enough to know and have seen a lot, and to have enough maturity to guide his child correctly. Alexis borders on contempt for him lately. Loving contempt, but contempt. I never thought I would say so, but I would like to see her gone. Send her to Stanford. Just get rid of the obnoxious prig. The rest of the episode was nice. It reminded me a lot of the comic book store scenes on The Big Bang Theory, and I am not sure why, but it also reminded me of Mork and Mindy. I am going to have to think about that. They did a good job of confusing the audience with way too many folks looney enough to dress up in constumes and go out to wreak vengeance. That was fun. For once, the dead person, an apparent rapist, is not someone anyone will miss, even his own mother.

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Such a great episode! I laughed & laughed! When Castle was talking to Beckett about Alexis leaving, and she said he shouldn't hold on to her too tight, or he'd lose her, I felt like she wasn't just talking about Alexis. And when the mom came to ID the body, and she was so nonchalant about her son being dead ("Don't sweat it."), I thought - wow, no love like a mother's love. Plenty of good Ryan & Epsosito moments, and the Captain seemed to show a little de-frosting. I would have liked to see more Martha - I like her. Although she did have one pretty good throw-away line: Castle: "I remember asking you to make me an ET costume for Halloween, and you said you couldn't sew." Martha: "Details, darling, and you were 32 at the time." Overall, an excellent episode, and a good counterbalance to the "heavy" season opener.