Castle Review: An Epidemic of Evil?

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Okay, let me take a moment to catch my breath... Wow.

The standard and quirky Castle episodes to which we are usually privy are always enjoyable and fun. The annual two-parter, though? Heart-pumping.

The series has done it again. The fourth season’s double episode event started with “Pandora” and, simply put, it rocked. This was an episode that kept you on your toes and was every bit of amazing.  Being that this is a to be continued, let’s talk about what we learned so far.

Jennifer Beals on Castle

Castle’s First. Cue the awkwardness and cue annoyed Beckett. Guest star Jennifer Beals started her arc as CIA Agent Sophia Turner here. Castle had previously based a character on her for his Derrick Storm novels and Kate is not loving that idea. 

Turns out our mystery writer spent a year with Sophia and it seems like things could have been a little bit more than professional. Let it be said, Alex Owens Beals looks amazing and could totally stick rock her iconic Flashdance wardrobe. Turner is a nice change to the previous two-parter guest stars, played in the past by Dana Delany and Adrian Pasdar.

Reporting for duty. Rick Castle is no longer the only member of his family working with the detectives. Alexis is now interning for Lanie, giving her character a better reason to be on the show. Kudos to the writers for finding an arc for Alexis that works.

Going Rogue. Another veteran actor is gracing our screens for this special event. David Chisum is appearing as our rogue agent, Thomas Gage. His performance for Part One was intense and awesome. Can’t wait to see the second half.

Special Assignment. So the case is a twisty one. Let’s run it down: Three victims by Gage, a chance of National Security Crisis, and Beckett and Castle on their way into the water. 

Choosing Teams. Kate Beckett is jealous. She may not admit it out loud, but we know the truth. Beckett’s questions to Castle about his relationship with Sophia are a tell tale sign. Castle reassures her that she “is his partner.” Too cute. 

After Thoughts:

  • Castle was not the only one amazed by the CIA technology. It was pretty cool, I must also admit.
  • Hopefully Ryan, Espo, and even Gates play a larger role in the second half.
  • “Pandora” is an economic crisis that could destroy our country. What is the domino that will set it off?
Great hour of television. Enough said. Castle continued its streak of amazing double episodes and I'm willing to bet that the second half will be nothing short of the same. 
What did you think?? Is the first half of Season 4’s two parter as good as previous seasons? What do you think will set the crisis off? Who will save Beckett and Castle from the water? Is Alexis working with Lanie a risk?

Don’t forget to check back for the official Round Table later in the week, as Castle returns next Monday with "Linchpin," the finale of what is already a tremendous installment.


Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (356 Votes)

This was really ieetrnsting! First, Ourem Castle, and the fact that the Crusaders disguised themselves as olive trees! And all of those secret passages! Wouldn't you love to visit the castle, and Fatima? I followed the link to CIA Crusades ; if you haven't already watched it, I highly recommend it. Thanks to Dad, I had some knowledge of the Crusades, but I learned some new things, such as how many crusades were fought, and the geographical extent of the Muslim conquest. Would you like to read Michael Coren's book, Why Catholics Are Right? We could all read it here, and then I'd mail it on to you! Mom


I thought this episode was so over the top. Why does Marlowe think that all two-parter episodes should have such high stakes in them. Last season it was about saving NYC, this season it is about saving the world ! Why not keep it simple and less complicated. I enjoyed the two-parter episodes in season two. They were interesting and simpler too. I also thought that Rick does not do much to reassure Beckett, it’s as if he does not care very much any more. I find a big change in Rick this season, he’s not the � head over heels in love� man any more, and it is very disappointing, especially after the big � I love you Kate.� After watching the finale for season three I was so excited for season 4, but, I have to say I am very disappointed so far with what I have seen and I also find the status quo in their relationship very frustrating. I think they should do something fast to shake things up between Castle and Beckett or they are soon going to start losing viewers.


T totally agree with everything with what the reviewer said. I WAZ AWESOME!!!!.
I also am thinking about the CIA being the bad guys. If not I don't know who is.
Only thing that sucked was that is was a 2 parter. I have to wait another three days for the ending.


very interesting...


I will go where led- If Gates were the real killer, he would have shot both Beckett and Castle and shoved their dead bodies in the trunk. The clean up at the crime scenes doesn't benefit Gates, only someone else. My guess is that right after Castle makes a clear decision and rejection of J Beals character will it turn out that she was the baddie. It doesn't need to global CIA conspiracy, just some "private" enterprise on company time. If I am wrong, and we have to go through another show ending of the guest actor telling Castle to follow his heart, or telling Beckett not to worry, I will retch.


I have to agree with Frita - although I am rooting for Castle to be renewed, the last few episodes have been quite lackluster and I fear there will not be a season 5. There were so many opportunities for the writers to include some moments of the 'old spark' that used to exist between Castle and Beckett in this episode, but they did not. I have to wonder why??????


I have to agree with Sue Ann. I felt as though everything that happened was something we had seen before, and better the first time around. I love this show, but the last few episodes have slipped. Will be very interested to see the second part in hopes that it restores my faith in this show.


I just can't wait for next Monday!


Ididn't talk about what a great show it is can't wait for next week and I love the way Castle and Becket are dodging and weaving about Beal that great
forget the CIA our whole crew is super inthis one and they found a place for
Alexis she is going to be great I was worried about her now she got a spot.
And Gates Is mad Wow thats great Ilove reading all the different Comment and the different Ideas that People have its fun I taped it now iwill look at it again
and see what I missed


Yea the CIA might be the bad guy I think they can't catch their own Agent? I think they are useing our team they don't do a thing and at the end when our team catch the bad guys the CIA will get all the credit for it.
In real life they lose a spy plane to Iran you mean the don't have a destroy
button like on rockets Know one is in it thats the CIA for yea!!!!!

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Castle Season 4 Episode 15 Quotes

Gives new meaning to the term overkill.


There, your better half.

Martha (as Castle's phone rings)