Castle Review: A Grimm Case

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Keeping up with the latest fairy tale craze, Castle went all Grimm this week with "Once Upon a Crime”. An hour filled with murder and drama, what was not too love?

Happily Ever After... Or Not. The case focused on the murders of two girls dressed in classic costumes, with a third found before death. Turns out the third victim had killed the other girls to keep a secret of a hit and run several years earlier. 

Ryan and Espo

A little I Know What You Did Last Summer for sure. But it didn’t matter. I’m a sucker for revenge cases or those carrying a secret and I know I am not alone in that.

The investigation brought out a guest star who should be seen on the small screen every week. Mason Lockwood Taylor Kinney showed up briefly, but but his appearance fell flat. This is an actor who has way more potential than a few lines here and there, something NBC has clearly noticed with his casting on Chicago Fire. Anyways...

One Woman Wonder. Martha decided to put on a one woman show in the apartment she shares with Rick and Alexis. There wasn’t really any point to this arc except for Castle to discover the tying of the bow. It felt a little cheap, but I guess it served its purpose. 

Alexis as stage manager meant no shadowing Lanie. Hopefully this story is not over. Pairing the two together gives Alexis a chance to be with another adult besides her grandmother and it gives her a solid reason to appear on our screen. Time to get her back to the bodies!

Secrets are like bombs. Castle dropped this knowledge on us and prompted Beckett to acknowledge that secrets always find their way out. This little bit of foreshadowing means that Castle has to find out Beckett knows he said I love you. I’m thinking May Sweeps and I'm thinking it’s going to be awesome. Any theories on how and if it comes out?

After Thoughts

  • How creepy was the apartment filled with dolls? I was right with Ryan in not looking directly at them. I’m pretty sure Chucky damaged a lot of us. 
  • Ryan looked a little different in this episode. New haircut? I couldn’t put my finger on it.
  • No Gates once again. Anyone miss her? 
  • Hand-holding anyone? It was super quick, but Beckett grabbed for Rick’s paw!

Overall, a solid and entertaining hour of Castle. The fairy tale theme seemed right up Nathan Fillion’s alley and it was great. Twists, turns, and excitement; just the way we like this series. Next week is a repeat isode so we will have to suffer a little longer until the next new installment. Until then, hit the comments section and sound off on what you thought of “Once Upon A Crime.”

Don’t forget to check back later in the week for the Castle Round Table!


Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (230 Votes)

I'm getting bored with Castle. It used to be better.


So enjoyed the show: 1: like the fact that Martha is still a strong story line she keeps Castle saying "WHY"! which I love. 2: Hope they keep Alexis working with Lainie it keep's the door open for those "Castle" (Dad) moments when he is in a situation he would rather not explain!. 3: "Oh" the little thing about Castle keeping his little secret from her.... great writing and when it comes out.... it's gonna hit the fan. I love the fact they keep teasing us with that. 4: And are we ever going to see them together. As the plot thickens.... the mention of Castle Father, Castle Secret, plus all the other little things regarding her mothers death and all the things that keep poping up, Love it! 5: Cant wait for the next show.


Ryan seemed to be trying a "less buttoned down" look. I noticed he only had the tie and suit jacket on in the first and last scenes he was in. Maybe married life is helping him loosen up a bit?


Does anyone else wish they would complete each others' sentences once in a while like they used to?


I agree, but perhaps Castle gets' threatened with extorsion, or maybe Alexis gets kidnapped, and then the news comes out what he's been working on when Beckett is looking for leads in his apartment. I know, too much thinking about these two!! I beleive that there will be another nutjob out there like 3XK or he will be involved with a catch me-if-U-can episode. I do think the charactors should express thier feelings and work out a way to sneak a relationship around unsuspecting Gates and co-workers. I bet there will be a time when Gates has to ask, so what is it about Castle, hanging around her, he isn't paid to work here!


I think the secret that's going to come out is Rick still working on Beckett's mother's case behind her back and it's gonna break them up. There's been way too much foreshadowing of this for it not to happen and it's all had a negative connotation (CIA girl last week asking Castle if Beckett knows what he's been doing and how she'll react, and this week Beckett talking about how secrets have a way of exploding, which brings to mind blowing something apart, destroying something, which I think means Beckett/Castle's relationship, at least temporarily. It'll happen season finale for sure but it's gonna separate them. Beckett's gonna have to find a way to forgive Rick for doing this behind her back.


Hey, TVfanatic, can you change the Castle banner at the top of the page? Beckett with longer hair is sexier.


My favorite show besides blue bloods

Frank lee meidere

I like Alex being an intern. It keeps her in the show in a relevant way. The mother -- well, I've always been a bit ambivalent around her, but she's a minor character. And yes, the "As you wish" line (and Castle's acknowledgement of it) was a nice touch. @fortyseven: "One of the guest stars was the killer?! I'm shocked!" I know, right? It's like -- so totally unexpected!


I love this show and tell everyone I know to tune in. One of the best shows on TV. Castle Rocks.

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Castle Season 4 Episode 17 Quotes

Red Cloak. In the woods. Animal attack. She's Little Red Riding Hood!


I feel like my whole life is being invaded.