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Castle Review: I'll Be Brian Dunkleman!

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Castle returned from a short hiatus with "A Dance with Death," an episode based on the murder of a reality dance show contestant. Like usual, the ABC hit brought some laughs, some longing stares and the twists/turns we have been missing over the past few weeks.

So let’s waste no more time and discuss the latest installment of Castle, shall we?

Reality Show Crime Scene

“I’d Be Brian Dunkleman!” Of all the great Castle quotes, easily the best of the night, the host of the competition show claimed that if he got fired he would become Brian Dunkleman. This was an instant classic and great writing by the Castle team. I know I’m not alone in having to think about who Dunkleman was before I realized he was the former American Idol co-host from season one.

The twists and turns that took over this case were pretty interesting. Although always enjoyable, sometimes the arcs to the cases are pretty outlandish. This episode? Not so much. Although finding someone who looks pretty similar to you and then paying them to have surgery to look more like you is pretty ridiculous, the fun surprises kept coming.

The Bromance Is Back. Unfortunately, Ryan and Espo have been out of focus in the past few episodes and they have been missed. These two have a great partnership and feel like real friends. Their theory on the wedding ring brought the other set of laughs, especially with Javi getting it stuck on his finger. Now if we could get Ryan to mention something about his wedding or honeymoon, it would be all good!

With a cast like this, there is bound to be some characters who get the shaft, always relegated to the B-List arcs. Obviously, the important and main stories should go to the four detectives, but Martha and Alexis should not be forgotten about.

These two deserve better stories. Putting Alexis in the morgue with Lanie seemed promising, but a 30-second scene here and there doesn’t cut it. Am I alone in thinking this? I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Alexis, but I have always enjoyed her father/daughter moments with Castle. What do you think, TV Fanatics? Should these two get some better scenes or are you happy with them having such small roles?

A Night of Dance Set

What We Learned:

  • Lanie wanted to be a ballerina! Not the dream job I would have guessed for her.
  • Beckett went to Stanford and was studying pre-law. 
  • Ryan is deeply in love with his wife and it is sweet!
  • Javi is liking being single. Is there still hope for Esplanie?
  • How great were the judges on A Night of Dance? I personally loved the “Len."
Overall, another enjoyable episode from the writers of Castle. We are heading toward the end of the season, with plenty of things left to come out. Was “A Dance With Death” a hit or a miss? Hit up the comments and let us know what you thought of the hour. And don’t forget to check back later this week for the Castle Round Table!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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Joyeful

As a die hard Castle fan, I gotta say....this episode was a little underwhelming. I was kinda bored by it, and that's saying a lot, cause I'm NEVER bored by Castle. For an episode that they touted as being dance-related, there was practically no dance at all save for the beginning of the episode. It's totally not the characters - Nathan Fillion could make chemistry with wallpaper. Espo and Ryan were pretty funny. But there wasn't anything really engaging about this case, or the dialogue. The only part I really thought had any depth was Castle and Beckett talking about her dream job as a lawyer. That being said, I'm VERY excited to see the s*** hit the fan next week :-)

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People have mentioned "Moonlighting", and what I remember was that show was going great, but after the couple got together, Bruce Willis's career was shooting straight up, and the actors started bickering behind the scenes. THe tabloids were full of thier negativity. Castle isn't the same show, and the actors and actresses are not in that same folley.
I really would like to see more come out about thier friendship, and early stages of being a couple behind the work place. My gosh, from seeing the early Castle, he was a jerk who jumped for any lady that caught his eye. He's been with Kate 4 yrs, and this whole season, he's not dated, or the mentioned being with anyone.. so can you say his heart is taken by someone central to the show! It certainly isn't Sophie from the CIA!
There certainly is a way to continue the story, and have a relationship. It also is called good writing and they will make it. How did MASH do it for so many seasons (longer that the actual war!)

Mustang

Why did that comment twice?! =/

Mustang

@ Lynn
I talked about the episode. Loved the humor. Yay for Ryan-Espo bromance. Interesin case... But no Caskett relationship-changing drama that I saw. So I also talked about the preview because I'm excited. Dude I've been a Caskett shipper for a LONG time. And 'something' relationship-changing is gonna happen next week and I can't wait. Some people complain that it's going too slow. I just want baby steps. And the preview gave me hope that the writers are stepping in the right direction.

Mustang

@ Lynn
I talked about the episode. Loved the humor. Yay for Ryan-Espo bromance. Interesin case... But no Caskett relationship-changing drama that I saw. So I also talked about the preview because I'm excited. Dude I've been a Caskett shipper for a LONG time. And 'something' relationship-changing is gonna happen next week and I can't wait. Some people complain that it's going too slow. I just want baby steps. And the preview gave me hope that the writers are stepping in the right direction. :)

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What is the name of the dead girl? She is gorgeous

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@ Lynn I cannot speak for mustang, but the reason I discussed the preview rather than the episode (which I termed "OK" is because the episode did not interest me. I just watched it again, and it still does not. @paperdyer I am old enough to remember Moonlighting. I also remember The Thin Man. It can be done, to have lovers detect together brilliantly. It just takes brilliant writers. Castle's writers seem to be taking the year off, and they have run in untalented robotic lookalikes. Just MHO, of course.

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Bad news ... Please figure out how we can edit our typos soonest!

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As to the previews. If Castle were to get pissy about Beckett saying she didn't remember, I could see her simply saying, "I didn't want to deal with it -- and I don't now!" and what can he say? But, That's a relationship that can be dealt with whenever the time comes they are both ready to deal with it -- Castle, by keeping a secret for her supposed safety, is far far worse. He's telling her he has no respect for her as a human being (because she's a girl?) and he has no confidence in her ability as a policeman and he lied to her about something more than a relationship she's only not ready to deal with. Bas news when that comes out!

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This show seemed strange to me because, in my opinion, Kate was rather uninvolved, just agreeing with Castle as he thought out loud and semi-directed the investigation. He even seemed to always ask the lead question in the interrogations. The comment someone made about the case not seeming to be central to the episode struck me as maybe a reason. Don't know.