Castle Review: Behind the Murder

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"Swan Song” was an episode centered around the murder of a guitar player in a rock band.

A band that had been the center of a documentary, that is, placing Beckett and company in front of the cameras. Did this formula work? That’s debatable. So let's do so, TV Fanatics...

Hold Espo Back!

The weekly case featured the twists and turns that we are used to as Castle fans, but the documentary style approach made things quite a bit different. It was fun and made for some hilarious moments from the characters, but it didn’t make the hour one of the series' best.

Esposito really took center stage, showing off his personality in a great way. This by far was a highlight. His singing, his muscles and his making sure his best angle was in view were awesome.

Seriously, have you been to the man's gun show?

Even Gates was a lot softer... for a while. And Stana Katic was perfect in her awkwardness.And Lanie was adorable in her few moments of screen time. And Castle? Well, he was typical Castle.

It’s always interesting to see a series take a different approach, even if for just one week. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. We all remember the Grey’s Anatomy singing episode, right? This seemed to work for Castle... as long as it is a one time thing. This is definitely not something I would want to see a handful of times. Am I alone in thinking that?

Swan Song Scene

What makes this show great is the clever writing, the light heartedness and the fun. All of these traits were visible in “Swan Song,” but were hidden under the layer of the documentary style approach.

After Thoughts

  • Have Ryan’s eyes always been that blue? Seriously, those things are piercing.
  • Espo should wear his shirts that tight ALL of the time.
  • The quick embrace between Castle and Beckett was so sweet.
  • Looks like we got through another week without Gates finding out about Caskett.

Overall, a fun episode but not my favorite. What did you think? Did you enjoy the different approach the series took in this installment? Sound off below to let us know what you thought of “Swan Song" and check back later this week for the Castle Round Table as take a look at the Castle quotes for some funny one liners from Espo and the gang. 

Until next week, Castle fans. 


Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (395 Votes)

My favorite charcter is Beckett


I love the episode where Halle Blue sings kitty kitty


I love this site


Did anyone else catch a look from Gates to Esposo at the end when she heard him singing? Hmmm. Could be something there maybe?


I thought this was an amusing filler episode. It made me laugh several times, had a little flirting, a little heart. I liked that Espo wanted Ryan to get the credit for the big break in the case and vice versa. Their little bromance is back in full force. My favorite part was that it didn't succumb to what I call the "Murder She Wrote Syndrome", where the biggest name of the guest stars did it. Here, I assumed C. Thomas Howell was the villain, and he wasn't! Good fake out, team Castle.


I loved that episode ! Period, nothing else to say ! It's Castle ! I Love Castle !


I agree that this was far from the best episode. The camera angles were annoying and it quickly got tiresome watching people who are otherwise professional (Castle's quips aside) acting like fools before the camera. I have no problem with the writers experimenting but I think they can write off this approach and not bother to repeat it. At any rate, I don't think there's much chance we'll see this again as it would need to be very contrived to find some way to repeat that approach.


It was not my favourite episode, but it wasn´t a bad one... The case was good, there were bea~utiful moments, funny ones... I´m sure this style was one of a kind, they were driven to it due to the case, the next episodes will be returning to Castle´s formula. Actually, I enjoyed that they tried something different...


Love Castle and the terrific cast but Mon Nov 12th show with camera was annoying and distracting!


I agree, the series continues to grow. It wasn't my favorite episode, but because of knowing the charactors, it let them experiment, "what would happen if a documentary crew showed up at work." I liked the way that Castle admires Beckett, and he wanted to show how sharp she was, and let her be the one to come forward with details, so as not to show her up on camera.
He really does love and respect her. I got a kick out of how normal Ryan played it,in front of the camera. I would love to see another episode where a novel is read by one of the actors, and they play parts of a book that Castle wrote.

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Castle Season 5 Episode 7 Quotes

That ain't ketchup.


Ryan: You're shirts really tight, did you change it?
Esposito: I spilled something.

Castle Season 5 Episode 7 Music

  Song Artist
Song To the Moon Tone Depth
Song Back Out On The Road Again Holy Shemp
Song Lies Holy Shemp