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)

i actually really enjoyed this episode! :) i thought it was great that they tried a different approach to it and that made it fun! i'm glad that the Castle creators are doing new and different things once in a while, it changes it up. and the entire time it made me feel like i was part of the process, that when the characters were looking in the cameras that they were looking at me. i felt included in the case and that was a real treat! yes, i think that this is a one time thing, but i think that they did very well! :) i LOVE Castle! and just because they tried to do something different, doesn't mean i'm going to hate on the episode. i loved this episode! well done, Castle cast and crew! y'all are awesome! and i applaud and thank you for your hard work each week!!


I absolutely LOVED this episode. It was hilarious and I enjoyed seeing the different take. It was fun watching them all play, as actors, with the camera. I'm sure it was a difficult episode to film because they are trained NOT to look at the camera. All in all, a funny and wonderful episode.


I'm with you. It was a novel concept that I enjoyed this one time. I don't think I'd want to see it again. It was not the best episode, but it wasn't bad. Kudos to Jon Huertas (Espo) for hamming it up superbly! I really enjoyed his character in this episode.


Goodness gracious you people are hard to please! No. It wasn't the best episode, but it was fun. I enjoyed seeing R&E react to the cameras and I really thought it was sweet how Castle wanted the cameras to see how amazing Beckett is. The end was also priceless. I think it's safe to say there was a lil "Stana" in it.


The episode was fine, but there is a reason the SteadyCam was invented in Canada years ago. Honestly. Loved the GLARE that Beckett gave the camera as a warning after it caught Castle and Beckett in the break-room. DON'T MESS WITH ME!! but so subtle.


We have watched Castle from the beginning and this was the worst episode ever!!
Gave me a headache and turned it off!!!! Whoever wrote it should be fired!!!


I have always LOVED "Castle" - been watching from day one. Not a big fan of gimmicky style filming. I did enjoy this different approach but once a season is enough....I did love it when the actors look right into the camera as it made you feel they were looking right at you. Interesting and different but pass on doing this concept too often.


I absolutely loved the way everyone turned into a HAM when the documentary camera was on them! I thought it was a unique angle and kinda liked it for a change...


One of the things that annoys me about gimmicky directorial concepts like this is that one can (I do) take it like everyone involved in the show (and thus owes their very good living to their audience -- us) is making fun of the "rubes" whom they laugh about staring into the camera and all the things they did. It's a cruel kind of insider humor. And, anyway, the joke got old. I liked the case, though, and the band dynamics, and even Beatles reference! I remember reading about musicians something that stuck with me, that for whatever image they have or portray, the really have worked to develop their talent exactly the way any other ambitious person might, that they each have a story of how they got where they are. This ep showed that.


Not the best episode. Rather a waste of everyone's talent. I don't like it when Beckett has to be annoyed all through the episode, when she is so attractive when she is charming. Please don't try this again. There were some funny moments, but precious little Caskett moments!

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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