Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Review - Castle Season 3 Episode 9 Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind

Two and a half seasons into Castle and a couple facts have become clear. The writers can't consistently writer twisty episodes with compelling hooks. People like to say that Castle is ABC's Bones, but Bones, especially in the early seasons, brought something special every episode.

And in the third seasons, the writers seem to have shifted gears into doing "theme episodes," episodes revolving around various pop culture interests. This week in was alien abductions with a huge slant towards The X-Files. As a big X-Files fan, I loved the references and enjoyed the episode. However, if viewers aren't into that kind of stuff, how did they feel?

The case is a good mix of government paranoia and spying from the Chinese, on par for the show. The Alexis subplots have gotten very predictable. They start with a problem and resolve beautifully. Yawn... This week it's Castle and Ashley's parents. Predictably, Castle thinks they hate him, but they actually love him.

Great Firefly reference with Castle speaking Chinese and talking about a TV he used to love.

Score: 8.6/10
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