ABC’s ‘Castle’ season 8, episode 20 review: Chekhov’s YOLO Card

Castle -Sometimes, “Castle” has an episode that is so weird, it’s really hard to know precisely what to make of it. Monday night’s new episode entitled “Much Ado About Murder” is without a doubt once of these particular stories. For evidence as to why this is the case, you don’t really have to look any further than the fact that we had in here Ryan doing a flower dance, an appearance from “Firefly” alum Jewel Staite as a theater director, Richard Castle’s fancy new YOLO Card providing him protection following a kidnapping (you knew that was going to come back into play the moment it was introduced into the story,

If it were not for the specter of Beckett’s departure looming over the show, we probably would have enjoyed this episode thoroughly. It felt very much old-school “Castle,” with Castle and Beckett having some romantic moments while there was a case going on around them regarding the death of a movie star turned theater report, who actually was killed by Staite’s character after she learned she was not getting a chance to direct what may have very well been an El Chapo biopic under a different name.

There wasn’t really anything pertaining to LokSat in this episode, not that we really minded. Instead, our top moment may have been Rick and Ryan trying to interview a “method” actress using Shakespearean language, only for Esposito to come in talking like a human being in 2016. Classic, but hilarious.

This is an episode that is in some ways hard to review, mostly because there really was not much substance here beyond getting to see Ryan’s family (a rarity for this show still) and having Martha tied into the case the deceased acting coach. This was just a fun, breezy “Castle” episode that out of context of the Beckett news, we enjoyed. It’s not really fair to judge it with that news in mind, since the writers and the folks at the network being two very different groups of people. Grade: B+.

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