The “Castle” episode, “Murder Most Fowl”, involves the death of a subway worker that surprisingly thrusts our favorite investigators into a race against the clock to find a kidnapped boy. The plot was more streamlined than usual, without the overabundance of twists that sometimes weighs “Castle” down, and there was a good balance between the humor and mystery. Here are seven of the best moments of “Murder Most Fowl”:
The Title: Sure, it’s been done before, but “Murder Most Fowl” is a funny title for the episode, whose victim was into photographing and tracking birds. It’s definitely a title Castle would use for a book, or at least a chapter heading.
Castle the Writer: Speaking of writing, it was fun to watch Castle (Nathan Fillion) repeatedly drifting off into writer-land with his conjectures about the “falcon killer”. It’s been a while since Castle waxed poetic throughout the episode, and his mesmerizing skill at creating dramatic tension was a perfect enhancement to this Hitchcockian mystery. Part of Castle’s charm, and usefulness, is his skill at creative thinking, so it’s important that we continue to see these forays into fantasy.
Subway Subculture: Though the mysteries themselves are sometimes a bit predictable on “Castle”, the show does excel in exploring different subcultures like strippers and steampunk. In “Murder Most Fowl” we got to learn about a man with a job most of us have probably never even thought about–the guy who changes the light bulbs in the subway tunnels. It was an intriguing peek at the subway worker subculture, and how the employees rightly saw themselves not just as bulb changers, but public safety workers who preserve lives. It was a nice touch to have the victim’s invention of power shut-offs in the tunnels aid in the apprehension of his own killer.
Lanie the Coroner: Tamala Jones is a treat on every episode of “Castle,” finding the right balance between efficient coroner and sarcastic eye-roller. Lanie’s horrified reaction tonight to Castle tasting the feather on the victim’s body was pitch-perfect, a hilarious mirror of the sour expressions every person in the home audience had at that moment.
Big Gasp of the Night: After all the strange tangents and dead ends involving the victim’s possible enemies, it was a big shock when we finally saw the photo that got him killed. The unexpected shot of a young boy being shoved into a car by a man with a gun was the last thing we expected to see, and the next photo of the killer firing his gun at the victim was a chilling site. Great shock value for this “Murder Most Fowl” episode.
Castle and Alexis: The best moments of most “Castle” episodes are with Castle’s mother and daughter, played engagingly by Susan Sullivan and Molly C. Quinn. Alexis was her model self again in “Murder Most Fowl,” even though she was frantic about losing her new boyfriend’s prized pet rat. Unlike other shows that might have had her pouting and demanding attention from her father, Alexis knew she needed to accept responsibility for the missing rat and allow her father to get to work. Castle provided the right balance to this father-daughter moment, as he sweetly rushed home the moment the case was over to help his daughter again.
Alexis and Ashley: While Alexis is often wise beyond her years–and her father’s–Castle got his turn at sage advice in “Murder Most Fowl.” There was a scary moment there when it looked like Ashley would turn out to be the kind of boy who wouldn’t forgive an innocent mistake, but luckily he turned out to be the decent guy Castle had predicted he would be. This of course led up to the priceless final moment, when Martha’s telltale shriek led Castle to announce cheekily, “Found it!”
‘Castle’ BZUH? Moment: “Castle” is more about the people than the police cases, but they do attempt to keep the audience guessing with clever twists of the plot. Occasionally there will be a thread hanging that leaves us with that “BZUH?” expression, however, and “Murder Most Fowl” had one of those moments. This was when the victim’s camera was discovered in a tree not far from where his body was discovered. Developing the film revealed the murderer, who apparently shot the victim for taking photos of a kidnapping in progress. If the kidnapper shot him for taking photos, wouldn’t he have considered grabbing the camera with the incriminating photos on it? Sure, there are explanations like he was scared off by other people coming to the scene after the gun shots, but it’s one of those plot elements that suited the story more than it suited realism. But hey, no one ever said “Castle” was “The Closer”.
Watch “Castle” on ABC, Monday nights at 10 pm ET.
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