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CASTLE Review: There’s Pure Magic in Castle’s “Death Wish”

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Published 6 years ago

CASTLE Review: There's Pure Magic in Castle's

By Geannie Bastian

If you've been wishing for some fun, classic Castle goodness, you didn't need a magic lamp this week, because "Death Wish" delivered. The case of the week involved the death of a man selling black market antiquities from an archaeological dig in Turkey. Castle of course becomes immediately convinced that mystical powers are in play. Specifically, the genie from Aladdin's lamp.

There was much teasing from the guys and Beckett on this particular score, even though Castle kept seeing a mysterious blonde woman who came and went, concealing her identity, but offering him bits of clues along the way. Clearly, he assumes, this woman is the genie that has been freed from the lamp by the death of her master. And she wants him to be the new master.

The team ends up finding a much less mystical killer in the form of a former teacher of the victims, who wanted the notoriety and presumably the profit that came from the find of king Solomon's tomb. In typical Castle fashion, however, when a representative of Turkey shows up to thank the team for their work in helping to secure the safety of his country's treasures, he takes with him the mysterious blonde woman, a securities expert named Genevieve, who he refers to as Genie. She turns back to Castle with a smile and a wink as she leaves, allowing just a hint of "what if" to hang in the air.

Nicolas Javier Ryan Arrives

In somewhat surprisingly quick fashion since we haven’t heard much about the impending baby Ryan over the course of the season, Jenny – offscreen – goes into labor, has a pretty major complication and delivers a healthy baby boy.

The sequence provides a couple of sweet and tense moments for the extended family in the waiting room, though the developments happen in a space of a couple of minutes at the end of the episode. That might be a little bit of mercy, considering the last time Jenny Ryan had a baby, it was her husband who was in jeopardy throughout the whole episode. These two really do need a break from the drama around baby making.

It’s a great scene, and yet the fun of seeing Esposito’s family last week did make it seem slightly awkward that none of Ryan and Jenny’s big Irish family were present at the hospital. One of those things you have to live with for the limits of television, to be sure. But it would’ve made for a fun addition.

All in all it was a fantastic episode, and a great first time out for writer Steph Hicks. Fingers crossed for season nine so we get to see more from her.

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