'Castle' Recap: Welcome to The 27 Club
'Castle' Recap: Welcome to The 27 Club
Carla Day
Carla Day
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Castle can cross another couple themes off their to-do lists, including being followed by a documentary film crew and the legendary 27 Club. Beckett and her team got called to investigate when the lead singer, James Swan, of an soon-to-be-famous band was found dead in his trailer. The complication -- a documentary film crew that has been following the band and then gets approval to follow the investigation too.

"Swan Song" was a bit bizarre and that's saying a lot for a show that has covered Steam Punk, Aliens, Soap Operas, and even last week's Sci Fi convention episode. At first, I was annoyed by the documentary film aspect.

The episode was filmed in a shaky-cam style with some scenes filmed from a distance through windows or other obstacles. Throughout the hour, that became less of an issue and I grew to appreciate the effect that the show was trying to achieve.

The other aspect that was a problem was with the characters acting for the camera. Though, this too ended up working in the end. Esposito and Ryan trying to outdo each other in the investigation ended with a nice moment of them recognizing the other's contribution and wanting the other to take credit. 

Even the recorded moment between Castle and Beckett ended with a pleasant surprise when the film makers removed the footage before Captain Gates reviewed it. Though, there was some fun video bomb footage to make up for it.

What at first appeared to be a disaster in the making ended up being a fun hour. It was awesome to see them singing in their department at the end. And, Beckett won the night when she locked the camera man in the cleaning supply room.

But, now, let's talk about the murder mystery. The 27 Club is a real thing. Many musicians have died in their 27th year, including: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Kurt Cobain among many others. Castle's decision to have James die in his 27th year was nice callback to these other influential musicians.

The case worked out for the investigation to circle back around to the band, but in a unique manner. James wasn't killed because he wanted to leave the band as initially suspected, but because he wanted to make the band even better than it already was.

Of course, that meant the bass guitarist would be out, while his childhood friend and mentor would be in. Nice twist, especially after leading us through a stalker, a mystery songwriter, and a cult.

James may have been killed, but I suspect he would have been thrilled to know that his band was still willing to bring his friend into the fold.

Next week, Castle does The Da Vinci Code! Can't wait!

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