Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Castle - I, Witness

For the second time in the series history the show casts Castle (Nathan Fillion) as a witness to a murder without any evidence (like say a body) to back-up his story. In true Rear Window style, the previous episode centered around an elaborate play set-up for an injured Castle's benefit. Here the private investigator is hired by an old friend whose murder he witnesses... although even he begins to doubt just what exactly he saw.

Sure that the woman's unfaithful husband is the killer, Castle enlists the help of Beckett (Stana Katic) to do some digging. But when their suspect dies of an apparent suicide Castle will have to rethink the entire sordid affair. Given the previous storyline, the sense of deja vu is strong "I, Witness" which makes it all the more unlikely someone wouldn't bring up the other "murder" he witnessed. The eventual explanation is a bit convoluted, but the show has fun winding its way to its conclusion even breaking out a wall of crazy for Castle whose conspiracy theories (at least some of them) eventually do pan out.

"I, Witness" isn't as effective as "The Lives of Others," and the subplot involving Ryan (Seamus Dever) self-serving reasons for helping Esposito's (Jon Huertas) love life adds little to the story, but the situation plays well into the private eye genre eventually giving Castle doubts about his new chosen profession. Next week's return of Jerry Tyson (Michael Mosley) promises to up the stakes considerably, likely putting several lives in danger.

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