01 May, 2012

REVIEW: Castle 4.22 -- Undead Again

Full disclosure: I don't like zombies. Or vampires. Or werewolves. Or anything of the sort. [editor's note: I'm right there with ya!]

But I knew it was inevitable that 'Castle' would go down this road at some point. And I gotta say, it was pretty cool.

With that said, I will not be watching 'The Walking Dead' or anything having to do with the 'Twilight' series under any circumstance. I'll stick to watching Castle.

And 'Castle', despite the zombies, stuck to what it does best in "Undead Again" -- having a good time solving a case that doesn't matter much and that we'll forget about come next week's episode. And that's the way it should be. After all, this isn't 'Law & Order'. We don't watch 'Castle' for the crimes, we watch for the characters.

And seemingly, based on the conversations Castle and Beckett had throughout this episode, these characters could actually be together by season's end. At this point, I don't really care. All I know is, it's starting to get a bit old with all the reasons why they aren't together. Just get these two crazy kids together and let's have some more fun.

And this episode was certainly a lot of fun. Castle got so excited about zombies, that it got ME excited about something that I really don't like. (I'm still not going to watch The Walking Dead. Sue me.) The costumes were sweet, Castle messing with Beckett was entertaining and overall the episode was a nice little departure from the typical cases this show does.

This was just a nice little episode before the fourth season finale that will inevitably get a lot of hype and that will also dictate how well we perceive this season to have been. The Season 3 finale was such an excellent episode that next week's finale has a lot to live up to.


CASTLE: "Our killer is a zombie!"

RYAN: "I mean, he does look like a real zombie."
ESPOSITO: "A real zombie? I'm embarrassed for you, bro."

CASTLE: "The more intelligent the victim, the more delicious the brains."

CASTLE: "How did I not know about this! This is outstanding!"

CASTLE: "Is there a police code for zombie on the loose?"

CASTLE: "No. You know what I do believe in? Driving Beckett crazy."

CASTLE: "When a life altering moment occurs, people remember."
BECKETT: "Well maybe it's too big to deal with. Maybe he ... can't face it just yet.
CASTLE: "Do you think he ever will be?"
BECKETT: "Hopefully, if he feels safe."


--Seriously, who turns down laser tag? Ah, never mind. It was all a ploy!

--As Beckett and Castle are being surrounded by zombies, I can't help but think of the opening of Resident Evil 3. I think that's the one that starts just like that. Maybe it's the second one. Or maybe all of them.

--Castle's giddiness over the zombie killer is what makes this show so fun.

--If you didn't realize that was Castle in the zombie costume at the end, and I mean realize it at the very beginning, then you don't know this show as well as you think you do.

THE SCORE: 83 out of 100


  1. O.k. damn, you know it's been a rough week when it takes me two whole days before I post my comment on Eli's Castle review. Do I need to post the first comment before anyone else will say anything or what?? That certainly wasn't the case last week, but that was the Adam Baldwin episode, so all bets were off for that. I guess nobody cares this week except me.

    Anyway I was out of town but now I'm back in action. This week's episode was a pretty good one. The zombies made the case-of-the-week more fun/interesting than usual, and Castle FINALLY stopped acting like a jerk-off to Beckett and at least had the balls to make some slightly more pointed passive aggressive remarks to her this time hahaha. At least Beckett got what the hell he was referring to this time around (duh).

    One random observation about the episode: I thought it was pretty hilarious/ridiculous that the "zombie walkers" had zero problem with the fact that Beckett was pointing a gun in their faces until she finally said "Stop pretending to be zombies!!" THEN all of a sudden they realize that they might have found themselves in a bit of a pickle. O.k. well she did yell "NYPD" too, but it still seems to me that having a gun pointed at you might be enough to cause you to pause for a sec and make sure you're not gonna get shot in the face. You know, just to be on the safe side.

    "The Season 3 finale was such an excellent episode that next week's finale has a lot to live up to."

    Serial (spoken like Al Gore on South Park). And one extra bit of commentary from me: Castle and Beckett damn well better bone finally, and it better not happen in the last 3 seconds of the episode!!!! Heheheh.

  2. I really liked the episode as well, and look forward to another great season finale next week! I thought the zombies were pretty cool, and even made Beckett doubt their realness when her and Castle were being surrounded. The reason they stopped "attacking" when she yelled NYPD is because they thought they were part of the show, as there were other "humans" there pretending to run from the zombie horde, it makes sense that part of the role-playing would be humans trying to fight off the zombies. That's all IMO at least. And yes, I also want to see Castle/Beckett action go down. She is too sexy! And he is too I suppose. It's time for Captain Hammer to show her the Hammer!