TV REVIEW: Castle – Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Swan Song’

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Oh Castle writers, after last weeks chucklefest I really expected more of you. This weeks episode tinkers with the format slightly and is not the better for it.  When the star of a rock band on the brink of making the big time is murdered (with a Gibson Les Paul no less), the documentary camera crew that were following them decide to follow our team during their murder investigation.

I really am in two minds about this episode.  On the positive side, the performances are great from the cast.  In particular, Esposito gets to show that he can handle comedy just as well as his usual ‘military-guy’ status and it is enjoyable watching the teams response to being in front of the camera.

On the other hand, this is not a particularly well done ‘fly-on-the-wall’ episode.  As viewers we have seen hundreds of both real and staged documentaries and none of them have had the same glossy finish and exacting camera work as this one.  For believability you would have expected the odd wobbly camera shot or back of a producers head. In the writers room it probably seemed like a ‘quirky’ idea for a story but in reality it just felt like a very oddly shot standard episode.

Did this episode move our characters or storyline forward any?  Definitely not.  Was it an interesting stand-alone episode?  Not particularly.  It had some good jokes and the cast were as charming as ever but it lacked the believability that was needed to change the format of such a well established show.

Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: Geek Adventure

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