Castle

Season 4 Episode 21

Headhunters

14
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 16, 2012 on ABC
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8.3
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  • What a mess!

    6.0
    Can an episode reaquainting Fillion and Baldwin be bad? Er yes, it can. Baldwin has been peddling his mad-eyed psycho character for years now on FIREFLY and CHUCK so he can sleepwalk through stuff as flimsy as this.



    The McGuffin of the episode ("heads in a bag on a dead guy") was ignored after a while in favour of a standard turf war motivation and Ryan & Esposito only got into the episode by acting entirely out of character. Speaking of that, in what way can they be friends with Castle now having NOT covered his back and acted instead like a pair of high-school girls punishing the bad boyfriend of their bff?



    What we got instead of an episode following an NYPD dinosaur on his last legs -which might have been interesting- was one that celebrated a thug.



    For a similar character look to the great creation of Philip Glenister's detective "Gene Hunt" in the original BBC series LIFE ON MARS and ASHES TO ASHES. (Forget Harvey Keitel's somnolent take on the character in the US remake). Gene Hunt was a similar dinosaur but it was appropriate because the entire series was supposed to be happening in the 1970's!



    A detective like Ethan Slaughter (he even has a silly name) wouldn't survive one day in the modern NYPD. He's a monster out of his natural time, one that involves French Connections and Popeye Doyle!



    In the end it seemed like a rather desperate assortment of outakes cobbled into a 42 minute episode without any regard for logic or story structure.



    Sadly I hear the Chimes at Midnight and they're tolling the end of a great series in a whelter of bankrupt ideas, warmed-over leftover plot devices and comedy schtick.
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