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'Castle' - 'Wrapped Up in Death' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 6th 2010 5:22AM
Castle, Wrapped Up in Death
(S02E19) "If something happens to me, I want you to look out for Alexis ... Would you also go into my closet and get rid of my porn collection before she finds it?" - Castle to Beckett

This was sort of an odd episode of 'Castle,' in that it seemed like it was either filmed before the drama of the past two weeks (Beckett nearly died! Castle invited her to move in!), or they're simply back-burnering that storyline. Either way, it was kind of a funny episode with lots of great lines from Castle. That's true of every episode, though. The writing is great.

The guy who played Rupert Bentley looked familiar, so I looked him up. It's Erick Avari, who was actually in the 1999 movie, 'The Mummy,' with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. 'Castle' is really good about stuff like that; little nods to movies and TV shows, like the references to Nathan Fillion's 'Firefly' in previous episodes. It's fun, because it makes us feel like we're in on the joke, but it's not done in an overbearing way.

The scene where Castle put the hat on and went all 'Indiana Jones' falls into that category, and of course, the Scooby Doo references. That series had a few Mummy episodes, but the one I'm thinking of is the classic 'Scooby Doo and the Mummy's Curse.' "This is the part where you say, 'And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for you meddling kids,'" Castle told Stanford Raynes.

And just, in general, mummy stories are always fun. "All who gaze upon the face of the mummy are doomed." Well, that certainly proved true for a few people, and even though the curator was murdered, you can't help but wonder if there's any truth to those curses. It certainly had Castle -- who actually did gaze upon the face of the mummy -- watching his back, not to mention dealing with faulty chairs and exploding coffee pots. I didn't see it coming that Beckett, Esposito and Ryan were behind the pranks. Well played.

Also wanted to mention Gil Birmingham, who played Cacaw Te. He did a voice part in 'Night at the Museum' (another sly reference?), but also plays Billy Black in the 'Twilight' movies. Kevin Foster, who played Will Medina, is a veteran stunt guy who did stunts on Nathan Fillion's 'Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.' It's good to be Nathan Fillion's friend.

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Daune Calovini

One thing I do love about Castle, it's been keeping me guessing. Usually on episodics, it's the person I recognize most who "did it." But, it could have been the Museum hack, Currie Graham, the activist or Amita!

I would bet money that the network played this one out of order, given the lack of reference to serious stuff the last two weeks.

It was also an odd coincidence for me, because I had just told someone at work that the serial killer "looked a lot like a young Currie Graham." !!

April 06 2010 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
excentric

I knew Currie Graham was going to be the bad guy. He always is, lately. He's a favorite. I loved all the jokes and references, especially the hat bit. I will say that Ryan and Esposito are two of my favorite characters in all the shows I watch. Well, except for Adam Baldwin on Chuck. What's not to love about AB?

April 06 2010 at 12:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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