Castle writers like to incorporate things their actors love… a.k.a Nathan Fillion and the rest of the cast’s love for comic books. Come on you know how they all get excited for Comic Con.
This second episode of their new seasons deals with just that… a superhero/vigilante called Lone Vengeance and crimes he tries to take under his own wing. Castle and Beckett come in to the comic book fun when a the murder victim has been split into “2 1/2 men” as Castle says.
The episode does a good job of framing the wrong people of trying to figure out who the real Lone Vengeance is. Castle tried making an elaborate back story to fail to realize that it’s based off an actual real online comic book. Side note, Richard Castle now makes comic books of he and Beckett’s journeys.
1. Tony the Butcher, an italian mobster who had a bad falling out with the murder victim. They rule him out because of the L shape scar on his butt.
2. Then a guy hanging around the crime scene who buys a samurai sword. He just turns out to be a wanna be that has no skill and as Castle points out Lone Vengeance doesn’t want help since he’s “lone”.
The comic book starts to mirror real events that only the superhero would know about including the incident with Tony the Butcher. The team look to the writer, Sean Elt. Problem is Sean Elt doesn’t exist. It’s an anagram for Stan Lee who clearly didn’t do it. They are able to track down a crimes journalist who writes as Sean Elt. Now it looks like it’s all wrapped up until Beckett asks if the murder victim was killed a certain way and the journalist agrees. They realize he’s so not the killer. Surprisngly it turns out the journalist is covering for someone, someone in the NYPD. I got all excited because I’m like omg it’s Ryan because I just love Ryan and he just seemed so excited about the case. Anyway… it’s not. Side note: Ryan and Castle were the awesomest fanboys in this episode. Gold Stars.
However the person that’s in the NYPD is Officer Ann Harris. She like Beckett has a bad past where her father was killed during a robbery gone wrong. Instead of Beckett who gets involved in her mother’s death through her career as a cop, Harris takes up the job of being a superhero. So it’s omg it’s her? She killed the victim…. no. Beckett and her have a heart to heart and Beckett trusts her. Harris is a cop and had done her own mini-investigaton. She said the killer knew the victim would show up in the alley, he was a creature of habit. So that only leaves one person left…. Tony the Butcher.
Tony had a custom suit made and became a copy cat of the Lone Vengeance to kill the victim who he had a bad falling out with. Kill the snitch and frame the superhero that had injured him. Too late Castle and Beckett found out.
With Castle, you can normally guarantee that The important thing that important to the character normally happens in the last minute or two of the episode.
Behold your golden nugget: The writer of the comic book (the Journalist) and Officer Harris leave knowing they love with each other. Beckett gave Harris before she left this whole long speech of leaving things in the past and realizing someone loves you. Hmm… maybe she should listen carefully to her words. When they leave, Castle comments “a writer and his muse fighting crime just like us.”Then Harris and Journalist kiss and Castle and Beckett get all awkward with saying goodbye and see you tomorrow kind of thing.
Side note: Alexis is getting on my nerves since she’s going to Stanford in January to be with her boyfriend Ashley. She at first wants to take classes with him, but Castle talks her out of it. She’s being such a teenager. And why would you miss your prom?