Apr 16, 14

Castle 6×20 “That 70’s Show” Articles & Teasers

CASTLE has been off the air for several weeks, but the show returns this Monday with “That ’70s Show,” an episode that finds the characters embracing the ’70s in an attempt to solve a decades-old case.

I had the chance to screen the fun hour, and while I don’t want to ruin what goes down, I do have a few teases about the episode…

– Every single series regular gets to have at least one ’70s-inspired costume. And, I have to say, they are pretty freaking awesome. (Stana Katic’s final era-inspired outfit of the episode? Absolutely stunning.)

– Castle and Beckett struggle to include Martha in the wedding planning…and, well, it goes about how you might imagine it would.

– Thankfully for C & B, Martha does have some useful skills that end up being essential in a crucial part of the investigation.

– CASTLE creator Andrew Marlowe already teased that the episode was different than the device the show used to show the noir scenes in “The Blue Butterfly,” and he was 100% spot-on. Castle, Beckett, and co. may be dressed in ’70s clothes, but they are wholly themselves in the present to try and solve a long-cold case. Unfortunately for them, the only potential key to solving it is a man who can really only function when he thinks it’s the ’70s.

– Unfortunately for Beckett, their guy isn’t really impressed by the idea of a female cop, so he mistakenly thinks Castle has way more power than he has — which leads to Castle being granted a title/nickname he enjoys a lot. (And, I’d wager some fans will get a kick out of it, too.)

– Ryan and Esposito get inspired by footage of two ’70s cops, but trying to pass themselves off as them is a little more difficult than they originally planned.

– If you’ve been missing the Esposito/Lanie romance, the duo share a cute moment.

CASTLE airs Mondays at 10 PM on ABC.



6×20 preview: Castle & Beckett go disco for a mob mystery from the 70s

Castle” returns from its final hiatus of the season next week and ABC released a screener for the upcoming 70s themed episode on the morning of Apr. 15. I had the opportunity to view the episode in its final air version yesterday and, while I’ve been pretty upfront about the fact that I wasn’t too keen on the 70s theme, I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by most of it.

Like every good time period-themed episode, there are a lot of nods to pop culture of the era, such as Foxy Brown and Starsky & Hutch, and Lanie, Ryan and Esposito stepping into the roles of similar characters are a great source of entertainment throughout. The case of the week itself is built around a Jimmy Hoffa-esque mystery with a twist, and it’s actually done rather well and interesting outside of the pathological grief aspect of the plot kicking into overdrive. Things turn a little absurd after that.

The time warp to 1978 is, naturally, our titular character’s idea. It starts small in the morgue, but snowballs from there with Castle allowing his mother to sink her teeth into making a production of the 12th Precinct (because like hell can they let her anywhere near planning their wedding.) Hilarity ensues, but the premise is not without its flaws. Fortunately, the good did seem to outweigh the bad, making for a viewing experience that wasn’t terrible, but not exactly their finest hour, either.

Now to field a few questions from the Twitterverse.

@CMcCord25: favorite c/b moment

When Gates returns from her trip and finds out that they’ve turned her precinct into a disco and calls them into “Captain Castle’s” office for a nice ass-chewing. I found it so satisfying watching them squirm while Gates says everything I was thinking the entire time. Honorable mention goes to the moment Castle convinces Beckett to go through with it all in the first place.

@SmeeLita: Please say Castle 70’s is an improvement on Castle Elvis??

“That ‘70s Show” > “Heartbreak Hotel”. I have no fondness for either theme (Nope, not a fan of Elvis, either. Judge away.) but I didn’t find this episode cringe-worthy. I can’t even bring myself to rewatch the latter. I avoid it like the plague.

@Stoli_16: is the case somewhat plausible?

The murder case itself is solid enough, but the pathological grief that necessitates dressing up for the 70s will require a fair share of suspension of disbelief. It’s hilarious at its best, and ridiculously over-the-top at its worst.

@4emma7: how was the dance scene?? 🙂

Cute, but brief. That disco scene has a lot more going on than just Castle and Beckett.

@Missy520: how much did you laugh?

Quite a bit, actually. I literally slapped a hand to my face at one point because a scene was so ridiculous, but it was still funny. There’s plenty of laughs to be had, and they poke a lot of fun at the 70s, as expected.

Due to the sometimes over-the-top nature of the 70s theme, I gather this episode may be very hit or miss with most viewers. Where “Castle” nailed it revisiting 1947 in season 4’s “The Blue Butterfly”, the era of disco just didn’t hit that same mark for me. If you can look past the flaws in the plot to pull off the 70s premise and see it for the quirky, nostalgia-filled theme episode that it is, you’ll probably have more of an appreciation for this episode than I did. I laughed plenty, the ending was quite touching, and it wasn’t an awful hour of television, just not the best the series has to offer. Tune in on Monday and see how it fares for you.


5 Things to Know About Castle’s “That 70’s Show”

Castle’s April 21 installment “That 70?s Show” is a fun, camp, sometimes sentimental and surprisingly romantic look at the last days of Disco.

The action centres around the discovery of the body of a notorious New York mobster (think Jimmy Hoffa) whose disappearance in the late 1970?s became the stuff of legend.

Who shot Vince Bianchi? Castle and Beckett’s only lead is one Harold Leone (Jon Polito), a mentally unstable former lieutenant of Bianchi, whose memories of that fateful night are clouded by his permanent state of ‘pathological grieving.’

The upshot? Harold may know what reallyhappened to Bianchi, but only if nothing upsets his fragile belief that it’s still 1978, hair is big, clothes are loud and the disco balls are spinning.

It’s a set up for a solid hour of disco fun with larger than life characters, costume changes galore, our favorite characters playing at being actors (badly) and a reveal that a modern audience can get behind.

We’re just fresh off an advance screening of the episode and have 5 teasers to share which won’t outright spoil you (promise!) but will set the tone for April 21.

Check it out below.

 A Little Project, They Said

Oh dear! It looks like Rick and Kate are regretting asking Martha to handle the flower arrangements for their wedding. With each of her ideas grander and more horrific than the last, the happy couple decides that she needs a “little project” outside of their nuptials to keep her busy.

However, Martha’s larger than life vision may just help solve the greatest mystery of the disco era. Keep thinking big, Martha!

To 70?s TV … With Love

Let’s be honest. This episode is really a love letter to 70?s TV. Look out for Kojak and his lollipop, Pam Grier’s Foxy Brown and  Ryan and Esposito’s Snooki (Snuckie? We’re not altogether sure of the 70?s spelling on this one) and Ray – Castle’s version of Starsky and Hutch. FYI, we would totally watch this spin-off series. Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever are hilarious as Esposito and Ryan as Snooki and Ray.

Captain Castle

Rick and Kate’s number one suspect would never buy that a woman, even one as tough, smart and independent as Beckett could possibly be in a position of power, and it takes a lot of resolve for Kate not to react to Harold’s terms of endearment, ‘cupcake’ being the least offensive in his repertoire. However when Harold infers that Rick is ‘Captain Castle’ it may just prove one straw too many.

Take a Bow, Precinct

The star of the show is the precinct itself, which undergoes a complete retrofit transformation when the case necessitates that Harold should come down and make a statement. Why can’t he do it from the comfort of his 70?s-themed home? Who cares! Just check out those typewriters and rotary phones and the muted brown and grey decor and that cast of thousands … wait! What? Yes that’s right. It seems the precinct isn’t 70?s enough without a cast of actors taken straight from an episode of The Rockford FilesKojak or The Rookies. Prepare to hear a lot of people calling each other “pig” and “fuzz” and getting both mixed up while doing it. And catch Stana Katic’s Beckett in a delightful comedy moment playing the role of a 70?s cop and getting the lines in her script wrong.

A modern Twist

The heart of this episode may be beating in the 1970?s but the twist (Who shot Vince Bianchi?) is one that would almost certainly never have played out on 1970?s TV. Prepare for a touchingly romantic reveal, viewers!

Castle’s “That 70?s Show” airs Monday April 21 on the ABC Television Network.