Joss Whedon! Creavers! Captain Max! “Castle” brought all that and more in the Monday, Nov. 5 episode, “The Final Frontier,” which featured several nods to “Firefly,” which starred Richard Castle himself, Nathan Fillion.
Murder hits Supernova Con. Castle, Beckett (Stana Katic), and the team solved the murder of Annabelle, who put together the Fan Experience for Nebula-9, and was found dead in the oracle pod on the ship at the convention. It was made all the better when Perlmutter reported that she was killed by a high-intensity laser beam, which Castle absolutely loved. The murder weapon turned out to be a laser blaster modeled after what was used on the show, and when they found it on one of the suspects, Castle actually got to fire it. However, that left him with a burn on his hand—a mark that later proved to be key to their investigation—and nerves about what would happen next after the blaster’s maker asked if he was wearing proper protection when he fired it. (Would Beckett still be attracted to Castle if he were bald?)
To solve Annabelle’s murder, they gathered their suspects—Gabriel Winters (Captain Max himself, whom Annabelle had threatened to fire), Stephanie Frye (Lieutenant Chloe, who was all too happy to leave Nebula-9 in her past), Simon (a fellow con-goer whom Annabelle had been hooking up with every year but had dumped and who had bought the blaster for her), Davis (who ran the Nebula-9 booth and whom Annabelle rejected), and Audrey (Annabelle’s best friend, Davis’ girlfriend, and the one who made money selling Nebula-9 after Annabelle’s death) and tested their hands. Though Gabriel’s was marked, it was just because he had bought his own blaster. It was Stephanie, who was stupidly creeping toward the exit, as if that wasn’t suspicious enough, who killed Annabelle because she didn’t want it all to start again if Annabelle sold the rights. She didn’t want to go back to being Lieutenant Chloe, but in the end, she pulled a move from the series and held Gabriel Winters hostage with the blaster, just like how the episode began in the Fan Experience.
Beckett, mega-fan. This “Castle” episode revealed that Beckett (K Becks!) was quite the mega-fan of Nebula-9, to the point where she even dressed up as Lieutenant Chloe. Though Castle saw a photo, he wanted her to dress up for him and even managed to convince Beckett to do so by the end of the episode. But what he wasn’t expecting was for Beckett’s costume to include a Creaver mask. Though he had been talking about how lame Nebula-9 was for most of the episode until Beckett explained what it meant to her, he was all ready to watch a marathon after seeing Beckett’s costume.
Castle, overprotective, overreacting father. Though Castle and Alexis had attending the convention together when she was younger, it was as Darth Vader and Princess Leia. He wasn’t expecting her to show up wearing close to nothing, and he went the whole nine yards to try to cover her up, including trying to use his jacket until Beckett dragged him away. Though Alexis was waiting at home to talk about it, neither wanted to talk about it, and that was that. We loved the over-the-top, overprotective father approach when Castle first saw Alexis at the convention, especially his “Alexis?!” and “How am I gonna un-see that?”
Oh, con-goers. We also liked Ryan and Esposito’s encounters with con-goers as they were trying to find out if anyone saw Annabelle before she died. We’re not sure which we liked more—Ryan trying to talk to someone in costume who wouldn’t speak English and a girl who says she did, but he clearly wasn’t so sure about that after her “obvi” or Esposito losing his pen to a woman wearing leaves when she gave him his number (“You took my pen”). Speaking of the show’s best bromance, let’s not forget Esposito telling Ryan he could see him as an elf or a hobbit.
“Firefly,” we still miss you. Oh, we loved the references in “The Final Frontier” to the show that fans have not forgotten, especially the Creavers and the ship—and Castle’s admission that it was cool even though the show was lame. And we have to mention the following quote from Castle about Nebula-9: “How is Nebula-9 worthy of all this? They were cancelled over a decade ago, after 12 episodes, which was 12 episodes too many. …I’m a fan of good sci-fi: Star Trek, Battlestar, that Joss Whedon show…”
“Castle” continues Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC 7 in Queens. What did you think of “The Final Frontier”?
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