‘Castle’: Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting

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Castle Season 6 Episode 18 Castle Ninja Castle: Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

[This is a review of Castle Season 6, Episode 18. There will be SPOILERS.]

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Coming off of last week’s nail-biter, ‘The Way of the Ninja’ is fairly tame and even a little on the kitschy side, but that’s not a bad thing. In fact, given all of the stress the characters have been put through this season, more of a lighthearted Castle seems well-timed.

Right off the bat, this episode is full of theatrics both onscreen as well as on the orchestral side. Asian costumes, sets, and music set the mood with big, broad strokes that never make you feel mortal peril is imminent. This plays right to the motif of Castle (Nathan Fillion) as little more than a tall boy. From the first puff of smoke to the last gag with the throwing star, Castle is all in and enjoying every second of it.

Of course this gives the writers great excuses to play up the more serious-minded Kate (Stana Katic). She’s definitely still the one who keeps his feet – and their investigations – anchored to solid ground, but it’s still fun to watch the interplay. While she might worry what marriage might do to the pair of them, viewers – and Castle – know that their lives will be far from boring.

The case details play out on the grand theatrical side as well. A lone girl with a mysterious past turns out to have survived a family massacre only to die in an alley by the same blade that killed the rest of her family. But wait, there’s an evil, Asian Bane chasing our heroes and making ominous threats! And there’s a second, secret sister who also survived and is now on-hand to avenge them all! And the Green Dragon is really a white dude who killed his son’s girlfriend!

Castle Season 6 Episode 18 Beckett Castle: Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting

Again, nothing wrong with this kind of a romp after the level of stress the writers have been apt to cause this season. And they do a great job here mixing things up without going completely overboard. There’s just the right touch to make it feel like any other Castle episode, while allowing for some laughs and fun too. The geisha night-club scene with the boys is a textbook example.

If last week highlighted the star’s brilliance, than this week’s belongs to the stunt crew and the fight coordinators. They open with some smooth moves and a cool puff of smoke. Then graduate to give us a great ‘cop vs. ninja’ scene in the alley. The climax of the final fight between Jade’s sister and the Green Dragon is spectacular and just plain fun to watch.

What did you think?

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Castle returns next Monday with ‘The Greater Good’ @10pm on ABC.

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  1. Honestly, I LOVED this episode. I was laughing at the surprise ninja moments, and actually said out loud “This is awesome” when the final ninja fight went down at the end. I’m the kind of guy who appreciates total silence when watching tv or a movie, so for me to audibly exclaim is profound.

    Summary: Love it, wishing for more!

    • Totally agree.

      The lighthearted Castle eps are the best! I wouldn’t even mind if the show started to go down the sci fi, X-Files, Fringe, etc direction as there are so many procedurals of the standard kill of the week vein. Something different from Castle would be welcome and appreciated. As is, I love the show, but a little injection of nerdiness wouldn’t hurt…

  2. Some real laugh out loud moments. The action was fun. Loved the “I’m Korean” line.

  3. I loved the Ninja III: The Domination reference…AND the Revenge of the Ninja reference when Castle purposely pushed his mug off the table to see if the “Korean” guy would catch it effortlessly where in the film a cop accidentally pushes his coffee filled mug off his desk while interviewing Sho Kosugi and he catches it not spilling a drop. This episode was truly AWESOME!!

  4. Never laugh more then I did with this episode, after a great episode by Ms. Stana Katic, this was a great release.

    After 19 we will have 5 episodes left, I imagine that things will be somewhat intense as we move towards the season 6 resolution. Will there be a wedding? Ms. Katic, in an interview stated, “That they have to get married this season.” Nevertheless, I think we all know that this will be a mixture of things present… like senator Bracken and things to come, such as the mystery around the song, and what means to Beckett, along with some strange piece that maybe tied to our happy couples wedding if it is in fact this season, my money’s on a false start. Let’s see where Marlowe takes us….

  5. I have enjoyed this season 6 of Castle! What I have not enjoyed, is the long breaks between episodes and there really has been no real justification for these lengthy periods, beyond winter break (I know some folks now have families with children), and the break was thoughtful and great.

    May Contain Spoilers!

    1. One someone on this very page a year ago, wrote the season finale of 6 – only with Josh, which would have made more sense, instead we are getting a messed up Beckett with a even more messed up wedding (not this season – get ready folks for the BIG let down).

    2. I think there are other ways of bring up Beckett’s secrets from her past, without what will be a low trash crushing, of a high class character. Really, Marlowe is that what you think of Beckett?!!!!!

    3. As one who’s engaged in the “Arts” I know that 6th seasons can be bumpy, but there is bumpy, and then there is… I am not putting forth much effort. I like many love this show, and I know there were writers from seasons 1-4, even 5 who wanted to return. Now, part of the problem was our girl at Disney, who has now left the building, but Marlowe for a great writer – and you are, why are you half stepping. We both now that while the 6th season is an up in the air season again, for every show. Why have you been so unwilling to define the characters, which is what often happen with the 6th season? For future seasons and episodes.

    4. You need to bring back some of Beckett’s grit, with Castle witty banter, but you also need more darkness – “In the Belly of The Beast” was dead on. Get a psychologist to work with you on the characters future development – it may get you more than one Emmy before the show called “castle” id done.

  6. Loyalty Matters…. So Which Side Are You Own?
    Melodrama always works with TV shows – why do you think Gray’s Anatomy has been on for what will be 13 Seasons. It is time that some Castle fans – stop hating baby’s, marriage, conflict and triadic conflicts, and grow up; these have been the pieces that have kept many of the great shows on TV, I don’t care how far you go back… Spencer and Tracy, Dick Power, Cary Grant, Barbara Stanwick and Robert Taylor, these are still the lasting icon that great writers look too, even today. Remember Doyle stated, “After all the craziness you still married her.” The “fat lady” has not sung her last song concerning Castle (N.F.) AKA- R.C.). And there is a writer by the handle of “DRL” and he/she have written this and other versions of the Castle storyline over the last three years; and I find it interesting that a number of “DRL” pieces have been used over the course of the series. Therefore, he/ she must know something about how Marlowe frames his characters, and writing methodology, maybe there a psychologist the things this person nails – wow. Castle is alive the issues is will this lead us into 3XK [and crew] or is this Bracken reaching out to harm Kate? Could Castle be injured and wondering unaware of who he is? If Kate were pregnant, then it would line up with Stana’s wanting to have another child, and would make for several very interesting backdrops for Season 7. I am interested in the quality of the show and the creative make-up of the team returning, along with some great directors from the past (and there is more than one). It is not my nature to trash a good show, simply because of my own personal views _ I expected things to carry out beyond Season 6 – and there will be marriage. I will be there to the last episode and Season.

    Signed A Loyal Castle Fan!