WEDNESDAY MATINEE: CASTLE HOMAGE TO MOVIES
Today I would like to look upon the many instances where our favorite show tipped its cap to the silver screen. I offer today a six pack that will reflect back to a fun time, all the while knowing that Castle and Beckett are giving us a wink and secret signal letting us know they are in on it! .
Today, let’s concentrate on season 3, two dozen episodes chock filled with, well, everything! So onto it, shall we?
Who could forget that great scene where Castle, almost giddy, escorts Beckett down to the hidden passageway behind the bookcase in the basement. Even Beckett was intrigued enough to leave DMB alone in bed to go exploring. So this scene is an homage to Indiana Jones!
Such a great episode, so full of Castle flavor. And by a show of hands, who knew about the subculture of STEAMPUNK. As the scenes rolled one from the muskett bullet ball to that amazing yet bizarre gathering in uptown Manhattan, the mystique of a long ago time plays out. It really gave me a true sense of those wonderful times past. Kudos Jules Verne and H.G. Wells!
TO LIVE AND DIE IN LA
If I were a betting man, I would say that if Rick Castle could be any fictional character (yes I realize this oxymoron). My guess he would be Dr. Henry Walton Jones Jr. This shoutout is for the least favorite of The trilogy plus one. The scene we will call “The Hesitation”. In To Love and Die in LA, Castle and Beckett manage to recreate the “hesitating by the door” scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. You know what I mean!
This time Rick pays tribute to another Rick, by buying an old familiar establishment before the chain bars/restaurants gobbled it up. Much teasing of Rick, as the names of his new watering hole bandied about include CASTLE-BLANCA and RICK’S CAFE AMERICAIN. Thankfully, THE OLD HAUNT SURVIVED!
THE FINAL NAIL
Oh beware of your ex-con handyman! He may leave a murder weapon laying around inadvertently. This episode tosses a bone to the great cop movies of Danny Glover and Mel Gibson, namely LEATHAL WEAPON. Who doesn’t remember Danny Glover yelling “NAILED IT!”
Somehow, I am truly shocked that it took three full seasons for a beauty pagent to take place, In Pretty Dead, Beckett recalls that her beauty-pageant-contestant roommate made their apartment into their “own personal Vietnam.” Of course this is a very non-subtle shoutout to Robert Duval and Apocalypse Now where breathes in the morning air, saying his now famous line. Castle responds with “I love the smell of hairspray in the morning. It smells like… victory.”