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In an episode that doesn’t feature Beckett (Stana Katic), Castle (Nathan Fillion) is approached by his “old friend” Detective Slaughter (Adam Baldwin) to look into the heist of a prototype microchip. When Slaughter’s informant turns up dead Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Esposito (Jon Huertas) turn their attention to Slaughter as the number one suspect, but Castle chooses instead to believe the detective’s innocence even going so far as to steal Ryan and Esposito’s car to prevent them from taking Slaughter in for questioning.

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Continuing the season’s theme of having Castle (Nathan Fillion) work outside the department and horn in on Beckett‘s (Stana Katic) cases in an attempt to win back the affections of his wife (which he hasn’t even lost), “The Nose” centers around a priceless stolen painting and a witness (Stephnie Weir) who can identify the killer not by sight but by smell. Caring just as much about how the woman’s extra-sensory perceptions can tell him about Beckett’s mood, Castle enlists the help of the reluctant witness to help track down the killer and find the painting.

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Under the season’s contrivance of keeping Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) apart while trying to artificially recapture the feel of the show’s earlier seasons, “PhDead” finds Castle using his private detective’s licence, along with his fame and money, to weasel in to Beckett’s latest case involving the death of a frat boy on a nearby campus. What the latest episode has going for it is Castle and Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) what it lacks are enough moments of husband and wife working together.

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Castle‘s two-part season premiere introduces some new faces as well as a new longterm obsession for the NYPD’s sexiest detective. When the newly-promoted Captain Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) disappears on her very first day Castle (Nathan Fillion) becomes increasingly concerned, especially after he discovers she is tied to a shoot-out in an abandoned auditorium. While “XY” follows Castle and the NYPD attempting to find the elusive Beckett, who makes no effort to reach out to her husband or colleagues, “XX” gives us Kate’s version of the story filling in gaps from the first episode of the season and explaining her odd behavior which is all linked to her short stint at the Attorney General’s office and her old enemy William Bracken (Jack Coleman).

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castle-season-seven-dvdAlthough the weakest of the show’s seven seasons so far, opening with a convoluted storyline to explain Castle (Nathan Fillion) missing his own wedding (a storyline which would rear its ugly head later in the season as well), Season Seven is not without its share of memorable moments. There are that cases that involve an invisible man, a crash test dummy, murder at 30,000 feet, and a mission to Mars, Castle lives out his fantasy as an 80s action star, Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle head into the Old West to solve a murder, Jerry Tyson (Michael Mosley) returns and abducts Beckett, Castle begins life as a private eye, Linda Park guest-stars as a Hong Kong version of Beckett, and the season finale explains Richard Castle’s life-long obsession with death and murder.

The five-disc set includes audio commentary for two episodes by cast and crew, Castle’s “Raging Heat” webmercial, a Ryan (Seamus Dever), and Esposito (Jon Huertas) music video, bloopers, and deleted scenes.

[Walt Disney Studios, $45.99]

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Castle‘s Seventh Season comes to a close with a variation of a throwaway line Castle (Nathan Fillion) offered Beckett (Stana Katic) early in the show’s First Season as to how he became obsessed with writing about murder. The discovery of a victim with odd markings on her body and the recollections of a single witness bring back memories for the mystery writer as Castle tells Beckett the story of the first murder victim he ever saw in a story so odd, with no evidence to back it up other than the similarities with the new case, that even Castle began to question whether or not it was real.

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Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) are called in to investigate the murder of the creator and producer of a Saturday Night Live-style comedy show when the man’s body is found in the studio. There are several moments which are meant to be cute, such as Castle getting annoyed with Beckett flirting with one of the stars of the show (who is also a suspect), but don’t quite work. (No matter her personal feelings for someone she certainly wouldn’t let it interfere in a murder investigation or dance with Castle in public in the middle of a crime scene.)

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While “In Plane Sight” is admittedly a bit of a gimmick episode, there’s quite a bit to enjoy as Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Alexis (Molly C. Quinn) find themselves 30,000 feet in the air aboard a plane with a killer whose ultimate agenda remains unclear. Aboard a transatlantic flight Castle’s help in enlisted by the flight crew after the search for a missing air marshal leads to the discovery of the man’s body in the plane’s cargo hold.

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Haunted by dreams he believes are tied to his missing two months Castle (Nathan Fillion) enlists the help of Beckett‘s (Stana Katic) old psychiatrist Carver Burke (Michael Dorn) to help make sense of the images involving jungle warfare, chase sequences, and a heroic hero bearing a resemblance to one of the author’s favorite action stars (Mark Sivertsen). With Castle chasing breadcrumbs down the rabbit hole, Alexis (Molly C. Quinn), Martha (Susan Sullivan), Beckett, Ryan (Seamus Dever), and Esposito (Jon Huertas) all become concerned on their friend’s growing obsession – especially when more reasonable explanations for some of the imagery of his dreams come to light.

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When a personal injury lawyer is found tortured and beaten to death in an alley Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) search for a motive in a bizarre murder mystery that includes an old debt needing to be repaid and the victim burying a crash test dummy in the woods the afternoon before his death. With the help of Lanie (Tamala Jones) and Tory (Maya Stojan), Castle and Beckett are able to retrace the victim’s movements the day of his death and eventually discover how the true motive for the crime was tied to the case of recently-hospitalized young woman who wasn’t even one of the dead lawyer’s clients.

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