In tonight’s penultimate episode of Castle, Season 4, the show is sprinkling some horror comedy in to liven up a sad plot and seize some viewers still reeling from The Walking Dead season 2 finale. “Undead Again,” Monday April 30 at 10/9c, will feature zombies.
I don’t know why my first reaction was a sense of disappointment in this.
What do I care about the consistency of Castle‘s reality? Why would I consider this a “step down,” as if the show were Downton Abbey or The Wire? Since when would I not want to see Nathan Fillion fight a zombie?
I had to come to grips with a simple fact: Most of TV entertainment, especially hyper-popular dramedies like Castle, aren’t about the deeper meaning of the human soul. They’re about entertainment.
So here’s the story as we have it for “Undead Again,” Castle‘s next-to-last episode of Season 4, as indicated by the Season 4, Episode 22 preview: Rick and Kate encounter a victim who claims to have been attacked by the living dead, and go on to discover a zombie cult.
There, boom, cue hordes of viewers. It’s as simple as that, folks – take a winning formula like Castle‘s goofy “odd couple” premise, add zombies, rub hands together in glee at your own success. They’ve been doing it since Abbott and Costello met Frankenstein.
The show’s loyal viewers could use it. Their beloved Rick and Kate had at last succumbed to romantic tension and hooked up, only to be pulled apart recently. A dash of the outlandish could show mercy to thousands of tear ducts by distraction from lovelorn woes.
At least, that is, until next week’s season finale. For now, we can lose ourselves in the intriguing dream of reanimated corpses, laugh a bit at the absurdity of it and wonder how the writers will explain zombies being present in the “real world” of Castle.
My theory, by the way, is blow-fish poison.