Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Torture Cell claims another imaginary magician

The ABC series Castle will air a magic-themed episode on January 10, 2011. The description for the episode titled "Poof! You're Dead" reads:

When the owner of historic Drake’s Magic Shop in New York is found drowned in Houdini’s famous water torture tank, Castle and Beckett must delve into the world of magic, magicians and their secrets to find his killer. As part of their investigation, Castle & Beckett meet master magician Tobias Strange (guest star Gilles Marini, Brothers & Sisters, Dancing With the Stars). Meanwhile, the magicians aren’t the only ones keeping secrets, as a new romantic relationship is revealed for Esposito and Lanie, on Castle, MONDAY, JANUARY 10 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET). 

It's funny to think just how many TV crime shows have pretty much done this exact same plot, and they are always a little embarrassing for anyone who knows magic. Nevertheless, I sense a Houdini name-check or two, so Castle gets our endorsement.

And, look, I think I spy Houdini's Metamorphosis and Buried Alive posters on the back wall of "Drake's." To the DVR!


  1. I always tend to think they're running out of ideas when they do this simply because as you mentioned, it's the same plot that has been done before. I'd love to see a magic/escape themed plot that gave a different twist.

  2. Yeah, I hear you. It's always so formula. What do you want to bet that a little runner will be Castle trying to learn a small trick throughout the show? Then in the end there's some cute little moment were he finally does it...or not. All formula stuff. But I don't mind too much. Formula is comfort.