Exclusive: Castle Beams Up Star Trek Vet to Helm Comic-Con-Themed Episode

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Castle is boldly sending Rick and Kate into the heart of geekdom with a little help from a former Enterprise commander.

The ABC drama has recruited Star Trek vet Jonathan Frakes to direct a Season 5 episode set at a Comic-Con-type confab, TVLine has learned exclusively.

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The ep, slated to air this fall, finds Castle and Beckett investigating a death at a science fiction convention, thrusting them into a “world of egotistic celebrities, diehard fans and enough drama for two galaxies,” previews series creator Andrew Marlowe, who first floated the possibility of a Con-inspired episode to TVLine earlier this month.

This marks Frakes’ second turn behind the Castle cameras. He previously helmed the Season 2 outing, “Kill the Messenger.”

Castle‘s fifth season launches Monday, Sept. 24 at 10/9c.



Comments (44)

  • Me thinks there needs to be a Felicia Day appearance on Castle. This ep sounds appropriate.

    Comment by Winter – August 29, 2012 09:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This.

      Comment by Bonnie – August 29, 2012 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • By all that is holy, yes yes yes, a thousand times yes!

      Comment by Steve – August 29, 2012 09:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Who? Never heard of her.

      Comment by Tina – August 29, 2012 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree! Felicia Day is Super!

    Comment by yvette – August 29, 2012 09:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • By the end he was Captain of the Titan. It took him over a decade, but he finally got his promotion (just saying :))

    Comment by Michael Sacal – August 29, 2012 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He actually had the Captain’s chair pulled out for him before – after Picard was recovered from the Borg – but he turned it down.

      Comment by NoChance – August 29, 2012 10:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • yeah, but the last time we saw him, not counting ENT, he had become a captain of his own ship.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – August 29, 2012 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “death at a science fiction convention, thrusting them into a “world of egotistic celebrities, diehard fans and enough drama for two galaxies,” ” Sorry, CSI did it first.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – August 29, 2012 10:08 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It’s not about when it’s done, but how well.

      Comment by Winter – August 29, 2012 10:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • everything has been done by someone somewhere, there are no original ideas anymore. anyway who cares if someone else done it, its about how good it is not who can do it first, if that was the case we would have given up telling stories years ago

      Comment by Alan – August 29, 2012 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I read once that there are only a few really basic ideas available for story telling So it just comes down to how the writers put their own thoughts to those and how the actors perform them.

        Comment by Joy – August 29, 2012 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Smallville did a Con themed episode too. Lois dressed as Wonder Woman!

      Comment by Michelle – August 29, 2012 12:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • neither here or there. CSI already did an episode set at a science fiction convention in which someone is killed. nothing at all to do with what Smallville did. Not comparable in the least.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – August 29, 2012 04:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Psych did a con-murder episode. They had a Trek alumni guest star in it (George Takai).

      Comment by uhyeahright – August 29, 2012 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • you guys do understand that the similarity isn’t in the “con” aspect, but in the entire summary? “a murder at a SCIENCE FICTION con” specifically. CSI did it already, and it did it very well.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – August 30, 2012 07:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • If Castle was doing an episode at a comic book convention in which a kid gets super powers from reading a comic book, THEN it would be the same as Smallville, but they’re not so it isn’t.

          Comment by Michael Sacal – August 30, 2012 07:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Murder investigations on TV have been done as well. Including high-tech ones. Castle’s never been about innovative new concepts in crime-fighting. Like Castle’s books, it’s supposed to be high-quality pulp, a fun ride that’s light on its feet and a joy to watch. It’s when the show has its occasional Very Special Episode that things turn dramatic, and when they have too many of those in a row (as in season 5), things start to drag. Castle at its best is about having a blast with the journey.

      Frakes directed the great episode, Kill the Messenger, back in season 2, so I’m hoping this measures up. Ironically, the easiest place to go on location– at a real con –isn’t really feasible, since Nathan Fillion and Jonathan Frakes are such rock stars that filming wouldn’t be possible. Castle’s Season 2 script editor Jose Molina isn’t exactly a household name…. except among Firefly fans, who would probably swoon if he came back into the family as well.

      Cameos from Star Trek or Firefly alums are welcome, but I’m not holding my breath. I’m happy enough that we saw Adam Baldwin last spring, and hoping he re-appears from time to time. Seeing Jewel Staite or Sean Maher or Alan Tudyk would rock. Could Castle afford to pay for a Neal Patrick Harris cameo? Or Morena or Ron Glass or Summer Glau or…? OK, I need to calm down here.

      Comment by asdfasdf – September 4, 2012 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The CSI episode had cameos from cast members from Battlestar. Ron Moore’s was very good. If Castle did an episode at a science fiction con with cameos by cast members from Firefly, it be using the same formula.

        Comment by Michael Sacal – September 4, 2012 01:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Now, get Joss Whedon to direct an episode of Castle, and my life will be complete….

    Comment by Jerri – August 29, 2012 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed wholeheartedly. This is a great opportunity for them to make fun or show the “brown coats” from Firefly!

      Comment by TantienHime – August 30, 2012 08:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • have a Joss Whedon-driected episode with someone from the Avengers guest starring in it!!!!

      Comment by Taryn – August 31, 2012 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is great! He’s done a fabulous job on Leverage and Burn Notice episodes. Can’t wait for the new Castle season!!!

    Comment by Jennifer – August 29, 2012 10:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This. I’m unfamiliar with his work from ST, but I LOVE Leverage. Good stuff. :)

      Comment by Dayanara Ryelle – August 29, 2012 11:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • as usual, Castle is always the last show to do a/an “insert theme here” episode. Can’t they think of anything else? Contribute something new to TV.

    Comment by JP – August 29, 2012 11:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • who the hell cares??? the Castle writers are amazing. even if they take something old, they can put a new spin on it. like someone else said, it’s not when it’s done, but how well.

      Comment by rachelle – August 29, 2012 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • please. As if Castle can do better.

        Comment by JP – August 29, 2012 12:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • No one ever said Castle was ground-breaking. It’s comfort food. That’s why people eat it up.

          Comment by Winter – August 29, 2012 01:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Also, thank you for all the Castle love lately! Much appreciated!

    Comment by Andrea – August 29, 2012 11:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seconded!

      Comment by Katherine215 – August 29, 2012 11:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thirded! (not sure that’s a word but this Writing degree-holder doesn’t care!) This is pretty much the only TV news site that I visit that gives Castle lots of love (although I don’t visit of them). It’s one of my favorite sites to visit :)

      Comment by Sarah Elizabeth Ann (@myownlittlecrnr) – August 29, 2012 09:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds great!

    Comment by leigh – August 29, 2012 12:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • so he’s going to have a cameo right, you cant pull in a director famed in sci fi for an episode with this premise without him having a cameo. also if felicia day could cameo as a character called penny that would be awesome

    Comment by Alan – August 29, 2012 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like it, Frakes is a solid TV Director and certailnly will be familiar enough with Sci-Fi cons to be able to get the “feel” right.

    Comment by onemovieeachday – August 29, 2012 01:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nathan Fillion + Comic Con = Canon

    Comment by Mari – August 29, 2012 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah I agree it’s not exactly a new concept because “Bones” did it too but what are you gonna do? If Jonathan has a cameo I’ll watch it but otherwise *yawn*

    I got over Castle a while ago.

    Comment by Courtney – August 29, 2012 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Michael – Did Frakes direct an episode of castle one time a few seasons ago? I thought I saw his name there before.

    Comment by leigh – August 29, 2012 05:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, he directed “Kill the Messenger” in Season 2, one of the better episodes in probably the best overall season of the show.

      Comment by asdfasdf – September 4, 2012 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah baby!!!!! There is no one better for a con episode than Nathan Fillion. NO ONE. :)

    Comment by Shannon – August 29, 2012 09:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • More Firefly references!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Buddy Glenn – August 29, 2012 11:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Better see a Malcolm Reynolds mention in there somewhere

    Comment by madbengalsfan85 – August 30, 2012 09:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t think they are borrowing ideas from CSI and other shows. They just want to give more nods to Firefly. The premise really just sounds like a way to make Firefly references to me. Which is awesome, I might add.

    Comment by Jodes – August 30, 2012 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Comic-con is great at doing panels. Any chance of throwing in a ‘Firefly’ panel as part of the Faux Comic-con???

    Comment by Bob – August 30, 2012 11:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish they’d get Kevin Dillon to play Johnny Drama and have him be the convention murder victim!

    Comment by Julie – September 4, 2012 01:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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