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

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.