Critic Consensus: The Castle Rock slow-burn intrigue continues with "The Box," a blend of equal parts realistic and otherworldly horror with a superbly crafted narrative style.
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In comparison, The Box might have been a slower burn than the previous three, but no less crucial. Castle Rock, I'm at your disposal, do with me as you wish.
As countless Stephen King characters have learned, this is the part of the story where reality, and whatever's lurking on the other side, hobbles optimism with a sledgehammer.
The fourth episode of Castle Rock (appropriately titled "The Box") ends with the show's biggest shock yet.
I appreciate the way the show has approached each main character differently: slow and methodical when it comes to Henry, while crazy s*** seems to happen to Molly all the time.
"The Box" is the best episode so far, building up layers of key characterizations and adding important plot beat without sacrificing the tension and texture it's worked hard to create.
The storytelling this week is often a bit clunky, and the episode ends with a disturbing workplace massacre that doesn't really fit the tone of the show, but the performances are still keeping Castle Rock relatively grounded ... for now.
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