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"Past Perfect" may take a surprising detour or two from previous episodes of Castle Rock, but it ultimately proves another consistent outing for the Stephen King-inspired horror series.
Holy Cow! Who is this kid? And what is he doing to the people of Castle Rock?
Though this is all staged with bloody aplomb by director Ana Lily Amirpour (The Bad Batch), it amounts to nothing more than a tangent side-plot King has routinely been known for clogging up his primary narratives with.
While "Past Perfect" doesn't touch the quality of last week's submission, there's a shift in ambiance that suits the bloodbath that ensues.
It's an episode that is so enraptured in the puzzle box aspect of it all that it seems to overpower anything else.
The scenes at the B&B in "Past Perfect" are wonderfully creep.
As it turns out, Skarsgard doesn't need clownface or his unsettling eye trick to send chills down the spine, and The Kid upped the eerie ante in "Past Perfect" thanks to an encounter with Molly at the end of the episode.
Castle Rock stumbles in Past Perfect, but it's still a great series, thanks to the stellar performances from its leading cast.
Continues the Stephen King-inspired show's hot streak, digging deeper than ever into the madness generated by the town's resident boogieman - The Kid - that's been infecting the locals like a virus.
"Past Perfect" asks a lot of questions and even sets up the big reveal regarding the Kid's identity, but it also goes a little too slow at times, especially when it comes to revisiting Ruth Deaver's story, which is basically non-existent this week.
Castle Rock is about the temptation to forget things that hurt us, and paradoxically, the damage we do when we repress memories.This episode pays lip service to those themes. But in "Past Perfect," Castle Rock's in danger of forgetting what's important.