As I watched the episodes, I frequently felt, “Okay, last season”. Quite a few Eps seem like repeats of story ideas they’ve used before or promising ones that go nowhere. I was initially skeptical of the “Castle as P.I.” plot device, but it isn’t completely batty in its execution, and it does work for the most part. Washington? Not so much.
EPISODES THAT I LIKED
The best episode of the season is near the end, with Alexis and Castle on a plane to London (E21) and trying to solve an Air Marshal’s murder. And there are some other good ones — Castle becomes a private investigator to let him keep working on cases (E11); an astronaut gets killed in a habitat simulator (E16); and some movement on 3XK (E14, E15). Ryan and Esposito get to lead on an episode each, with Ryan working as a night security guard leading to work with the Secret Service (E18) and Esposito dealing with a bomb on a subway car (E08).
But the other three are about Castle’s disappearance — his return with no answers (E01), the reason for his loss is revealed (E20), and the pseudo-series finale where we find out why Castle is into mysteries and thrillers with his origin story (E23).
EPISODES THAT WERE WATCHABLE
There are eight more EPs that are blah again, and it drags the series down. Hence, why I think it runs out of gas. E02 sends him on a bread-crumb to Montreal while the team looks at a dead toy CEO; someone killing internet celebrities (E05); a visit to a Western town (E07); another Romeo and Juliet episode, again with the mob (E10); murder of a telenovela star (E12) with a weak plot; Rear Window, again (E13); a Chinese super cop (E17); and a personal injury lawyer with a conscience (E19). Several of those are just retreads of earlier episodes, and the originals were better.
EPISODES THAT I DIDN’T LIKE
It is rare that I give an Ep of a series I watch anything less than three stars. It’s an inherent bias to my reviews — if I like the show well enough to keep watching it every week, chances are that Eps are going to at least be watchable, right? But this season I went so far as to give E03 a zero — dealing with a supposed invisible man. Um, okay. Heck even E06 dealing with an alternate universe was more believable. And those two are really in a class of crap all by themselves.
But even beyond those two REALLY bad ones, there are still three others that just aren’t worth watching — E04 which is kind of like Kindergarten Cop; E09 which rips off the Expendables movie series; and E22 looks at a SNL-like show, with skits and scenes that need a rewrite, apparently.
|S07E01||#Castle – S07E01 Driven – Castle’s back with no answers 4/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E02||#Castle – S07E02 Montreal – Castle’s reward offer gives a breadcrumb 3/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E03||#Castle – S07E03 Clear and Present Danger – The invisible man? Really? REALLY???? 0/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E04||#Castle – S07E04 Child’s Play – Kindergarten Cop, Castle-primary school style 2/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E05||#Castle – S07E05 Meme is Murder – If you’re internet-famous, someone might come killing 3/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E06||#Castle – S07E06 Time of Our Lives – An alternate universe…wait, the invisible man wasn’t enough? 1/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E07||#Castle – S07E07 Once Upon a Time in the West – Quick draw McCastle and Katie Oakley, and a treasure 3/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E08||#Castle – S07E08 Kill Switch – Great EP focusing on Esposito. And a bomb. And an obvious motive 4/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E09||#Castle – S07E09 Last Action Hero – Or how the Castle writers found an abandoned Expendables script 2/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E10||#Castle – S07E10 Bad Santa – Romeo and Juliet, badly disguised, but good Mr. Capulet 3/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E11||#Castle – S07E11 Castle, P.I. – Richard Castle, Pet Detective. Hey, it worked, didn’t it? 4/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E12||#Castle – S07E12 Private Eye Caramba! – I’m sure the victim’s purse won’t be relevant to her murder 3/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E13||#Castle – S07E13 I, Witness – Rear window, except front, but not everything is a movie or is it? 3/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E14||#Castle – S07E14 Resurrection – 3XK is back, and the mysteries go deep 4/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E15||#Castle – S07E15 Reckoning – 3XK started with twists, now it’s Castle’s turn 4/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E16||#Castle – S07E16 Wrong Stuff – Women are from Venus, murderers are on Mars 4/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E17||#Castle – S07E17 Hong Kong Hustle – A Chinese super cop? Sounds like a Castle novel 3/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E18||#Castle – S07E18 At Close Range – Ryan’s night security dig turns into Secret Service failure 4/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E19||#Castle – S07E19 Habeas Corpse – Personal injury lawyer with a conscience? Wait, saw it in Season 5? 3/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E20||#Castle – S07E20 Sleeper – Castle’s gap is revealed, or is it just enough truth to hide the lies 4/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E21||#Castle – S07E21 In Plane Sight – A mother-freakin’ case on a mother-freakin plane? Cool 5/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E22||#Castle – S07E22 Dead from New York – Live! From New York! It’s a crappy episode! 2/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
|S07E23||#Castle – S07E23 Hollander’s Woods – Good series wrap-up if the series hadn’t been renewed 4/5 stars #TVReviews #PolyWogg #2014/15|
THE BOTTOM LINE / TWEET
The show ran out of gas this season…who needed a fill-up?
MY OVERALL SEASON RATING
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