I really want to love this season, and there are some seriously good episodes, like Ryan going undercover or the Rear Window episode. And while the average is higher for individual EPs, driving the season up to 4.0 overall, my overall satisfaction was down — the backstory just wasn’t working for me any more around Bracken, 3XK, Beckett’s mom, and the wildside of Castle Dad’s story (great premise, not awesomely executed).
EPISODES THAT I LIKED
The season starts off strong, with Kate and Rick hiding their new relationship (E01), escaping to the Hamptons (E04), to ComicCon (E06), and even Washington (E23). 3XK comes back around (E05) as does a billionaire with good taste (E21). Most of the cases are still stand-alone, which are good…an Almost Famous homage (E07), relationship endings (E10), and supernatural videos (E17). There is also a pretty good one involving twins and their past (E03). But there is an absolutely fabulous one where Ryan goes undercover with the Irish Mob. Outstanding. Reminded me of Wise Guy, the early days (which was a good thing). Add in a take off of Rear Window (E19), and the season was pretty much rocking.
But, of course, they have to have their special episodes. Episodes 15 and 16 dealt with — SPOILER ALERT — Alexis being kidnapped and Castle meeting his Dad (yikes!). And then, just for fun, it’s flashback city for about 100 episodes (E22).
EPISODES THAT WERE WATCHABLE
Yet, despite those awesome episodes, there are another nine that were simply watchable, dealing with an ambitious weathergirl (E02), a weird “meet the parents” thing (E08), Santa Claus (E09), spinning DJ playing parties where thefts have occurred (E11), girls gone wild (E12), reality TV (E14), bigfoot (E20), and false hookers (E24).
But I was most disappointed with E13 where Bracken was back, yet needing protection. It should have been one of the best of the season, maybe even the series, but the rest of the story was a yawner.
EPISODES THAT I DIDN’T LIKE
Surprisingly, none of the episodes dropped this far.
|S05E01||After the Storm||Post-coital investigating would be more fun without killers|
|S05E02||Cloudy with a Chance of Murder||Too ambtious weathergirl|
|Secret’s Safe with Me||Wonder Twin powers, activate!|
|S05E04||Murder, He Wrote||Castle and Beckett secretly get away to the Hamptons|
|S05E05||Probable Cause||Castle’s a viable suspect, and 3XK is calling the tune|
|S05E06||Final Frontier||ComicCon is murder, and even the fans are suspects|
|S05E07||Swan Song||From Almost Famous homage to murder mystery in 1 easy step|
|After Hours||Meet the Parents + Midnight Run + Adventures in Babysitting|
|Secret Santa||Skyfall Santa, high finance and conflicting traditions|
|S05E10||Significant Others||End a relationship through divorce…or murder|
|S05E11||Under the Influence||Spinning DJ plays Nancy in Olivia Twist, Castle-style|
|Death Gone Crazy||Girls gone wild producer finds regret|
|Recoil||Bracken is back, but needs protection|
|S05E14||Reality Star Struck||Reality TV is murder…who knew? Oh yeah, everyone|
|S05E15||Target||How come kidnap stories are always about Dad’s reaction?|
|S05E16||Hunt||Alexis is held hostage, and then Daddy issues explode|
|S05E17||Scared to Death||Haunted video leads to death, maybe even Castle’s|
|S05E18||Wild Rover||Ryan goes UC with the Irish Mob, and he’s awesome|
|S05E19||Lives of Others||Double case – IRS agent death and Rear Window redux|
|S05E20||Fast and the Furriest||Bigfoot dropped his victim off?|
|S05E21||Squab and the Quail||A targeted billionaire has his eye on Beckett|
|Still||Beckett’s standing on a bomb, so it’s flashback city|
|Human Factor||Off to Washington on a drone and a job offer|
|S05E24||Watershed||False hooker, hidden hacking, and a floater…plus more D.C.|
THE BOTTOM LINE / TWEET
The Irish Mob and Rear Window? Best episodes of the season
MY OVERALL SEASON RATING
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