Season 2 starts with Beckett and Castle on the outs, as she’s pissed at him for looking into her mother’s case at the end of season 1. By the end of Season 2, Castle is starting to give up the chase, just as Beckett starts to think she likes the chase.
EPISODES THAT I LIKED
Two episodes rock the season, Sucker Punch (E13) about the Irish mob, hitmen and Beckett’s mother, and A Deadly Game (E24) involving spy games, aka a variation on Gotcha. However, there are nine other episodes that are pretty solid — E05 where Castle might get to write a Bond novel; E08 for an old case of Montgomery’s; E10 where a dead man had two near-wives, or did he; E11 as a brilliant story of a man with amnesia, and the way his life works on the softer side; E12 with a wedding murder and *gasp* the bride is Castle’s ex; E14 with a cool idea of a squatter who stays in empty homes while people are away; E17 and E18 where a serial killer is playing with Nikki Heat and the FBI; and E20 about late night talk shows.
EPISODES THAT WERE WATCHABLE
Nine episodes were watchable, but nothing exciting…E01 has someone stealing their dead body; E02 rips off Hitchcock with criss cross storylines; E04 is initially interesting with a grifter being killed while pretending to be at the North Pole; E06 checks in for Hallowe’en with the wannabe vampire set; E07 about a rock star balladeer that Alexis loves; E09 with a mystery pimp and call girls; E16 returns to the sex industry focused on bondage for graduate students; E21 added Detective Demming to the mix; and E22 for Kitchen Wars.
EPISODES THAT I DIDN’T LIKE
Overall, four episodes were yawners. E03 strutted for Fashion Week, but it was all retread stuff; E15 introduced a dead ball player with obvious back stories; E19 had a death by mummy but with a huge obvious cameo; and E23 had Castle and Demming dueling to be master detective (soul-crushing).
|Deep in Death||Firemen find cats in trees; Beckett finds dead bodies|
|Double Down||Double the murder, double the fun, even if it rips off Hitchcock|
|Inventing the Girl||Fashion week, and lame plot is to die for|
|Fool Me Once||A grifter at the North Pole? Joke about ice and Eskimos?|
|When the Bough Breaks||Swapping babies or swap Beckett for Bond?|
|S02E06||Vampire Weekend||Vamps, vixens, and vagabonds…must be Hallowe’en|
|S02E07||Famous Last Words||If you listen to the lyrics, she’ll tell you the motive|
|S02E08||Kill the Messenger||Montgomery has an old case, and a family of rich suspects|
|S02E09||Love Me Dead||Mystery pimps, lovely call girls, and Alexis with a secret|
|S02E10||One Man’s Treasure||Meeting your fiancés wife at his body in the morgue…awkward|
|S02E11||Fifth Bullet||Amnesiac, art forgeries, and second chances|
|S02E12||A Rose for Everafter||Wedding day murder, and the bride is Castle’s big love|
|S02E13||Sucker Punch||Irish mob, hitman, and Beckett’s mother’s murder|
|S02E14||Third Man||Gentleman squatter leaves trail of bodies to dumb waiter|
|S02E15||Suicide Squeeze||Dead baseball player and Cuban politics…yawn|
|S02E16||Mistress Always Spanks Twice||Bondage and grad studies? Sounds redundant|
|S02E17||Tick, Tick, Tick||Serial killer is teasing Nikki Heat, so the FBI helps|
|S02E18||Boom!||Beckett loses her apt, which makes her ready to explode|
|S02E19||Wrapped Up in Death||Death by mummy, but the cameos are a giveaway|
|S02E20||Late Shaft||Late night ratings can be murder…and they are|
|S02E21||Den of Thieves||Demming shows up to romance Kate and annoy Rick|
|S02E22||Food to Die For||Kitchen wars? Keep knives away from family|
|S02E23||Overkill||Castle vs. Demming, in detective showdown…soul-crushing to watch|
|S02E24||A Deadly Game||Spy games…Castle’s last case or will Beckett go to the Hamptons|
THE BOTTOM LINE / TWEET
If you play hard to get too long, people might stop chasing
MY OVERALL SEASON RATING
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