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’s 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 is a good thing). Add in a take-off of Rear Window (E19), and the season pretty much rocks.
But, of course, they have to have their special episodes. Episodes 15 and 16 deal 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 are 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 am most disappointed with E13 where Bracken is back, yet needing protection. It should be one of the best of the season, maybe even the series, but the EP is a yawner.
Episodes That I Didn’t Like
Surprisingly, none of the episodes dropped this far.