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).
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 I’m going to at least rate the EPs as 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.
List of Episodes
|S07E01||Driven||Castle's back with no answers||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪ - 4|
|S07E02||Montreal||Castle's reward offer gives a breadcrumb||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪ - 3|
|S07E03||Clear and Present Danger||The invisible man? Really? REALLY????||⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪ - 0|
|S07E04||Child's Play||Kindergarten Cop, Castle-primary school style||🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪ - 2|
|S07E05||Meme is Murder||If you're internet-famous, someone might come killing||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪ - 3|
|S07E06||Time of Our Lives||An alternate universe...wait, the invisible man wasn't enough?||🐸⚪⚪⚪⚪ - 1|
|S07E07||Once Upon a Time in the West||Quick draw McCastle and Katie Oakley, and a treasure||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪ - 3|
|S07E08||Kill Switch||Great ep focusing on Esposito. And a bomb. And an obvious motive||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪ - 4|
|S07E09||Last Action Hero||Or how the Castle writers found an abandoned Expendables script||🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪ - 2|
|S07E10||Bad Santa||Romeo and Juliet, badly disguised, but good Mr. Capulet||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪ - 3|
|S07E11||Castle, P.I.||Richard Castle, Pet Detective. Hey, it worked, didn't it?||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪ - 4|
|S07E12||Private Eye Caramba!||I'm sure the victim's purse won't be relevant to her murder||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪ - 3|
|S07E13||I, Witness||Rear window, except front, but not everything is a movie or is it?||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪ - 3|
|S07E14||Resurrection||3XK is back, and the mysteries go deep||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪ - 4|
|S07E15||Reckoning||3XK started with twists, now it's Castle's turn||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪ - 4|
|S07E16||Wrong Stuff||Women are from Venus, murderers are on Mars||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪ - 4|
|S07E17||Hong Kong Hustle||A Chinese super cop? Sounds like a Castle novel||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪ - 3|
|S07E18||At Close Range||Ryan's night security dig turns into Secret Service failure||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪ - 4|
|S07E19||Habeas Corpse||Personal injury lawyer with a conscience? Wait, saw it in Season 5?||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪ - 3|
|S07E20||Sleeper||Castle's gap is revealed, or is it just enough truth to hide the lies||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪ - 4|
|S07E21||In Plane Sight||A mother-freakin' case on a mother-freakin plane? Cool||🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸 - 5|
|S07E22||Dead from New York||Live! From New York! It's a crappy episode!||🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪ - 2|
|S07E23||Hollander's Woods||Good series wrap-up if the series hadn't been renewed||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪ - 4|
The Bottom Line
The show ran out of gas this season…who needed a fill-up?