Castle Season Premiere Review: Captain, Oh New Captain

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Welcome back TV Fanatics! Castle kicked off its fourth season with "Rise" and wasted no time making us feel the angst and anxiety we were left with from the May finale. There were confessions, arguments and new characters. Time to discuss!

Beckett is alive! Ok, this comes as a shock to nobody, but it was great seeing our favorite female detective back on her feet. Girl is doing more thank alright, too, admitting that she remembers everything from the shooting, and even more importantly, Castle’s confession!

Cop vs. Doctor

Captain “Iron” Gates is no Montgomery. Penny Johnson has joined the cast to replace Captain Montgomery.

We were warned she was going to be tough and, boy, was that the truth. I have reservations about this character, though. I don’t think she can stay on opposite ends of the team for too long, so let’s hope she ends being a Caskett shipper like the rest of us. Either way, there is no replacement for the severely missed Roy Montgomery.

More Screen Time for Bromances! There was definitely a spike in screen time for Ryan and Esposito. Let’s hope this continues throughout the season, shall we? If anyone deserves it, it is these two. Plus, how can you not love the bromance between these two and Castle? Anyone else love when Ryan mentioned that Castle would have loved the case?

Return of Beckett

The Real Case: After the finale, I could not figure out how they could make Beckett’s mother's case any better. For me, there was no getting better than finding out about Montgomery’s involvement. Here is hoping that season four provides the same twists that keep this case the backbone of the series.

Side Notes…

  • Castle and Beckett’s exchanges in the hospital = pure chemistry.
  • She broke up with Josh!!
  • Beckett remembers everything. Who is with me in saying that I cannot wait for the conversation between her and Castle about those three little words?
  • Who is the man that Montgomery sent the files to and called Castle?
Castle in the Hospital

Things I Am Hoping for This Season:

  • The return of 3XK.
  • Castle having a romance with anyone besides his ex-wife.
  • Alexis having a significant role... or no role at all.
  • A Lanie/Esposito engagement
  • So. we are going to try something new this season. Each week, I will pick the best quote and the character who stole a scene from the episode. Join me in the comments and let the rest of us TV Fanatics who you think is the Quote King/Queen and Scene Stealer.

Best Quote:

Castle: “You’re damn right I’m angry. I watched you die in that ambulance, you know that? Do you know what that’s like? To watch the life drain out of someone you care about?

Scene Stealer:

Kate Beckett: Freezing up while facing off with this week’s killer. Stana Katic played this flawlessly.

Ryan and Esposito

Season premiere down... only new episodes to go! Sound off and let us know what you thought of the first episode of season four, starting with this question Anyone else instantly hate Gates?


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (358 Votes)

Ok I hate gates. The episode had funny moments which I when Ryan & esposito were like come on Beckett we know u missed I loved this episode & all the characters were awesome except for Josh. Poor Beckett I just wanted to give her a hug. Alexis is better than I thought she would be.castle should listen to Martha.& lastly I like that castle is investigating without her. Oh & the guy who got files maybe one of roys friends?


I don't dislike Gates for being tough/strict. It's not good acting. It felt more like it was personal, like she's angry.


At this time, I think we all hate Captain Gates. But I think she's one of those characters who will grow on us as the season progresses. With each episode, I think she'll become a bit less strict.


I loved the premiere, totally worth the wait. The final scene with Beckett admitting she remembered everything set up this season perfectly. Finally some bromance screen time & its much appreciated. I especially liked the scene in the hospital hallway, it was great. I loved the tension when Josh was strutting his soon to be ex-boyfriend brawn. Of course the chemistry between Fillion & Katic was amazing as always. I'm hoping the tension of the relationship between Castle & Beckett is drawn out & they get back to some fun cases (Castle being his funny/charming self) before delving back into the Beckett/Montgomery mystery. I'm really looking forward to this season, it should be epic!


Beckett is chicken! She's scared to face Castle and let him know she heard his declaration of love. That disappoints me a little, since my Caskett heart wants them to get on with the romance and not go back to Season 1 with Castle pining away for Beckett.


Im not sure what to make of the new captain but anyway moving on to more important things she broke up with Josh!!!! yay Can't wait to see where they take her mother's murder to next and I just gah can't think right now


Hate the new hard-ass Captain. Hated her when she was the wife of the President on "24" and still hate her. The kind of boss whose employees work hard in spite of her, not because of her.


They're baaaack!


I watch with my aunt, and she absolutely hated Gates. i don't have a particular opinion. she's a bit of a hard ass, which probably comes from her IAB past. Fact is, I completely agreed with everything she did, except shelving Beckett's case. i wouldn't have let Beckett come back so soon. She was obviously not ready, and i wonder how she managed to pass the psych eval.


I loved the scene with Alexis asking her dad to weigh his motives vs. the risks of loving Kate. It was just so REAL. And I know 'cuz my dad was a charming, good looking, never-had-to-grow-up chick magnet, too. But my dad never found someone to inspire him to want to be a man. Castle's love for Kate is doing that for him. And I wish that had happened in real life BUT it means I'm just loving every minute of it in this tender fiction. All the writers of my beloved Castle are just human GENIUSES!!!

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Castle Season 4 Episode 1 Quotes

I'm not going to lose her again.


I know I'm not going to be able to have the kind of relationship I want until the wall comes down. I cant do that until this is put to rest.