Castle Midseason Report Card: A-

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With the first half of the season behind us - and as we brace for Meredith's return in "Significant Others" on January 7 - let's take a look back at Castle Season 5 so far, shall we?

We've already submitted midseason reports for Once Upon a Time and The Mentalist, so read on and see if you agree with our grade for Castle thus far this year...

Caskett at Home

Best Episode: This category was quite difficult as we've had some wonderful episodes this season but the winner was "Secret's Safe With Me." Castle dropping Alexis off at college was incredibly sweet and Castle and Beckett shared one of the most sexy, romantic handshakes in TV history. Runners up: The great drama in "Probable Cause" and the scifi, campy fun of "Final Frontier."

Worst Episode: "Swan Song." I know some fans enjoyed the unique documentary style format but I hated it. The inside joke of characters either overacting or becoming wallflowers in front of the camera ran it's course rather quickly. It's one of the few Castle episodes that I was grateful to see end.

Biggest Improvement: Duh. Definitely Castle and Beckett finally becoming a couple. I don't think the show could have survived another season of the Will they?/Won't they? without frustrating it's fans past their tolerance levels. Now we are blessed with a fun, sexy, romance to go along with our weekly dose of whodunit.

Biggest Disappointment: Surprisingly there haven't been any huge disappointments this season but there were a couple of small ones. I wished the morning after scene in "After the Storm" could have given us a minute or two more of bliss before the real world…and Martha came crashing in. And all of the interruptions to Castle and Beckett's first romantic weekend getaway in "Murder, He Wrote" started to test my patience in an otherwise solid outing.

Hopes for 2013:

  • I'm dying for the past to resurface and have Kate admit to Castle that she almost went to the Hamptons with him at the end of Castle season 2… before he sauntered off with ex-wife Gina.
  • How did Beckett start reading Castle's books? Will we and Richard Castle ever know?
  • More girl time. Alexis and Kate, Kate and Lanie. And most especially Kate and Martha. There hasn't been nearly enough of these two strong but very different woman and since I'm a huge fan of Susan Sullivan I really want to see more.
  • Can Capt. Gates and Castle get trapped in an elevator and be forced to actually talk to one another?  I'm not sure what they'd say but I know I want to be a fly on the wall for that conversation.
  • More romance! A Castle crime mystery is always fun but after waiting five seasons for some lovin', there can't possibly be enough to satisfy.

Overall Grade:  A-

Now it's your turn, Castle fans. Give us your grade for this season of Castle.

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Best: Murder, He Wrote. Finally at the end, some romance!! And we got to see K and R in a new environment, that was refreshing too. Worst: Swan Song. Did not enjoy the format or the case. Biggest Improvement: We no longer wonder if they will get together. Biggest Disappointment: Together is a lot less interesting, flirtatious, fun and sexy than not together. What on earth happened? Where is the banter, the teasing, the spark? The actors seem to have lost all interest in their characters; the entire cast seems blah. Perhaps it's the writing, it has lost the fun; the teasing. I was a diehard fan, now I forget that it's Monday sometimes. Tonight was another dud on the romance front. Not even a kiss between two people who waited 4 years to get together.


Last weeks was one of the best. Kate needs to start calling him Rick. Maybe for valentines day a charm engraved with always could be a gift from one of them. She showed two different personalities when in the hamptons and then when she is at work. Great show


Best Episode - After The Storm - although I do agree that giving them time to really kiss before Martha came in would have made it perfect. The scene where Castle asks to take her away someplace, and them when she let's him hold and comfort her really showed the shift in their dynamic. The sense of that lovers' intimacy really shines through there. Second would be Probable Cause and the Christmas episode. Worst episode - This is relative, since I basically enjoyed all of them. Still, the Hamptons episode really annoyed me. Like, really, he's got Kate alone in bed and all he can think about is the case? Seriously? While the ending was romantic and cute it just didn't live up to the bit where Kate forgot her suit. Biggest disappointment - again, this is relative - but like most people I'm surprised they haven't played with the attraction a bit more. Outside of "After the Storm" the handshake and that stolen moment in Swan Swan are the only times that I felt their physical connection. While I'm not looking for Castle to become totally "Scandalous" they could let that palatable longing and stolen moments actually happen without going for the punchline. It is a 10pm show - they're allowed to actually kiss and even make-out a bit. ;) What I want in 2013 - More passion obviously. More touch as comfort - like in Swan Song. More drama (not melodrama, which would be a breakup.) with 3X, the senator & Castles dad...all are topics I hope get some air-time as they create a space for those physical/emotional moments to shine through. More of Martha with Castle & Beckett abd more developing of Gates. I like that she's getting more of a personality and that there's more to her than just law & order. Also, a little of finding out what Alexis thinkd about her dad & Kate.


I hate the idea of breaking them up just to ramp up the drama. That's so cliched and I expect better from the Castle writers. Besides, the show usually does drama well. We want more passion and fun! And as an earlier poster mentioned, I wish the show would give us more of the love story. Hard core fans aren't tuning in for the crime of the week. As a matter of fact, when I rewatch the episodes I fast forward through much of the investigations to get to the relationship moments. There are never, ever enough!


A. Now things need to change.. an 1 episode break up wouldn't be a bad idea.


the writers almost completely made no use of the secret to play up for fun in the show. Lots of fans waited whole summer for hilarious scene where Lanie finds out the relationship or scene with Ryan or Espo making fun of the duo about the relationship etc. - these did not happen. Wasted. Except for few glances, no sly touches etc to show us how they can't get enough of each other. They said , more banter and fun this season, so far I don't really see much flirty banter. I know, they will try to up the ante/drama or romance again by the end of the season as lots of TV shows usually do. Why make us wait for that to turn the heat up? Give us some lovin'. Maybe I should just come back to watching the show by April. Please no breaking them up just to turn up the angst and drama. Sorry I'm ranting but I still love the show that is why I like it to have some improvement.


best episode: Murder he Wrote
Worst: Swan song
Biggest disappointment: lack of romance and passion. For a 10PM show, Castle is too tame. Big Bang Theory(an 8pm show) is more daring in showing passion between the leads. Maybe Castle is aiming for the younger audience, so maybe transfer it to 8PM timeslot, it is so tame anyway for a 10PM timeslot. Also let's be honest, a lot of fans watch this show for the Castle-Beckett love story than the case of the week. So the love story is the A story and NOT the crime (the writers like to believe the the case is the A story and the love story is the B story). If I just wanted a murdercase, I will just go and watch CSI. The season 5 episodes so far are so tame. Except maybe for few moments like the the romantic handshake and the hug in After Hours, the rest of the Castle-Beckett interactions show NO passion.The writer also missed out of the fun of the secret relationship. Except for the scene when Ryan found out the relationship, cont...


Great article, Christine! I feel like this show gets better and better each season and this particular season has been really quite amazing so far with the best yet to come, I'm sure. I actually enjoyed "Swan Song" more than "Cloudy With A Chance Of Murder" because under the documentary-style camerawork and the characters talking to the cameras, it was really a great character-driven episode. It's hard to pick a favourite episode, though. "Secret's Safe With Me" was incredible for its Caskett scenes, "Murder He Wrote" was great as we got to see these two in a different setting, and both "After Hours" and "Secret Santa" packed a one/two punch to end the first part of the season so wonderfully. But "Probable Cause" and "After The Storm" were both so epic and dramatic and stirring that they are tied for my favourite of this part of the season.


I don't think the getting together has worked very well so far -- the bantering and sexual tension in the earlier seasons worked so well that this is so far a disappointment. It is perhaps just that Beckett is much more powerful being sardonic than being gooey over Castle. She's lost a lot of moxie.


A- What I want for 2013 More drama Let see what would happen if Castle and Beckett break up

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Castle: The fact that you even think that breaks my heart. I would walk into a tornado for you, Kate.
Beckett: And I would die if I lost you.

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