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 Episode: Secrets Safe with Me. I loved the father/daughter moment when Kate/Rick were in her dorm room saying goodbye
Worst Episode: Tie between Swan Song and the Final Frontier
Biggest Improvement: Kate is finally opening herself up more to Rick. She doesn't have walls around her heart anymore.
Hopes for 2013: I want the Castle writers to spice up the romance between Castle/Beckett.


Best Episode: Murder, He Wrote. runner up: Secret's Safe with me cuz of the romantic handshake. Worst Episode Swan song. I also got tired of the documentary style early on. Biggest disappointment: not enough passion. The writers are trying so hard to be more procedural and toned down the romance too much. Their kisses look so awkward and forced most of the time. Geez, they were supposed to be in the beginning of a new relationship, where is the passion???!!! I know they will try to make drum up the drama again towards the end of the season to keep people wanting to know what will happen in the next season (all TV series do these tricks) but come on, lack of passion in a new relationship with a TV series that is supposed to be all "organic". I love this show but it needs to kick up the romance a bit. Grade B


Best Episode: Murder, He Wrote. He named their shipper name! Worst Episode: I agree with you. Without doubt, Swan Song. Man, that one sucked. Biggest Improvement: A given. Caskett!! Biggest Disappointment: I'm tired of Kate finding it so easy to lie to Rick. So very tired of that. Hopes for 2013; More heat (excuse the pun). I feel they've been too tame and chaste. What we have had in later episodes has seemed boring. They need to push the spice quotient higher.


Best Episode: Murder, He Wrote. Between Ryan's interrogation scene and Rick/Kate's "building theory" scene, it's the most memorable for me all season. Worst Episode: Cloudy with a Chance Of Murder. Biggest Improvement: FINALLY they're a couple! GEEZ!! Biggest Disappointment: Man, is Kate ever slow in the communication department. Hopes for 2013: They're not enough of a couple. I like that the writers are trying to keep a balance between the procedural and the romance, but they need to kick up the romance just a tiny notch. It needs to make a difference in how they work together. PS: We already know how Kate started reading Castle's novels - She read them to distract herself when her mother got murdered. Her old partner, Royce, said that during the California episode.

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Castle Quotes

Sometimes the hardest things in life are the things most worth doing.


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.