Castle Season 5 Report Card: A-

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With a long, hot summer looming ahead, TV Fanatic is going back and grading the best - and worst - of the 2012-2013 season. 

Having submitted our report cards for The Mentalist Season 5 and Once Upon a Time Season 2, we're taking out our proverbial red pen and moving on. It's time to grade this season of Castle.

Did Kate and Rick's romance work for you? Did the season finale leave you yelling at your TV? Check out our report and then tell us what you thought about Castle Season 5.

Caskett Sighting

Best Episode:  "Still"  Yes, it was a clip show but is was the best damn clip show ever! Watching all of the love, laughs, and drama from all five seasons was a treat. Having Castle stand by Kate even as a the bomb ticked down was a bonus. Finally hearing Beckett tell him she loved him and that they were just beginning…sigh. I'll be rewatching this episode all summer long.

Worst Episode:  "Swan Song" While there were some fans that enjoyed this episode's unique mockumentary style, I felt the entire concept fell flat. Watching Castle and Esposito mugging for the cameras while Beckett and Ryan shyly tried to avoid them worked…for about the first ten minutes. Then it quickly became an annoying gimmick and I found myself wishing it would all be over.

Biggest Improvement:  Caskett. After four long seasons of its audience wishing, hoping, and begging, the show finally made our dynamic duo an official couple.  Nothing was better than watching these two smile at one another over their coffees…while in bed. It's about damn time.

Most Frustrating Moment:  Plenty, I'm afraid. The most annoying thing about this show is that these two incredibly intelligent, likable characters rarely talk to one another.  At times it feels as though every important conversation gets interrupted never to be finished. Like in "After Hours" when Castle begins to address Kate's concerns about them being so different only to be cut off.  And did anyone else have their fingers crossed during "Significant Others" hoping that Kate would find out that Meredith cheated on Castle during their marriage?  It's the missed opportunities on Castle that make me crazy.

Character We Saw in a Whole New Light:  Detective Kevin Ryan. Yes, Ryan has always been adorable and good at his job. We love his bromance with Esposito and his relationship with Jenny, but "The Wild Rover" was a revelation.  Who knew Kevin Ryan could be such a bad ass? In one episode he went from sweet sidekick to an undercover cop with a dangerous streak. Seriously hot!

Character We Need to See More Of:  Dr. Lanie Parsh. It's been five seasons. Why don't we know more about this sassy, sexy lady besides she's Kate's best friend and Esposito's on again/off again booty call?  Lanie Parish is far too dynamic to be kept in the background.

Hopes for 2013:

  • Less Fear:  Or at least have them deal with their fears together. I have loved Kate Beckett since Castle's season one premiere but even I found her frustrating over the last few episodes. Deep down, Kate is afraid that the moment she's all in, Castle will get bored and leave. And Castle has kept things status quo all season because he's terrified that if he pushes for more he'll scare her off. I get it…but that doesn't make it fun to watch.  No matter what the answer is to the proposal at the end of "Watershed" I'm hoping it pushes these two to open up and face their fears…together.
  • More Down Time:  Yes, I know Castle is a crime procedural but to be honest, I don't tune in for the murder of the week. It's the characters that keep me coming back for more and the scenes I love the most are the casual scenes outside of the precinct. Let's see the gang hanging out at the Olde Haunt or another poker game at the loft where Martha can flirt with Esposito.  Those type of scenes from season 1 were huge fun and I miss them.
  • More Romance:  There were some episodes where we didn't even see our favorite couple holding hands and more kisses were cut short than completed.  Thankfully things picked up over the last few episodes and I hope that's a trend going forward. I'm not asking for sex scenes (although I honestly wouldn't complain) but it's the small, intimate moments that make this show and this couple such a joy to watch.

Castle Season 5 Report Card:  A-

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Ryan in the Rover as the classic Irish villain was excellent - when he snapped the collar of his leather jacket on the steps outside the bar he immediately changed into his Own Bad Self - and carried it right through the door. *applause*


I love this show, and look forward to every morsel of information I get of it. I loved "Still" this year, it was by far the best episode. The worst I agree was "Swan Song" it bored me, and that hardly ever happens with Castle. Finally getting them together is the best thing that happened this season. I think it is about time that there was a show where someone didn't cheat, get divorced or have a baby in a relationship to keep a storyline going. It is refreshing to see two people, even our screwed up DD's fighting it out. We need some shows that are original in their thinking. I hope that Marlowe never stoops to breaking them up. I would love a little less subtext and more of them actually talking. After all these years they should be able to actually say what they are feeling to a certain extent. I do not mind having the rest of the cast get more time as long as it involved Castle and Beckett. They are who the show is about. I would love back stories on Lanie and more about Martha and her past, maybe a little Gates, but not entire episodes. I watch Castle for the characters. I do not watch it for the procedural, though I would never want it to be gone. It needs a good balance and I think they have got that. I would never say "no" to more Castle and Beckett as long as it fit properly. In the romance department everyone should have a little more. Not every episode, but hell we could use moments that aren't cut off or at the end of the episode. Oh and while we are at it, I would love more scenes where the romance isn't dark. Seems like lots for me to say for a show I love...I hope it has many more year ahead. It has a great cast who seems to get along well, great writes and US!!!


Love and agree with this review. More romance, communication and scenes outside of the case please. Double dating at the Old Haunt or just seeing Rick and Kate at Drago...something romantic and signs that they are enjoying life and friends.


Sorry but seriously disappointing season below average. Enjoyed the show when Beckett and Castle were just partners since they hooked up the show has become cliche and dull and lacked chemistry


Yes! The interrupted conversations have gotten ridiculous. They happen far too often and just when they say something I really want to hear. Can the writers please retire this lame gimmick and finally let them have a complete conversation about something important? It's been 5 seasons. How long do we have to wait?


I agree. I love this show and the relationship has shown so much progress. But the lack of communication, miscommunication and constant interruptions are tiring. Kate was portrayed as very loving all season until the end season arc. Hopefully some serious damage control will be done in the premier. Also, I miss Martha. She wasn't used as much this season and I would love to see home life with Kate included. It seemed odd to not have one scene where Alexis and Kate had a real conversation. Additionally, I would like some back story on Lanie. She is mostly used to medical jargon, but there is potential to expand her role as Kate's friend. What I hope for next season? Honestly and open conversations with Rick and Kate. There are so many other issues that will arise that I would like this one laid to rest. Oh, and Kate dealing with page 6!

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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.