Castle Midseason Report Card: Grade It!

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We're about half way through Castle Season 6 - and Rick and Kate are planning a wedding. 

Woohoo! An engaged Caskett is one of the highlights of the season so far. Just like we did in The Mentalist mideason Report Card, we're here take a look at the highs, the lows and the few things in between as we give a grade to Castle.

And don't forget you can always catch up on past episodes and watch Castle online right here at TV Fanatic.


Best Episode:  "Valkyrie" Last year's season finale had fans nervous as Castle asked Beckett a very serious question. But Castle Season 6 Episode 1 brought us right back to everything we love about the show. The proposal scene turned out to be light, romantic, and quirky. All the things we love about Castle. Even better, Kate Beckett said YES!

Castle Season 6 Promo Pic

Worst Episode:  "Dreamworld"  It may have been the concluding episode of a two-parter that started strong but we couldn't find a lot to love in Castle Season 6 Episode 2. The high drama of having Rick Castle on death's door should have given us at least one scene of serious emotion between our newly engaged couple. But despite all the angst, all we got were a few longing looks instead of the emotional payoff we craved. 

Most Disappointing Character:  Alexis Castle. Yes, she's growing up and there are bound to be obstacles but when Alexis planted her new boyfriend on her father's sofa for six weeks without even asking and then compared her two month relationship with Pi to Castle's five year relationship with Beckett, we couldn't stop rolling our eyes. And to be honest, we're still not over Castle Season 6 Episode 6 she closed the door in the face of the father who has done nothing but dote on her for her entire life. Castle and Alexis have moved on but we're having trouble letting it go. 

Most Annoying Moments:  Castle's bedroom as Grand Central Station. We get it. Castle is a laid back guy with a really close family. But Martha, Alexis, and even Pi have all barged into his bedroom (with Kate Beckett in his bed!) without even bothering to knock. Walking into a couple's bedroom unannounced is more than annoying, it's downright ridiculous. 

Best Trend:  They're engaged! Which means talk about co-habitation, wedding plans, honeymoon destinations and even future Castle babies. All of the above make us very, very happy.

Most Frustrating Trend:  Interruptions! It's been a trend for the show's entire run. Castle and Beckett used to get interrupted any time they got close to talking about their relationship.  Now that they're in one, Kate and Rick seem to get interrupted every time they go to kiss. It's practically become an inside joke but it be honest it lost its humor long ago.

Best Villain:  3XK. As Castle Season 6 Episode 9 proved, he doesn't even have to be onscreen to send shivers through the fan base. This season he's targeted Lanie. He's targeted Esposito. Last year he set Rick up for murder. Now it looks like the presumed dead serial killer had his psycho surgeon girlfriend get up close and personal with Kate Beckett. We don't know when Jerry Tyson will be back but we have no doubt it will be worth watching. 

Best Guest Star:  Alicia Logano as Emma Riggs, Rick's "Number One Fan" in Castle Season 6 Episode 4 Emma was unstable enough to scare us while still being sympathetic enough to make us care. Plus her bullet dotted the "i" in Writer on his bullet proof vest. How could we not love that?

Hopes for 2014:

  • More Kissing: Like we said, we've had enough of the interrupted love scene. More affection, more kisses…and we certainly wouldn't complain if they threw in an all out love scene from time to time.
  • More Sharing: There are so many dangling threads in this relationship. Things the audience have never heard them talk about. Like how Castle's books helped Kate cope with her mother's death. Or why Castle's two marriages failed. Does he know she broke up with Demming to go to the Hamptons with him? Has Kate ever shared why she didn't call him after she was shot? So much to talk about and we can't wait to hear it.
  • A Happy, Romantic Wedding: We know 3XK may be lurking and that the Senator Bracken story is far from over but Rick and Kate have been through so much. They deserve the wedding of their dreams…perhaps on the beach in the Hamptons? I know I'll be glued to the screen.

Overall Grade: A-

Now it's your turn TV Fanatics. What's your grade for Castle season 6 so far?

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


Great recap! I do think that the Alexis stuff bogged down the season a little bit more, so I would give the season a B. Best Episode: I enjoyed everything about "The Good, The Bad and The Baby." It was light-hearted Castle fun and we got some great relationship stuff. Worst Episode: Agreed with Dreamworld. Not a bad episode, just the least well-executed of the season. Disappointing Character & Most Annoying moments: Ugh - Alexis Castle and every scene she was in this season. Still not over her nonsense. She ruined a completely awesome Indiana Jones/Da Vinci Code homage. Best Guest Star: Joshua Gomez as the time-traveller. I'm completely okay with the level of PDA on the show (apart from Dreamworld where it was sorely lacking). I think their affection for each other is still quite obvious without them being touchy-feely. That being said, interrupted PDA is kind of an over-used trope. I'm not quite convinced that we need closure on every single thing that's ever happened between them. I'd much rather watch them discuss their future than their past...and I only need to see them talk about the things that have implications for their future. While Castle's marriages definitely fall into that category, I don't think his books being a grieving tool for Beckett has the same weight. Same with the whole Hamptons thing. Maybe that's just me, but I personally don't need them to discuss everything.


I had to grade it with a B because of the never ending Alexis saga.


You really hit the nail on its head. I agree on everything mentioned, especially the "more sharing" part (but it wouldn't hurt for more kisses without interruptions too). I was kinda disappointed that we didn't get to hear Kate say I love you for the first time to Rick. No, that ILY in "still" does not sound like the first time she's said it.


I give an A, close to A+. Untill now, there wasn´t one episode that I didn´t enjoy.


The first 7 episodes of season 6 were a total letdown because of the Alexis arc. To be honest Alexis should've been brought back in like episode 4. The storyline wasn't appealing to most fans. I think the writers have damaged the integrity of the Alexis character. The humorous line in 6x10 doesn't undo the damage. I'm hoping for less Alexis in 2014. We all get it Alexis is growing up and there are bound to be challenges and obstacles.


I totally agree with your wish list. I have had it with the "near kisses" and want to see more of the smolder that existed during the pre-couple and early coupling.


This is spot on! I gave season a B though because the Alexis/Pi stuff was such a distracting and upsetting development, and it took up several episodes. She's never been straightened out about her behavior either. I'm also waiting for that full-out love scene! Just one, Marlowe!

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