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.
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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!
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.