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Castle Recaps

Recap: The Nose

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“The Nose” is one of those episodes that has potential and makes a good selling point at the very end. Stephanie Weir (MadTV) guest stars as a witness with a unique ability: a keen sense of smell that makes her a recluse in life but learns something in the end. Not often a guest starring character is allowed an opportunity for growth. Written by new to the Castle verse Nancy Kiu, “The Nose” is one of the strongest episodes in the post-season premiere outings. It didn’t have a lot of drama, but there was a fair amount of comedy.

Recap: XX

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Castle wrapped up its premiere episodes with a doozy of an endling with Beckett putting the “pause” button on the relationship. Let’s be real here, regardless of what TPTB say in the media “they broke up” no one actually believes they broke up from this side of the TV screen.

Recap: Hong Kong Hustle

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After three week hiatus, Castle returned with the first solo offering Chad Creasey. The promo for this that followed “The Wrong Stuff” didn’t do this episode any favors because almost immediately, people were moaning and groaning. In way, they were right to mumble. I don’t blame this on Mr. Creasey. Instead, I view this as a systematic failure of the leadership overall on the show. Once again, this was an episode where they had to change character histories to fit the plot. Writing to plot has become the norm this season and it was ever present in this episode.

Recap: Tone Death

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Castle kicks off its second half with a bit of a musical sent in the world of A Capella. As for Castle and Beckett, they’re keeping their reunion a secret to keep LokSat in the dark while the investigation continues. That of course, sets up some awkward moments in public for the couple.

Recap: Clear and Present Danger

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Gone are the days of the smart and intelligent Castle stories. I miss those days where the cases made sense. Much like with the two preceding episodes, I didn’t hate it. I didn’t love it. The story didn’t work for me. I have hopes for Hanning’s episode. But I’ve learned not to set my bar of expectations too high for this show.

Recap: The Time of Our Lives

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After 133 episodes, a derailed wedding that ended in flames and a two month disappearance brought us to this moment. The moment many fans have waited for all those episodes. They’re married, at last, and now we can move on from that to whatever the Castle writers come up with next.

Recap: Dressed to Kill

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his recap has been wrote and rewrote a handful of times. And trying to strike a balance with “Dressed to Kill” has been difficult because this episode failed on many levels. There’s nothing that we can point to that we enjoyed about this episode. On a whole, we’re wondering why ABC decided to push “Dressed to Kill” a week. Typically sweeps episodes offer significant developments or have some sort of wow factor. This episode failed to deliver on both counts. And given the original recap, this is tame!

Recap: Disciple

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Throughout this season, Castle has had a hit or miss episode, at least for us. This week’s episode isn’t a hit or a miss but rather falls somewhere in between. We didn’t hate this episode, but we didn’t like either. Nor did we find this episode all that creepy. “Disciple” was neither excellent or poor and it was neither good or fair. In a nutshell this episode falls into “Middle Earth” with no clear definition of where we stand with this episode.

Recap: Kill Shot

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is a serious mental health condition that affects more than just soldiers and emergency services personnel. It can affect anyone who’s experienced a traumatic event. Detective Kate Beckett still has the physical scars from the shooting but she is also suffering from the psychological effects. Her symptoms don’t go unnoticed by those around her. The depiction of Beckett’s of PTSD is about as honest and real as they come.

Recap: The Blame Game

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Castle is excited. He has a meeting with Stephen King about working on a book together. Or do they? That sets up “The Blame Game.” Castle is lured to some dive to meet up with the famous horror writer. His meet-up shares a connection the 12th Precinct’s latest case, the murder of a television producer. He’s kidnapped and then Beckett is “summoned urgently” to meet with Castle, but she too soon faces the same fate as her husband.