Recap: Hong Kong Hustle

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.

Recap: Bad Santa

So much potential wasted on the development of a relationship that fizzled and the lack of general good storytelling sent this story into the basement.

Recap — In Plane Sight

There is nothing beneficial about this episode other than it serves as a means to fulfill an episode order and to give the co-lead a few days off. The plot was weak and left a general distaste.

Recap — Driven

ABC's Castle returns with an episode designed to re-launch the series as it heads into its seventh season. Only time will tell if the attempt to explore the title character came too late or not soon enough.

Recap: At Close Range

Overall “At Close Range” was one of the better one’s this season. It had a healthy dose of twists and turns that weren’t silly or complicated.

Recap: I, Witness

The episode is better than "Private, Eye Caramba" but not nearly as good as "Castle, P.I." Unlike the previous episodes this season, this is the first episode I rewatched for the fun of it. And I felt better about it the second time around.

Recap — Hollander’s Woods

"Hollander's Woods" was a double-ending episode. It can serve as a soft season finale with no major issues to resolve in the premiere or as a series finale. It was a satisfying end the season. The strongest one since "Always" in season four.

Recap: Montreal

In the second episode, Castle and Beckett are struggling to find there way back after Castle's return. This episode while slightly better than than "Driven," still leaves a lot of open questions, something that could drive casual viewers away from the show because they have no idea what's going on.

Recap: The Wrong Stuff

The best way to describe this episode is part Alien versus Mission to Mars versus 2001: A Space Odyssey. I’m not a Firefly fan so I can’t speak if there were any references there or not.

Recap: Castle, P.I.

Overall, this was a well-rounded episode and a good way to kick off the season. The private investigator angle is a good way to go to keep Caskett working together even if they're working against each other.

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