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.
This was a "take it or leave it" episode. It wasn't nearly as good as "Castle, P.I." but it was still better than the first half of the season (thus far).
The episode is a spoof on The Expendables film series starring, you guessed it aging action heroes. Sadly, the success of those films weren't transported to this episode. Watching Castle becoming buffoon is never fun to watch.
Castle and Beckett may be married at last. While the episode delivered on the promise of them getting married, the story overall felt a bit off if not the standard gimmicky that's becoming a norm for the show this season. Here's to hoping the writers don't try melodrama when it comes to wedded bliss.
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.
“Reckoning” picks up almost immediately after where “Resurrection” left off with Castle and the boys arriving where an unknown third party at the behest of Tyson and Nieman snatched Beckett.
Trying to get into this episode was like a long drive with a backseat driver at the end of the journey, you wanted to kill someone. I found myself wanting to fast forward through parts. I kept hoping I'd get a laugh or a smile. Beckett clearly wears the pants in the family. Maybe Luke should make a skirt for Castle.
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.
"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.
They're baaaaaaaaaack! "Resurrection" features the return of psycho killer duo of Dr. Kelly Nieman and Jerry Tyson. It was a highly dramatic episode that doesn't pull any punches.