“And Justice for All…” is one of those Castle episodes that sends a clear message across: the United States is a melting pot whereby there’s a handful of people who exploit those in search of the American Dream.
“XX” opens up right where “XY” ended with Beckett looking out the window of a seized drug house with the bad guys rolling up. Her and Vikram share a moment of reflection before they try to get some sleep.
For the first time in series history, almost entire episode is set inside the courtroom. "Witnewss for the Prosecution" provides just enough entertainment and a bit of movement on LokSat to make it enjoyable.
Overall, for the first episode out from the new dynamic, it had some legs for growth. Every episode must be viewed in that lens. As promised by the producers, the investigation into LokSat is in the background and not the central focus of the episode.
The boys need a buffer, Castle wants to surprise Beckett for their first anniversary and a murder prompts an investigation into New York’s elite.
Castle got off to a very strong start with "XY." The dual perspective of the episode an enticing entrance that will set off a season long arc, something the series sorely needed.
“The G.D.S.” picks up almost immediately after the events of “And Justice for All…” and sees Castle go on a quest to recover his lost time. But what he finds at the end of it all, may have dire consequences for him and Beckett.
"The Blame Game" further proves that Castle and Beckett work better as a team. When they put their talents together, they're unstoppable and play off each other so well.
"What Lies Beneath" offers a retread of season two's "Fool Me Once" that lacks the fun factor of that episode. Part of the problem this season, aside from the split of the dynamic duo, Castle's bumbling attempt to win Beckett back is not as good as it could be.
"Cool Boys" is the weakest episode thus far of the first half. The story wasn't engaging and aside from Slaughter giving Castle some valuable advice on how to figure out what's happening with Beckett, not a whole lot happened.
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