Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, today I continue my TV reviews and return to one of my favourites with the sixth season of Castle. So with season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 being totally awesome, it is about time for me to get back to this lovely show and see what epic scenarios would be taking place this time around. So how does season 6 fare? Well, read on and find out.
The plot for this show involves Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who is called in to assist the New York police when a serial killer begins committing copycat murders based on situations in his books. After Castle helps crack the case, he then decides to kill off his longtime character and create a new one, named “Nikki Heat,” and research her by shadowing Det. Kate Beckett. And now Castle and Beckett continue to work together on various crimes as they their relationship continues to grow and become deeper.
Story-wise this season is pretty great, the stories work individually, but are also connected throughout not only this season, but also tie back to episodes from previous seasons too. This season definitely knows how to get your attention from the get go and even though the main dynamic between Castle and Beckett has changed a little since they decided to get engaged, things are just as fun, exciting and dangerous as before, that being said, I liked how things didn’t stay in the Washington DC and found their way back to their natural routes in New York with the 12th precinct. One great thing this show does well is that it keeps you guessing, the people behind the show constantly find ways to blindside you with unexpected scenarios that you could never predict, especially when it comes to bringing characters and stories from previous seasons in new and intriguing ways. It is really smart and I love it. In addition to that Castle still has that trademark balance between humour and drama with there being a great deal of serious moments with just a nicely timed joke to balance things out as well.
Episode highlights include:
- Need To Know
- Number One Fan
- Time Will Tell
- Like Father, Like Daughter (personal favourite)
- Disciple (personal favourite)
- The Good, The Bad and the Baby
- Under Fire (personal favourite)
- Deep Cover (personal favourite)
- Room 147
- In the Belly of the Beast (personal favourite)
- The Way of the Ninja (personal favourite)
- The Greater Good
- That 70s Show
- Veritas (personal favourite)
- For Better or For Worse (personal favourite)
When it comes to the cast they are wonderful, the main cast has been playing these character so well for so long that it feels like their good performances seem like second nature to them, and in addition to that the new recurring characters are pretty nice as well.
So let’s start with Nathan Fillion, who is once again brilliant as Richard Castle. Castle is the source of the best humour and moments of inappropriate behaviour, but he has a big heart and care very dearly for Kate, his friends and family, even if it does put him in very dangerous situations. Stana Katic is still killing it as Kate Beckett, she seems more driven and determined than ever due to her job roles, but she also shows a bit of doubt and trouble when it comes to some elements of her work and the engagement to Richard, but she still has some great moments of humour too. Once again Fillion and Katic have great chemistry and I feel like they could just be ad-libbing their material because their characters seem so comfortable and realistic around each other
Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle is still cute and pretty and even though she isn’t around as much, she still has relevance in her father’s life and this is probably my favourite season with her as she is less annoying and gets some good character development this time around. Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, although not seen that much, is still the voice of reason and the source of humour and subtle emotional moments as well. I still have a lot of love for Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever as Javier Esposito and Kevin Ryan, as usual both of them have their moments in the sun for great humour, but also great drama and their chemistry together and with Castle and Beckett is awesome. Esposito is still my favourite, but Ryan is still pretty damn cool. Unfortunately Tamala Jones as Lanie Parish is seen a lot less these days, however she is still a delight to watch and is gorgeous, so pretty. At this point I really do think of Penny Johnson Jerald as part of the Castle family as Victoria Gates. Her character is still a by-the-book kind of police person, strong in authority and doesn’t cut people slack when she knows they are on the wrong side of the law. That being said, she does have a heart and in this season more so than than before, she’s had a substantial episode given to develop her and make her a more relatable person which I loved.
So is there anything I didn’t like? Well I have some minor nitpicks, with the crazy scenarios that have taken place in previous seasons, I feel like season 6 was lacking in some innovate and crazy situations, story-wise as there were no stakes that felt as nerve-racking as before. Also the initial move to DC for Beckett feels a bit redundant as she goes back to New York and gets back to her standard job a little while after.
In conclusion Castle season 6 is another good season of this great TV show, as per usual it presents new, exciting and crazy adventures for Castle and Beckett to investigate while also advancing their relationship and personal lives too. While I think that the previous season had a better sense of coherency and fun, this season was still very enjoyable and offered many great twists and turns, cool stand out moments for the main cast beyond just Castle and Beckett and some promising storylines for the future too. Bring on season 7!
So have you do watched Castle and if so are you casual watcher or an avid fan? And if not you’re watching this show, then why not? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo.