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Most disappointing seaon yet
on June 8, 2012
Let me start off by saying I love Castle. Love, love, love it. Pink, puffy-heart love it even. I have watched from day 1 and have nearly worn out my DVD's of seasons 1-3. Season 4 though was such a let down. There were so few episodes that showed any growth in the characters and all the interruptions and secrets and misunderstanding (oh, my!) were just annoying. One conversation between Castle and Beckett could have cleared up everything and allowed the viewers a season a season of fun Castle-y goodness. Instead we got mostly sad, down trodden, puppy dog eyed Castle, with none of the zip of the first 3 seasons.
There can still be serious, angsty episodes (see seasons 1-3), but with sad Castle, they were too heavy. Even the funny episodes were blah for the most part. Castle was too reserved for my tastes and the entire season was more about Beckett than Castle. If they wanted a Beckett-centric show they should have called it Beckett and not Castle.
This isn't to say there weren't some good episodes:
Heroes and Villains
Kick in the Ballistics
Eye of the Beholder
Cops and Robbers
Dial 'M' for Mayor
An Embarrassment of Bitches
Once Upon a Crime
Dance with Death
Headhunters (guest starring Adam Baldwin from Firefly)
That's 15 out of 23 episodes and some of those were borderline, IMO. For me the only real stand outs from the list above are Cops and Robbers, 47 seconds, Headhunters and the absolutely delicious Always. The writers seemed to look for any and every possible thing to throw in Castle and Beckett's way to keep them from talking out their issues and honestly it got tiresome. For every step they took forward, they took 5 or 6 steps backward. Ugh. Lack of continuity was another issue this season. Don't the writers even watch their own show?
While I still love the show overall, I was sorely disappointed in season 4 and I'm going to try really, really hard to forget that Heartbreak Hotel was every made. I will own this season, if for no other reason than to watch Always 857,000 times, but I'm still disappointed.
I have cautiously high hopes for season 5.