Report Card: Did ‘Castle’ season 7 set the stage for more adventures?

Castle -It has been a couple of weeks now since we’ve had a chance to enjoy a new episode of “Castle.” Given the flood of episodes this spring, plus all of the uncertainty surrounding the fate of Stana Katic on the series, that definitely did lead to us having a ton to talk about with this show for a while.

Now, though, we have a chance to really start to look back? Was season 7 the best or the worst season of the ABC series? At the moment, we would say that it lies somewhere within the middle. It is better than the first season, and the ending especially lifts it over that polarizing conclusion to season 6. As a whole, we would say it is behind some of our favorite seasons in 3, 4, and 5, but it did do a whole lot right, as well.

What worked – Episodes like “Once Upon a Time in the West” and “Clear and Present Danger” were some of the classic “Castle” fun that we’ve come to expect. We know that the show has many serious moments, but we do still prefer it for the most time when it is completely nuts, and just has a good time embracing its more comedic side. It also suits Nathan Fillion very well as a performer this way.

With that said, we did get some good emotional moments this season, as well. Castle and Beckett are finally married, and “Hollander’s Woods” has to be one of our favorite finales. While there wasn’t a huge cliffhanger, it was at least a really cool story that genuinely had us scared.

What didn’t – The whole Castle disappearing story was a no-go. It was weird that he did not decide to deal with it for months, and this was the sort of thing that was almost impossible to pay off in a worthwhile manner. We’re still not sure that we really understand fully what happened to him. Also, the Castle P.I. storyline was met with mixed reviews; we liked it, but we know many did not.

Overall – Solid entertainment. It only rarely lifted itself to the next level, but at least looking back at “Castle” season 7 we have quite a few different things to smile about. Grade: B.

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