ABC’s ‘Castle’ season 5, episode 9 review: Cheering for Christmas

CastleFor a good chunk of Monday night’s new episode of “Castle” season 5, it did not entirely feel as though our leading man here was going to have much of a Merry Christmas at all, at least when it came to some of his annual traditions. Alexis wanted to spend the night away thanks to a new man she has been secretly seeing, while Beckett actually picked up the holiday shift at work; which, as he learned later, was something she did deliberately every year due to the bad memories of the holiday.

Thankfully, the final ten minutes featured our two characters turning things around as only a holiday special could. Castle still managed to find some time together with his family, and in the true spirit of all things that are warm and fuzzy, Beckett even found a way out of her shift. Heck, even the loneliest man alive on December 24 in Esposito found a way to spend the holiday season with someone courtesy of a family he helped on a case. There was not anything necessarily stunning in the hour, but it was yet another small step for Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic’s characters that bring us closer to the day that will inevitably come on this show at some point (and we don’t even have to say what that is), pending of course some cruel in inhuman twist.

The mystery this episode was fun, but it was also a little predictable once we got past the idea that a Santa Claus was dead, and that there was actually a school of sorts where many of these jolly ol’ elves are trained in the art of spreading holiday cheer. It was almost a little distracting to have a mystery when there was so much other fun stuff going on, but it was necessary really to push forward the Esposito plot, and to a lesser extent, Beckett’s understanding of what Christmas could mean to her.

What did you think about this episode, and was there enough content in here for you to smile about? Be sure to share your thoughts below, and you can also take a look at what is coming up on “Castle” season 5 over at the link here.

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