This is the season when Castle hits its stride. Beckett and Castle are in a good place after the first couple of episodes; they’re in their groove and they’re even making progress on the conspiracy that claimed Beckett’s mother.
Episodes That I Liked
For me, almost every episode hits the mark this season. For 16 of the 24 eps, I rate them four stars or higher. E01 starts off solid with Castle as a potential suspect, particularly as he’s back in town and not calling. We move on to psychics (E02), steam-punk (E04), extra bodies in coffins (E05), strippers (E07), the X-Files (E09), an actress wanting to be Nikki Heat (E11), magic (E12), terrorist threats (E16 and E17), dead jurors (E19), and Beverly Hills (E22).
But the four stand-out episodes are a little bit different. We have the Triple-X K killer, with twists and turns galore (E06). Then a ho-hum mystery (a subway lightbulb changer gets killed) but expertly done (E08). And E24 is a huge reveal on the conspiracy around Beckett’s mother’s murder and how it all ties in. Yet I think my favourite one of the season is a softer one about speak-easies, pubs, and a modern take on an old mystery (E10).
Episodes That Were Watchable
Two episodes really just “walk it in” at the mid-point for quality. E03 deals with an old partner of Beckett’s and E13 “almost” has a reveal for the conspiracy.
Episodes That I Didn’t Like
So here’s the weird part. After a huge batch of awesome EPs, there are a full 6 that are yawners, all in the second half of the season. We have lottery winners (E14); an old school chum of Castle’s (E15); soap operas (E18); pizza wars (E20); swimmers and steroids (E21); and a beauty pageant murder (E23). Bad plotting, obvious suspects, and not very interesting dialogue.
List of Episodes from Season 3
|S03E01||A Deadly Affair||Castle’s back, and standing over a dead body? Kinky||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S03E02||He’s Dead, She’s Dead||Castle’s right — the psychic didn’t see it coming||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S03E03||Under the Gun||Beckett’s old partner comes back around, but not on the job||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S03E04||Punked||Steam-punk, revolvers, and a death in the park||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S03E05||Anatomy of a Murder||Extra body in a casket, jail breaks, and drug dealers||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S03E06||3XK||Twists and turns, turns and twists…and then another twist||🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸|
|S03E07||Almost Famous||Stripper in cop uniform leads to business fraud||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S03E08||Murder Most Fowl||How many lightbulb changers does it take to witness a murder?||🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸|
|S03E09||Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind||The truth is out there, and MIB too||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S03E10||Last Call||A speak-easy beckons, along with a modern day mystery||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S03E11||Nikki Heat||Wannabe Nikki actress does Beckett better than Beckett||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S03E12||Poof! You’re Dead||Abracadabra, jackass, and the hunt for magic is on||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S03E13||Knockdown||Raglan is about to talk, and then he gets whacked||🐸🐸🐸⚪⚪|
|S03E14||Lucky Stiff||A lottery winner with a guilty conscience? Yawn||🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪|
|S03E15||Final Nail||Never trust old school chums||🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪|
|S03E16||Setup||Syrian cabdriver mystery goes radioactive? Call in Homeland||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S03E17||Countdown||Survive a freezer, let’s try aiming for a dirty bomb||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S03E18||One Life to Lose||Death on a soap opera? Usually it’s not permanent||🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪|
|S03E19||Law & Murder||Dead juror? No end of suspects and intrigue||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S03E20||Slice of Death||Pizza wars? Not terrific, or authentic, or even interesting||🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪|
|S03E21||Dead Pool||Swimmers and steroids? It isn’t rocket science||🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪|
|S03E22||To Love and Die in L.A.||Beverly Hills Cop, Beckett style||🐸🐸🐸🐸⚪|
|S03E23||Pretty Dead||Beauty pageant murder? Blackmail? Definitely not pretty||🐸🐸⚪⚪⚪|
|S03E24||Knockout||Hitman Lockwood escapes, Beckett makes progress finding 3rd cop||🐸🐸🐸🐸🐸|
The Bottom Line
Beckett and Castle are in the groove