Castle Season Premiere Review: Not a Dream

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Now, that is what I call a season premiere! Castle returned in fine fashion with an hour of television that reminded me why I loved this show. So, let's get to it and talk "After the Storm," shall we?

Caskett Picture

Season Four wrapped up with Kate resigning and making the big step to show up at Castle's door. Esposito got suspended with Kate because of Ryan, at whom he is still pissed. And, of course, there was the looming question of who is trying to kill Beckett. Along with a certain bedroom tryst that, YES, actually happened.

It really happened! No dream sequences, no one sided actions. It happened. A very happy morning for Rick and Kate ended quickly with Martha and Alexis showing up. Even though it got cut short (hilariously, by the way), Caskett shippers should not be disappointed. We have talked this "will they, won't they" into the ground. After four long seasons, they finally did. Was it the right move?

Absolutely. These two needed to make some forward movements in their relationship. They don't need to jump into a relationship or get married. But the pining over each other needed to lead somewhere. TV Fanatics... what do you think? Too soon, about time or who cares?

Now on to the other characters...

I know I have made complaints before about Martha and Alexis' arcs, or lack thereof. But I have to admit, it felt pretty good to have them both back on my screen again.

Elsewhere, the bromance is over. After the stunt that Ryan pulled in the finale, Espo is still angry with him. These two must work things out immediately, though, because there is nothing better than this friendship on a Monday night.

Luckily Beckett is not mad at Ryan because he needed everyone's help with the case. Putting these four characters in a room is the best thing Castle writers can do. They seriously all have such great chemistry together.

Concerned Castle

As expected, the bulk of the hour was spent searching for the man responsible for all of this mess. The uncovered information led them right to Senator William Bracken, the highly buzzed about guest star, Jack Coleman.

Let is be said: This veteran actor kills it as the corrupt politician and he is one guest star I wouldn't mind keeping around on the series.

But where was Lanie??

The premiere had pretty much everything else us Castle fans have grown to love: humor, mystery, suspense and a detective/writer pair that we can't help but adore. Of course, there with the predictable parts (Beckett getting her job back, Esposito finding them in the warehouse just in time...) But it doesn't really matter. The fall TV season is here and we are happy!

  • Rewind Moment: Kate busting up the Senator's face. The girl is no joke!
  • Best Rick Castle quote: "So, it wasn't a dream?"

So, TV Fanatics, what did you think of the first episode of Season Five? Was it everything you hoped for or was it a bit of a letdown? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

For more awesome one-liners from "After The Storm," hit up the Castle quotes page. And don't forget to check back later this week for the official TV Fanatic Castle Round Table.


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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (683 Votes)

amazing.. love this show


All I can say is WOW!!!!! the best show on TV


yeah zip ties are easy and they had a pointy object (screw) I was almost banging my head on the table thinking, "This is soooo freaking easy for them to get out of." but a small point.
Their back!
Their together!


Loved, loved, loved the season opener, especially Castle's "It wasn't a dream?" line, and their flirtatious behavior afterward and throughout the ep, including Beckett grabbing him in the delicious! I was so ready for this romance as a fan, and now that it has happened, it is oh so sweet!
Thrilled to see the rest of the characters, but yeah, disappointed that we didn't get more of Lanie and less of Iron Gates.
Oh, and to the person who said Nathan Fillion needs to lose weight, you are totally crazy, he is perfect, ruggedly handsome and just right for his height. I loathe the way that Hollywood forces women and men to be emiciated to the point of illness just to work on TV. It is hideous and evil, and people of all shapes and sizes should be allowed to work on TV as actors/actresses. Look at Melissa McCarthy, who has awards coming out her rump, and Kathy Bates, same story, and neither are a ridiculous size 0. They are real women, and TV should allow for real men, too. I find Castle and Beckett both gorgeous.


AWESOME SEASON OPENER!!!!!!!!! ...whatever you do, PLEASE do not screw up their relationship and chemistry with weird psychological problems....just keep it simple. fun, and loving........thank you..... we look forward to our mondays with Castle and Becket, and all their friends.


Of course it was great that these two finally got together. I have always loved this show because of the characters and their relationships but the quality of the plots has varied greatly. This episode had it all going. It is also nice to see the tortured Kate happy with Castle. I suppose the name Kastle for these two doesnt work.


I loved the moment when Kate walked in with coffee and the music recalled the music used in the kiss scene on Always! Perfect! The look on Castle's face in the elevator was so much like the times Beckett has made a comment that made him breathless! This time, he was breathless from an action! Priceless!
Good balance in the show between romantic moments and business! Can we just have Mondays from now on?


Stana looks less gaunt yes - now only NF needs to lose some weight...


Has Kate gained weight over the summer?
She looked a lot less gaunt than towards the end of last season.
Of could be that she was really into her role and was starving herself to look really bad.....


Castle was awesome last night.

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Castle Season 5 Episode 1 Quotes

The fact is that I admire your loyalty and hope you can feel that way for me someday.


That's going to leave a nasty scar. Every time you see it, think of me.


Castle Season 5 Episode 1 Music

  Song Artist
Song All I Could Think About Was You Robert Duncan
Song I Just Want You (remixed) Robert Duncan
Song Countdown Robert Duncan