TV REVIEW: Castle – Season 6, Episode 1 ‘Valkyrie’

First of all can we take a moment to celebrate the fact that Castle is back on UK TV?  Hooray and thank Yoda for the Alibi Channel!  No more will we have to wait, no more will we have to weep and beat our chests at the thought of no Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic (oh, just me then?)

OK, now we have got that out of our system let’s concentrate on where we are on the Castle timeline.  At the end of Season 5, Castle had dropped to one knee and proposed to Beckett (and one million fangirls sighed).  Beckett meanwhile had a hard decision, marry Castle or move to DC to work as a federal agent.

You’ll be glad to know that the marriage question is solved really early on in the episode.  Thank goodness for that, the writers have already made us wait for months.  Having us wait for another 40 minutes to get a decision would have just been downright cruel.  After the decision has been made, we fast forward a little while and see Beckett in DC, chasing down a criminal and Castle returning home to New York after a book tour.  But it’s not long until our heroic duo are back together and working the case (even if Castle is supposed to keep his nose out of highly classified files).

Without giving away any spoilers, this episode ends on a cliffhanger which sees Castle and Beckett facing up to something that they never saw coming.  It’s an exciting episode, setting the scene for Beckett working in DC and what that means for not only her relationship with Castle but also the impact it has on the kind of cases she is dealing with.  It was also nice to see that Detectives Ryan and Esposito haven’t been forgotten about with them both playing a small part in the larger case.

It’s an excellent start to the new season and is a blazing reminder of how Castle has gone right where other shows have failed. Yes, they made their leading man and woman get together but it hasn’t lessened the show in any way.  If anything, the characters have more to lose now that they are in a relationship and that makes the crime element of the show even more entertaining. Welcome back Caskett, we missed you!

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: mybiggeekadventure

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