There were so many things to love about this premiere. Let's get started.
Of course we picked up right where we left off last season, with Castle and Beckett on the swings and then he gets down on one knee (awwww) and proposes. Funniest reaction ever was Beckett, "you're proposing!" and Castle's "You seem surprised by that." Haha. I loved how she said yes and he said he couldn't imagine his life without her. Love, love, love. They said they'd try to work it out with her new job in D.C.
Then we jump ahead two months. A heart-stopping chase scene that ends in Beckett's shooting. All part of her training, thankfully. No more shooting Beckett for reals. She's feeling bad about not realizing the hostage wasn't really a hostage, and we are introduced to her new partner, boss, etc. Doesn't have the same feel as the 12th and I miss that camaraderie. Meanwhile, back in New York, Castle comes home from his book tour to find Alexis has brought home a boyfriend named Pi (funniest line of the night was Pi to Castle: "that whole spelling thing stifles creativity." Haha!) Anyway, we then find out that Caskett haven't seen each other in six weeks and Beckett has to cancel their romantic weekend.
Oddly, Castle seems a bit concerned about the new boyfriend staying at his home, but he hops a plane to see Beckett. Whatever, I guess. He can't resist getting involved in Beckett's case, even though it's classified and is against the law for him to even know about. He gets her in trouble with her new partner and promises to back off. Only the damage has been done and the bad guy has seen Castle with the Feds, so he kidnaps him. (Second funniest line of the night, when the bad guy collapses while driving and Castle is shouting 10 and 2, TEN AND TWO!) Haha, any parent who's ever taught a teen to drive has shared that sentiment.
The bad guy dies and Castle is questioned by Beckett's boss. Of course, he gets Beckett into more trouble and goes home to New York. Pi is in his kitchen making papaya steaks because he's a fruitarian. LOL Castle does go down to the station to talk to the guys and that was the second worst thing about the episode, is how little Ryan and Esposito we got (although Ryan swaddling the doll was funny) and no Lanie at all. Esposito fills in the blank a bit when he gives an insight into Dreamland (mentioned by the bad guy before he died), that it's a secret military ghost base of some sort. It sounded awesome for this writer anyway.
Castle googles Dreamland and then two federal agents come and take him away. He gets taken to the same interrogation room he was in earlier and Beckett comes in looking pretty grim. She pulls a chair over to him and tells him that the real thing stolen was a chemical agent and that's what the driver died of. And Castle was exposed. He's got enough of it in his bloodstream, that he's going to die in 24 hours. End show.
WORST THING EVER!!! You know how I hate cliffhangers and to have one on the season premiere was HORRIBLE. We waited all summer and that's what we get? No bueno.
So, to sum up, I liked all the action, the twists and turns of the case, Beckett being on point and proving herself without Castle. I like where they're at with their relationship.
I didn't like the cliffhanger ending, new characters that weren't that relatable, feeling like Castle had nothing to do except get Beckett in trouble and try to see her, (it was definitely more of a Beckett-centric ep), I just miss their gelling together on a case, if you know what I mean, and barely any Ryan/Espo/No Lanie. I wonder if they'll try to merge the two locations or some of the characters somehow? How long are we in D.C.?
What did you think of the episode? Did it meet your expectations?