Castle 6.01 “Valkyrie” Review

by Luciana / September 24, 2013

JOCKO SIMS, LISA EDELSTEIN, STANA KATICWell, that was intense, wasn’t it?

After a long summer hiatus, ABC’s Castle returned with our favorite crime-fighting duo slash lovebirds going through many changes in a short amout of time. Beckett said yes, moved to D.C. to start her new kickass job with the FBI and now they need to try their hardest to make their long distance relationship work.

But first, let’s talk about the new team in D.C. and just how much I love Lisa Edelstein as Federal Agent Rachel McCord. I am going to be honest with you; before watching the premiere, it was hard to imagine Beckett with another partner that wasn’t Castle. We didn’t know for sure what Edelstein’s role was going to be in relation to Beckett, but I absolutely loved that they are partners and seem to work seamlessly together, as far as chemistry goes. I really enjoyed their dynamic and the fact that she is kind of a mentor to Beckett and – while she is hard on our girl from time to time – she has her back no matter what. I don’t have much to say about the other guys, but they seem to be nice enough. They have focused heavily on the Beckett/McCord relationship in this episode and I already don’t want her to leave. I hope my opinion stays that way as we dive into the second episode.

Speaking of which, talk about a twist, huh? Opening the season with a two-parter right off the bat? Way to keep us on our toes, Marlowe! I thought the plot was okay – you all know I have never been a big fan of their case of the week thing – and it made for a nice flow throughout the episode, carrying the character-driven scenes all the way to the end nicely. I admit I was worried about how they were going to handle having to go back and forth with D.C and NY scenes, but I thought it went well for the most part – even though I would have loved to have seen a little more Ryan/Esposito. But, hey, we got an entire season ahead of us for that. Also, I really liked the fact that Beckett is not a superstar agent and screws up more often than not in the beggining. However, the fact that Castle stuck his nose where it didn’t belong kind of annoyed me, even though – given how he is – I should have expected it.

I wasn’t crazy about Alexis’ boyfriend. It’s not that I didn’t like him – I thought he was annoying in a cute kind of way and knew how to push Castle’s buttons – but it felt like he took entirely too much screen time that could have been used with Ryan and Esposito. I don’t know where they are going with this storyline, but I hope it’s not too far. Or at least, here’s hoping his stay at Casa de Castle is cut short as soon as possible.

And finally, let’s talk about Caskett! Can I just say that I absolutely adored all of their scenes together? After an entire season, TPTB finally showed them acting like a real couple in love and, as a fan of this ship, it was a joy to finally witness their relationship really blossom like that. I thought they seemed very comfortable with each other – even though the making out scenes still looked a little awkward (is that just me?) – and I just loved how domestic they already are around one another. Also, for a couple that supposedly had a lot of communication issues, they’re throwing those three little words around like crazy, aren’t they? And – bad pun totally not intended – I absolutely love it.

So much progress. Let’s hope they keep it that way.

About the cliffhanger, we all know Castle is going to survive, so we are not worried about that, right? It was intense and dramatic and all, but, hey, he’s the lead of the show. They are not going to kill him off. That said, I can’t wait to find out where this season is going, but as of right now, I think we’re off to a good start.

What did you think?


20-something Brazilian journalist. Crazy about TV. Love Castle, Fringe, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Once Upon a Time and countless other shows. Lost is the best show of all time. Period. @lucianamangas