Season five picked right up where we left off, Castle on one knee and Beckett in open-mouthed shock. The season had lots of moments for long-time fans to enjoy and plenty to lock in new viewers too. Not every episode is a winner, but let's face it, they can't please us all!
The bonus features with the DVD set really deliver though. There's a lookback at past seasons where each of the cast members (except Stana) and show creators Andrew Marlowe and Terri Edda Miller reminisce on their favorite moments and character developments as the show has progressed. To make up for Stana's absence in this piece, there's a short "On Location with Stana" piece that follows the actress on set as they prepared to shoot the wedding scenes for the season finale (this short was filmed by Mark Polish with whom Stana costarred in "For Lovers Only" - an excellent film by the Polish brothers, also highly recommended!).
The audio commentaries got a new spin by including some character commentary from Detectives Ryan and Esposito. Who doesn't love a little extra bromance?
Extended and deleted scenes add a little extra to episodes we're already familiar with, and the bloopers are always fun, giving viewers great appreciation not only for the hard work that goes into making this show but also for just how much fun the cast and crew have while filming.
Overall, B+ for the regular season and a solid A for the bonus features.