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Castle Review: Shown the Trap Door

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"Get a Clue" was a classic Castle episode. It featured an occult style murder, a felonious monk and even a sword fight thrown in. But it was the very end that took away some of the fun.

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Let's review some of the most entertaining moments first. 

The murder of Susanna Richland was pretty awesome mystery. Why would an accountant end up with stigmata type wounds and a sword stabbed through her throat? Add in some religious icons, pagan symbols, the Freemasons and a treasure hunt and you've got the makings for vintage Castle.

Castle and Beckett were at their best with lots of good natured joking along the way. When Beckett started weaving a crazy theory, Castle looked confused…

Castle: What are you doing?
Beckett: Making stuff up. Just like you do.

He was so completely appalled. She's Beckett. Her role is to follow the evidence. She's the yin to his yang and now she was messing with the natural order of things. 

And is there really a blacksmith shop still in existence in NYC or is that just creative license? I may need to go look that one up. 

The sword fight was epic. Looked like all of those fencing duels with Alexis finally paid off. Still I was grateful to find out they were stunt swords. Thinking they were real made that scene much scarier. 

I also really loved the Raiders of the Lost Ark moment when Castle grabbed the bag of half-dimes and the door shut behind them. But on the flip side, I had a little trouble believing that no curious kid ever stuck their hand through that hole in lthe ast couple of hundred years. 

But it all led to one of my favorite Castle quotes…

This is not my idea of going to the chapel with you.

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We definitely all expect a lot more romance and a lot less dust when that day finally happens. 

As for the killer, I expected it to be the director, Nolan Burns, until he mentioned the family connection. Then it was obvious it was Henry. Sometimes family just can't be trusted.

Esposito and Ryan also had some great moments. How funny was Ryan as he tried to shake the filth off his hand after he touched that banister, followed by him muttering…

This place, you can get hepatitis just breathing the air.

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I always love watching Espo and Ryan work as a team as they go through the door during a takedown. I sincerely hope that one day we'll see a spinoff with these two detectives.

And I couldn't help but laugh a bit when Beckett told Ryan to impress her and he groused…

You know, there are times I wish she'd stayed in D.C.

Ryan

We all know he didn't mean it but Beckett was giving the surveillance genius an impossible task, and of course he came through. 

However, I was disappointed when Beckett sent Javier down to the morgue. I really got my hopes up that we'd get a substantial scene between he and Lanie. Are they lovers? Ex-lovers? Friends with benefits? At this point we really have no idea and this scene told us nothing. Felt like quite the missed opportunity to give the audience some information concerning one of our favorite couples. 

Finally we get to Alexis.

Sigh…

I've always loved Alexis. The father/daughter relationship on Castle has been one of the highlights of this show since the pilot. So now that we're up to Castle Season 6 Episode 6, it's hard to see that bond beginning to fray.

First, I'll acknowledge that even the strongest relationships have their rough patches and Castle and Alexis are no exception. Is this rift uncomfortable? Yes. Is it realistic? Also, yes.

Was Castle less than gracious at their dinner? He could have done a better job of hiding his displeasure but what father is happy that their 19 year old daughter has moved in with a guy…any guy?

That said, Alexis is old enough to make her own decisions and that includes choosing her own relationships. 

OK, that's the rational side of my brain. Now on to my rant…

She wouldn't let her father in the door!?! Are you kidding me? He came there to apologize and talk things out and she made him stand in the hall!

Then she brought up that she learned about her father's engagement through her grandmother. Well, I love Martha but perhaps she should have kept her mouth shut until Castle had the chance to share the news with his only daughter. And Alexis being hurt over that slight would have played better if we had seen any hint of it over the first five episodes of Castle season 6

She went on to compare her two month relationship with Pi to Castle's five-year relationship with Beckett. Being that she's looking at things from a 19-year old's perspective I suppose I can let that one slide.

But it's not as though Alexis has always welcomed Kate with open arms. Seems to me there were a few times she was more than a little cool towards her father's muse. Alexis felt she had her reasons then as Castle certainly does now for disliking Pi.

When Alexis turned down her father's offer for ice cream and shut the door in his face, I have to admit I felt like I was done. 

Alexis speech about acceptance would have carried a lot more weight if she would have shown a little bit of kindness towards her dad. The entire exchange made Castle's once extraordinary daughter look like an insolent, spoiled brat.

More than angry, it made me sad. Almost as sad as Castle. I'm hoping to see some glimpse of the old Alexis on Castle Season 6 Episode 7 (previewed below.)

So can Alexis Castle be saved in the eyes of fans or is it simply too late?

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Sam and Vince very much agree with your comments,your comments that even if the old Alexis is back its would be hard to trust rings true and similar to kate turning on rick towards the end of last season-both cases leave one with doubt and trust issues.Interesting the common denominator is marlowe having 2 people who are supposed to love him,walk all over him.

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Alexis Castle whom I now call Ally has gone from extraordinary to ordinary, from sparkling to typical. Here we had a daughter that anyone would be proud of, reduced to a stranger that I would gladly help her to pack up her belongings. If there is a trust fund the age would be changed to 30. Is this really the same person that told her father to punish her for some infraction, didn't want to miss a test at school to go shopping with generally missing in action mommy and didn't get drunk at a party like her friend? Is this really Alexis or a set up with a look alike? I love the show but even if the old Alexis shows up it would be hard for me to trust and respect her for a very long time. I know it would be sad to see Ms. Quinn depart but who would we be mourning, the girl she was or the brat that she has become?

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nottrampis. Agree. A disconnect persists among the writers over the bias towards or against relationships given what happens each week with different writers. There is a lack of overall strategic direction from Marlowe for character development. The relationships are lacking in consistency. The current Kate/Alexis relationship is a perfect example. The story plot drives the character actions regardless of past history.The writer for this last episode is not one of my favorites.

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Our roy montgomery it is to some extent just like the problems which occurred with the EVIL episode and then the final arc overall. Marlowe and co simply didn't have a clue. They probably still don't realise they showed Beckett and selfish, self centered and stupid! right now I don't think they realise how much of a selfish ill mannered brat they are portraying Alexis as

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It looks like the Alexis arc might run its course in 6x7. There were a lot of comments posted here during the arc from parents with daughters who were truly disgusted with the Alexis portrayal by Marlowe as a teenager just acting out over the engagement. Nothing is worse than a 19 year old who thinks she is 40 versus a 19 year old who makes mature decisions as if she were 40. It was hard to watch the arc from my own perspective given the false premise put forth by the show runner about how typical it was for a young woman her age to act that way towards their father given those circumstances. I never had to raise a daughter, but I did raise two sons. You see, I met my wife while we were both in college working at the same company on co-op assignments. When we were married, my wife was just 19 years old, I was 21. That happened some 30 years ago. My wife had nothing but respect for her father during her teenager years. She would never have treated him with such disrespect. The door slam scene was so ridiculous to watch. To portray a young woman acting that way towards her father makes no sense. That was just an insult to viewers. Given all the ongoing negative feedback from fans and media writers about the arc, Marlowe still refuses to acknowledge, in a recent interview, that the character might have been hurt by the storyline.

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I agree Captain Cook. I know in my case we were discussing it right away. Why oh why did they change this site?
It used to work wonderfully now I simply cannot comment at all as NotTrampis

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@ I used to be Not Trampis

When I post now, with the changes, there is an "edit" button to click on. I think that change is wonderful -- but, sure, because I make typos and sometimes say the wrong character's name, and I do it too often. I am so happy for that! But, my first post had to be "approved" after I contacted the webmaster and I am still antsy about whether or not anything I post will appear at all. I comment on the "edit" because I don't know if un-signed-in users, as you until/if they ever fix your problems see the "edit."

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wow this site just doesn't like me

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now is this working?

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Caskett have been engaged for the best part of six months now, I wonder when we will see them discuss their future?

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@ ukno1stanafan

Castle's comment about how they should put something in their vows about following each other into creepy places is what Marlowe considers wedding planning. After what has been presented to the viewers during this Alexis arc, my expectations are much lower now for a wedding this season.

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Hey Christine, I can not post!!!!

Castle Season 6 Episode 6 Quotes

Pi: I don't know Mr. C. What color is it?
Castle: Free.

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Martha: Remember the hovel you lived in in college.
Castle: Well, the difference is I was shacking up with Pi.