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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.

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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?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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The word I am looking for on Alexis rhymes ungrateful hitch.

AWM and the writers are committing character assassination much like the same way HIMYM writers did with Robin in Season 8. For the first 15 episodes, everybody was furious with the writers in the way they'd written Robin so far that season. Then the mother of all payoffs (for fans at least) came about, and it explained a lot of what happened before.

I just hope there's a payoff to all this madness. Because if there isn't, and if they're just using all the negative energy and angst to progress a weak plotline, then it's just sad.

I was watching some re-runs of Castle from earlier seasons, and Alexis is just gone. This is a shell of the living and breathing character who existed in seasons past. Nothing explains her irrational, brattish behavior. And her relationship with a goddamn hippie, who I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. There is nothing redeeming about Pi. Zero. Zilch. Nada. You see him coming towards you, you cross the street.

And her condescending talk in last episode about "who's more mature" and in this episode as well made me want to throw up. I am reminded of Louis CK's comedy about how kids think they know a lot at a certain age, but the reality is that they don't know squad because they haven't lived through all the s**t that elders have lived through. That is exactly what I am reminded of.

As I said, let's hope for a payoff, otherwise this is one helluva character assassination. EDIT: BTW, TVFanatic, can you fix line breaks in comments? I don't want to add a "br" everytime I want a new line.

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Martha's advice to castle over the years is quite troublesome,not that a parent shouldn't offer advice its just that in my opinion her's is seldom spot on.In watershed her advice to rick regarding their relationship in light of how kate was treating him is not the advice i would have given my children.Now her advice regarding alexis is poor advice considering all that rick has done for this brat! How come she is the so called "expert"when her own life's decision's has turned out may i say-poorly!

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I think the ending with Rick and Alexis was setting up an eventual reunion when Pi does something very bad or stupid, and Alexis wakes up to reality with him. Then she will fret over how to come home to her Dad and accept that perhaps he was right with this guy. Then he will be accepting and forgiving, and all is once again right with the world.

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This was one of the best Castle episodes by far! But I too don't like the way the Castle/Alexis relationship is going.. Alexis seems like a stranger this season..Ice cream has always been their thing, and for her to turn it and him down.. just made me sad.. Please Writers.. PI HAS GOT TO GO! It will be interesting to see if next weeks episode wakes her up any

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Nottrampis, maybe they are planning to give you special royal status sometime soon. Somehow yesterday I pulled up a list of all of the user profiles on this site, and you were number 6 or 7 for having the most comments of all of the users!! Hey, but if they give you MY CROWN, I want it back. You can have a newer and bigger one.

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Up until this arc with Pi in season 6, Alexis was portrayed as a well adjusted teen who was kind, generous, intelligent, respectful, diligent, cautious, and mindful of consequences. Now, much of that has vanished. We as fans are being told in this story that her behavior is a result of being angry with her father (because she heard it from Martha on the phone that he was engaged to Beckett) and that of a young girl stretching her new wings of freedom, testing boundaries with her father, and just general rebellion of youth. For some, this might be halfway believable or acceptable even, but one glance into the recent past should change your perspective. This is a young woman who made a bad decision by posting personal information on a public blog, in spite of the numerous warnings about such a thing by her dad. The result was a kidnapping of Alexis and her friend from their college, during which time Alexis was afraid for her life the entire time. As a consequence, her father had to travel to Paris, on his own, to contact some dangerous people in order to try to find her. He risked his life and most likely the majority of the fortune that he made writing books, while trying his best to rescue her. Fortunately, with the help of his CIA father, he was successful, and Alexis was brought home safe. We don't hear much about her after that until right before she leaves to Costa Rica, when we learn that she has had some bad dreams, fears, etc., reminiscent of PTSD. She knows how frightened her dad is to let her go to Costa Rica, but he relents and pays for her trip anyway. She even acts as though she is concerned about his sadness before she leaves. Then, the next time we hear about Alexis is when she has shacked up with Pi and brought him home, unannounced, to live at the loft (we can presume that they slept in the same bed until dad got home and told her that Pi had to sleep on the couch.) I won't even bother to recap her bad behavior after this, since you all have watched it. Unfortunately, the girl who returned from Costa Rica is a stranger. Can we even assign one of those noble attributes listed above to this new person? She used to care deeply about her father's happiness, but now she actually seems angry that he is happy. She used to be very forgiving, just like her dad, but now she slams doors in his face when he comes to apologize? She used to feel terrible if she hurt her dad's feelings, but now she could care less if she hurt him or not. She JUST WENT THROUGH an extremely dangerous situation as a result of her poor judgment, but she has erased that from memory (including the near death of her father) already and has proceeded to behave in ways that are possibly even more dangerous than before. Part of her argument is that her dad lived with someone when he was 19, so why can't she? Well, I can think of two reasons pretty easily. First of all, her dad did that at least 25 years ago, and whether you remember it or not, times were very different and not nearly as dangerous as they are today. Secondly, I very strongly doubt that he brought this woman home to live with him and mom. My guess is that he lived in his own apartment, paid for his own apartment, and paid for his own college education. Things are very different when daddy is footing the bill for all of his little girl's bad behavior. This is the same girl who we might call generous because she gave her entire monthly allowance to a charity for a friend, but in the same sentence we can call an absolute idiot because she didn't reserve any money for food and resorted to sneaking into her dad's loft to steal food from him! Well dad, maybe it's time to change the locks. Sadly, she has learned that no matter what she does wrong, daddy will come to her rescue if she really needs help. As far as I'm concerned, she has made it clear that she DOESN'T NEED HIM, she DOESN'T WANT HIM, and so for the near future at least, he should make it clear that she DOESN'T GET HIM (HIM=his loft, his money, his influence, his help, his car, his extra free furniture, etc.), PERIOD!!! He can reconsider things when she comes begging, pleading, contrite, and promising never to treat him with such open disrespect again.

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@ Tonya B.

Next thing they need to have is a like button/thumbs up -- which I'd click on for your comment. Thumbs up!

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Captain Cook you are lucky to sign in. do that I cannot comment. Martha blabbed to Alexis about the engagement said nothing about Alexis's appalling behaviour at the loft.
It follows on her dreadful advice on Beckett to Castle !

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@ I+was+nottrampis

I sent you an email explaining my problem and how it was resolved contacting the web master -- but you have to be able to sign in to get it. If this posts, click on the "About Us" at the bottom of the page and email the webmaster with your problem.

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Perhaps the best solution is for Alexis to go on a student exchange to Russia for two years, then we do not get to see the spoiled brat or Pi again! I wonder why Martha felt that Castle should apologise for his behaviour towards Alexis and Pi, but she didn't think to mention that perhaps Alexis should apologise to Castle for her behaviour towards him. Very inconsistent, but that is Marlowe for you. PS: Can somebody tell me why I have to sign in every time I want to make a post?

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@ ukno1stanafan

Martha's an older person, not an integral part of young people's lives (in the eyes of older people commonly), and advice you hear passed out around senior centers is that you have to bite your tongue if you want your young relatives to come around. I don't think it's good advice to give Castle as he's not in an old folks home (metaphorically) where it's out of the beaten path for the young to visit, which they wouldn't if they're going to be criticized.

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Our Roy Montgomery, I believe you are on the money but it is heresy to accuse Marlowe and co of bad writing

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There are several occasions over the last three years where Marlowe or Miller had to explain what is actually going on with the characters via interviews or twitter. Honestly, if you need to do that, then you really should realize that your writing isn't getting the job done. It feels like they are stalling Castle and Beckett right now because they don’t know how to write her into Castle’s life during the engagement while he is dealing with Alexis. That’s just bad, and it’s really hard to watch. Castle having Beckett to go home with or home to would have made a huge difference in these past two episodes.