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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?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Perhaps the writers can show the adverse health effects of a fruitarian diet: impaired glucose tolerance, diabetes, fatty liver disease, elevated triglycerides, kidney damage, disintegrating teeth and, oh yeah, a link to pancreatic cancer. Maybe if Pi comes down with acute abdominal pain which turns out to be an inflamed pancreas or kidney stones we can drop that story line. She's 19. She needs to (metaphorically) stub her toe hard, repeatedly and daddy has to let her splat on her face and not rush in to make it better.

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Vince. I agree completely with your view. The writers seem to have totally lost the ability to write good stories, therefore, they create utterly ridiculous angst. The change in Alexis, to a totally spoilt, rude, insolent brat is totally unnecessary, and has probably ruined her character for a vast number of fans, I doubt that Marlowe will recover her from this. I have just watched in the UK, Kick The Ballistics from S4, compared to this Seasons episodes, apart from Number 1 Fan, this was head and shoulders above the fare offered so far. The writers need to up their game, and certainly end this Alexis arc, it is seriously damaging the show, IMO.

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@ ukno1stanafan

I agree that the number one thing that kills any TV series is bad writing and that is exactly what has happened during the Alexis arc. It is frustrating to watch because there were some extremely talented writers on the show in the early years. They paid much better attention to every last detail of their work in terms of character development. I get what the writers are trying to do with Alexis, making her grow up and branch out from her father and all that, but the way they are writing this arc is so bad. Given that there is some kind of father/daughter reconciliation in a future episode, I'm not sure it will be accepted by the viewers as authentic or even deserved.

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The Castle Halloween episodes are usually legendary, but the open/end scenes with Alexis ruined that for this season. I don’t think the writers are in command of their story as they were in the early years. However, I thought the RC/KB interactions were fine in this episode. Beckett seemed slightly annoyed at times but amused at others. I'm fine that they don't always act like a couple while they're working. However, such a mess created with the Alexis arc. After 5 seasons, the Alexis character has evolved into a daughter who would shut the door in her father’s face? I imagine the reaction to this episode will gain Alexis further detractors. A problem persists when fans no longer can invest in a character because they can no longer identify with them. During that last scene, it felt as if Alexis may actively dislike Beckett given what Alexis said about how getting engaged to Kate may not be a good idea. If the writers plan to go in that direction, big mistake!

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@ Vince

Alexis' statement about Kate seemed completely out of left field for me. At the very least, I thought they were amicable with each other. This conflict seems contrived. Why would she all of a sudden feel threatened by Kate AND resort to acting out in such a way that is completely out of character for her. She's poised enough to have the ability to communicate any hurt feelings without going out of her way to seek revenge on her father. Castle is much more patient with her foolishness than I could ever be. I have a teen-aged daughter who knows that any door she closes in my face, even if she owns it, will be torn from its hinges so that she knows to never disrespect me, whether she's 19 or 90. No I don't have an anger problem. I just believe respect and reverence is a lesson that should be taught to a child before their ABCs.

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@ Gigi2776

The next thing you know Martha, the future mother-in-law, will be telling Beckett that she is not good enough for her son.

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@ Vince

I know!

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I've been though what Castle just did: coping with an adult daughter's choices that you believe the outcome will be painful for her. Alexis' pouting and posturing aside, she has a point: Castle needs to accept her choices. He doesn't ever have to LIKE them, but he does have to respect her right to MAKE them.

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Too late. I'm done with Alexis.

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I think when Alexis shut the door in her father's face, she and the writers shut the door to the Alexis character for the fans. I hated that seen as a single father who raised a daughter and went through all the ages and stages of it. My daughter, with all of our issues, never disrespected me in such a way. I know it's television, but that scene almost cut me off from watching Castle ever again. A great review and so many great comments here. Marlowe and Co. more than any other writers/creators of any shows I watch, have a penchant for annoying the fan base. Why? And add to my anger over this scene, the promo for next week that followed, and as I said, I am almost done. Certainly I will never have any concern, care, or otherwise for the character of Alexis. She is a supporting character in a great show, that is all. Though it is a TV show, we all get invested to some degree, but I really don't care to be annoyed while wishing to be entertained. I think Marlowe & Co. annoy me more than Alexis and Pi, if that is remotely possible.

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@ Richard

You couldn't have said it better: I don't know why the writers insist on annoying/posing off it's fans as often as they do. I started watching Castle during season 2 at the insistence of my father who kept telling me I had to watch the best father/daughter duo on television. My father & I have a great relationship & used to get a kick out of watching Alexis & Castle interact on top of watching pretty enjoyable cases unfold week after week. My father stopped watching Castle this season during episode 3 because he's completely over Alexis & can't bear to see her getting any screen time. He won't even record the show so he can just skip through her scenes. Last week, I thought that it was getting better: Alexis was moving out & we'd be done with her -and then last nights episode aired. I have about 1 or 2 episodes left in me before I stop watching too. Yes, Alexis' 5 minutes of screen time are shaping up to be enough to get me to stop watching a show that I otherwise love. Hopefully Marlowe & co. get this nonsense straightened out before they lose too many fans. And should that happen, hopefully they revert to earlier seasons when fans could enjoy the show without being completely annoyed/pissed off week after week.

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Alexis has got to go. I am so way over her that it is not funny. I hate that character with a fury and want her off my screen. I have never been a fan of hers, but now I wish they would kill her off. Yes, I know Castle would feel pain (and I don't want that) so I really don't want her killed, but I am so over her and her attitude. Just send her off somewhere and be done with her. A mention of her would be okay, if I don't have to see her.

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Agree joyful,it was one of the better eps. in the last year or so,rick can carry a ep. by himself,his grasp of many diverse subjects as wild as they may seem shows his importance to the 12th.Marlowe continues to use rick as a punching bag-his mother critical of him for years,last season it was kate that walked all over him now its his daughter who he loved&protected his whole life,remember last season risking his life for her when kidnapped-how quickly they forget.

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Interesting story though. Apart from No 1 Fan, this has been a pretty ordinary Season so far. Now that they are engaged, I had hoped for more Caskett alone time, but the past two eps, nothing. Typical AWM, with these two, one step forward and three back.

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Alexis needs to get her head out of her ass. Without her father she has nothing. She needs to apologise big time asap, for her appalling behaviour. It would be good to see Kate give Castle some advice on how to deal with Alexis, someone does, before her character is totally ruined in the eyes of the fans.

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Amen, Amen, Amen. After 19 years of getting basically whatever the hell she wanted, after getting into a great school, having had a great basically carefree life, she tells her Dad that he "better find a way to be ok with her shacking up with somebody?" Alexis needs to have her ass kicked, let alone pull it out of her ass!!!!

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.

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