Had to watch just to see what was going to happen. Much like driving past a wreck and rubber-necking to see how much damage was done in the crash. It is even difficult to watch reruns now and they were always enjoyable at least up until recently. Watching the destruction of what was once a really good series is difficult at best. However, if you step back and consider that Castle is now on opposite Monday Night Football at 10:00, it is as if ABC is trying to kill the show off and the writers are complicit in the attempt and it seems to be succeeding. When a show is suddenly changed and the direction goes off in a downward spiral, one wonders why. The way the show is going, we may not have an opportunity to ever know since it looks like it is on the way to the trash pile of cancelled shows.
A little late getting into the discussion but most of the comments so far are right on. Reason for being late was due to a decision on whether to poke my eye out with a sharp stick or watch another Castle episode. Well, my eye is intact and my favorite show is still trash. As a hetrosexual male who is not a chauvinist and does respect women, the character Castle has become is nothing but a total wimp and wuss. After the initial shock of Beckett leaving to pursue some far-fetched secret organization because she wanted to protect me from harm and figuring out that she simply didn't want to be married to me anymore, her clothes and everything else would be packed up and sent to her new home. Next step, divorce lawyer and letting her have her share of the proceeds from the Nikki Heat novels since they were based on her. And, as a very successful writer, move on to another character to write about. The crap about "winning her back" is a total loser story line for most people, male and female. The concept of Castle can be easily moved from the 12th Precinct to another venue and just keep on going. But, at this point as another has posted, the writers jumped the shark and now own the title. Henry Winklers, Fonzie "jumping the shark", is officially off the hook.
I watched the episode as I promised and afterwards, my initial reaction to the direction or lack of direction is still the same. The show has been great to watch since the first episode with the exception of maybe one or two that were not really good. However, the worst of the past 8 seasons cannot compare with the last 2 for being anywhere close to being so bad, boring, disappointing, and actually - too much fiction for a fictitious situation.I don't even want to watch the reruns anymore and that is saying something. Not many shows get my attention and I don't stay with very many for more than a few episodes but I can say that I never missed a Castle episode unless it was unavoidable. Now, I think I will avoid watching until I read a review where Castle takes things in his hands and becomes a man or at least tries to be one. Trying to "recapture the magic" is trite and contrived so far. Writers and producers, enough is enough!! Are you tired of the new direction yet? Have you lost enough viewers to wake up and realize you are employed to please the viewing audience, not alienate them? If you haven't, in due time, you will when you no longer have a job.On a scale of 1 to 10, so far I have to give this season a .05.
One last comment before giving the new format one more peek next week. Maybe the writers are taking lessons from Coke when several years ago, they tried a new formula that fell flat on its face and when the old Coke formula was brought back, sales increased dramatically. The point is that I know one of the employees of Coke who was involved in the "new formula" scam. It was a calculated risk with the predictions that once the new formula left a bad taste in everyone's mouth, they would run back to the old formula in droves. It worked with Coke but Castle ain't Coke.Maybe we the viewing audience have been jerked around one time too many and just maybe the Castle show will be the reintroduction of the old formula that falls on its face after the so-called injection of something new to shake things up does not work nor resonate with most of the fans.Reviewers and writers should take notice of the responses posted here and reconsider the direction they took sooner than later.
I have no problem stating quite clearly, if this is the direction the show is going, I am outta here. If this is who the writers want Beckett to be, fine, they will have to do it without me. The chemistry was great between Castle and Beckett and now that they are married, her removing herself from the marriage is a real downer.This is one of the few shows I have kept up with over the years other than NCIS and Justified when it was on. I will watch it this coming week but depending on the direction and how the writers handle their relationship, it may be my last time watching the show.Too bad writers and producers believe they have to reinvent the wheel when the wheel was turning just fine. Sometimes stability is the reason for watching a particular show and the stability between Castle and Beckett was dependable.Hope they can right the ship but if they go the way they are going, it will sink and the series won't be renewed for next year. I have a strong feeling too many feel the same way I do.
This has been a perfect series and the finale was perfect as well. After last night, Tuesday night at 10:00 will not be the same. I can honestly say that I never missed an episode and this was the only series I would avoid making arrangements that would interfere with watching. When the announcement was made that this would be the final season, it was obvious the writers and producers knew it was time to bring it to an end instead of going on and on and the series ending up being the typical junk.The ending was perfect when Boyd said, "we dug coal together". One of the best lines to end this series possible.Gonna miss you Raylan, Boyd, and all of the other characters on the show. You made watching television a pleasure again.
I have not missed one episode of Justified since it first aired. Very seldom does a series come along as good as Justified has been. Longmire was decent but nothing has come close to Justified. I think the series finale was just right and I watched it again after the first airing. I think my favorite part was when Raylon visited Boyd and their parting words, "we dug coal together". For me, that one line said it all about the relationship between Raylon and Boyd. No matter what direction their lives went, through everything they never lost that single thread that tied them together, forever. I think the writer who come up with it understands the old saying, "the ties that bind" because through it all as adversaries, they shared something more than hunter and hunted. When Raylon and Boyd had the opportunity to end it all with a final showdown, it didn't happen. Great series, sorry to see it end.
I don't understand the discussion group's problem with the male hormome treatment and the "ethical" considerations. The Wesen robbed and killed people using its ability to be both male and female! Darn, at some point, justice prevails and if the only way to stop the wesen is to keep it from becoming female by male hormone injections, then that is the fair thing to do. Understanding this is total fiction and entertainment, I can live with the fictional "justice".
Not sure about this show. Have watched all of the episodes so far and so far, have been mildly impressed. A agree with Terrie, something is missing. And, when the owners of the restaurant were first shown, I had my suspicions then. After learning a little more about the dead guy, the connection was obvious and any mystery about who was responsible was over.
I totally agree. The difference is that Law and Order was a show that had a built-in logic that some actors in the cast would change except for a couple of major characters. There were some actor teams playing the roles of law enforcement characters/detectives that did not mesh well and IMHO, was the cause for the show's demise. Sam Waterson's character was about the only one that was a constant throughout the show airing. But, in the end, overall a really good show and it did have lasting power.
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