Robin said: "The theme of this season seems to be contrived conflict. " You could end the entire conversation right there. I would add nonsensical and illogical to contrived, but really, that's all that's been going on this season. I can't hate Beckett or Castle because I can't even see what's happening as the show I've watched for 7+ seasons. Like, it's not Beckett and Castle it's some new characters I've never met - just with the same names and played by the same actors. I hate the writing and arcs of season eight and whatever madness has sparked these terrible decisions. . The only ""payoff" I want to see from this is that everything that's happened was just a bad dream of Castle's. Maybe he wakes up and it's the morning of Beckett's first day as Captain! He just had a horrible nightmare about what her becoming captain would lead to. It's the ultimate separation anxiety dream on his part! I would personally be sending gifts of gratitude to the writers if that happened. At least there'd be a chance of my once favorite show getting back on track.
That makes sense - if you loved the episode you wouldn't like the review. It would be odd if you said otherwise. Thanks for reading it.
Hence Blindspot burned up the ratings. I've seen two sneak peeks now and I'll bet anyone Blindspot stomps Castle again. Blindspot features a strong woman with amazing abilities to take care of herself while in a enormously difficult and emotionally painful situation. Meanwhile Castle is systematically trying to bring down Beckett's character in the name of raising Castle's - rather than just working on his. I've been a Castle fan since I saw my first episode, but this new dynamic they've been doing with Beckett - (which started in 6x23) is a disaster. I really want the show Castle to do better, but it's not surprising people are turning the channel to NBC. If Beckett were still Beckett, the show Castle would be giving Blindspot much stronger competition.
No, Still does not prove that. :D Still means they they had to rearrange the time line and push things back, and not develop things as well. First clue, Beckett was likely supposed to have said I love you in the 100th episode. Castle having hesitation about marriage isn't surprising given his track record - it's normal. It's not about her being serious relationships and him not. They wanted to show more of his vulnerability, but with all the rewriting and rearranging to fit in Still things got screwy. At least that's my take on it.
Right, because he's done so well at keeping out of AG business in the past. Right...him nearly dying because he wouldn't keep his nose out things never happened. This is Richard Castle we're talking about.
There are two things going on. The first is Beckett doesn't want to rock the boat. If it's something she's not interested why have the discussion? She goes to check it out. Secondly, the idea set up about the job situation (and I'm not saying it was perfectly executed) is that Beckett doesn't know if Castle wants their relationship to be permanent - as in marriage. It's because they've both been afraid to discuss this (we're told Castle had ducked the discussion when it's been brought up (conversation between Beckett and Lanie) that puts Beckett in the frame of mind to be concerned about her future. She doesn't want to let something go because she's waiting around for Castle. This wasn't the clearest season finale story. (Miles better than season 6 though. Millions of miles better.) I felt the season five final arc got messed up by, ironically, "Still." I wish ABC had given them the number of episodes earlier. Then we could have had "Still," but things could have been plotted out around it much better. All and all though Harvey, I think it's best to see part two. Then we'll know exactly what went on and what we're working with. :)
I'm not sure what you mean by letting her go, but Martha tells him something that sparks his proposal, and that is Beckett is who she is. Either he needs to accept it, or get out of the relationship. He chose to accept it. And yes, he does have that memory of Beckett confiding in him, so he does have some proof that her hesitating usually has a good reason. Actually, even her lying about hearing him say "I love you" when he gets the reason why she did - that she was in therapy dealing with her issues around the shooting so that she could tell him - he gets it. In other words, he's seen that very often her secrets are delays more than forever secrets and that there is usually a good reason for it. This is why the point Alexis makes - that he needs to trust her - is so important. He needs to remember that Beckett doesn't do things with ill intentions.
It's a big deal in terms of your point about Beckett's character. First of all, Beckett made the decision to tell Castle before it became irrelevant. The fact that it did doesn't change the integrity of her intention - she just never got the chance to. This leads to my second point. That fact that Castle figures things out before she's able to tell him something doesn't change that she had in her mind the plan to tell him. Her secrets are not the same kind as say, cheating on someone. In those cases the intention is to deceive. Early Beckett pulled tricks to deceive him - like the thing about a spare gun in the glove compartment. The thing about "I love you" & the trip to D.C. - these are things she delayed in talking to him about, not things she never planned to tell him. Beckett's weak area is verbal expression of her feelings. She literally had to go to a shrink to figure out that she was blocking Castle out of her life and to find the words about what she wanted. When things are black and white issues she has no problems but feelings about a situation never are. Her lies are really about stalling so she can figure out what she wants to say - not keeping things from him. Someone else pointed out another angle I haven't thought of. If Beckett was given classified information, then she really could not tell him. That was part of the deal when she was with the feds, and Castle knows and expected that there would be things she wouldn't tell him. So, let's see what this is all about before blanketly condemning her.
No. That's not why that happened. They were two different events. I actually felt they both had good reasons for the secrets they were keeping, so this is not a blame game thing for me. As for the second part about Castle always finding things out - nope, not always. She told him about finding the letter that revealed the crazy guy they thought was after Bracken - she went to her shrink because she wanted to tear it up so they wouldn't find the guy, but she knew it wasn't right. She tells Castle about it, even though she didn't have too. He would have never known it happened. The point is that Beckett's intentions have never been to hurt and deceive him. They've been because she was wounded and didn't know how to approach talking about an issue. She's not a person good with words. She's always planned on talking to him, but she's needed space to figure out how. However, in this case, what's going on is Beckett's trying to keep him, Alexis and herself from getting killed - and she's had to turn on a dime to make decisions. What if knowing made things even more dangerous for him? I think Beckett deserves the benefit of the doubt that her intentions are for Castle's protection. Instead, all I hear is, "oh, she lied again." Let's be clear: her lie is about saving his life, not cheating on him or auditioning for a new job, We'll learn more next week, but with the mass of people after her and the strings they pulled, it seems obvious as to why she felt bringing Castle with her at that moment of the phone call would be hazardous to his health.
THIS. Especially about the two hour thing.
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