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Castle Review: Shown the Trap Door

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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Castle Round Table: "Valkyrie"

Yes/No/Not Yet? After the finale, I made two predictions: 1. She'd say "yes" (correct), and 2. She'd turn down the job (incorrect...so far!). I wanted her to accept the proposal, and decline the job, so she could do something she's never done: prioritize a relationship.
Alexis' boyfriend: Castle has the daughter any parent would love to have. I think he can trust Alexis' instincts here, while still maintaining a watchful eye.
Kate's level of upset? In keeping with Beckett's selfish tendencies, her being upset was directed primarily as to how Castle's actions affected her status with the Feebs. So, I'd say it was at the right level.

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Castle Round Table: "Valkyrie"

Work/life partnership affected? In Jim's comments, he makes a great observation: If they don't work together, it's not much fun for us fans, as "we won't have much to watch." As I said earlier, if she stays with the FBI (and I have doubts that she will), the show becomes 24...and, I've already seen that. Could Marlowe & Co. make this work? Yes...as long as she's based in New York.
Time Jump: The party Castle must have thrown for Kate as she packed for D.C.! I bet even Capt. Gates had a good time...and it would have made up for the UNFORGIVABLE CRIME of Lanie's absence from the season premiere!
Favorite Scene: The first five minutes, of course. That entire Tracy-Hepburn exchange that we've all come to love was worth the anguish I had to endure this summer!

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Castle Season 5 Report Card: A-

2013 Hopes:
1. I hope Kate accepts the proposal, and turns down the job (that’s my prediction as well).
2. I hope to see a lot more of Lanie…and not necessarily with Esposito.
3. I hope Kate and Alexis have a heart-to-heart about Caskett.
4. I hope Martha doesn’t move out.
5. I hope Capt. Gates keeps looking down her nose at Castle (that’s a lot of fun).
6. I hope Senator Bracken gets his.
Report Card: A- is about right. It’s the second-best season, from a totality standpoint (I’ll put Season 4 at the top, mainly because Worf…um, I mean Dr. Burke got Kate to do something no other character seems able to: be open and honest about her feelings).

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Castle Season 5 Report Card: A-

Best Ep: “Probable Cause� by a large margin. “Still� is my FAVORITE, but it’s still a clip show.
Worst Ep: “The Fast and the Furious.� Bigfoot. Really? C’mon, man!
Biggest Improvement: Watching the Caskett dynamic develop, while keeping the banter level.
Most Frustrating: The fact that Senator Bracken is still alive.
Character (new light): Ryan, for the reasons stated in the article.
Character (see more of): Lanie, for the reasons stated in the article (and I’ve been a Tamala Jones fan since “Booty Call�).

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Castle Round Table: "Watershed"

I think some of the posters here are doing the Beckett character a severe injustice. Is she selfish? Yes. But there are levels and nuances of selfishness in the character that warrant pity, not disdain. Beckett's selfishness isn't borne of the "everything's about me" attitude that generally accompanies this description; it's rooted in her anger about being so violently robbed of her mother, years of uncertainty about the crime, her ability to solve it, and the insecurites that all of that brings. I understand where she's coming from. More importantly: I think Castle does too. That's why he proposed, with no conditions on her decision. She's selfish alright, but lighten up a bit.

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Castle Round Table: "Watershed"

Beckett’s answer: I could understand her saying no in order to DEFER her answer, because she’s so emotionally stilted and selfish (Castle’s flawed too; aren’t we all?), but none of the “experts� reasons fit. Castle proposing may have been the ONLY thing to force Beckett to look beyond just herself, for a change, and consider what Capt. Montgomery said to her in the S3 finale: “We don’t owe them our lives.�

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Castle Round Table: "Watershed"

Favorite scene: Beckett talking about her “home� to the suspect. Right then I knew she wasn’t taking the job.
Best advice: Martha. I like when she’s flighty, but I love when she’s the voice of reason and practicality.
Job offer: See above (no). If she takes it, the show becomes “24.� I’ve seen that already.
Proposal: Why not? He’s loved her for TWO YEARS, and if Beckett’s honest with herself, she has loved him since she broke up with Demming. Exactly how much time is the right time? ARE WE WATCHING THE SAME SHOW?
Ranking the finale: I agree with Lisa (it’s hard) and with Christine (nothing tops �Always� -- maybe the best EPISODE of the show, period.
Beckett’s answer: I could understand her saying no in order to DEFER her answer, because she’s so emotionally stilted and selfish (Castle’s flawed too; aren’t we all?), but none of the “experts� reasons fit. Castle proposing may have been the ONLY thing to force Beckett to look beyond just herself, for a change, and consider what Capt. Montgomery said to her in the S3 finale: “We don’t owe them our lives.�

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If there was a way for me to more vigorously disagree with Josie Leeds' rebuke of the writers, I would do so. I think the "Castle" writers rose to perhaps the biggest challenge a show like this could face: once the sexual tension is resolved, how do you keep the scenarios fresh? I think the writing team is first-rate. As for the cliffhanger: it wasn't perfect, but I think the marriage proposal by Castle is the ONLY way to keep Beckett from taking that job. Since her mom's murder, Beckett is essentially a selfish person -- that's why no relationship she's had has lasted as long as this one. Being a bride is probably the only thing that would keep her from REMAINING selfish. Can't wait for S6!

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The journey that Beckett has been on is migrating from independence to interdependence. Everything she's done up since her mother has died has been somewhat selfish. Nobody gets in, she lives for the job (and finding justice for her mom), and no relationship stands a chance. In Castle, she meets her match; however, her insecurity over having to GIVE as well as receive causes her to do what she does. Season 2: she's too scared to admit she digs him (he moves on). Season 3: she pushes him away because he cares enough to tell her some hard truths about herself (she gets shot). Season 4: She ignores his admission of love and his selfless devotion to keeping her alive, blinded by her hatred of the person who killed her mother (she runs back, apologizing). Season 5: Let's see if she's learned anything. FYI: I LOVE Stana Katic; her acting is superb. But Detective Beckett would have lost me already (not that I'm some great prize...

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