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oh dear it almost confirms the worst fears we have, Let us forget about Beckett as Captain. We now have confirmation that Castle is going back to being a PI. Huh? Castle was a failure because he does not have the skills to be a PI. The skill set of homicide detective and PI are entirely different. To be successful you need a network of working police officers to get information ( illegally), you need a suite of highly satisfied clients etc. It is seedy work. Has no writer viewed Hell hath no fury in Season one at all in. the PI there was portrayed pretty accurately. It is mainly seedy work. Castle originally got into this work without having a clue about what possible work he might do nor what the revenue potential was. In other words he was a complete Bimbo. This has increased tenfold. Why would he not only put on an employee but also his daughter!! He would have already had to pay out on an expensive lease for an office in Manhattan, He would need another expensive fitout and it must be have large office space for three people plus other stuff.you would need a separate office to talk to clients! He now has a payroll of two. Okay he has the net wealth to waste money but why? Then we have Alexis. Here is a smart, driven, educated woman.It appears she has thrown in her university education and working at Castle’s PI office. Why would any self respecting Father allow her daughter to work in this seedy area particularly if she is as intelligent as Alexis. There is no correlation with this and her studies. Why is Alexis acting where she shows no self respect at all to her father? I feel confirmation of the Joannie Cunnigham disease here. The basis of Castle is how the relationship of Castle and Beckett at work on homicide integrates with their relationship with home life. This destroys this like the extremely boring Washington arc did. I only want to see Castle with Beckett not another woman and certainly not one who is not attractive. If, and it is a BIG IF, my fears are confirmed then Castle jumped the shark last season and it is continuing this season. I really hope to eat these words.

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Sorry you are simply apologising for mediocre writing which we got in bucketfuls last season.
A lack of continuity is appalling writing.
IF there is no reason given why a woman with such a bad record can get to be Captain then again we have poor writing again . Winter is easily the best writer on the team so IF he does this it will say everything about the forthcoming season. I must say you have a strange attitude. If your sporting team is performing badly because the coach continually makes bad decisions do you accept it or 'move on' or do you want things improved ?
I hate mediocrity anywhere. I see no reason to accept it in what was the greatest series I have watched. Just had a thought. what a bit of poetic licence. She is Captain but not as we know it. The Commissioner changes it as he doesn't want to miss out on her homicide skills so he increases the role of both the lieutenant and sergeant at the 12th in an experiment to see how it goes. This would mean she continues to be a partner in crime with Castle and doesn't have the administrative role that both Montgomery and Gates had.

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In Food to die for or better known as the Maddie episode , one of the great episodes IMHO, Beckett and Demming do not have their first date because the lieutenant put the hammer down.If the lieutenant is there so is a sergeant, My guess is the Captain determines who is in charge of whom hence Montgomery ensured Homicide is under the Captain directly. It is not hard to assume robbery ( where Demming was) was under the lieutenant because it is a large squad.

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Buddy ,
we have seen the Captain's job in Castle is much more than in real life, We saw this in Law and Murder. Montgomery was seen as a potential Commissioner. We also saw in Food to die for the Precinct had a lieutenant ( and therefore a sergeant). I would add this was also in the case in another show such as Forever. A detective would not be allowed to sit for a Captain's exam certainly not one with less than 2 years experience. She has only been a mere detective, Not a Sergeant and not a lieutenant, She hasn't had any leadership experience at all. She only knows homicide. Can you imagine what the Sergeant and Lieutenant feel at Beckett been appointed Captain. They do not have the baggage of that Beckett has and her poor judgement in the undercover fiasco would be legend at the 12th. I guess in comes down to believing continuity is an important thing in writing a series and being able to think. If you do think either are important then anyone would accept Beckett as a Captain.

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I share your concern.
At least season 6 had some great episodes but season 7 had none.
We had Castle gawking at strippers and Beckett flirting with aging actors and people thinking that was funny.When Castle was suspended from the Precinct I thought it would be a great way to bring back 3XK. He was the reason behind it and they all fight the obvious absurd decision but they had Castle become a PI where he had no idea of what he would do or how much he would make.
The in the finale we had Beckett trying to pick whether to be Captain or Politician. Two obvious absurd propositions given her and Castle's pasts. I suspect this season will show the show has jumped the shark. It is hard to invest in a relationship when they are both portrayed as a pair of complete bimbos. even delusional ones.

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I have two children ans was lucky enough to be a Mr Mum as one stage.
If Beckett has a child and then goes straight back to the Precinct then she and Castle have no idea about having children. On my very conservative estimates he has a net wealth of $20m and a yearly income of $3m assuming two books a year.
if they have children she gives up work and stays at home until school age and then looks at new career options.

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Our Roy montgomery it is a pleasure merely to read your thoughts. I have missed them. I have a bad feeling this season could be worse than the last and i thought that was impossible.

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A detective is not a captain. She has jumped over 123 Sergeants and Lieutenants. I doubt if any have been suspended nor sacked.
moreover she just beat Gates in being the first female detective. She has beaten her to captain by some 25 years and she has yet to lead anyone. homicide doesn't count.
She also has Bracken coming up and probable charges of obstructing justice unless the writers again 'forget' things lkke they have here
We do not have to see them talking merely know they have but they have not talked about the biggest decision ion a marriage that is having a child. they act like twentysomethings who have little idea.
If that is your idea of bringing up children then do not have any.

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She has been suspended for a rather lengthy time for going rogue, she resigned from the NYPD, she got sacked from that job and she decided absurdly to go undercover. 4 major issue of particularly poor judgement hence she should be nowhere near a Captain;s desk. She shouldn't ARRANGE care for the child. It is theirs. She doesn't need the money as you said. she should be at home raising it with a lot of support from Hubby. The lucky kid(s?) would have not one parent at home but two most but not all the time. Loving someone is talking to them. Unfortunately Castle and Beckett do not talk to each other. It would be nice if they do so now like all couples.

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It would be typically Castle for Beckett to become a Captain after being ONLY a mere detective and not discussed children to have a baby.Why would she become a Captain if she was planning to have children. It wouldn't make sense. Let's hope Ryan stays at home and helps his wife instead of selfishly practising dance moves for a no nothing contest this season. If Beckett can become a Captain from just being a detective Ryan most certainly could. After all he has been neither suspended nor sacked from a job.