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Castle Round Table: Do You Trust Rick Castle?

In a Marlowe interview during the hiatus, he misled fans by using “unsettled” to
describe Beckett’s emotional condition after the dramatic event that disrupted the
wedding ceremony. He implied that something specific from the Castle back story
would cause issues. However, the whole premise of the premiere was just the
same old remix from the past about Beckett somehow having doubts and not
trusting Castle after all this time living together. The storyline presented
that suddenly Castle got “cold feet” over the wedding which was just crazy.
There was no way he would leave his family and let them believe he was hurt or
killed. I was expecting a scene with Alexis and Kate where Alexis just tells
Beckett to show some real trust and faith in her father after all this time. I
bet a scene like that was filmed, but cut from production to further enhance
Kate’s misgivings over the Castle disappearance and to drive the contrived
story. During the hiatus, Molly Quinn stated that there was tension between her
and Kate, but it was never shown in the episode. If the writers continue further
with the level of Caskett tension shown between them at the hospital reunion, it
presents that season 7 might be a loss. Marlowe loves to frustrate the audience
with the angst, but it has gone on for so long that viewers have become indifferent.
He refuses to let go of the WTWT scenario he feels so comfortable using since
Season 4 while he portends to move them forward as a married couple solving
crimes. I think fans deserved much better for coming back after the hiatus. No
wonder the screener reports for the premiere were so different and confusing.
Beckett with the finger crunch against the tow truck suspect during the precinct
interrogation was so overdone. After that, I was not sure what was coming next
from Amann. I guess the amnesia component is needed so that Castle will be
able to recall bits and pieces of his ordeal during the season. I can’t imagine the
show holding the audience into the season past episode 3 given that the fans
watched a premiere with zero answers,more questions and too many loose ends.

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That kind of thinking has allowed Marlowe to drag the love relationship out since Season 4. You can tell the story your way, but it has to be something that people will watch. He has kept the audience this long by promising to never break them up, but the problem with that promise is that without them working together solving cases, there would be no show at all. So, that accomplishment means nothing. The 6x23 finale was crap and the "new" mythology is just an obvious way to avoid as long as possible writing them as a married couple solving cases. It has nothing to do with the fans not wanting to see new stories or take new roads.

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Delay;Stall;Delay. After reading all the confusing and different screener reports from those watching the same thing, Marlowe and Amann working together as co-show runners looks kind of scary right now as S7 moves forward. Marlowe put that “unsettled” word out there to get the angst started with the audience which he knows stirs up and frustrates the fans. It presents as a deliberate attempt to sabotage the season for other projects. What kind of EP writes scripts that he knows will lose audience? The viewers being exposed to more of Beckett doubting Castle is just pathetic. Anything from the Castle past that would put Kate or his family at risk should have already been discussed before the wedding day. That is just common decency. If there is an issue with your past, take steps to keep your family safe. Any secrets still held between them now is just unrealistic at this point in the relationship. Maybe what needs to happen is that the viewer numbers for 7x1 and 7x2 drop to rerun level numbers (4-5 million) in order to force changes by the network. Casual viewers are not going to hang around very long waiting for a wedding while Marlowe gets his mythology story on track.

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A lot of discussion on the boards about Kate meeting someone (Eddie) from her past in the finale. Putting info like that out this early for the finale seems very odd. A scenario like that could backfire on the show runner. If enough viewers get wind of it and they think the finale will go sideways, they might just write off the rest of the season and skip the finale if it looks like no wedding will happen. Many viewers have never recovered from Watershed. It is hard to imagine Marlowe would go there to risk losing audience for the rest of the series.The early spoiler presents as so unfair to the writers which just makes the information put out there seem very misleading. Beckett does have a motorcycle bad boy in her past, but I was always a bit dubious about it. Bad boys, motorcycles, fashion model, Stanford, science fiction nerd, future Supreme Court justice etc. It's gotten to be a bit too much and I'm not sure I feel it all meshes together into a character. To bring someone up from Beckett’s past out of the blue to just create angst for a milestone episode just makes no sense with Terri Miller co-writing the episode. What if this guy is case related? The spoiler says he has a past with Beckett. It does not say personal. It also says he is infamous for his lying, cheating, and scheming. Whatever problem he brings to the episode, it certainly won't be pure in nature. Perhaps whatever he says or does should not be trusted. And perhaps Caskett is smart enough and strong enough together that whatever this guy attempts, they will take a stand reinforcing their commitment to each other. I sure don’t want to experience another Watershed.

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Castle Review: I Only Need You

I enjoyed the episode because Beckett and Castle really led the investigation. Gates shined in this episode as well. I liked seeing the softer side to her. She's very much like Beckett showing a tough exterior. All throughout the episode Castle and Beckett were discussing who to invite to their wedding. It was selfish of Castle to ask Beckett to cut down her list when he has 400 people on his list. By default, I think they listed who will really be invited to a smaller wedding: Martha, Alexis, Jim, Ryan, Jenny, Esposito, Lanie, Gates family. Also, Kate mentioned Maddie and Aunt Teresa. Getting married is a huge step and both characters need to have a moment to pause and embrace it. I hope we get nothing like that rush job to the proposal with basically no window into their thoughts before the big moment and hit all the wrong emotional beats. When I heard the comment by Beckett about Dr. Seuss getting married in the living room, I thought about the loft, but when I replayed that scene, the line was that Dr. Seuss got married in his wife's living room, if I heard it correctly. If it were a clue, that would mean in her apartment. Maybe that will be the last scene shot there. Kate did say "his wife's living room" which sounded weird to me at the time. Maybe that explains why Kate never gave up the apartment. I really don't think the wedding will be in the park, too out in the open.

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Castle Review: A Terrifying Twist

After viewing the 6x17 sneak peeks, I decided to watch “Knockdown” again to get a feel for how this episode might play out on the screen. The torture scene was hard to watch, but overall I enjoyed the episode. I think most regular viewers knew that Kate's ‘powerful enemy from the past’ had to be Vulcan Simmons. There was a lot of intense action packed into just 43 minutes which I guess was needed in order to replicate the kind of drama viewers usually see in a two part episode. The drug unit plan was terribly flawed. I could tell during the initial Elena interview playback that she was speaking in code and that she was a killer. The reasons given by the drug unit captain for Kate’s role were a pretty flimsy excuse for her to get herself involved in an undercover narcotics mission. When Gates offered to Kate to refuse the mission, she agreed to accept the challenge, but I don’t think she was given enough details to understand the actual risks. She is a homicide detective who is well-known by NYC hard-nosed criminals especially the drug underworld and it was pretty obvious that somebody would recognize her right away. Poor Kate had to come up with another definition for the word ‘undercover’ (meeting) in order to keep Castle from getting involved. You can't blame Kate for not telling Castle any details about the mission because Castle still refuses to keep his nose out of classified business which could put him and his future wife in danger. For hyped up episodes like this one, I still watch for bits which show those seconds dealing with the reality of the Caskett relationship. Kate sitting down and writing that letter to Castle was that moment for me in this episode. The writers deem not appropriate to show viewers any Caskett passionate kisses, no bare shoulders while our couple is sitting up in bed, but instead we get plenty of physical violence including water torture.

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Castle Review: At a Loss

This was a fun episode that focused on Castle and Beckett and let Beckett have an important moment with Alexis. Most of the Caskett interactions in this episode were adorable and the episode had so many great callbacks from earlier times in the series. It was like an old school episode of Castle when Ryan and Esposito are second string to Castle and Beckett with just the right balance. The case itself was interesting and it felt like the storyline came right out of Season 2 or 3 with some welcome continuity. The three guest actors who played the people confessing to murder were each really funny and convincing.
It was good to find out that Pi is finally out of the picture, but most of what happened with Alexis in this episode and in 6x13 “Limelight” presented as attempts by the writers to backtrack from everything that went down earlier in the season. The Alexis arc was not well executed because of the way that story line was done. In the earlier episodes, it was never implied that Alexis was making any kind of error in judgment or was in a ‘love haze’ when that entire thing was happening. The impression constantly given was that Castle was doing something wrong. The writers used the Beckett coffee shop meeting with Alexis as a method to retroactively change what the point of that story line was and I found that kind of annoying. The scene between Beckett and Alexis is probably what should have happened in 6x7 when we got that hug without any words scene. If this conversation had happened then, I think it would have felt more satisfying and more believable. To have it happening now just feels like damage control in order to fix the mess done to the Alexis character in the early episodes.
I love it when Castle is allowed to be smart and be useful. It's good to see him help Kate figure things out, rather than being made out to be foolish and seemingly only there for comic relief. I like highly frustrated Kate too. It is funny that Alexis asks to move into the loft, but Kate never talks with Castle about moving her things into the loft. Kate is clearly spending every night there so, why don’t the writers move her out of her apartment.
Kate wearing that jade ring on her right hand presented like a real ‘in your face’ moment to the 'no ring' critics. In the interrogation room scene with the first confessor, the camera angle was deliberate and close up in order to not miss the ring since it is such a dark color and odd size. Viewers got two separate camera shots before she sits down at the table which makes it very noticeable. She is right-handed. You would think that it could be an issue if she had to draw her gun. Kate not wearing the engagement ring will probably be explained later in much the same way that it was revealed in one sentence during the opening scene in “Limelight “ that the couple had previously discussed the public image issue. I guess the ring is just not that important to the writers' story, but it still does not explain why the show would select a diamond that size and then purchase five copies of it, yet never show Kate wearing it outside of the precinct.

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Castle Review: What's Their Song?

After episode #20, viewers can begin writer watch to figure out how the season ends. If Marlowe does the finale, be prepared to manage wedding expectations.

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Castle Review: What's Their Song?

I really enjoyed the episode. In terms of Caskett moments, the 6x15 episode has been the best so far. The middle domestic scene was a nice bit of character interlude. It was good to see them suddenly together at the loft having dinner and talking/sharing moments. The writers need to give them more screen time now away from the precinct in order that they can really explore things and talk about their future together. Also, I feel like we got a lot of Castle and Beckett theorizing at the murder board moments which have been lacking lately. The Creasey writing couple has been a great addition to the writers’ room. Except for a few senior Castle writers, their style of writing has been consistently missing since the start of Season 4. I always enjoy it when the writers really nail the continuity issues which this writing couple seems to accomplish so well. The prom setting and the dance love talk was a clever way to show how fate has brought them together. Given such a fun episode this week, you just wonder what the writers have planned in order to pull the rug out from under us as the storyline moves forward to the wedding.

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Castle Sneak Peek: A Real Life Carrie?!?

I wonder how the writers are going to explain away that telekinesis moment at the school. I don't want it turning out like "Time Will Tell", an episode where they failed to explain it and implied time travel was real. Castle should be grounded in reality, it's not the X files. So I hope in doing what looks like a Carrie rip off they do clear this up.