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Castle Round Table: Competition & Chemistry

The writers never seem to worry about common sense. How did the mob know that the cop was the murderer? I don't recall Castle telling them. I wonder if Castle was banished from the precinct, not so much for hanging out with the mob, but because he was getting too close to uncovering further corruption in the department. Someone higher-up in the department may have criminal ties that Castle might reveal. In fact, someone higher up may have ordered the hit instead of the mob. Hence, my feeling that the writers might use Castle getting the politically connected suspect freed over the pet allergy as a possible twist which will allow him back at the precinct in a short period. That could be the reason the writers chose not to have anybody from the squad fight his banishment from the beginning.

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Castle Round Table: Competition & Chemistry

I enjoyed 7x11 for the callback to ‘The Double Down’ for the most part, but that was all. Castle as a PI works for maybe two episodes at most. Beckett and the ‘boys’ find out about the ‘Castle as a PI’ makeover after a little drama and then Castle tags along trying to beat them on the case. The next week Castle gets a client who just happens to intersect with Kate's case and they get to work together. However, Castle and Beckett in competition and apart on screen any longer than a few episodes will further turn away the viewers. I noticed that ABC has moved back 7x13 (TPWinter) for one week until the first week of sweeps which gives me hope that the precinct lockout will be resolved before the two-part episodes. However, Castle opening his own office without first talking with Beckett portends that this could last longer. I did not care for Castle's smug attitude towards Kate when she first came to his new office. It was scripted by the writers that way for comedic reasons, but it was not mature and it shows disrespect on his part else Kate would not have raised her ring finger hand while asking about sharing among married people. It would have been better to tell her outwardly at the beginning that getting his license was for him the best way to continue working with her because of his banishment.The fact that Castle was still allowed back at the precinct in the episode at all makes little sense. The writers know that the audience wants them working together, but they continue to force the kind of scenarios on the lead characters that keep them apart. This must be a Marlowe mandate in order to keep the romantic part of the relationship at a minimum. It presents that ABC should redirect Marlowe's twisted thinking given how the ratings are slipping away so fast. The audience got some good Caskett romance time at the end, but in S7 it always seems to come in a comedic context. The murder suspect with political connections proven innocent by Castle using the pet allergy explanation presents as a nice twist for Castle coming back to the precinct. Recall in ‘Number One Fan’ that the writers used the same tact to get Kate her job back at the precinct by portraying the grateful estranged father of the hostage suspect as a regular golfing partner of the police commissioner.

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Best of 2014: Worst Plot Twists

"Beckett Already Married - Castle". Your comments are right on the mark. It is amazing that ABC would sit back and approve such a finale mess and further it is a shock that Marlowe was not fired from the series. The result of his arrogance has resulted in a big decline in ratings. According to Nielson, the show has lost 3+ million viewers this season since the premiere.

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Castle Season 7 Episode 10 Review: Bad Santa

For a long time during the summer hiatus, I felt that the network must have been behind the stalled 6x23 wedding because no show producer would put out such a finale mess unless forced by management, but after what has transpired so far this season with the ‘only Castle’ story lines, AWM is at fault for the season 7 ratings. If NF wanted to start his own slapstick comedy series, he should have waited until Castle had run its course. A grown man in his forties, married to a beautiful, intelligent woman acting like a teenager is just so overdone. If you don’t have respect for yourself, at least show some respect for your wife. Why would a woman like Beckett even want to be married to someone who acts so childish? Castle acting giddy watching yuletide strippers in front of his wife, wearing action hero attire with cut-off sleeves and head band, acting out with small children in a classroom just seems so out of character for Castle at this point in the series. It is amazing that the network would sit back this long and let an arrogant show runner ruin a great series. The upcoming PI arc just seems like a deliberate attempt to keep them apart on screen in order to avoid writing the romantic part of the relationship after the long awaited wedding.

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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.