I expect that the fan backlash factor will show up in the viewership numbers quickly after the next few ‘fun’ episodes. If the separation lasts beyond the extended hiatus and into the February sweeps period, Castle and Beckett will have been separated for a longer period of time than they have actually been married which is pretty ridiculous. The story that seems to be unfolding is the strangest TV marriage in recent memory. Hawley’s comment “What can we do to make this thing feel new again? “ doesn’t justify what has been presented so far to viewers, but it is definitely a new approach . In 8x3, viewers discover that none of the precinct team members know why Kate walked out on her marriage besides “to take some space”. While Beckett knows that Castle is hurt by her actions, she refuses to talk about it. I doubt that fans will have much patience with this story line given what has been forthcoming from the upcoming promos. After three episodes, viewers still have not seen Beckett working from her new office which would exemplify her promotion. I suspect that before the fall hiatus, we will find out that both Castle and Beckett have secrets with each other (rather than one-sided secrets as they are now).
A lot of negativity persists from TV critics in both the print and digital media about the so-called separation. Long time viewers deserve a much better payoff for a new season. The episode was intense, but the ending just made no sense and probably the most ridiculous character decision yet by Castle producers (walking away from her marriage without any explanation or discussion). The Bracken data search link was a clever twist to get Beckett reattached to her past obsessions. Getting justice for her old DC team and wanting to avenge them in a legal sense is a good thing, but going rogue to get that result is foolish. She is a police captain with NYPD resources available to her for use in the investigation of NYC murders, but the DC team member killings are out of her control. She is too compulsive at times and refuses to follow law enforcement best practices.I am still not sure that she didn't put some of those bullets in Vulcan Simmons legs before he died. (She only told Castle that Simmons was alive when she left the body shop). The new Vikram character seems a suspicious player in the story. It was odd that he threw away Beckett’s phone in the car after they escaped the assassins and kept Kate from calling in the “cavalry”. The hangar scene must have been added to give fans a good appeasement moment in order to show Castle and Beckett in sync even when separated. Given the latest show runner interview, they seem determined to rewind the story to season 3-4, but they are married now and both young and older viewers know that going back to the past doesn’t work well.
Comment modified at October 02, 2015 07:00
The Alexis PI premise will hurt viewership if it lasts too long. IMO. The new Alexis/Hayley connection and initial bonding was just too rushed for me, but it does suggest that Toks was added to the cast to develop the Alexis character and not so much to work with Castle. Castle PI would be more tolerable if he was doing insurance investigation work rather than the seedy work suggested by the cheating wife with the brother scenario. I sure hope those kind of cases are not what the writers plan for the entire season especially with Alexis working as an intern. The best scene was the shootout at the precinct else it was just a rerun of 'Driven' for the most part with Castle the one now looking for answers. It was odd that none of the other officers in the precinct drew their guns except Espo and Ryan during the shootout. At first, Kate's DC connection to the federal agents killed suggested something related to classified information, but it presents more from the 8x2 promo with Beckett talking to Bracken in prison that there might be some connection to the gun running uncovered in ‘Need to Know’ by the FBI task force headed by Rachel McCord who we learned was one of those killed along with some other team members in DC. Beckett reacted too quickly to the phone call at the loft to not still be connected somehow to the feds. In 'Need to Know', the gun runners were all foreign, but the bad guys did not look foreign in this episode. The writers wanted to push the fact that Beckett lied to Castle and he was troubled by it, but besides that, it was just foolish for Beckett to not call the precinct at some point for help rather than go rogue without at least contacting Espo or Ryan to let them know that she was working against some very dangerous people (e.g. precinct shootout). The Caskett scene in the warehouse with Beckett finding Castle hurt was not what I expected. She was not open with Castle at all about what dangers she was up against even though you could tell Castle was troubled by it. She asked him if he was OK, but then started to walk away without any further explanation until Castle pushed her for some comfort. The viewers are expected to think she is working in secret to protect Castle, but the torture scene shows that the bad guys can easily kill him at any time regardless of her intentions. It looks like the writers plan some kind of relationship angst to last for at least a few episodes. I wonder if the feds come to rescue her at the warehouse seen in the 8x2 promo. Two teams of killers sent to kill a woman police captain suggests some kind of long standing cabal connection to a rogue federal agency. I will hang in there and watch until episode 5 to see what happens, but I am not interested in watching another version of season 4 with secrets, lies and ongoing high tension between them lasting for an entire season.
Comment modified at September 23, 2015 07:00
I miss sharing feedback with the group here,but like many others,I have dropped off with investment in the show after season 6. The series went into a real tailspin after 6x23. It presents that the new show runners are taking unnecessary risks with the new story lines just to shake things up which could result in a further drop in viewership quickly.
Not Trampis: You are going to love the "NoCaskett" season this fall.The new show runners continue to put out spoilers about the Beckett promotion to Captain as well as information on the new characters added to the cast for the season, but they are skipping the bad news. They are careful to give out the good news, but omit any comments about the future of Caskett. Most fans watching this season want to see a home life after waiting all this time for them to get married. Some viewers can appreciate a professional split, but not a split in their personal lives over some kind of safety concern for Castle himself. There is always hope that Caskett will return to its earlier dimensions, but unfortunately the ‘Break Up For Your Own Good’ trope (Bracken related) is coming in the early season. Let us hope it doesn’t last too long. I expected that TPWinter would come up with something much better for the season rather than a 'Love Conquers All' scenario forthcoming in the two-part premiere just to shake things up as he suggested in earlier interviews. It seems that the show runners are determined to keep Caskett apart as much as possible. "Now,it's about exploring the next evolution of it. How do we deepen that love story? What CHALLENGES can we put their way that can put their romance at a much higher, different place?" Even Marlowe wouldn’t do something (breakup) so deliberate to alienate the audience. He would just lie to fans about the direction because he knew fans would stop watching. As far as Castle working separately as a PI again, that same arc provided some of the lowest season 7 ratings in both the demo and in viewers.
Comment modified at August 29, 2015 07:00
The 7x13 sneak peek showing Castle working on his own and making mistakes will do little to help ratings. Castle has the forensic skills for sure to investigate fraud, divorce or murder, but he has never shown any self-defense skills needed to keep him safe if he happens to get involved with actual criminals. Regardless, Castle jumping over iron fences or the writers dressing him up in action hero attire, he still continues to be written out of character. The longer the PI arc continues, the less credible the story line. It appears that the PI premise is being used up to this point to fill episodes in order to avoid writing Caskett as a romantic couple as well the show runner wanting to focus just on Castle as a character to the extent that Marlowe has been keeping them apart on screen as much as possible. During the winter hiatus and while the PI arc has been running, I took the time to catch up with the new CBS show ‘Madame Secretary’. If Castle viewers want to watch how a normal married couple in love interacts on screen, I suggest they give the new show a look. Aside from the obvious political drama, the show is about a married couple dealing with family and career issues while the wife serves as the lead diplomat for the US government. I mention the show here because the married couple interaction between them in comparison with Caskett is stark and it defines how much lacking the Castle and Beckett interaction as a couple in love persists since the engagement and then the wedding. The lack of serious times between Castle and Beckett has gone on for so long that it has become a glaring issue even mentioned now by the TV reviewers and critics. On ‘Madame Secretary’, the husband (Henry) is a professor and religious author and the wife (Elizabeth) is a former CIA analyst. While working my way through the episodes, the interaction I observed between them as a married couple compared to what has been rationed out on Castle is amazing. Every episode has at least one bedroom scene which includes honest and realistic discussions over family and career issues and not just subtext filled with comedic sexual innuendo. Whenever they greet each another in a scene outside of the bedroom (kitchen, dining room, work place, park, etc.), they share a kiss. The male lead does not have any body image issues (he goes shirtless, bare shoulders or v-neck shirt in bed, no clothing layers or wearing shoes as well). I hope that the 7×13 episode written by TPWinter will be the end of the PI arc before the ratings drop further. Also, I hope that the 3XK story line is ended as well during the upcoming 2 – part episodes else Jerry Tyson risks becoming the ‘Bones’ super serial killer Pelant.
Comment modified at February 02, 2015 02:30
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.
Comment modified at January 20, 2015 07:00
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.
Comment modified at January 18, 2015 07:00
"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.
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.
Comment modified at December 17, 2014 07:00
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