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Castle Review: A Complicated Family

nottrampis. So true about the trust issue. Beckett lied to Castle previously out of fear. In S4, she went to therapy to solve her issues in order to better her relationship with Castle. She did not want to hurt him. Castle needs to go to therapy as well. He just acts so childish at times. His actions make the relationship look one-sided again. Kate loves and trusts him, but he betrayed her working with daddy in secret.

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Castle Review: A Complicated Family

Point well taken about leaving the agency. I should have said ‘long time ago’ instead of ‘some time ago’. However, I don’t agree that Castle knew after Paris that being a spy was not cool. During this episode, we learn that Castle never told Kate everything about meeting his father in Paris, but just told Martha pretty much all which means Castle has been lying to Kate by omission for over a year. I am still bothered by how much Castle lied repeatedly to Kate in this episode. Castle makes a choice to lie for someone he knows is a murderer. It just seems like such a betrayal to Beckett to not trust their relationship enough to tell her about daddy being in town. Castle impeded her investigation and actually worked against her. Some of his actions are understandable, but Castle puts things at risk without thinking. You don’t lie to the person you are going to marry. The spy daddy story seems to bring out the worse about Castle. For that reason, I have never been a fan of the spy daddy storyline. Castle appears now to have grown up enough to realize that his dad uses people to hurt his enemies no matter the risk to innocent others. In the end, Jackson Hunt's actions would not define him as a duality character. IMO

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Castle Review: A Complicated Family

“Deep Cover” was a well done episode and once again, a great writing effort by Terence Paul Winter. He is one of the few Castle writers whose scripts include continuity in his storytelling. He had Beckett mention the AG's office and the Alexis kidnapping. I hope he writes the wedding episode. It's the tightest script Castle's had in awhile in terms of character, pace and the banter. The ABC advance publicity about the spy daddy character was really exaggerated to say the least. The promos and media interviews with Brolin were misleading and self-promoting. The Kate attraction teaser was totally false and his ‘talking down to Castle’ pretense was no worse than what happened during the Paris rescue episode. I didn't like Castle lying to Kate, but I understand why he did it, and thought he was torn about the whole thing, so I don't think it damaged his character. I really liked the distrust Kate had for Castle's father and the mixed emotions and see-sawing confusion Castle had with his dad. Kate got angry at the situation, but not at Castle because I think she knows that he wants to be accepted and that he still might yearn for a normal, stable childhood. And now that this man is back, she can't begrudge him the chance that maybe he could know his dad. The way Beckett found out about him and her reactions worked for me, and I think she managed to stay in character and be supportive of Castle. Jackson Hunt had to handle things in a certain way, living the life that he does. In very deep as a CIA assassin for so long, there's probably not much room for him getting out of that life. That Castle's father is this kind of man isn't really a surprise. He knew about his son for decades, but never chose to give up what he was doing. Maybe he couldn't, but I suspect he could have some time ago. So, I like that Castle still doesn't know what to make of him and Castle has a guarded look now. He's seen his dad do things (killing Gemini) that make the "My Dad is a Spy!" thing not so fun after all.

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

ATM: "at the moment"
BTW: "by the way"
COTW: "case of the week"
IM(H)O: "in my (humble) opinion"
ITA: "I totally agree"
LOL: "laughing out loud"
Mary Sue: A character who's just too perfect to be believed
OMG: "oh my God"
OT: "off-topic"
ship/shipper: "ship" is short for "relationship." If you are an X and Y "shipper," that's short for "relation shipper," i.e. you want those two characters to be together.
snarky: sarcastic commentary
TMI: "too much information"
TPTB: "the powers that be" (Marlowe)

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

Her "I'm...marrying him " comment was not part of the script which makes a big difference. If she had just included even a hint of a smile with the ad-lib remark, it might have seemed affectionate, but her delivery came off as kind of snarky. IMHO

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

In the upcoming spy daddy episode “Deep Cover”, I hope we don't get a badass Beckett confronting Hunt instead of Castle standing up for himself with his dad. Castle is a grown man who has already been disrespected enough by Alexis and I hope he doesn't get run over in the same way by his father. I don’t object to the idea of Castle's father being a dark guy, having darker impulses per se, and exploring Castle's reaction to that and whether he has his own dark impulses at times given his interest in the macabre. I trust that this particular senior writer, Terence Paul Winter, will explore that subject in a serious way, but I am still managing expectations because this is the same person who wrote 5x10 “Significant Others”. It seems odd that the show runner would cater to Brolin's wishes for his characters. Let's hope that means they will put even more effort than usual into the script.

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

Point well taken about Castle being a civilian, but it doesn’t explain her behavior in the open in front of co-workers. Just because Demming was a cop, she let him slobber all over her with those kisses on her neck in the precinct? It presents more to me that she was playing with Castle’s emotions precisely because she knew Castle had to keep things professional at all times because he was there as a favor to the mayor. It is hard to believe that Kate didn’t know how much Castle was interested in her long before those wake up conversations with Montgomery and Esposito. Otherwise, why her startled response when Castle told her that it was his last case with her. She was devastated, yet she felt the need to lie earlier to Castle about her vacation time.

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

Good question about the books. How come Beckett has not told Castle how much the books helped her? Same question about his two divorces. Where are those conversations?

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

It was always Sorenson who bugged me the most. Waiting two months before letting Kate know that he was back in town, only to then commandeer her into his investigation, and choosing one that had a similarity to a prior one they had worked on together, which was clearly difficult for her. Also, I felt that in some of their conversations, Will was condescending towards Kate, re: the skates and stuff. It felt kind of awkward to me, rather than playful as was probably the intent of the writing. Of all of them, Sorensen was the only one that I find myself wondering “Why were you with this person?”.
My only thing with Josh ("I really, really liked him") was I wasn’t wild about the way he interacted with Castle, especially towards the end. I understood why he was upset about Kate getting shot, and why he pushed Castle away in the hospital hallway, but it didn’t say much about him either, particularly acting out the way he did in his place of work.

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Castle Review: To Jav or Javi Not

The "lemming" reference is really Tom Demming, the robbery detective that Beckett was dating in Season 2. He was a jerk. It is interesting how Beckett let Demming put his hands all over her in the hallways at the precinct during that period, but we see nothing like that now from our engaged couple. I always did wonder why Captain Montgomery let that happen out in the open area in front of co-workers.