The Alexis comment to her father in the end scene about maybe Beckett isn't "The One" was really because she doesn't want Kate to be it. She wants her father to be happy, but not if it means she has "competition" as the #1 priority in her father’s life. Stop being rude to your father and talk to him like a mature adult. Actually, Alexis is behaving in ways that are self-defeating. If she is concerned about her place in her father's life now that he is committed to Kate, the thing to do is to have conversations with both Castle and Kate so that she becomes closer to them. Unfortunately, she is doing just the opposite.
The only responsible thing I can remember Alexis doing in the past few seasons is picking the lock when she was kidnapped. That is not enough for me to be OK with the character acting out this way..
Agree with all the comments about the Alexis character destruction. She is a secondary character. She has a very small fan base. I have ignored Alexis as an important character ever since the 4x7 “Cops & Robbers”. In that episode, she was real nasty with Beckett for no reason in the bank parking lot as if the hostage situation was Kate’s fault. She is the least popular of the support characters with the viewers, but the writers persist with a seven episode arc about a spoiled child who doesn’t grow up. They are writing her as if she is doing nothing wrong. Alexis simply doesn’t care if Castle likes Pi. Alexis should have a reaction over the KB/RC engagement, but not in this way. She is just acting out. Also, it was so ridiculous in the end scene that Castle did not respond to the Pi and Beckett comparison by this immature brat. After her putting out such gloom in the end scene about Beckett, it is hard to believe there could be any real Kate/Alexis conversation now. The writers have created a big disconnect with the viewers, but Marlowe doesn’t care. He loves to make Castle look like a beaten down puppy. It is such bad writing. Mixed families are always complicated, but the writers want to keep Castle in two separate worlds. You can’t marry someone and not be involved in their family. Kate’s presence in their lives should have been established by now. Castle and Beckett need to face something together in their personal lives as well as in the criminal cases. The writers can’t handle having two storylines going at once. If this arc doesn’t end soon, the series will start to lose the LIVE audience. I still think that the Pi twist to the story has something to do with Castle’s wealth.
There are several occasions over the last three years where Marlowe or Miller had to explain what is actually going on with the characters via interviews or twitter. Honestly, if you need to do that, then you really should realize that your writing isn't getting the job done. It feels like they are stalling Castle and Beckett right now because they don’t know how to write her into Castle’s life during the engagement while he is dealing with Alexis. That’s just bad, and it’s really hard to watch. Castle having Beckett to go home with or home to would have made a huge difference in these past two episodes.
In order for the Alexis arc to continue this long into the season it presents that someone in the writers’ room must have had a Pi character in their own lives. Also, after watching the ending scene with Castle, it confirms for me that MQ herself and not the character Alexis decided a while ago what her own opinion of Beckett dating her father was simply because Marlowe has never seemed remotely interested in establishing it on the show. The only rationale that I can imagine for the Alexis hypothetical hostility toward Castle and Beckett's relationship is an underlying fear that Beckett has and will continue to lead her father into life-threatening situations. It was something she expressed in one of the earlier shows, but I don't think it's been mentioned out loud since. If this is the basis for the MQ acting choices or the implied animosity for Beckett, they have kept it too much of a secret because Alexis has changed into a thoroughly obnoxious character.
Comment modified at October 29, 2013 22:27
The next thing you know Martha, the future mother-in-law, will be telling Beckett that she is not good enough for her son.
I agree that the number one thing that kills any TV series is bad writing and that is exactly what has happened during the Alexis arc. It is frustrating to watch because there were some extremely talented writers on the show in the early years. They paid much better attention to every last detail of their work in terms of character development. I get what the writers are trying to do with Alexis, making her grow up and branch out from her father and all that, but the way they are writing this arc is so bad. Given that there is some kind of father/daughter reconciliation in a future episode, I'm not sure it will be accepted by the viewers as authentic or even deserved.
Comment modified at October 29, 2013 15:04
The Castle Halloween episodes are usually legendary, but the open/end scenes with Alexis ruined that for this season. I don’t think the writers are in command of their story as they were in the early years. However, I thought the RC/KB interactions were fine in this episode. Beckett seemed slightly annoyed at times but amused at others. I'm fine that they don't always act like a couple while they're working. However, such a mess created with the Alexis arc. After 5 seasons, the Alexis character has evolved into a daughter who would shut the door in her father’s face? I imagine the reaction to this episode will gain Alexis further detractors. A problem persists when fans no longer can invest in a character because they can no longer identify with them. During that last scene, it felt as if Alexis may actively dislike Beckett given what Alexis said about how getting engaged to Kate may not be a good idea. If the writers plan to go in that direction, big mistake!
Tonya B. Same here. Account is incorrect. Profile text is empty. The Alexis arc is hurting the series. I need her to get off my screen. The show is painful to watch. The Alexis/Pi connection must be Marlowe payback to the fans who dare to criticize the mastermind show runner for the federal arc. I look for audience viewer numbers to drop soon if her on screen appearances continue to open and close each episode. Her treatment of Castle is just pathetic.
Comment modified at October 28, 2013 00:50
castleguest. Good points about the double standard. That scene in 5x10 with the Kate and Meredith conversation presented for me as unusual probing on Kate's part. If she had issues with the prior Castle marriages, she should have asked him directly about it. This couple had miscommunications issues all over the place in the past, but things seem more open now in Season 6 since the engagement.
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