I enjoyed the episode because the case was so interesting. The supporting actors during season 6 have been really good except for Anthony Sabato Jr (Need to Know). Alexis continues with her childish behavior that you would expect from a 14-year-old, not a 19-year-old. A lot of comments here during the Alexis arc have tended to lump all the stages of adolescence together, but they are very different. There were too many scenes where Alexis gets to appear to be smarter than Castle. The Alexis as superior thing has really been overdone. Also, the one scene that really bothered me happened when Castle and Alexis started building theory together the way Castle does with Beckett. This was a big oversight by a new writer to Castle series. Building theory with Beckett as always been insinuated as sexual foreplay for the last 5 years. Yet, the writer had Castle building theory with his daughter? The new writer must not have been aware of the significance. I’m surprised that scene passed the screening process. The Pi character was only mentioned once which helped me to overcome the angst over the Alexis centric episode. The Pi character subtracts from the overall quality of the show. Once Pi is gone, they can seriously deal with Alexis’s bad behavior. At some point, there has to be acknowledgement that her behavior was wrong.
Marlowe won't accept feedback in order to learn from it and grow the series; Have you ever watched a Castle episode you didn't like? Just curious
Marlowe gave another follow up interview which sounded unusual. He describes everything happening as awesome, organic and honest. Many long standing entertainment writers are calling the Alexis arc an epic fail and probably his worse mistake during the Castle series which might explain his need to spoil part of the upcoming 6x7 episode during the interview.
The MQ interview seems to have been carefully scripted by Marlowe and/or publicists and arranged in an effort toward damage control. MQ doth protest too much when asked about the Beckett relationship. The answer she gave about the relationship which included the Alexis characters’ abiding admiration for Beckett was a well prepared statement. The reasons she gave for the Alexis bizarre behavior were weak. Her response to the question about the Alexis' relationship with Pi was enough to make you ill. The ongoing open/end scenes in each episode with Alexis need to stop before it hurts the series. Watching 4x7 "Cops & Robbers" tonight. I wanted to see again how pissy Alexis gets with Kate in the bank parking lot.
If the Alexis arc is all about choice as you propose and not about Alexis being disrespectful to Castle because she's acting like a "typical" 19 year old, then the writers shouldn't have put so much effort in the past into demonstrating that she was not a typical teenager. She is clearly acting out. Not all teenagers act foolish. What most teenagers actually do is completely dependent on the relationships they have with their parents. Sometimes fear keeps them in line (some parents would cut off funding for school tuition if displeased) and sometimes it presents not wanting to hurt their feelings or hear that the parents are disappointed with their behavior. By turning the Alexis character into "typical" when she's been "exceptional" is character destruction. The writers needed to present a whole lot more of back-story to justify what they have done.
In upcoming episode, I will be so disappointed if not revealed that Ryan has already done a background check on Pi, the fruitcake. After 6 episodes, not one word from anybody on screen about it? Note that AWM and MQ out there now doing damage control. All of sudden, the Alexis character has no issues with Beckett? If Alexis arc not done next week in 6x7, I stop watching LIVE and use FF/MUTE on DVR until it is over.
nottrampis. Agree. A disconnect persists among the writers over the bias towards or against relationships given what happens each week with different writers. There is a lack of overall strategic direction from Marlowe for character development. The relationships are lacking in consistency. The current Kate/Alexis relationship is a perfect example. The story plot drives the character actions regardless of past history.The writer for this last episode is not one of my favorites.
It looks like the Alexis arc might run its course in 6x7. There were a lot of comments posted here during the arc from parents with daughters who were truly disgusted with the Alexis portrayal by Marlowe as a teenager just acting out over the engagement. Nothing is worse than a 19 year old who thinks she is 40 versus a 19 year old who makes mature decisions as if she were 40. It was hard to watch the arc from my own perspective given the false premise put forth by the show runner about how typical it was for a young woman her age to act that way towards their father given those circumstances. I never had to raise a daughter, but I did raise two sons. You see, I met my wife while we were both in college working at the same company on co-op assignments. When we were married, my wife was just 19 years old, I was 21. That happened some 30 years ago. My wife had nothing but respect for her father during her teenager years. She would never have treated him with such disrespect. The door slam scene was so ridiculous to watch. To portray a young woman acting that way towards her father makes no sense. That was just an insult to viewers. Given all the ongoing negative feedback from fans and media writers about the arc, Marlowe still refuses to acknowledge, in a recent interview, that the character might have been hurt by the storyline.
Castle's comment about how they should put something in their vows about following each other into creepy places is what Marlowe considers wedding planning. After what has been presented to the viewers during this Alexis arc, my expectations are much lower now for a wedding this season.
The door slam in Castle’s face has ruined her character. There are too many episodes with Alexis which means no progression for our favorite couple. The show needs to use a test audience to screen the kind of crap viewers were presented in the Alexis arc. No growth in storyline since 6x4. AWM likes to beat on Castle to frustrate fans. He won’t accept any bad feedback which hinders learning from mistakes.
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