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
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