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Vince

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Castle Photo Gallery: Who Will Have His Back?

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.

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Castle Round Table: Competition & Chemistry

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.

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Castle Round Table: Competition & Chemistry

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.

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