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Castle made me ragey last night 
3rd-May-2011 04:13 pm
Always tense
I know I read too many spoilers and watch too many preview videos and check out too many promo photos. I know this. My problem with last night isn't even the obvious bait and switch.

As far as the hotel room scene goes, I got why she ran in the first place. I got why he didn't pursue. I didn't quite buy that he apparently RAN for his room, since the camera went from him standing and staring at her door to him closing his 4 seconds later (sure, I counted). And then, I understand why she didn't pursue. I kinda' liked it overall, to be honest.  They got as far as they've ever gotten in acknowledging there's something between them, and I didn't really expect more than that.

No, my problem was that completely WTF ending that, if it were a premise in fanfiction would send me to the back button to find something else to read. OK, so Royce dies with a note to Beckett in his pocket that he was kind enough to mention at the top of he keeps rewriting and not sending.  I'll allow this. In the beginning, we find he was trying to clean his life up and wanted her to be proud of him again.  Whatevs. So, at the end, she finally finishes reading this note from her dead, ex-partner-that-she-was-in-love-with, and he goes all 'shipper on her?

Exhibit A: Royce appeared on one episode that appears to have spanned a few days at most.

Exhibit B: While he seems to get there's something between Castle and Beckett, in the letter he's all "something real between you" like he spent forever with them and knows their intentions and hearts and crap.

Exhibit C: Royce is a hardened cop who took off when Beckett fell for him in the first place. Who is he to know the ways of love, or to even consider sending her a "go get him, girl" letter, like he didn't mess up big time in her eyes the last time he saw her? And he got that she was scared out of the brief interaction with Beckett and Castle as a not-couple?

These are not things I disagree with about Beckett, mind you. But, um, she has LIVE friends who see them together every day.  Javi already said something to her once, and Lanie. Even if they didn't want the same people to say anything, there's Ryan, or Alexis, or Martha, or hell, even Montgomery. Having random, dead, old partner tell her from the grave is all sorts of wrong. And anyway, she was already ready to jump into it, had she not opened the aforementioned door a second too late. She didn't need to read this anymore.

I also do not get how Royce writing it changes anything. She knows she's scared. She already knows everything he said- it isn't that she chooses the job over dating (JOSH!), so much as choosing her partnership with Castle over maybe messing it up by dating CASTLE. I'm still angry all these hours later because EVEN THE FANS WOULDN'T HAVE WRITTEN THIS PIECE OF CRAP, MARY SUE CALLED TO TELL YOU TO DATE HIM ALREADY plotline. Isn't this Mary Sue by definition? A non-major character tries to push the couple together? I. CAN'T. EVEN.

Moving on, Marlowe has likened the changes caused by the finale and leading into next season to Lost moving the island.  Now, I didn't watch Lost, but I did have to hear all about it from my sister who was a big fan (and was also at my house to watch Castle last night). I have theories, yo. Dire, sad, they-had-better-not-jump-the-shark-trying-not-to-jump-the-shark theories. Up to and including serious character injury (not counting the confirmed but unspecified death), separation, and OH TEH GUILT. Marlowe says they have concocted a good reason for them not to be together yet next season. But the whole point of the show, taking off my 'shipper hat a moment, is that they solve crimes together and banter and otherwise have a grand old time sometimes fighting. If they are at this point now and "all the emotional cards are on the table in the finale", I only see so many ways they can keep the show's premise and keep them apart.  And then he says that thing about Lost and moving the island and all I can think of are huge changes.

DEEP BREATH.

Anyway... I'm going to pretend there was no voice-over reading of Royce's letter at the end of last night's episode. I'm going to pretend that didn't happen. And I'm going to keep my conspiracy theories to myself for a while longer, but know that with each bit of leaked information, my theories get darker and less what I want to see. I don't need them together, per se. I just need to not be angry hours after an episode airs and still be yelling WTF at the TV.

We now return you to your regular news cycle.


Comments 
3rd-May-2011 11:54 pm (UTC)
My first thought, although you have made me rethink it, was the Royce was trying to tell Beckett that what she had with him wasn't real, that it was a crush and he knew instantly what he saw between her and Castle was different. I'm quite willing to admit that it doesn't make Royce any less Mary Sue-y or the whole letter premise much less ridiculous but it made me feel better.

I'm not sure what I think about the whole next step, but I can't ever fully ship characters on procedurals with a relationship set-up on banter and UST. I hope they make whatever they do believable though, cuz I'll be really annoyed otherwise. *nods firmly*
8th-May-2011 04:05 pm (UTC)
The believability is one of my main concerns right now. Well, that and how cliffhanger-y the cliffhanger might be. I will angst all summer, I have no doubt.
4th-May-2011 12:21 am (UTC)
I think the biggest challenge is this: they-had-better-not-jump-the-shark-trying-not-to-jump-the-shark theories.

I read the interview in EW where Nathan Fillion said he actually didn't want them to get together because the UST was what kept fans tuning in every week. Stana disagreed and wanted them to get together. If they choose the route of keeping them apart just so they wouldn't jump the shark (a la Moonlighting), it's gonna backfire IMO.

I agree that last night's Mary Sue was just plain old stupid. Especially because it almost felt like it was the first time she read that part of the letter. I mean, she'd had the damn thing for days and why all of a sudden does it "hit" her what the end was about? Didn't make any sense.

The best solution would be to get them together, but keep it non-chalant. Keep the banter and the work relationship in there with maybe some over protectiveness from Castle and eye rolling, I-can-take-care-of-myself-stop-worrying-so-much from Beckett. It would be a "healthy" relationship. If that were the case, I would still tune in. The challenge with these things is that they set up the ship and they don't know how the hell to resolve it. I don't understand why it can't take it's natural course, be resolved and still maintain the characters.

Blergh.
4th-May-2011 12:32 am (UTC)
The best solution would be to get them together, but keep it non-chalant. Keep the banter and the work relationship in there with maybe some over protectiveness from Castle and eye rolling, I-can-take-care-of-myself-stop-worrying-so-much from Beckett. It would be a "healthy" relationship.

Plus you could have such great fish out of water-y moments with Castle trying to be blue collar and Beckett totally not caring about the trappings of his fame. :)

Also wouldn't it be great to see more "healthy" relationships on TV?
8th-May-2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Keep the banter and the work relationship in there with maybe some over protectiveness from Castle and eye rolling, I-can-take-care-of-myself-stop-worrying-so-much from Beckett.

THIS ex-ACT-ly. I get that I'm not indicative of the typical audience for most shows I obsess over, but I can't see how this could hurt the show. The thing about Castle as a series premise is that him chasing her is kind of the POINT. I get that that means him catching her changes things, but on the other hand, him never getting her gets old and just makes it harder for things to casually bantery forever.

The writers shouldn't have put them so close to being together if it isn't going to happen yet. *crosses arms and pouts*
4th-May-2011 01:01 am (UTC)
U MAD? hee.

That does sound ludicrous. I don't think it's technically Mary Sue-ism, either classic or colloquial, but it's definitely lazy plotting and poor characterization.

Have you seen canonrants? It's like fanficrants, only for, y'know, canon/source texts. Hint, hint. :)
8th-May-2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
canonrants was... interesting... Someone likened Flynn cutting Rapunzel's hair in Tangled to, uh, rape, which was, um, a bit extreme. I love how you send me down rabbit holes so very casually... :)
8th-May-2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
In my defense, I hadn't read that entry. I think I was a bit blinded by wanting more traffic over there. You'd think it'd be busier. That said: sorry, dude. ;)

Watched the first two eps of Castle. I don't get chemistry off them yet, but it's fun, and I can see potential there.

4th-May-2011 12:25 pm (UTC)
After watching this episode my biggest concern is what they will do next season. If I take my shippy hat off, I still believe that we have reached a point where they can get together without killing the show.

As far as Royce in some terms telling Kate that it was okay to be with Castle, I found a bit odd and unrealistic. I'll give him that Royce knew Kate for many years as he trained her and worked with her BUT he knows nothing about Castle. How can he be sure that Castle is the right guy for her? To me Royce seemed the wrong person to be giving relationship advice to Kate, anyone else in the show I would have been fine with.

I will be curious to see what they will do with it in the finale as I have reading some spoilers and how they handle it once the next season begans.
8th-May-2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
To me Royce seemed the wrong person to be giving relationship advice to Kate, anyone else in the show I would have been fine with.

YES! Thank you! Seriously? He's that good a judge of character in a few minutes with them? I can't even. The whole thing was O_o.

Edited at 2011-05-08 04:14 pm (UTC)
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