Castle Season 5 Finale Review: Will You... Give Us a Break?

Castle S05E24: "Watershed"

When ABC sent out the screener for this week's Castle season finale, it left out the final scene. Essentially admitting that it didn't trust reviewers wouldn't go out of their way to spoil the "big surprise" at the end of the episode, we were required to watch alongside everyone else to find out the big twist ending of "Watershed." If this were a case where Andrew Marlowe and his writers had concocted an out-of-left-field conclusion to their barely built-up relationship drama of the past few episodes—a surprise Senator Bracken appearance, or some major character unexpectedly biting it—I might have understood. But it wasn't anything like that. Instead of some grand, shocking conclusion to an uneven, but generally entertaining season of Castle, Marlowe and crew decided to go for the easiest, yet messiest possible ending one could conceive.

But before we get to where "Watershed" ended up, let's talk about how it got there. Last week's episode concluded with Beckett receiving an offer from the federal investigator who alternately interfered with and helped the murder investigation of the hour. He believed Beckett displayed an extraordinary talent in wrapping up the case, and wanted her to be part of his team. At the outset of "Watershed," Beckett arrived in D.C. for an interview with the boss of this federal task force, played by former Homicide: Life on the Street star Kyle Secor (looking a good bit more gaunt than usual). Beckett seemed out of sorts, unsure of why she was even there, until Secor was good enough to tell her: It was because she knows she's an incredibly gifted investigator, and that she's destined for bigger things than the NYPD homicide unit. Hearing someone say it to her so bluntly had a galvanizing effect on Beckett, and with that, the interview began in earnest.

The best part of this whole job interview thing? Beckett apparently did it by getting on a butt-early flight, jaunting down to D.C. and then flying back to the city before her shift officially began. By the time the team showed up to investigate this week's case, in which a young girl's body was found in the rooftop water tank of a flop hotel, Beckett was huffing and puffing as she ran in to catch up on what'd been going on. Castle immediately noticed that something was a bit off about her, but he doesn't press right away. After all, there was a murder to solve.

The girl had been holed up in the hotel for the last ten days, and according to her various neighbors, she had been using the room as a place to "do some business." Yes, the prostitutin' kind of business. Her registered name, "Crystal Skye," should have been our first clue that not all was as it seemed, but the second clue—namely the fact that the victim was actually a Harvard graduate with a computer science degree who'd told her parents she was taking a trip to Europe—essentially guaranteed that this girl was not just some random hooker killed by a John.

The team initially tried to suss out how such a good girl might have gone so very wrong. Beckett even made the hilarious assertion that maybe the girl just needed a "change." Right. You studied computer science in the Ivy League, you ostensibly have a pretty solid life, and so you decide that to shift things around a bit, you're gonna become a hooker in New York City. Maybe we're all being a little too nice to Beckett when we talk about how brilliant her investigative instincts are...

Regardless, no, she wasn't a hooker. Her creepy Peeping Tom neighbor admitted he'd been spying on her through a hole in the wall, and that the hooker thing was a ruse. She was putting on the pornographic equivalent of a Pure Moods CD to trick her neighbors into thinking she was just some call girl, while actually spending all night every night on her laptop. What was she working on? Thanks to the aid of the NYPD's super helpful computer expert character (who, if I'm not mistaken, just started showing up regularly in the last few episodes), we learned that she'd been digging through the various files of a big-time law firm. Why? After a little more investigating, we found out that her friend, a former intern at the firm, had died in one of those tragic car accidents that are never actually accidents. In fact, this accident may have been a cover-up for a murder, performed at the behest of yet another crazy political heavyweight—because this show doesn't have enough of those, right?

Once the show got through its investigative paces, "Watershed" more or less abandonned wrapping up the plot in any particularly neat or satisfying fashion in favor of focusing squarely on Beckett's Big Decision. It was obviously nagging at Beckett mind throughout the episode, though the unfortunate side-effect was a morose, generally snippy Stana Katic that wasn't really much fun to watch. Once Castle actually learned of the interview (by discovering a boarding pass stub that'd fallen out of Beckett's jacket), Nathan Fillion wasn't much fun for the rest of the hour either.

When mommy and daddy fight on Castle, the whole show suffers. I'm not talking about the biting back-and-forth of the show's early seasons, when the characters had to pretend not to like each other (that stuff was fun, usually), but the kind of world-ending relationship drama that has been infecting more and more of this season. When Castle and Beckett are allowed to just kind of enjoy each other, this coupling has worked exceptionally well. I really didn't know what to expect when things kicked off last fall, but I will be the first to admit that the romance between Castle's main characters has generally been a good thing. The sexual tension of the previous four seasons was paid off in a mostly charming, likable way throughout this run. The constant questioning of the relationship by Beckett (and occasionally others) has periodically veered into obnoxious territory, but it's never been oppressive enough to wreck the duo's chemistry. "Watershed" came dangerously close to doing precisely that.

I might have been more willing to roll with the episode's punches if the job offer thing wasn't so wildly out of the blue (and totally uninteresting). It was a hastily established potential pitfall in last week's episode, and dedicating an entire finale to it felt like a lousy cop-out. As much as I've complained about some of the silly conspiratorial nonsense inherent to Beckett's backstory, the last two seasons had legitimately intense, completely crazy finales that managed to both provide ample service to the super fans, and at least make for solidly exciting episodes of television. "Watershed" was the antithesis of exciting. The mystery offered intrigue, but clearly only existed as a way for Beckett to show off her preternatural investigative powers "one last time" before making her big choice. The rest of the time, Beckett acted weird, which made everyone else act weird, until Beckett and Castle were super fighting and getting advice from various family members who we've barely seen at all over the last 24 episodes. Martha, Alexis, and Beckett's dad all made welcome appearances (especially Martha, who might as well have not even existed this season), but their advice boiled down to the kinds of obvious platitudes fans were most likely screaming at the TV screen on their own.

Which brings us to that conclusion. After having consulted their respective parents, Castle and Beckett agreed to meet at that old swing set. Beckett seemed to have made the decision to take the job, but hadn't said that directly to anyone yet. Castle, apart from looking severely pissed, was a wild card. So I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when he pulled out a ring, dropped to one knee, and proposed right then and there, telling Beckett that no matter what she chose, he wanted to be a part of it.

All right, let's clear one thing up right now: I am not against Castle and Beckett getting married. That's a sweet idea, and one that feels like it would naturally come to fruition after a couple of seasons of actually being together. But after one season of dating? After all that hemming and hawing about whether their relationship could truly work? And seemingly purely born out of this awkward, not-terribly-interesting job offer plot? Give me a break.

In truth, the whole end of this season felt like one big, hokey play at the heartstrings of Castle's super fans; the people who make absurdly tawdry Castle and Beckett fan art and spend all their time each day re-posting Castle GIFs on Tumblr. It simultaneously came out of nowhere, and also felt like the cheapest, easiest way to end the season on a cliffhanger, without having to wrap up any of those other lingering storylines the show mostly abandoned toward the end of the season. It wasn't anticlimactic because of how unsurprising it was—I was actually a little surprised—but because of how barely built-up any of this was throughout the season.

What does any of this mean for Season 6? Well, let's assume she accepts the proposal, or at least eventually does toward the end of next season's premiere, because it would be super dark and weird if she didn't. This means she either stays with the NYPD for at least one more season, or she goes to D.C. and she and Castle become federal crime solving buddies. I'm not betting on that last one, because Marlowe would have to come up with an even flimsier excuse for why Castle is allowed to tag along on federal investigations. In either event, it seems likely that the next season will build toward some kind of big wedding episode, either for sweeps, or the finale.

Whatever the case, "Watershed" did little to stoke my particular interest in how next season will play out. Season 5 turned out to be a wildly up-and-down ride, fraught with as many moments of sharp, charming comedy as stilted, hamfisted emotional turmoil. "Watershed" concluded with far more of the latter than the former, and it left a sour taste that I sincerely hope next season's premiere manages to wash away satisfactorily. I won't be getting my hopes up.


NOTES

– The music that played over the opening helicopter shots of Washington D.C. was so ludicrously grim and serious that I half expected it to kick into the "Imperial March" at any second.

– Really glad we finally got around to having Alexis actually mention that she was kidnapped by terrorists earlier this season. That said, Castle's justification for dawdling on paying for her upcoming class trip to Costa Rica was pretty weak, and could've easily been dumped entirely if they'd, you know, actually talked about this at some point previously.

– "I think our plot just thickened." —Castle, clearly not making a joke about his murder boner.

– When, exactly, did Esposito decide to start dressing up for work? What happened to his "streetwise cop" get-up? Why is he wearing a tie, all of a sudden? Is it to impress the hot computer girl?

– Speaking of which, is hot computer tech girl now a recurring character? She seems lovely and very smart, but man did they introduce her out of nowhere.

– I like seeing Kyle Secor get work. I especially liked how his character could jump from pleasant affability to deathly seriousness at the drop of a hat. If the show is going to move to D.C. next season (which I still think it won't), then I'm totally fine with him taking over as the boss character. I think I've had my fill of Penny Johnson Jerald, anyway. She's a great actress, but that character has long overstayed its welcome.

– I'm legit curious to see if any of you had wildly differing feelings about the direction of this season's end from mine. Lots of people watch Castle for different reasons, but I think most of us can agree that the show is at its best when the characters and actors are loose and having fun. The end of this season has been anything but fun to me, and I've found that to be more disappointing than anything else. I guess we'll all see what happens when Season 6 rolls around. Thanks for sticking with us for Season 5, and I hope you enjoyed reading and commenting along.

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May 06, 2014
Castle has taken a major downturn these last few episodes. Ridiculous wardrobe for Beckett and team, phony makeup and closeups on her, stupid wide shots that make her look uncomfortable, and, of course, really cheap plot twists. It's the end of this series. Bye, Bye, Castle, it was fun watching for a while.
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Sep 16, 2013
I think that they should have used the FBI job as the season ending with her moving on to the federal side and them agreeing to a cooling period. Have the season opener with a case that runs into the NYPD and pairing her Castle up again after months of seperation this would have given them a segue into both bringing him into the FBI or something similar to The Closer where they had an FBI agent as liason witht he police dept. That would keep them together but working on more intriguing cases.
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Jul 28, 2013
Castle's character is impulsive. Childish. It's premature because he's making a move. They're at a natural stage of the relationship where they realize all the reasons that they DON'T fit together as a permanent couple. They understand that, in spite of all they've been through, the relationship has run its course. But Castle doesn't want to lose her, and he can't accept that. So the question is, will they make a commitment to fight to stay together regardless of the challenges they'll face, or will they be forced--at least for now--to accept that it's not going to happen? The finale may not please casual fans, but this was a mature move made by writers who know their characters. They also know the dynamics of human relationships, which is what this entire show has always been about. Beckett's walls are coming down, but she's still being honest with herself. Castle is losing Alexis and thus his own childhood, and he's being confronted with his own immaturity and trying to grow up. I think a lot of people aren't liking the characters because they're becoming more real. Their masks are coming down. That's what happens in relationships, and it's what happens as we age. Our dark parts get exposed. If you fight through it together, you grow. But there's also Beckett's career ambition to consider. Life is complicated. The writers are doing a good job of reflecting that universal truth. It's what all good art does. I'm guessing they'll be wrapping up the show in one or two more seasons. I can't wait to see how it plays out.
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Aug 07, 2013
Oh for the love of .... Can we please stop dwelling on the 'Castle is childish' notion already. Yes it was true enough for most of S1 and S2 but it died off over the course of S3 and if you can find me more than a handful of even slightly childish moments in S4 I'd be really impressed.
As for the notion that they somehow wouldn't work as a couple longterm - as the article points out when they were allowed to just be a couple this past season things were in fact working pretty damn well. And I will agree with Alex Navaro (which is in fact NOT a common occurrence) - the writers chickened out of every difficult to wrap up plots they brought up through the season with that final scene. What to me is even worse is that Watershed destroyed just about everything I like about Beckett and on top of that the final scene instead of being a sweet, positive, happy moment just made Castle look weak - at this point Beckett is trampling any shred of self worth the man has ever had and he appears incapable to pull away from that and is just begging for more. The sad truth is that for a good long while now(well over a season and half) the show has had to convince me they should be together but any time it gets to that point Beckett pulls some new crap move and makes me question when it would have been the best moment for Castle to move on from her and find someone who won't sap the light and fun out of his life.
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Jul 18, 2013
In all honesty, I really enjoyed this season, there were a few hiccups but there was some brilliant fun like Final Frontier, Swan's Song, Secret Santa, the double episode was pretty awesome, Wild Rover allowed us to get to know Kevin a little better and then Lives of Others was pure gold. I loved every episode, especially that part in The Human Factor when Kate scared the crap out of Castle in bed with the remote control car and helicopter. I even love Gates now, seeing her go fangirl over Wives of Wall street and how she is a supporter of Caskett, they fleshed out her character really well. But the finale has to be the worst episode they have ever made. It was rushed, it was poorly written and I think the actors were so confused that they all stuffed up on a good performance.

However, this is the first truly bad episode they have made in five seasons. Granted, they lose a lot of points for it being a season finale, but they have managed to make Kate and Castle being together just as good as before. Also, they have been dating for a year, to get engaged after a year isn't too weird, and really, he's been wanting to marry her forever. She was worried about where their relationship was going and he has just given her the answer she was looking for. It was a rushed and desperate attempt to keep her from leaving forever and the whole thing was a little stupid. Marlowe has a lot to make up for next season, but after five seasons of incredible and wildly brilliant cases and so much fun of the characters bouncing off each other, I can see them redeeming themselves come September 29th
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Jun 28, 2013
This is the worst finale of Castle yet. They make up yet another excuse for Beckett not to commit. Suddenly she is very ambitious and wants to do certain things other than being a cop. Did she forget what she said to Castle right before they kissed. And when they are back together she doubts of where the relationship is going? The guy was with her when she stood on that bomb. She send him away and yet he remained with her. And she has the nerve to go to Washington for a job that supposedly is so cool that she doesn't want Castle to ruin it for her. It is about me! She says. It always has been about her and now they make it like Castle is the one who is difficult. Yeah,sorry that is just stupid. Also where is the relationship heading? I am not sure if this is an American thing but where I come from it takes some time to get to the point of asking someone to marry. Or even discuss marriage. Also it is 2013. Beckett is an independent woman. Couldn't she have started the conversation about the future and such. Because that is what normal people do. In real life people would be upset if they pulled this on someone and not ask someone to marry.
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Jun 28, 2013
I think she will turn the wedding proposal off, so it would be not important after all. But the job proposal will turn out to be a trap, or she will be rejected because Senator Bracken, So she will be back in NYPD and everything will continue as it was.
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Jun 25, 2013
Probably the most ridiculous ending one could imagine. Marlowe has cheapened his primary characters so that I don't think he can get them back in a believable relationship. I look at it this way: This was probably Castle's last season, so Marlowe didn't care, he just wants to do it his way. If I were looking for a producer I think I would go with Elmer Fudd before I would take a chance on Marlowe.
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Jun 13, 2013
Not many people are entertaining the idea that this is all a ploy by Senator Bracken. I was expecting him to be a much bigger part of this season, and Beckett's past would indicate she would stay in NY just so that she could continue trying to get Senator Bracken. The fact she never even mentioned him in the finale, felt kind of strange to me, definitely now that she knows he is behind her mothers murder. Senator Bracken could be trying to do away with her completely by sending her away, as a big distraction, or even bribing her with such an amazing job.

This idea could explain everything, and it could all work out. A: Kate finds out that Bracken is behind it all and so she doesn't take the job, so that she can do what she joined the police force to do in the first place, take him down. B: They discuss their relationship and decide that Marriage was a hasty idea, and that they should just keep enjoying their time with one another, realizing that they do have a future together. C:Nobody resents anyone, and everyone's happy. :)
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tvf
May 27, 2013
My gf is watching the show from the beginning and so i am watching with her. I was shocked while watching episode 9 of first season. There is a fed named Sorenson who is an ex of Beckett. Do you remember why they broke up? Let me remind to those who don't remember like me. He left to Boston because he wanted to do more! The conversation is as follows:
Sor: That was a great opportunity.
Bec: It was a choice that didn't include me.
Sor: You could have come.
Bec: And then done what? Join the Boston PD? And then you have to move to Phoenix, and then Cleveland and then you are back here. I mean we both know what that life is all about.

Beckett was once at the receiving end of what she did to Castle. That's why she thought he would hate her and be right to do so.

One more thing i noticed was how Castle was a more self-confident man than he is in later seasons. I also watched the last few episodes again. I don't like what these characters have become. Beckett is self-centered and cold while Castle is weak, unconfident and more childish (not in a funny way as it was earlier) than ever. A large part of this show is the characters themselves. I really hope this is what writers want us to think of the characters right now and they have a plan to undo this silly drama between them. Because both of them have become quite unlikable. Beckett has to say "no" and leave. I can't see any other way this can be resolved. Anyone patient can count how many times Beckett has lied to Castle in serious matters through 5 seasons. I'm really hoping writers have planned this thoroughly and won't cheat by making her say "yes" or stay in NY in 1st episode of S6. Because if that's the way it goes, i would be very sorry for both of them. Beckett did not follow her lover to Boston knowing it wouldn't work. If she thinks of doing the same thing, that's without Castle for sure. She said she knows why she is in DC to the interviewing guy. Watching a pathetic relationship in S6 would be no fun, i'm sure of that. They have to start from scratch, from the basics like communication. In fact Kate should start from the very beginning - that's having feelings for your partner!
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May 23, 2013
First of all i was expecting a better season finale. Main problem for me is that Beckett's ambition for a better job hasn't been mentioned anywhere in the show except for the last few episodes. This makes all the drama in the last episodes artificial. As far as i understood from the background story of Beckett, being a cop was all she ever wanted after the death of her mother (she may have applied to FBI training if she wanted to after graduating, after all she is intelligent etc.). This may have changed after she decided to give up chasing her mother's murderer actively. She even gave up being a cop in the 4th season finale. But the fact that she was secretly hoping for a better job has never been mentioned. This is bad story telling.

And as i see it, the final minutes of the show is not a cliffhanger. Their relation will advance no matter what happens next. They were not communicating and any relationship of this kind comes to a point where people have to make a choice. They both are not ready for marriage. Being a child, Castle proposes to her. Because he has no other "serious" means of telling her that he is serious about it. Beckett also being no more mature than him in terms of relationship (or emotional awareness), is incapable of making a right choice at this stage of their relationship. She isn't even sure about what she wants let alone knowing what to do about what she wants.

So, i think Beckett will say "no, i'm not ready" and will go to DC. All i saw about Beckett in 5 seasons indicate that she will try DC (in 4th season finale she went to catch the assassin despite the fact that Castle begged her not to, she had to have a near death experience to realize what she really wanted). She also stated to his father that the job in DC is what she wants and if she chooses to stay, she will "resent Castle or worse". Their relationship can't manage that kind of burden. But the fact that her desire for a bigger career opportunity hasn't been mentioned anywhere before tells me that she will realize what's important later as she did in season 4 finale. It may well be her fear of commitment (or her lack of trust to Castle because of his past) that's pushing her to a new job/state as her father told her.

Also, one shouldn't dismiss that her archenemy (Bracken) hasn't been mentioned at all in the late episodes of the season. This is unexpected for a show. So, her return to NY later or her acceptance to the job in DC may well have something to do with the senator. This is what i hope. It would make the season finale a better one :) An advance in the plot both story-wise and relationship-wise.

I'm as sure as one can be that story will eventually go on in NY. There are a few reasons:
-Writers have invested in supporting characters (Espo and Ryan) a lot in season 5.
-This is a murder based show which takes place in NY. A few federal cases were done to give a flavor to the show. The show is about murder.
-Moving all Castle, Espo and Ryan to DC is ridiculous.
-No one would watch the show about Beckett solving federal cases, it would be boring as hell. Beckett is the drama and Castle is the fun side of this show.

And lastly my 2 cents about their relationship. Castle is not the only one taking the relationship for granted. From the start of the show, Castle is following her like a puppy and she's used to it. When she was about to die in the last episode of season 4, she calls for him. Because she's used to the idea that he's "always" there for her. His absence is what reminds her what he means for her. This had happened in previous seasons too. Beckett is self-centered and Castle is a boy afraid of being alone. One is taker one is giver. Season 6 will be good in this sense. They will have to find balance to make it work. I don't expect Castle to be the active one in season 6, show seems to be centered on Beckett.

And one personal request: Please bring back Castle paying attention to details like the man that turned out to have cancer in the first season. He has started to think a lot like a cop lately.
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May 19, 2013
292.268.358.12... nuff said
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May 18, 2013
The name of the series is Castle and the series will die if Beckett is no longer his partner.
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May 17, 2013
I haven't read through all of your almost 100 comments, so forgive me if somebody has said it at some point, but I am quite surprised that nobody commented on the fact that there is ONE, and only one scenario in which the weird shift and yanks of the last few episodes make sense.

Not if we try to analyze the "text" that is Castle, the show. If we take character development and plot lines, all of them pretty much run rather smoothly until four episodes ago. Even "Still", though hastily thrown together at a late point in the season, fits the bill --- and then, out of nowhere, our characters freshly out of confessing their love to each other and being willing to leave this life together take a 180 and doubt everything they have? A detective that a mere year ago turned in her badge because all she could think about was 'him', who decided to give up her job because all she wanted was to be by his side now kicks him to the curb for a flimsy job offer by a pointless, bloodless, good-for-nothing douchebag? Try as we might, we won't be able to get any sense into it.

BUT, if we turn to Castle, the universe, and add up the facts that AM had been talking about the finale being Castle-centric (his father, his wall, his unattainability) that didn't happen AT ALL this way, the aforementioned shift, nay yank in the plot line, character incongruence, a sudden conspicuous presence of a new brunette plus odd personal tweets of "Exit" signs and well wishes to the cast for a fun season 6 - then it may suddenly hit us like an anvil that A JOB OFFER IN A DIFFERENT CITY since times immemorial has been TV's No 1 lame-ass way of writing a character off a show.

And suddenly it all makes sense.

Now please, tell me that and where I'm wrong. Because even though it might have worked on the X-Files for a while, I just don't see Castle going anywhere without Beckett (or rather, with Beckett ostensibly "working in DC" and being mentioned in phone calls and flashbacks for a season until the new, even more ever-present IT love interest and Beckett's intense workload make for an off-screen breakup)

Yes, the show is called "Castle". But without Beckett, it's dead in the water.

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May 21, 2013
I actually considered your theory a while back, and have just refused to entertain it since there's been no official say-so from anywhere that Stana Katic is leaving. That would suck....but....

I think the show could survive without her.
- For one, the show was WAY more fun when it was centred around Castle with less Beckett angst. Let's be real - everything Beckett related is a bit of a downer. Getting that lightheartedness back would be a plus.
- I can definitely see a storyline with a heartbroken sworn-off-women back-to-my-playboy-ways actually-an-author Castle. Imagine if the roles were reversed and we had another romantic interest who had to wait and work for CASTLE to come around. Might be an interesting dynamic.
- Don't forget who the lead actor is. Nathan Fillion could make chemistry with a stone.
- I think the show Castle has an even better chance at working without Katic than The X-files had without Duchovny. Mulder WAS the X-files. Richard Castle just has to find something else to write about.
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Jul 18, 2013
Not at all, without Beckett, this show would suck. It isn't about Castle and just any love interest, it is about the relationship between Castle and Beckett. A little lest angst is always nice, but she has such a capacity for fun as well and I would hate to see that gone. Stana isn't going anywhere, she loves being on the show and she LOVES Castle and Beckett being together.
Also, if Castle turned back to his play-boy ways, the last five seasons would be worth jack. The character development isn't just about Beckett learning to open up (something she has been failing at recently) to someone else, but also Castle learning to grow up a little and be someone for the woman he loves.

Oh, and by the way, Kate says yes, photos have been leaked, so let's go from there
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May 16, 2013
I think its about time Castle proposed, as man-child as he can be it wouldbe unrealistic for him NOT to propose the girlfriend he's happy to be with.
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May 16, 2013
Yeah, I wasn't crazy about this finale. For a show that has had seriously stellar finales the last 3 seasons, this one was kind of lackluster. I enjoy Castle and Beckett's relationship, but the marriage proposal as a cliffhanger was just not that interesting. I don't really care whether or not they get married... I just wish they could have done something more interesting for the finale.

As for the job offer, the best way to resolve it would be for something huge to happen to make her want to stay in New York - that way it doesn't look like she's just settling. Even though it's been done before on this show, I was honestly expecting someone to get shot or something, because then Beckett would want to stay to take down whatever bad dude was behind it. Or maybe something further could happen with the guy that had her mom killed - that was never fully resolved, right?
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May 16, 2013
After watching this episode for the first time, I didn't really know what to think of it. Show's creater Andrew Marlowe loves to use subtext and this episode is full of it. And a lot of it doesn't open up on first watch.

I didn't expect the proposal to go the way it did, but this kind of ugly and desperate proposal fascinates more than overly romantic and cheesy proposals that usually see on tv.

I didn't really like the unnecessary drama they created in the last 3 episodes (not counting Still), but I kinda understand what the writers where trying to do, just that they didn't succeed as well as they hoped.

The start of the next season should be interesting because there are many possibilities. Only thing I'm sure of it is that if Beckett decides to take the job she will come back to 12th precinct and NYPD in few first few episodes.
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May 16, 2013
I think Beckett says to Castle that she has taken the job in DC, so she can't accept to marry him. Then she starts a mission in DC, Castle get back to NYPD and continues working with R & E, but the boss looks for a new detective for Beckett position and Castle try to get along with the new detective... man or woman, I'm not sure.
Beckett has some problem in DC, then she tries to get back her job in NY, quite a problem because her position is already taken. Sort of...
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May 16, 2013
Beckett and Castle are two very different characters whose working relationship is synergistic and always fun to watch. The depiction of their personal relationship, especially during season finales, has generally been gut-wrenching. This episode was no exception. The proposal seemed abrupt, and Castle's poker face gave me pause, but he had gone "all in" on their relationship and it's now Beckett's call. I hope she says yes because I enjoy watching the show with them as a couple.
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May 16, 2013
My 2c...

I'm actually annoyed that Beckett could doubt, in any way, Castle's commit to her after refusing to leave her side when she was standing on a bomb that was going to explode any second. Good grief, what more does she need?

I think if she declines the proposal, it will show a serious flaw in her character and that won't be good.

Personally, I think the show could use a massive shake-up such as moving to DC and working on Federal cases. Opens up the entire nation as interesting venues and creates a new dynamic. And, it's not so hard to believe Castle could cash in a big favor from some federal mucky-muck to get to keep working with Beckett in DC. No bigger a stretch than the current situation. Or, they could play it where Beckett makes Castle a condition of her acceptance.

The biggest problem would be losing Esposito and Ryan. They're a great part of the team. But, moving them to DC with Beckett and Castle IS too big a stretch.

I never liked Captain Gates and won't miss her a bit.

Now, if Beckett does NOT take the job, that makes her a pretty big wimp, too. Sort of like Riker on Star Trek NG, passing up every promotion offered. At some point, it's just stupid. And, given how appealing the job is to Beckett, for her to pass on it would be a huge mistake -- for her and for the show.

Anyway, Castle is one of my top shows, right now, so they'd better not screw it up!
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May 16, 2013
To clarify my thought...

I think the writers painted themselves in a corner with this job offer.

If she accepts, it changes the whole dynamic of the show and it could fall apart.

If she declines, her character is no longer the brilliant detective with huge potential. She's stuck.

If she takes it and changes her mind or gets canned, that's even worse for her character.

The only way this works out is if she takes it and they risk it all by making it Castle at the Federal level. And, it IS a big risk. But, anything else is stupid, as I've described.
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Jul 18, 2013
Or it turns out that something is seriously wrong with the job, like Bracken (grasping for straws here) and she has no choice but to return to the NYPD. The show is built on murder, they would never try to turn the show into federal cases every day.

I hope what happened is that they have something planned that will be great and brilliant and then they realised they couldn't figure out a good way to lead into it so they took a risk and shuffled about but the payoff in the end will be worth it.
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May 16, 2013
To play devil's advocate, I believe the bomb episode was just a quick clip show that was thrown together in the last second, since they announced mid-season that they are getting an extra episode.

So it's possibly they filmed it *after* the finale was already done.
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May 16, 2013
Nope they filmed Still before they filmed Watershed.
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Jul 18, 2013
They might have written it before Watershed then
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May 16, 2013
Of course she's gonna stay on NY. What are they going to do? Move everyone to DC? Get Rick a new 'consulting' job with the Feds? Write off the rest of the characters? Come on!
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Jul 18, 2013
Yes, exactly, and then aliens are going to invade and take over the government and hire giant moths to kill off everyone else, and then the moths will be killed by fleas with ice bullets and it becomes the worst sci-fi story ever written
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May 16, 2013
Of course I want them to stay together, but a marriage proposal? TOO soon. I'd hope they get married in like 3-4 seasons. That's why this plot seemed cheap to me. Also, I agree that Beckett 'should' have a better job. Supposedly she's so smart, intuitive, etc. So what is she doing as a homicide detective? Again, cheap plot. I get that these type of couples on tv have to be separated at some point so they can get back together again and have more seasons running. But the way they did it was ridiculous.
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Jul 18, 2013
"what is she doing as a homicide detective?"

Come on dude, that was explained in the very first episode.
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May 16, 2013
I was sitting there thinking....I love this show and I love them together but that was the most depressing ending I've ever seen. Who would have thought his proposing would be so depressing? That just didn't make sense and felt so wrong. It looks like it's downhill from now on. I hope they redeem this nonsense next season.
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May 15, 2013
I don't care much for the whole "relationship drama"... But am I the only one who remembers the whole "Castle makes Beckett better" thing? This idea that Beckett was meant for more than the NYPD is kinda dumb if Castle isn't included. And what about the rest of her team? Like suddenly it's the Kate Beckett show, and everyone else just stands around in awe of her investigative prowess?... Not buyin' it, Castle writers. You should have payed more attention to your own writing, so you could have come up with something that felt consistent.

Unless the job offer is some kind of conspiracy...
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Jul 18, 2013
Please let is be a conspiracy, please, please let it be a conspiracy.
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Jul 24, 2013
Yeah, I think that's honestly the most satisfying possibility at the moment. And it would open up a whole season's worth of investigation possibilities... Whatever happens, I'm hoping the Castle writers don't "slow play it". If a storyline is frustrating to fans, making it stretch the entire season sucks.
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May 16, 2013
I agree! First, in the ridiculous episode w/ the multibillionaire, then in the almost as ridiculous episode w/ the federal agent and finally, in episode 24 where we see her meeting the Ass't Attorney General himself, Beckett implicitly takes the credit, all of it, w/o much in the way of denial and never considers or bothers to admit, to her dad, Gates, even herself, that her phenomenal case closure rate might be attributable to Castle's often silly but strangely insightful theory building? Come on. From episode 1 season 1 Castle has had an irreplaceable role in Beckett's professional life at least; if she is honest w/ herself she will have to admit it very soon.
On another topic that has been rattling around for the last couple of seasons- Castle's refusal to let his 1st wife into his life. Yeah? So? She was a bed buddy, a terrific lay (apparently with the maternal instincts of an alley cat apparently) but otherwise as functionally useful as a roughly opened envelope. Hell, I wouldn't have revealed my private thoughts to her either.
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Jul 18, 2013
Your description of Meredith made me laugh so much I completely forgot how bad that season finale was. Thank you so much for that XD
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May 17, 2013
Watch one episode of the show, and you'll see that Beckett doesn't do it by herself. Heck, even in the last episode, it was Espo, and Ryan who found the picture that broke the case while Beckett was talking to her dad. Oh, but it was all Beckett doing the police work.

I don't know where the next season will go. After *falsely* building up Beckett the way they have, I'd kinda like to see her fall. I know that sounds horrible, but I wouldn't mind seeing her unable to do the job without Castle, Espo, Ryan, and Lanie. I wouldn't mind seeing her fail, or get fired, or something.
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Jul 03, 2013
No, that isn't horrible. That is the way I feel. Time for Beckett to pay for her sins of lying and cheating.
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Jul 11, 2013
Glad I'm not the only one, lol.
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May 15, 2013
I agree with you Alex the episode should have been a lot better for a series finale. It wasn't and it was pretty disappointing. If this was any other time during the season and it didn't have that ending, I would be fine with it. But after last week's out of nowhere ending - where Tony-from-24 is apparently so smitten by Beckett that he'll actually put in a good word for her - this episode annoyed me even more. His whole character kind of annoyed me actually. It didn't feel genuine in any way, seen him do a lot better and that just ticks me off.

I get it, these last few episodes the writers wanted us to think about the future for Castle & Beckett and where they stand. That's alright by me, but don't go ruining the season ending by undermining the case of the week (that could have been a lot better with more time and better closing) and then give us a season ending that's just frustrating.

If you ask me, C&B's relationship could afford being in the i-want-to-know-where-we're-going-stage. Just give us more fun moments with them, hold off this fiancé nonsense and give us instead an even better last case of the season.

And yes, Alex they really should show us more of Martha and Alexis, and shown us more of how she felt after Paris and how Castle was dealing with it.

The IT-girl seems to be a future fling for Esposito if I'm getting the signals. I actually like the fact that she has been shown more. Why not? She seems to be working so far. I think it'd be good if she got more screen-time.

I'm frankly not even in the mood of guessing the future, it'll be whatever it'll be. Just hope the cases and Castle continues to be entertaining and not get worse by the possible DC thing. I'm a huge Nathan Fillion fan so I'll keep watching till the very end either ways.
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May 15, 2013
Unlike what seems everyone else, I didn't find this season terrible at all.
They took the extra step with their relationship, and of course the show has to merge them into the series slowly, or fans would rage that there was no spark.
Too slow and fans rant there is too much drama.
Don't forget relationships have a history of getting shows cancelled.
I thought they did ok, in balancing the act, without changing the foundation of the characters too fast.
And that is something the show has done consistently well over it's lifespan.
Look at Gates, she's slowly getting closer to the team, they did an awesome job not just making her some antagonistic boss, nor trying to force a new Montgomery on us. Same with Castle and Beckett.

So many times - also in reality - do we think everything will magically fix it self once we take a big decision relationship wise.
But hey guess what, Beckett is still very secretive, Castle is still world class relationship destroyer by rash decision making.
It's what they do!
They are starting to ease up on that.
What happens next? Beckett gets hit by the karma truck.

She became a detective to solve her mothers murder. She was driven, to the brink of obsession. Nothing mattered to her more, even after finding out who was behind it, she was dead set on catching him.

Jump back to "Always" - Beckett hangs an inch from death and all she thinks of is Castle. Since then, her mothers murder has become A priority, not THE priority. And voila, suddenly the founding reason for her to stay at homicide is less of an anchor and she get the job offer of a lifetime.

That's the real issue here, not Castles inability to be mature.
Will Beckett realise that over the course of her police life, her little family of Espo, Ryan and Laney has become just as much an anchor as her mothers life has?
Because let's face it, at the end of the day, Castle could very easily just move to DC with her, nothing holds him there. Alexis is in college, mother is....well Martha will follow Castle anywhere.


I figure next season Beckett takes the job, and we see her realise that there is more holding her to her job than her mother. And that it doesn't matter if she's in NY or DC, she wants to be with Castle (after whacking him on the head for the lame proposal):
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Jul 18, 2013
I thought that Kate wanting that job so badly was stupid and out of nowhere but it makes a lot more sense now. She is notorious for hiding in work when she gets scared and the idea that Castle may love her and be willing to stand with her when they are about to die, but not be willing (or able) to do much better in the future with her than he did with his last two wives scares her.

She may also be doubting herself, considering her history with romantic relationships. She is scared of messing things up badly, she is scared of Castle making a mistake that will break her heart. He loves her, he will stand with her no matter what, but that doesn't mean he is perfect and won't screw things up. She is so afraid of being hurt that to run away to DC and become a federal officer must be really appealing to her.

Moving around that much, not having time for relationships, there is no chance to be hurt like that. She is not the most self-aware person, she may not be aware of any of this, all she knows is that she feels fear and her first instinct is to run from that kind of threat.
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May 15, 2013
I love Castle & Beckett together but I want a better proposal, not like I'll punch you in the face if you don't accept one!! I think Beckett should say no because she doesn't want a proposal out of fear. The DC angle with the new boss sounds really interesting.

I thought Fillion was really good at playing Castle's reaction at Beckett not taking him in account. They should of put this a few eps earlier, have Beckett slowly pull away & end the season with Beckett saying "I'm going to DC" leaving us wondering what Castle will do.

I have loved their chemistry from the beginning & loved their story, I am a romantic at heart, I want a whole blown out of proportions proposal which is more Castle's style anyway
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May 15, 2013
It's obvious what's gonna happen. Becket leaves and Castle and Esposito Hook up! ;-)
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May 15, 2013
Well Alex, you do have a bee in your bonnet don't you?! Being a Castle "superfan" as you might put it (though I don't know what Tumblr is - or a GIF), I thought the episode was brilliant. It had tension, suspense and as always, great acting. I found the proposal completely unexpected (though, not my favourite Castle moment - a bit too soon) and I'm curious and excited to see what the next season will bring. The only thing I am a bit apprehensive about is Beckett going back to being 'just' a homicide detective after everyone telling her she is destined for greater things. I do agree with you that Castle can't be following her around if she's working for the FBI!
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May 15, 2013
Ended like some cheap "B" rated soap opera. If it doesn't get better soon I'm done with this show. It has totally lost direction & turmoil for turmoils sake doesn't cut it any longer.
this is prime time tv, not an afternoon soap, & deservers better writing. Sure made Castle look totally desperate to suddenly drop to his knees with a ring in his hand. After 5 yrs of chasing her I'd think it's time he told up for himself, remember he use to be a fun loving playboy with millions to spend & she got off on his happy go lucky ways.
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May 15, 2013
As this episode got towards the end, I was thinking in my head: "You know what would make this truly terrible? If he proposed! Because that's clearly a good idea when what you NEED to do is sit and talk about your future instead of make rash decisions."

My guess: Becket turns Castle down and takes the job. Next season begins with an episode where Beckett is working for the FBI, but something goes terribly wrong, and she's either fired or decides she can't handle the job, and returns to the NYPD. Meanwhile, Ryan and Espo have gone off on their own, and Castle is still with them, and they have a Beckett replacement that they all hate. Beckett comes back in, and is working without them for an episode or two, before they decide "they need her", and she comes back in. The rest of the season has Castle and Beckett awkwardly posturing, before in the finale it's revealed they still have feelings for one another.
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May 15, 2013
I'm not totally opposed to the idea that Beckett mistakenly takes the job, then comes crawling back, eating crow.
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May 16, 2013
And I'm not saying I like the idea. It just seems like the thing they would do.
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May 15, 2013
Wait wait wait - she's taking the job?!?
Cause I got the exact opposite impression. She started to talk about how it's "her house" and all that and I assumed at that point she realizes she wants to be exactly where she is...
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May 17, 2013
To me it felt like she was saying goodbye...
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May 15, 2013
Although the show is mainly about Beckett and Castle, it's strength also comes from Esposito and Ryan. So if Beckett accepts the job in DC, she will break up the team and might find out she is good at her job but not so much without them and Castle. They solved a lot of cases together, but would it be as much if Castle never got involved?
I don't think so. It's often his thinking that leads to the right conclusion and the killer(s).
That said, I think, she will either accept the job but only if she can bring in her own team or she will decline. Another possibility is of course, she accepts the job, her new boss finds out she is not that good at all and then is send back to NY and continues to be a detective again.
Personally I would go for the whole team, including Lenie, to go to DC. For Castle it would not be a problem, he is a writer, he could have his next book play out in the DC area.

I guess we will have to wait for it.
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May 15, 2013
Given what I saw in the earlier episode, Re. the job possibility, the job is too specialised to allow Beckett an option to take her team with her.

Beckett was already very good homicide detective before Castle arrived on the scene but their solve rate went up dramatically after he "joined" the team. Even Gates has admitted that.

The writers are basically generating angst and discord to keep the fans glued to their screens.

Personally, I'm horrified at the way the season has ended and I don't see it going further than one more, if it keeps on this way.

Bring back the banter, the fun Castle and the team interaction.
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May 15, 2013
Sigh. Why do writers believe happy relationships make dull TV? The TV-romance-writer-handbook apparently says you keep characters apart first with unresolved sexual tension, then with horrible relationship hurdles. To me, this proposal feels like the begining of a major hurdle. I predict Beckett will be scared off by the proposal. She'll say no. Castle will be crushed. They'll break up for a few months of painful TV.

As to the DC job, maybe she'll take it but end up back in NY as a laison to the NYPD?

BTW: I was tired and forgot that we're in finale season. I mistook this for a mystery-of-the-week episode up to the last 30 seconds. Pretty pathetic for a season finale.
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May 15, 2013
I reckon this was a dreadful end to the season and just total cliche.

Logically, Beckett MUST stay at the precinct, if for no other reasons that Castle would NEVER be allowed to do what he does here at a Federal level and a huge swath of actors would be losing their jobs, including Espo, Ryan and Lanie.

Just ain't gonna happen.
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May 15, 2013
It felt like we were robbed of a real proposal scene, I would never expect Castle to propose the way he did, seemed more like something he'd do as a last resort. I did however like that Beckett was willing to walk away from the relationship for the job, let's see what her answer would be. All in all I did enjoy the Castle/Beckett relationship in season 5 but I truly missed Martha and even Alexis. The proposal was definitely premature. I wasn't expecting it until mid season or season finale come next fall.
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May 15, 2013
Exactly...
Castle being the flamboyant type would have come up with some amazing extravagance for his proposal. We really were deprived of that.
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May 15, 2013
I love this show, and you are 100% right, they are fabulous when they are in love and having fun and flirting and joking. The chemistry is great. Today's show was weird. Why do they feel like they have to push them toward the next step. They have barely been together! One season. Let is roll for goodness sake. It seems too soon to be forcing this on the couple.
I see this show running a few more years easily, so why the rush?
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May 15, 2013
Yeah, that proposal was WHAT!??! Not romantic, seemed forced, and lackluster. I agree it was a cheap way to end the season with this cliffhanger, cuz nothing is going to break them up at this point.
The thing is, Castle is the romantic one in the relationship, but the writers sacrificed character for dramatics, fine... but, for the love don't have her accept THAT proposal. I heard a story of a girl who's boyfriend put the ring on the table wordlessly between them, she passed it back to him and said 'Nope, try again.' Castle works best when our leads are flirting, having fun or falling in love, so... we can do better than this people.
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May 15, 2013
as someone who is on tumblr a lot reblogging GIFs and everything--I'd rather be doing that than doing what you're doing, which is basically INSULTING a very passionate fan base. And GOOD LUCK making art that is better than some of the fan art I've seen. I was fine with your negative outlook on Castle until you started making those snide comments towards the fandom.
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May 15, 2013
Yeah I didn't like the remark about fans even though I don't make gifs myself
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May 15, 2013
What if this is the end ? Maybe Stana Katic wants a break from Castle.

Here's her Twitter comments : " Ok,ever1.My talented castmates of 5yrs &wonderful crew r the beneficiaries of ur luv n dedication.I wish u all n enjoyable season 6 ! night S Stana Katic ‏@Stana_Katic 20h


" I wish u all n enjoyable season 6 ! "
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Jul 03, 2013
What would she do? Do another seedy love story...another lesbian story....another bit part in a movie? While we used to worship( my view) Katic, she isn't the most in demand actress in Hollywood. She needs to get her crap together and stay with Castle as long as she can until she is above B-movies.
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May 15, 2013
That is a strangely ominous tweet.

But I would assume she has a 7 season contract - pretty typical.

Maybe she was just tweeting under the influence.
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May 15, 2013
What if this is the end ? Maybe Stana Katic wants a break from Castle.

Here's her Twitter comments : " Ok,ever1.My talented castmates of 5yrs &wonderful crew r the beneficiaries of ur luv n dedication.I wish u all n enjoyable season 6 ! night S Stana Katic ‏@Stana_Katic 20h


" I wish u all n enjoyable season 6 ! "
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May 15, 2013
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this review. I'm a huge Castle fan and I've hated almost everything about the past few episodes. All the relationship angst just felt forced and stupid (really - you question the commitment of a man who stood at a bomb with you despite knowing he could leave his daughter fatherless). Even the proposal itself made no sense. "You lied to me, you don't let me in, I've had to work for EVERYTHING in this relationship, but that's just who you are, and we deserve more (not better, but more) so please marry me?"

Quite frankly, it would have been more interesting and made WAY more sense if they broke up.
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May 15, 2013
I am sorry Alex , I don't agree . I think Castle saw his world shattering to pieces and took a rush decision , but I don't think it was anti climatic at all . It's what Castle is expected to do , he is childish and inmature and it's his way of dealing with the situation . What i don't get is your complain . Last week 's review was all about it will be ridiculous if they split up because of the job offer and now if Castle proposes and offers to be a part of Beckett 's life , no matter whu that' ridiculous too ? I don't get it . Anyway , I guess we will just have to wait and see . I think next season Beckett will be right away working in D.C and Castle in New York , she will turn him down , but it won't last . Part of why Beckett is so good at her job is because of Castle , she will miss that and him and come back .
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May 15, 2013
I expect that Beckett will turn down the proposal saying that it is rushed or feels that way and that they need to see if they can survive with her in a new city / job.

The FBI job will last for a few episodes but it might still be a 6 month thing with a 3-4 month time jump after a few minutes into series return. Beckett might use the position to catch Senator Bracken but do it in a way that costs her the DC job. Then it will be back to NYC and trying to put relationships with all the characters back together.

I think for the major character arcs they now need to be separate to realise what a good thing they all have together. Beckett has always had trust barriers with almost everyone, moving to DC will bring up the strength of her friendships with the whole team, the trust she built with them and how must she needs them all. Ryan and Espo have put their lives and careers on the line for Beckett, when she walks, which I expect will happen, and then returns their will be major bridges to rebuild.

I'm not sure what happens to the NYC story while Beckett is in DC but I suppose Ryan and Espo call on Castle to help and he does because they are solid friends now and it also allows them to get over the lose of their partner. Beckett going to DC could also highlight how much of a team they all are, Beckett is currently getting all the glory for the results but lets face it this is a team that solves murders. Them solving some murders without Beckett would add the the tension when she returns.

Now can they do this and keep the humour? It will be hard to pull off but I have faith with the writers but they will need their A game.
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May 15, 2013
I personally want Beckett to take the job. Beckett shouldn't let a man dictate her dream job. I don't understand why Castle was incapable of understanding her situation. He is an author for crying out loud, he can write anywhere. Its her dream job. I don't want Beckett to be a homicide detective forever.
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May 15, 2013
Alright, here's the thing. I like Castle, I really do. It's a great show, with a fun premise and a nice take on a common formula that works most of the time. On this show we get to see cops and Castle take on cases that are often unusual and bizarre, in a good way. This also happens to be one of the only police procedural comedies that actually showcases good, well thought out cases, and is actually funny. In short, Castle is a great show, and I enjoy watching it most of the time.

However, this show can also be very childish at times, with grown adults not only believing the most unbelievable things, but also incorporating these ideas into official police investigations (Castle, Ryan, and Esposito thinking that a videotape could kill them, for instance, is just way too out there). And then there's those little pesky emotional skits that crop up around the vast ocean of drama that flows through this show. Beckett lies to Castle about needing to work late at the station on Christmas, Castle thinks that Beckett doesn't want to spend Christmas with him, but then it simply turns out that Beckett has a ritual and it's no big deal, and they spend Christmas together. Castle notices that food is going missing from his apartment (including some really random ingredients which tells him that it can't be Alexis), so he puts a trap in motion and it turns out to be...Alexis? And she took the food because she'd run out of spending money since she invested it all in something a friend of hers was doing?

And then in this episode there was the whole check business. Apparently Castle didn't want Alexis to go on a trip because of her being kidnapped, so he was withholding the check from her professor, until she pestered him enough and said a few simple things to get him to sign it and give it to her. Now, I get that all of these little snippets of dialogue, which often appear at the beginnings and ends of episodes to tie everything together emotionally, are all there to illustrate where are characters are at in their lives, and the issues that they all are going through. But all too often these days, they have been about silly, and often absurd, misunderstandings. Or they have arisen from a general lack of communication, a lack of communication that is so widespread: I'm starting to think that the characters on the show don't ever talk to each other off-screen. If that were true, it would certainly explain a lot.

But regardless of all of these little things that Castle does that I find annoying, I still tolerate them. And I often tolerate them gladly, because every other aspect about the show is great. However, this most recent season has tried my patience more than any other season in the past. And with the culmination of the finale last night, which really hammered home the many problems with this season, I have to say that the good things about this season of Castle only barely, just barely, overcame all the bad. Now, if you're not a fan of rants, you should probably stop reading this, because what follows is going to be just that.

This is a message to the writers of Castle: what the hell? Seriously, what the hell? Did you see the finale of your own show? Did you even write the finale of your own show? Do you remember, way back when, when Castle had season-long arcs? Remember Roy in Season 3, or finding out more about the conspiracy in Season 4? Do you recall how, in both those seasons, we began and ended with the same major issue? I do. I remember those seasons fondly, because they were well thought out, and were clearly planned beforehand. But then there's this problematic Season 5 that I just saw the end of, and there's this one huge question screaming itself hoarse in my mind: Where the hell was Senator Bracken?

Now, if you recall, we learned at the beginning of this season that Senator Bracken is behind Beckett's mother's death, and that he is apparently at the head of this heck-of-a-huge conspiracy. And yet, we've only seen him twice this season. Once in the beginning, and once around the middle. Why? Did Jack Coleman only say that he'd do two episodes? Were you not able to get a hold of him for the finale? If that's the case, then I completely understand why the finale ended up being what it was. Because that would mean that you had something better planned, but for whatever reason you had to revert back to something worse. Because seriously, in what writing room did someone come forth with an idea for a finale that did not include Senator Bracken, or any mention of him for that matter, and it wasn't immediately shot down?

The worst part about it is that Senator Bracken would have fit so perfectly into the finale as written, with only a few character and scene changes. Think about it: the case builds up to being about a law firm that works with rich and powerful clients, and a cover-up of a crime that happened several years ago. Now, I assumed (wrongly, unfortunately) that the client in question was going to be Bracken, and that they would find evidence of a murder that he committed a while back. But no, it turned out to be someone we'd never met before (in fact, Beckett's dad was the only recurring character of note, and he only had a brief conversational scene which wasn't all that important), and they were able to arrest him without much difficulty. So again, why wasn't that Bracken who'd accidentally killed that one girl and covered it up a while ago, why did it have to be a random guy that we'll all forget very soon if we haven't forgotten? Why?

And then there's this whole marriage proposal business that got thrown in at the end, in a pathetic attempt to make this episode worthy of being called a season finale. Yeah, I know that a lot of this season has been about Castle and Beckett evaluating their relationship, and about whether or not they'll take it to the next level. However, the catalyst for the bulk of the drama in the finale only happened at the tail end of the penultimate episode. Beckett was given a possible job offer, and she lied to Castle about it. Then, in this episode, she went to a job interview and again lied to Castle about it. And when Castle figured it out, he was understandably unhappy that Becket had lied to him about something so important. But this is undeserved drama, undeserved tension that has no place hijacking a finale. In a season completely devoid of any actual fights, it is plain old cheating to suddenly throw a huge stumbling black into the Caskett relationship, and then suddenly try and pretend that such a thing was inevitable, and that it has been building up all season.

So at the end of this season, we've been left with a cliffhanger ending of whether Beckett will say "yes" to Castle's proposal, whether Beckett will take the job in D.C., and whether Caskett will still be a thing by the premiere of the next season. But once again, all of these issues (which the exception of the third one, but only sort of) have appeared for the first time in either the penultimate episode, or the finale. None of them have actually been nourished, built up, or even commented upon anywhere else in the season. In short, that was sloppy work that I saw last night, sloppier than I thought I would ever see on this show. Sure, the case was pretty good, and the episode was more enjoyable than not enjoyable, but this was the season finale, and you can't just give us average and hope that no one will say anything.

In closing, I have two suggestions for things that should certainly be in the next season. Here they are:

1. Communication. Seriously people, have your characters communicate with each other about things. Don't have so many silly misunderstandings that bulk of the audience can see coming a mile away. Next season will be the sixth year that Castle and Beckett will have known each other, so it's alright for them to actually be honest with each other once in a while. It's what most people do in real life anyway, even the childish ones.

2. Senator Bracken: The only way to make up for only having him twice in this season is to make him appear as much as possible from here on out. The thing is, and I hope you realize this, is that Bracken is the show's ultimate arc. He is not just the big bad of a season, he is the ultimate big bad. I mean, he's literally behind every major crime that this show has focused on. All of them. Other than that one assassin, who probably worked for him at one time anyway, Bracken is the biggest threat that Castle and Beckett have ever come across, and probably ever will come across (something tells me the president of United States won't be a criminal on this show). So have him show up in at least five episodes next season, so that he has a memorable presence that comes about at all the important points of next season. If you can do that, you'll pull yourself out of the mud that you just finished drowning yourself in. If not...then I think you've lost all that respectability you built up from Season 3 onwards.

Or...if you're willing to actually create another season arc--maybe a more interesting murder mystery that lasts for a lot longer than they normally do on this show (see: Veronica Mars)--I guess we'll all forget about Bracken at some point if we're drunk enough. Or, even better, kill him off at the beginning of the next season. No one will see it coming, Castle and company will have an intriguing murder to solve considering they're all basically suspects, and it's be a nice transition into a arc that hopefully will be a lot more interesting than this season's. Seriously, killing off Bracken and starting fresh with something that's actually good is probably the best thing you can do.
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May 14, 2013
So, several episodes back Castle stood in an apartment with Beckett while a bomb was ticking. Dying together was ok, but moving to DC is a drama? Rolling my eyes!
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May 15, 2013
Like I said they create drama just for the drama!!!
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May 15, 2013
Lol that is so true.
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May 14, 2013
There's no way they'll get married next season, but I don't think they'll break up. I think there'll be some big emotional life threatening event where Castle nearly dies and she realises she cant be without him. Then she'll stay in NY and things will go back to normal till the end of next season. Good season, bad finale.
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May 14, 2013
My guess? We're going to get a comedic No next season. I know you think it'll end up making things awkward and grim, but c'mon! This is Castle and Beckett. They can turn the most awkward moments into lovable ones (when the writers aren't high). Example:

Beckett: Are you serious?

Caste: ... Only if you're serious about taking this job.

Beckett: You really didn't think this one through, did you?

Castle: And possibly go through my past two marriages and remember how glad I was when I got out of them? Of course not.

Beckett: Castle, this is very sweet, but... I can't. Not with everything that is going on. Not...

Castle: Say no more. I understand. It was just worth a shot. Are you really going to leave me-- us?

And so on, so forth. Ah, I was getting a little carried away there. But seriously, that's my prediction. A humorous no. They'll be fine, but they aren't getting married so soon.
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May 14, 2013
I like the finale the mystery of the week was pretty interesting,
But I gotta say that scene at 'their' swing set sealed it for me I am officially gonna be obsessed until Season 6
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May 14, 2013
Coulda seen that coming.

After a mostly disappointing season of Castle, and disappointing season of Bones for similar reasons, in my personal viewing ‘upfronts’ both shows have been cancelled from next season’s viewing schedule. Both Castle and Bones used the ‘will-they- won’t-they’ formula to great effect until the characters on both shows ‘finally did,’ after so many seasons of torturously funny and entertaining waiting and anticipation. But since then, both Castle and Bones have degenerated into dopey monkey wrench throwing parodies of adult relationships. After the love denying characters finally got together, the focus of both shows shifted from thought provoking mysteries in the lives of compelling characters, to whack-a-relationship in the lives of dulled down characters. The season’s emphasis on ‘will-they-last’ provided uninspired episodes and lamely contrived situations. Damned if I understand why. If ‘will-they-last’ is the inevitable conclusion of ‘will- they-won’t-they’ I’d say the formula is in desperate need of remodeling. But the fault may not lie in the formula. Other television serial dramas have managed to avoid this relationship boondoggle. Maybe the Castle and Bones writers’ rooms haven’t noticed the formula has matured since Moonlighting and Remington Steele. Or maybe they’ve simply run out of ideas. Brennan’s proposal in Bones’s season finale (a giant leap in the evolution of her character) had the totally ridiculous Pelant monkey wrench thrown at it. I’m not holding out hope an equally ridiculous monkey wrench won’t be thrown at Castle’s proposal to Beckett in next season’s opener. Or that the writing will improve and recapture the enjoyment of past seasons. Until it does I’ll go to my DVDs of earlier fun seasons whenever I need a Castle or Bones fix.
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May 14, 2013
I would love for Castle and Beckett to get married, her to quit the NYPD, and have the show morph into a remake of Hart to Hart.
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May 14, 2013
What is Hart to Hart?
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