Season 8 has been one long disappointment. The whole joy of this programme has been the Castle/beckett story, the chemistry, humour and great storylines. I've just seen S.8 Ep.18 which revolved around Hayley. Beckett hardly featured, even Castles role was irrelevant. If they intend replacing Beckett with Hayley I'm out. I'm sick of Stana being sidelined at the expense of this new character. The Detective agency is ludicrous. It would appear Alexis has left college after only a few weeks since she is never there, works cases with no qualifications or experience and teaches English in her spare time. What a girl. She also looks in her mid twenties now with her new haircut, probably to make this new "best buddies" relationship with Hayley believable, which it is so not. The bottom line is keep Beckett, get rid of Hayley, more Ryan and Expository and send Alexis back to college and please improve the scripts. Rant over :@
The first seven season were a funny, quirky mystery show, more about the love story between Castle and Beckett with a either a classic or bizarre mystery with a twist. There were plenty of sly jokes which nods to classic shows and mysteries which made it even more enjoyable. It was only meant to be taking seriously on a rare occasion. Season eight has totally destroyed the format and become unwatchable. The leads are never in the same room and the mysteries not interesting enough to make up for the change in format. If I want to become depressed about how things are going for a couple I like, I will find someone I know on Facebook in real life. Castle was great because you know Castle and Beckett would always end up working it out and the struggle would somehow add charm and wit to solving the mystery. As far as I am concerned Castle ended in with season 7 with Beckett taking the encouragement to run for the Senate and fighting crime and corruption there, while Castle begins writing serious literature. Season eight was just a sad and lazy mistake by ABC and has nothing to do with the real show.
BTW - ABC there are plenty of classic books/shows/movies which could be used to fill an hour slot in your schedule. Remake Perry Mason from the books. Albert Campion is another character who could be fun to watch for a hour, Molly Quinn would make a great Amanda. Casablanca should have provided two characters with enough of a backstory and untold future story to give a decent television writer something to do for a series for a few years. I wasn't alive when it was on, but Remington Steele seems to be an earlier version of Castle, remake it with new actors. Surely you people can find something creative to do with the hour slot without continuing to ruin what should have become a classic detective show and couple.
This season just doesn't meet the standards of previous seasons. I'm afraid Castle may loose a lot of fans. This season is childish, immature, and frustrating. The chemistry between Castle and Beckett isn't there, and even Ryan and Esposito just seem off. And Alexis and Martha have all but disappeared from the series. If they changed writers, then it might be wise to get the old ones back. If this is the original writers, I'm wondering what in the world is going on. Something needs to change.
Talk about an idiotic move. The show wasn't about Castle, it was the chemistry between Castle and Beckett. There was so much comedy between the two characters. I am watching the reruns over and over, love them. When this season ends, I will not be watching anymore of Castle.
You should listen to he Creator of the show. The producers and writers are idiots!!!!
Castle used to be one of my favorite shows but it has gone down hill. It has silly story lines and I can't stand all the weird childish behavior between Castle and his supposed wife Beckett. Did the writers just graduate from high school or what?? I stopped watching the show and I watched it every week ever since it was put on television until this season. The writers ruined the program. I can understand wanting to keep it fresh but the plots aren't fresh they are down right stupid. Change it back...
Since the middle of last season, this show has lost it's way. It was one of the best on TV but the cast are acting like strangers. This thing where Beckett and Castle act like teenagers after all these years wanting to be together just stinks. Please get back to the old formula before it's too late.
Fire the show runners and the crazy writers. This is so sop***ric it needs to get back the old feeling.
My review is for what's on now. Not what it can/should be.
Castle is a great mystery shows that comes on every Monday at 9:00 on basic premise of the show is that Castle, a mystery novel writer, follows the cops around to gather ideas for his books, and helps solve the murder. He ends up marrying Beckett a cop at the 12th precinct, later on. The show has many spectacular episodes, but it also has some episodes that are not as thrilling as others. The show is very intriguing and exciting to watch.
Those are just some of the main people who are in almost every episode, but there's a bunch more of main characters who come into play later in the series. The show has up to 8 seasons and is still bringing forth new episodes for people to watch. Some of the cops at the precinct are Esposito, Kevin, and Beckett, and Castle (sort of). Tory is their tech expert, she finds locations for the cops and hacks into computer if they need to and she can also pull up security cameras. Montgomery and Gate ( a girl) are both captains at one time.
Some of the all-time GREAT episodes they produced are when Castle gets abducted for 8 weeks, Castle and Beckett get engaged, Beckett's apartment gets blown up, and Alexis and her friend get abducted. There are plenty more interesting ones to watch that are really tremendously great! But, there are also some pretty humorous ones to watch. Some of those great ones is where Castle freaks out over a robot machine Beckett is controlling to fake spy on Castle. She did it to him because he did it to her. Another one is where Castle and Beckett fight over who gets a dog that helped solve a murder and needs a new owner.
Some of the actors are as interesting as the episodes. Some characters that are interesting are, like Castle, played by Nathan Fillion who was the main character in Firefly. Beckett is supposedly pregnant in real life ( I don't know if it is true or not though). In the show, Kevin and Jenny ( his wife ) had 2 kids in the show and plan on having a 3rd. Esposito also got shot in his bottom in one of the earlier seasons. So that's all about the characters and what is going on with them in the show.
I liked the episodes so much that I bought the seasons so I could rewatch them over and over. Especially my most favorite episodes ever. I am surely without doubt buying 7 and 8 and every season I enjoyed. I would probably recommend the show to anyone from 11 and up.
Enjoyable show killed by sorry story lines and poor writing. Its as though the "Show Runners" wanted this Season to totally fail! Like Humpty Dumpty I don't think this show can be put back together again. Beckett's character has been totally discredited and difficult to watch. Castle has been turned into a real "Wuss", and is also very difficult to watch. The legacy of this show has taken a huge hit, and Stana and Nat's reputations as credible actors will need some serious rehab after this fiasco. The show runners should never be allowed to destroy another show! I cannot even watch reruns now. Hopefully that will change when the bad taste is no longer in my mouth.
Really, there's two things. 1) Everyone treats Castle like he's a complete moron. The women in his life are completely emasculating towards him even though he's the multi-millionaire novelist that solves every case. You are pandering to women and men (like me) are 1 crappy episode away from not watching anymore. Now, 2) you, like most other tv shows out there, are getting away from what people liked about the show in the first place... the case. 42 minutes and they solve a case. A good story from start to finish. Are your writers that bad that there always has to be a sub plot to fill in and fall back on? Finish the sub plot and do the show like it was done in the beginning and you'll have a show that'll go another 5+ years. Keep doing what you're doing, I give this 2 seasons or less.
i'm on season 8 ep.12, and i'm really disappointed where is the show is directing now, there is rumors about cast asking for more money and center of their roles, one this is certain this is about the Castle and Beckett they belongs toghter, don't break them, breaking them which loose the taste of the characters, we waited 4 seasons to see them together, and where is the romance, even they appeared together only for sex, where is the fun of that.
So best thing to do Castle should end on Season 8 by justifying the characters, they should complete the season final with jump the timeline few years forward by showing Castle and Beckette living happly every after on their Hampton home with their 3 kids as time traveller predict. Which make all of us Happy. Dragging more seasons will the kill the sprit of this show, those cast needs a break.
I watched the episode where the 20 yr old singer is killed tonight. Or at least tried too. I never ever thought I would say this about Castle. From what I watched tonight, sorry to say it, but we are now witnessing another Titanic going down. Seems the writers are doing nothing more than rearranging the chairs on the deck. I wish I was wrong. Seems there is just no more chemistry there between the entire cast, like there use to be. Oh how I wish I was wrong,
The writing has deteriorated to the point that I fully expect knock-knock jokes between characters. But Martha doing lead vocals with a group of 20ish singers in a competition after Castle "solves" the death of the original lead? This show is descending at Olympic pace into a slurry of effluent drivel. They can quit the convoluted crap, send Stana into the sunset, and let Castle and family solve some more interesting cases. Until then I would find a test pattern more compelling.
I found the episode very interesting... together, but not together! A real genus most have thought this one up! I do love that the romance is back. However, could we please let them be married! There is enough drama right there, in addition to their personal lives for three more seasons. This relationship is an essential part of who these character are - a corner stone so to speak, along with the crime. By-the-way who ever heard of "gal pals", not hanging out and/ or talking over the craziness of relationships and/ or marriage! I enjoyed seeing Martha and Kate's "Gal Pal," which there should be more interaction, friends have conflicts lets see some. Over-all I enjoyed 8/9; the Ryan and Espo's "You get the kids" to Kate was a cutie. There is a great deal of life left in this show for sure, if someone would just keep the writers out of the twilight zone. Castle is classified as a "crime drama" let it be a crime drama, the very nature of fighting crimes is complex and filled with emotional complexities with human interaction. Love, humor, and danger add to that chemistry; along with transitions, family challenges of members in and out of the station is more than enough drama. I would like to see more complex crimes solved in story lines, and more emotional complexities from all the characters - after all you have gathered some of the best talent out there, let's see their craft shine - stop hiding it, please. . Castle is by nature cast as a romantic guy, why not develop that aspect in a more mature way, now that he is married to Kate... "Let's have sex," sound so sophomorest what are they in high school, college kids to better than that - come one!
I am into crime solving tv shows but I don't like all the drama. I love watching Castle, it's is hilarious. Plus Nathan Fillion is genius! I really hope that more people would watch and like it, so that there would be more seasons.
Sound like I'm not in touch with reality? Wrong!! ABC has right in front of them a way to correct a wrong that is still flying around the message boards. Use the Kevin Ryan character as the link pin to this solution. This solution can also grant Stana Katic her wish of not being on every episode without hurting Castle's ratings. Face it Castle fans unless something happens quickly, Castle is done for. But, there is an obvious answer that rights a wrong that was committed by TNT and flips Castle into a renewed show with renewed energy. Normally at this point, the network lets the show die. All research I have done says Castle comes back gaining 3.1 million viewers and gets renewed if they can catch this one trick that ABC already has under their control.
What is it? I am a part time writer and I will reveal more if anyone from ABC/Castle gets in touch with me. This is not a joke or wishful thinking. There is a way to make Castle must see again and it will not cost any money to try because ABC already owns the rights to the solution.
Fans of Castle want Castle and Becket together. The show could take a few episodes without Kate if the viewers believe Castle and Becket are together and what she got herself into has put her into semi hiding. There is an unresolved ABC show that left the characters dangling without a proper ending. The show should have been renewed. This cancelled show is the key to the
Castle turn around. The cancelled show also was left in the same way that Castle is at now. By using the characters from this cancelled show, viewers of the other show will start watching Castle. There were more than 3.1 million viewers, but the best I could figure is that is the number that will jump to Castle if these characters merge into Castle.
My rating used to be a 10.0. The show isn't slipping because Castle and Beckett got married. The show is slipping because the two main characters are being kept apart.
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Since no one contacted me, I'll spill the beans. The TV Show I am talking about is Perception. There are still people posting about the unfair treatment of that show by TNT. In Castle you have Kevin Ryan and in Perception you have Donnie Ryan. Make them cousins and have all of the unresolved Perception cliff hangers work their way into Castle. Perception left us dangling so bad I don't want to get involved with another TNT show that could leave everyone hanging. ABC owns the rights to Perception. They could correct two wrongs by doing this properly. TV can be such a wasteland!
I guess the writers and actors know it's not being renewed because the last 8 min were the quickie let's wrap this up approach. Awful writing and awful acting. Good plot development up til then, but then ooops let's get them together so we can end this the way the fans want. Becketts acting was so shallow, okay I'm sorry, Castle was okay I accept, let's have sex. It could have been down so much better. I am a hopeless romantic fan and want them together, but with a little realism please.
Do they not have any imagination. This was one of my favorite shows, but I can barely stand to watch it now and find myself fast forwarding. Don't you think it's time to quit piggybacking onto that worn out old Senator plot. Something worth watching please.
joelcalderone, I'm afraid it doesn't work that way. My guess is, when you say you're a "part time writer," you mean you're a wannabe and/or hobbyist, or you would realize that no one will EVER "contact you" for "ideas" because you made some posts on an opinion board. I appreciate that you, like many of us, are unhappy about the direction the show has taken. If you knew what was going on behind the scenes you would understand why there is no workable solution. The actors do not want to be around each other, for personal reasons. Therefore the entire foundation of the show--the relationship between Castle and Beckett--can't be restored. The show should have ended last season, however, sometimes a network would rather artificially prolong the life of a cash cow than let the show die with dignity.
To see the difference in Stana and Nathan's relationship, watch the youtube video "Nathan fillion - let's go with chocolate" then think about the fact that they don't appear in public together anymore.
It is no secret that Nathan and Stana don't get a long. When Stana finally signed to come back for Season 8, it was with a caviot that she not have to work every episode. Some speculated she would come back as an intermittent guest star, seeming to be always off chasing this group of bad guys who were part of killing her mommy. I can see that the only way to solve the problem was to give her what she wanted, more scenes away from Nathan. I wished the shows producers would have gotten Morena Baccurin to play Kate for this last season. Even though it wouldn't have been the same, at least we wouldn't have to be putting up with this childishness from Stana. Grow up and do your job. At least the rest of the cast seems to want to put in their all for the good of the show. I think the writers are doing what they can to work around Stana's requrements. I wish she hadn't come back and the show would have gotten a good replacement. I did like the Slaughter/Castle team up though. First show all season I would watch again, and hey Stana wasn't even in it. See we could do without her.
Paul I agree all the way, as I also do not believe they can fix it. It would have been better to cancel the show at the end of Season 7, than to completely tear the show apart the way the so called writers have done. As Castle used to be one of my favorite shows, and after watching the last one, the spark between Castle and Beckett is not there and I cannot watch it anymore. As after taking so long to get them married, with all the ridiculous ways they put it off, the worse with Castle disappearing the day of the wedding. Plus Beckett is no Captain, in plain english, she is terrible, and Castle is no PI, they proved that once before. Why did they not just leave a Great show as it was? But ABC has a habit of doing that, and having no care at all for the fans. At least other stations, like Fox, with Bones, and CBS with NCIS, when there was a problem, their writers knew how to make sure the show kept going, with a good story line , but with Castle the Egg, is far to broke because their so called writers did not know how to do it, and to top it all, try and make IDIOTS of all of us, the Fans. One last thing, when are they going to leave Beckett's mother in her grave, as what they are doing now it more than ridiculous, and not even one bit believable. Another way of thinking all of us the Fans, are IDIOTS, they forget if it were not for us, the show would not have got threw the first season.
Remember in the 1st season where Castle puts three shots in the 10 point ring at the police range in order to borrow some jewelry heist later years the writers have Castle hitting hands while aiming for a head and shooting knees when aiming for the chest. I mention this as an example of someone who loved the relationship between Beckett/Castle and drama involving Castles family. When Castle disappears on his way to his wedding and the writers the next year decide not to even address where he was for 2 months you could see the lack of new ideas or the further development of characters in the show. Season 8 has Castle acting like a 6 year old trying to convince viewers that he is a PI and not a writer. Beckett has become distant and her charm is gone. Ryan/Espo now are bumbling detectives played for laughs and Castle has decided his daughter is better off being a receptionist for a vacant PI office then finishing her degree at Columbia. As series go on they always lose the creativity and spark that made them successful. In this case it seems the writers have deserted fans of the 1st 6 years by trying to re-invent the main characters in a show by having them do things that they vowed not to do in past seasons w/o any explanations. A lack of explanation=bad story writing!
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