Castle: For Better or Worse
May 12, 2014 10:35 PM - Season 6, Episode 23 - Subscribe

It's finally time for Beckett and Castle's wedding.

Castle has been married and divorced already. Beckett has been married already. Wacky hijinx ensue.
posted by jeather (17 comments total)
And hello Shocking Twist Cliffhanger. I really do not enjoy you. The rest of the episode was cute enough, though "I thought that the drive-through wedding didn't count" is unworthy of Beckett.

I don't know what I think about Beckett's easy acceptance of living up to Castle's standards. (Then again, I hated the reverse plot when they did in in Bones, before I gave up on that show.)
posted by jeather at 5:44 AM on May 13, 2014 [4 favorites]

I too thought the cliffhanger was annoying & unnecessary. They couldn't just let us have a nice shmoopy wedding first, and then pull some cliffhanger shenanigans for the honeymoon? I mean, the wreck is either some fake-out engineered by Spy-Daddy-Castle to protect him, or it's the return of the triple-X killer, or they're extending the conspiracy around Becket's mother's murder, but whatever it is we know that Castle's not dead. Are we going to have to suffer through more than one episode of the characters thinking he's dead? I sure hope not.
posted by oh yeah! at 9:31 AM on May 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

OMG, Castle tried to pull off the exact same cliffhanger as Downton Abbey's third season. I knew that "hey weird biker dudes, just turn this mobster into the FBI and we're cool, right?" was a lame exchange (what mobster wouldn't offer the biker dudes 10x as much to go free? (and then kill them later to take the money back).

I thought it was an interesting way to try and tease the show along into a two-parter but a lot of really dumb stuff happened along the way that seemed insulting to the audience to believe.
posted by mathowie at 9:54 AM on May 13, 2014

I'm pretty sure that Castle survives the car fire, given that the show has been renewed. Though a fast forward to the future where Alexis Castle, a cop, tries to solve the conspiracy around her father's murder while a not-cop helps out with her grudging acceptance would be amusing (but terrible) and could keep the title.
posted by jeather at 1:45 PM on May 13, 2014 [9 favorites]

Perhaps they're going to kill Castle off and have the remaining series as a Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) homage.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 4:19 PM on May 13, 2014

Omg jeather that is my new favorite show.
posted by Night_owl at 9:27 PM on May 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

I just watched this and join you all in your annoyance, and also to say yes, I would watch that show, jeather!

I also realized that I'd sort of forgotten about Warehouse 13 - this is its last season, I think? Anyway, it was nice to see Pete.
posted by rtha at 9:47 PM on May 13, 2014

Yep, Warehouse 13 series finale is next week. I was glad to see McClintock getting more work, he's been a very endearing goofball at DragonCon every year, I hope he gets another genre-series-regular role soon so they have a reason to keep bringing him back.
posted by oh yeah! at 4:55 AM on May 14, 2014

Yeah I was really hoping that since they had just finished the uber-serious Beckett's mothers death story this would just be hijinks and then wedding. But no.

Hilariously the second after it was over the announcer was like "Castle and Beckett will be back next season solving murders blah blah blah." So way to sell that cliffhanger ABC!

Also, there were some cute pictures of Nathan Fillion and Eddie McClintock watching the finale together on twitter.
posted by grapesaresour at 12:03 PM on May 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

Fabius Maximus: Spoilers for season 7 of “Castle”: who killed Castle, & why.
Summary: The skilled actors of the TV show “Castle” bring to us a season finale that, properly understood, will make each of us look in the mirror and wonder what’s become of us — as citizens, as Americans. Who kidnapped Richard Castle minutes before his wedding in the Season 6 finale? This post explains not just who, but why — and how this was the natural (and inspiring) culmination of the show’s entire plot arc. The answer tells us something about America’s predicament, and a path to our future.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 10:00 PM on May 15, 2014 [2 favorites]

My only wish for next season is that we get some good captive-Castle scenes in equal amount to everyone-in-mourning scenes. Because if they're not going to deliver on the shmoopy, some hero-in-jeopardy would be nice. (What can I say, I do love a good hurt/comfort fic)
posted by oh yeah! at 9:09 AM on May 16, 2014

As soon as they showed him on the phone in the car, I said -- out loud, even though I live alone -- "I am going to be super annoyed when he's in a car wreck before this episode ends."

And lo, it came to pass, and I was mildly less annoyed than I would have been if I hadn't predicted it, mainly because at least predicting it made me feel slightly smarter than the writers of Castle.
posted by jacquilynne at 1:20 PM on May 17, 2014 [3 favorites]

I did the same thing! I was like, the only reason he's driving to his own house is so he can drive off the cliff that ends the season!

I still yelled at the TV when they showed Kate in her gown looking at the fiery wreck.
posted by rtha at 2:00 PM on May 17, 2014

OMG, Castle tried to pull off the exact same cliffhanger as Downton Abbey's third season.

Kate Beckett would make a lovely Lady Mary.

I also thought the car wreck before the wedding was too cliché. I know when you conclude a will they-won't they story with a wedding, it's hard to up the ante in order to keep the tension in the show. But, c'mon. As oh yeah says they could have waited until the honeymoon, or they could have had Castle disappear in a more interesting way - kidnapped, vanishing into thin air, or a hot air balloon accident, or whatever. But this show loves its car crash/fake death twists.

(Also, I never in a million years thought there would be a Castle discussion on FanFare - and that mathowie is also a fan!)
posted by bluefly at 8:12 AM on May 19, 2014 [1 favorite]

I just watched this a week late bc I just have a regular free Hulu account. Goddammit, Castle writers! The whole thing was too frickin' obvious. I was having flashbacks to aother series that did this as a cliffhanger, just when the happy couple had been blissfully reunited-at-last-against-all-odds: Alias! (Season 4) *shakes fist*

I might have also yelled at the screen when Beckett saw the wreck. Boo.

Side notes: I thought Martha giving Beckett the heirloom earrings to wear was a nice touch. We also got some Lanie/Javi foreshadowing...and I think Alexis will be adorable in a tux.
posted by cardinality at 9:43 PM on May 20, 2014

Yay, I have actually watched something on FanFare finally. 8D 8D 8D 8D

I actually liked the kind of goofy, hand-wavy quality of this episode until the tail end. Bones'-Ex/Pete showing up as Kate's ex (the bit about him impersonating an FBI agent had to be a Bones shoutout) and actually being the reprehensible creature his previous incarnations could have been just made me giggle (to be honest, when the thing pipped up in the stable and scared Castle, for a minute I thought it would all be a surprise-bachelor party twist).

Could have really done without the cliffhanger. Seriously tired of cliffhangers. I actually kind of liked how the Mother plotline had been wrapped up, and was looking forward to some sweet and schoopy, and it's not like they need a cliffhanger (that isn't, because PLEASE) to get any of us back.
posted by Deoridhe at 11:05 PM on May 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

I remember an interview once with a writer of some procedural where they were talking about wanting to avoid "manufactured drama" in the relationship between the boss and the rest of the team - how often on procedurals there's this default antagonistic relationship between the boss and the lead investigators for no real reason other than to have scenes where the boss does the cliche "I'm warning you [detective so-and-so], one more stunt like that and I'll have your badge!" On that writer's procedural, they were making a point about the idea that their characters were all part of the same team, and that conflicts should happen organically or come from external forces.

The Castle cliff-hanger definitely feels like manufactured drama. It feels like they're falling prey to fear of the Moonlighting curse, but I thought they were past that by now. Beckett & Castle getting together didn't wreck their chemistry or torpedo the show, and them being married won't either, so I don't get what they're going for with the wedding delay. I just really hope that they resolve it quickly, like, in the first act of the premiere, not some season-long thing where Castle has to play dead for a while and then once he returns it takes all year for Beckett to forgive him and reschedule the wedding.
posted by oh yeah! at 1:49 PM on May 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

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