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I’ve never written about a television show before this, but Castle is a real gem. The principles are almost mythic in their relationship, which is heading in the right direction. Both Beckett and Castle can be role models for today’s society. She’s at the top of her game as a cop. She has beauty, brains, education and is heroic. He’s at the top of his game as a successful writer and father. He’s handsome, charming, urbane and inspirational for Beckett.
The timing for their becoming lovers is excellent and the product of good and sensitive writers and creators. I once took a short story writing class from Robert Kirsch who said while writing a mystery book he wanted to kill off a female character but instead, fell in love with her and couldn’t off her. I think these writers have done the same with Beckett and Castle. They’ve created real people with real problems. Both are extremely attractive, funny, talented, playful, intelligent, and most important, seriously sexually attracted to each other, which makes this show adult and so unlike what’s mostly on television. I think Castle fans would love to know these characters in real life because they’re so well drawn and portrayed.
Beckett and Castle have come to this place by dropping an extraordinary amount of baggage with a lot more to drop. Her childish obsession with solving her mother’s murder, she foolishly almost gets herself killed. Her would be assassin is bigger and stronger than she so she doesn’t have a prayer of beating him a physical fight as she discovers on the rooftop. She has to make some difficult choices, resign from the force, which she’ll rescind, or if not, she’ll go to law school and get a job as an ADA in the DA’s office. In any event she has to abandon her monomaniacal obsession of solving the murder and the attempt on her life. If she stays a cop, she’ll have to realize she’s not superwoman. She’ll work within the department and step down, leaving the major investigation in Captain Gates’ capable hands. Perhaps most important of all, she accepts herself as an adult passionate vulnerable woman with strong sexual yearnings for Castle. Gone is her fear of being just another notch on his conquest list. His multiple failed marriages and abundant floozies have spooked her. She’ll have to trust herself and him to see where this love affair goes.
Castle carries different baggage. He has trust issues as well as a need to grow up without losing his playfulness. He can tell Beckett his feelings, which is always hard but he can’t trust her enough to tell her what he knows about her mother’s murder; instead, he treats her like a child much as he treats his daughter. His fear of women growing into womanhood stifles his relationship with them. Yes, he’s attractive and rich and has no problem getting women for one-night stands or two failed marriages. He has to let Alexis go and grow up. He has to see Beckett as his equal in every way. He has to grow into a man who can love and protect women without smothering them. He has to accept the maturing women in his life.
Castle and Beckett can go as they are and still go about their business, have a grand romance and that’s that. They can continue to solve murders and enjoy their repartee. They could also experience some maturing, go about their business, solve murders, and become mythic lovers on a grand scale. Whatever their creators want to do with such interesting characters they’ll do and Castle fans will be happy.