Watching this episode reminded me of running into an old boyfriend.
As I spent time with these people I had loved so much, I was shocked that I had once had such strong feelings for them. Now, all I could feel was a mild nostalgia for what had been, a mild distaste of what they had all become, and an enormous sense of relief that I had jumped ship when I did.
This was a terrible season finale; it was a worse series finale. To be fair, Castle is a show that historically ends its seasons with a mythology episode. Because I had bailed about a season and a half ago, I did not know who LokSat, Caleb Brown, Vikram, or Hayley were. But, as I watched the episode, I didn’t grow to care that I didn’t know.
As the show progressed, I was dismayed at how the characters were used, especially the supporting characters. Martha and Alexis were only there to fret over Castle -- they added nothing to the story. Lanie was on screen for a total of a minute if I’m being generous. Esposito and Ryan were interacting only with Beckett -- it was their bromance with Castle that was so much to watch.
This was the biggest problem for me. The show has lost all its fun. The one time that the writers tried to give Castle his usual quip (cooking in the Korean taco van), it fell flat. Fillion just couldn’t pull it off any more. The snark between Castle and Beckett was gone, replaced with “I love yous” that were so forced they bordered on comical.
Not to mention the lazy writing. Truth serum so that we can hear that Castle loves Beckett? Really? This is the best the writing team could come up with? That trope has been around since forever and it only works if we learn something we don’t already know. We’ve known about Castle’s love for Beckett for nearly seven years. Come on, you guys. You are better than this.
The original ending was meant to be a cliffhanger. Would Castle and Beckett survive? Well, no. Katic had been written out of the show, a move from the studio and the showrunners that infuriated me. Look, none of us has any allusions about Katic’s (in)ability to act, but she was certainly as much a part of this show as Fillion. That TPTB would choose to fire the women was a decision that took a step too far for my feminist sensibilities.
Karma is a nasty little thing, however, and the boys are now without work as well. ABC waited until the last possible moment to cancel the show, which I am sure is part of the reason the finale was so dire. A shame, because a show that has been on the air for eight years deserves a better ending than this one got.
How awful was that final scene? I understand that the writers were trying to give the fans a HEA, but seriously it was bad. The voiceover from the pilot was incongruous with what was happening on the screen and the final “Always” should have brought a tear. It brought a cheer that this mess was finally behind me.
Like that old boyfriend, this show will always have a place in my heart for its early years. But, it did not end well.
One out four magnetic ceilings that steal guns.
ChrisB was a Castle fan for a very long time.