It’s Over: Falling Out of Love with Castle

It started as all great love affairs do.  I spent hours thinking about the object of my affection, counted down the days until I would see them again and my love for them was all-consuming.

But rather than a fairytale ending, my love affair with ‘Castle’ seems to have fizzled out.  Just what went wrong?

Going back to the start, when I heard about the show I was excited and intrigued.  I’d heard about it as the first season was ending and it had been renewed for season two.  Finally, Nathan Fillion had gotten a lead in a TV show which had already lasted a whole series!  It was a cause for celebration!

And after watching the whole of the first season in the space of a week or so, I had fallen head over heels in love.  It was perfect!  A modern day ‘Murder She Wrote’ but with a twist.  A handsome and fun mystery writer teaming up with a beautiful and tough NYPD cop, solving unusual murders.  And don’t get me started on the chemistry!  Fillion and Stana Katic on screen together?  It was magic!

So why, after sticking with the show for nearly six years, do I now barely even remember to watch it when it’s on?  I’ve been with the show through plot lines, story arcs, the ‘will they, won’t they ‘of the main characters.  I’ve invested my time and my heart in this show, so why am I not rushing to watch it every week like I was back at the start?

It would be easy to blame the ‘Moonlighting’ effect, the fact that our sparky lead characters are now in a committed relationship and there’s no wondering about when they will eventually kiss.  But that’s not it, in fact, that’s one of the reasons that I haven’t given up on the show altogether.  The growing relationship between Castle and Beckett is, for me, the main attraction for watching the show.

Maybe it’s the cases then?  Once you’ve seen one model/socialite/weather girl be murdered in unusual circumstances, you’ve seen them all.  Maybe that’s it?  Well, not really.  Yes, the writers seemed to have run out of ideas a little and are recycling them like any long-running cop show does, after all it’s not the murder that counts, it’s the solving that’s the fun part.  And with the fantastic group of characters that have built up around Caskett (Ryan, Esposito, Captain Gates, Lanie) there’s always something of interest in the case solving department.

So what is it then?  Why doesn’t my heart race like it once did at the sight of the opening credits?  I think it comes down to this….

It’s not you, it’s me…

I’m looking for new and interesting characters, I’m looking for exciting story arcs and I’m not sure if you are the show that can give me that right now.  Maybe in a season or two when you get your mojo back (think Buffy and Supernatural, both should have ended at Season 5, next season or two sucked, then it got interesting again…).

Until then, I will still watch you because of the immense likability of your leading lady and leading man,  it just won’t be the hot date that it once was.  For now…

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4 comments

  1. Couldn’t agree more! Huge Castle fan here, but season six dragged for me.

    Reintroducing Beckett’s main arc and its subsequent ending (really trying to list major spoilers here lol) didn’t have the impact I had thought it would.

    I still watch because I like Nathon Fillion and Stana Katic as the leads, and when they give you a clever episode for long time fans like “Disciple” or something really unexpected like “That ’70s Show”.

    They have clearly left us with a huge cliffhanger to kick off season seven….what remains is if they’ll take the story in a new direction?

    • I agree, when they throw in some fun stuff it’s still a great show. I just hope that they can find a new direction for it to go and not just more of the same

  2. Amanda /

    I unfortunately also had a tough time watching this season and it was due mostly to the lack of interesting cases and the imagination of Castle in regards to his theories.

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