Storm the Castle

I decided to take a title that could be straight off of one of Castle's books for this review because I thought it had a nice bit of symmetry to it and because I have a couple of edits I'd like to suggest to the story.

I am a huge Nathan Fillian fan and in my eyes the man can do little wrong (even white noise 2 which lets be honest was...ouch) and in this the cheeky faced scamp has all of his usual endearing qualities, a sharp wit, a outer wall of aroggance covering a family man who has a thing for the ladies. And his partner in crime is equally well directed, i don't really want to use the words fiesty or spunky as will every other reviewer but unfortunately I already have, ooh can I put sassy in there as well?

Now to some brutal honesty, this show has potential and so far I'm enjoying the ride with sexual tension worthy of Mulder and Scully, Booth and Bones, Chuck and Sarah, the Doctor and Rose, Jack and Kate, Dean and Sam (hang on loose the last one). And the sweet moments with his daughter whose casting is a stroke of genius but I'm sorry this is where I will loose you all. What made Bambi a good film was that he looses his mother, what made 'The Mist' so chilling when he kills his own son (sorry for spoilers here) what made Man on Fire so intense was the death of the little blonde girl (ok so they brought her back) and that is what this show needs. Yes I'm going to say it.....they need to kill off his daughter. Please hear me out because everytime I see her on screen I agree to kill her would be like killing a puppy with a harpoon gun on sesame street but it needs to be done.

This shows premise is weak, amazing as it is the concept lacks a certain something that will keep it rolling on. It needs direction. It needs her death to drive Castle in a direction it needs to be brave enough to go. Nathan is amazing when placing torn and emotionally destroyed characters. Imagining Castle trying to cope with the loss of his daughter by throwing himself into the work and Kate's response would be amazing television and would take this show from good to 'oh my god I can't believe they just did that'. I conceed that even I could not kill off Alexis without having her character come back each episode in flashes and even mirrages for the tormented Castle with the kids sweetness being needed to colour the show.

Whether Castle will go down this route I don't know but there needs to be some over-arcing story line to drive home the need for this show, its early days and I will hold judgement for now but we need something big, we need someone to Storm the Castle (like how I brought that in again at the end?).

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Apr 23, 2009 7:58PM EDT

Intrigueing thoughts my friend. However, I have to disagree with you. The show in itself as you rightly pointed out is at the moment a potentially excellent concept and needs at least another season to affirm itself in tv lore. The idea of forcing Castle to focus on life in a more realistic and driven way is a good one but killing of Alexsis is a mistake. Like many shows before it, many of which you have pointed out, Castle is driven by the chemistry between its two leads. As good as this is it is to early to have this as the only driving force behind the story. I think the scenes with Castle and his daughter have the potential to not only draw in another type of audience but i feel that his relationship with her is and will be for some time the most important female relationship in his life. With the show waiting on pick up for season 2 i will conceed to you that putting her in peril would infact give the show that extra kick it needs. As for now i see a serial killer on the horizon, one that they teased in the pilot.Or you could ignore what i have said and kill of the mother. As funny as i find her charector im begining to feel that she is unnessacery and annoying and long before anything happens to Alexsis i think she will bite the bullett.

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Apr 25, 2009 3:44PM EDT

Killing off his daughter is just another strategy, not the "only way."
They basically used the "kill off the daughter" ploy in Life (but she shows up alive, and she's his friend's daughter) and in The Mentalist.
Alexis serves as the sane counterpoint to her father's excess-- she's the thing that keeps him grounded. I think that's strong enough as it is.
Killing her off would be very powerful because her character has already been developed. The daughter character in The Mentalist is barely a memory.
Killing her off would be plausible because she might be targeted by one of his obsessed psychopathic fans for a reenactment of one of his murder plots.
But killing her off would leave him completely unhinged-- obsessed, driven, set on revenge, yes; but unhinged.
The light-hearted banter might have to disappear, or it would always have dark undertones.
So it is one strategy, but not the only one.
They can maintain the show's energy with the set up they have now.

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May 8, 2009 4:17PM EDT

I agree with J1mmic on that they should kill off the mother; for one this would bring Beckett and Castle closer because of her being killed, two it could possibly drive him to be less like her, three she is getting annoying and the fact she's still playing Greg's mom from Dharma & Greg (remember that show) same chick her hair is just dyed red (which completely obvious). And on the subject of that serial killer (and this is just a thought) I think it would be interesting if it was his ex from the pilot not Alexis' mother, which I hope is the serial killer's next victim after his mother. Because I know it's rare, but I would like to see a female serial killer. And her actually being obsessed with him instead of hating (or could be both) would be really interesting.

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