Castle 8×01 ‘XY’: Back to its old tricks

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Why do Castle season openers have to be the most frustrating things on the planet? Not that I’m complaining…much. The show desperately needed a refresher, and with Alexis fighting crime with her dad and the addition of the kick butt new character named Hayley, we’re off to a pretty good start. Then again they might have backpedaled with, you know, the fact that the senator plot line is back and we started the season (again) with one half of Caskett missing, and it turned into a two-parter with Beckett keeping secrets from Castle. Does any of this sound familiar? Yeah, I thought so too.

I hope, hope, hope that this show is not running out of ideas because I’m getting more than a little sick each time the same plot device of tearing Castle and Beckett apart comes up.

Source: ABC

Source: ABC

Literally since they got together, the couple has been separated, kidnapped, and or missing at least six times! And there’s probably more, but I’m too lazy to read every synopsis of every episode. That’s not extremely realistic. Now I’m not saying the show that proved time travel and alternate universes exist is known for its realism, but c’mon, we’re hitting soap opera territory here!

Yeah it’s tense and gripping and whatever, but kidnapping or disappearing just can’t be the fall back for the more “serious” episodes in Castle. It worked beautifully last year during the return of 3XK, but leave it at that. Let that type of “where is he/she?!” story line rest for a little bit, and bring something new to the table.

Like Castle and Beckett having a solid couple of months together when neither one ended up near death.

Other than the fact that repetition annoys the hell out of me, I enjoyed this episode. I always loved Castle P.I., and again I am pumped that Alexis is a part of it. Javie and Ryan are perfect as usual and I’m glad the fact that Castle is doing private work is not going to completely separate him from the NYPD.

Source: ABC

Source: ABC

I really hope we do get to see Beckett actually be the Captain this season and see how that dynamic works with Castle, and I’m hoping we get to see a lot more of Hayley, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that no love triangles surface because I HATE THOSE WITH A BURNING PASSION. That would be awful just because Castle and Beckett have been together for so long and they are perfect.

All in all, I know better than to hope for a completely off the cuff storyline, but I still enjoyed this season opener nonetheless. Here’s hoping that next week, which looks like it’s going to be from Beckett’s perspective is going to be even better.

Marnie Azzarelli

Marnie Azzarelli

is your average everyday horror writer and TV watcher, who finds herself connecting on a deep level with mythical monsters, and serial killers. She lives in a fantasy world that Joss Whedon created where she goes through a minimum of four character arcs per season, and Spike and Leo Fitz fight for her hand in marriage. When not glued to her TV or laptop, she talks to her cats about life, and writes characters that (she hopes) are crazier than herself. Check out her writing blog in the hopes that she’ll post more than once a week.

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