I just had an epiphany. Whether two characters on a will-they-won't-they type TV show are dating or not, it really doesn't matter.
Is the show still good or not? That's all that matters.
In the case of 'Castle', I get the sense from some of my readers that they are concerned about the direction of the show now that Beckett and Castle are together. But for me, I don't care either way. I only care whether the show is still entertaining or not. I argue that it still is.
Magnus (HGF) thinks that there is no sexual chemistry between the two characters. I say who cares! Whether he's right in his assessment or not, it's not like this show is a porno. There's not exactly a lot of sex scenes or makeout scenes in it, anyway. The success/entertainment of this show depends on their chemistry with dialogue, facial expressions, mannerisms, etc. And in this aspect, I think their chemistry is good and it makes the show fun to watch.
Some of the stuff on 'Cloudy with a Chance of Murder' was a bit over-the-top, but it didn't really bother me because the episode itself and Castle/Beckett were fun this week. The jealousy drama and the keeping-it-a-secret crap was entirely cliche, and we've seen it a thousand times, but those two characters make it work by being charming and funny. And before those two crazy kids got together at the end of Season 4, the same thing applied. That's why I've always liked this show.
And I don't laugh out loud too much on TV shows, but Castle messing around with the green screen at the news station was hilarious.
This week's case was fairly interesting, which was a nice bonus, but it's main purpose was very clearly to give Castle and Beckett a pause about keeping a workplace relationship and displaying the difficulties that it can cause.
Much like Castle and Beckett, I suggest you do the same -- just fucking deal with it. The show is still what it was before, whether or not those two are having fake sex or not.
QUOTES OF NOTE:
--BECKETT: "You just want me to take my shirt off again, don't you?"
--CASTLE: "Don't tell me you dressed like that for Esposito."
--RYAN: "Fine, just judge all you want."
--ESPOSITO: "He's a man, he has a pulse, so no."
--CASTLE: "I know who the killer is!"
--CASTLE: "She's like the terminator sex bot."
--BECKETT: "What I want is to not have this image of a bikini-clad woman stuffing her boobs in your face, so good luck with that."
--CASTLE: "Do I even get credit for figuring out who the killer is?"
--Does the NYPD really have a strict dating policy?
--Detective Ryan's suit at the beginning of the episode was pretty fugly.
--Luckily for me, I don't drink coffee -- so no morning coffee will be killing me.
--I don't know about you, but when I make death threats, I don't typically use stationary that can identify me.
--This Week on 'Eli is a Creep': I love Jodi Lynn O'Keefe. She was a knockout when she was on 'Boston Legal' and still is 10 years later.
THE SCORE: 85 out of 100