Fall TV Preview

Fall TV Promo: Castle Takes the Blame for Beckett's Shooting

Somebody needs to give Nathan Fillion’s Rick Castle a big ol’ hug, because the usually happy-go-lucky mystery novelist is carrying the weight of the world — or at least the blame for Kate’s shooting — on his shoulders as ABC’s Castle kicks off Season 4.

Nathan Fillion on the ‘Repercussions’ of Castle‘s Love Confession, and the Premiere’s Big Fight

One of the first promos for the new season arriving Monday, Sept. 19, briefly flashes back to the shocking season finale, before serving up snippets from the premiere — including the fight we told you about some time ago, ‘tween Rick and Kate’s beau Josh (played by Victor Webster), a very angry Alexis, and the haunting sound of someone flat-lining, as Rick concedes, “This was my fault.”

New Castle Captain Lays Down the Law: There Will Be No Sexual Tension In My Precinct!

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  1. Christa says:

    I am so excited!! I hope this is the year that they get together!

  2. Mikaela says:

    I am so excited. I wonder who Alexis is going after? Josh vs. Castle, taking bets now

    • Maxter says:

      My guess is that it’s Castle she is so angry at because she knows that Castle is willing to charge into dangerous situations with very dangerous people for Beckett and she is afraid of losing her father because of that.

    • Chelsea says:

      I heard that Alexis was going to be upset with Beckett. I don’t know. It makes more sense to me that Alexis would be upset with Castle, but maybe she thinks that the only person that can make him leave Beckett is Beckett herself. For me, Kate is going to have to step up. Castle took the chance when he told her he loved her, but now the good detective has to make the next move. If Castle backs off out of guilt over Kate getting shot or Alexis being so afraid/angry, then Kate will have to pursue him. Which would be a nice change, to be honest–although I don’t think she’ll have to work too hard.

      • Sash says:

        I read that too (that Alexis will have it out with Beckett), but I’m not sure that’s what’s going on in that scene – it seemed to still be in the hospital situation and surely Alexis isn’t going to scream at a half-dead, hospitalised Beckett. I’d say she’s pursuing her father, getting held back, and this stress is what is going to contribute to a later blow-up at Kate. My theory anyway

    • Bigdeal1 says:

      Castle will have to lose so that Beckett gets upset and leaves Josh cretaing the proper opprtunity for them to get together. Either way though, it isnt going to matter cause she is most likely going ot spend some time in a coma going to an over dramatized show, which I hope they dont go to.

  3. che g says:

    Sure, Fillion is awesome, but this looks ridiculous. Castle is not NYPD Blue. After full of cliched angst last season I’m starting to think about ditching the show.. Fillion is awesome though.. Decisions decisions

    • Tommy says:

      I don’t think anyone said Castle is NYPD Blue, but considering that the whole premise of the show is Castle’s involvement with the NYPD, I don’t get where you are going with this…

      • che g says:

        I was referring to the trailer and this recent trend to overly dramatic (and badly written) plot twists on the show which seems to continue in the next season. I like the cast though. And Nathan Fillion isn’t likely to do any other projects in the near future for me to quit cold turkey. So you see my dilemma

        • Hannah says:

          Uhhhhh this is just the premiere. Poorly written? Ha, yeah right! They do the dramatic ones about Beckett’s mom, but balance it out with light-hearted fun. Don’t overreact. It’s still an awesome show. Gosh.

        • Mick says:

          @ che g: Have you actually watched the show? If so, you realize that the show is what it is, a dramedy that certainly doesn’t pretend to aspire to be anything like NYPD Blue. IMO, the writers have done a great job introducing the dramtic mythology elements in the background over the 3 seasons in a believable manner, while tempered with the lightness of Fillion and co. to give it balance . You are entitled to your opinion, but I just don’t see what would be satisfying to you, would you rather they promote it as a comedy and have no fights just laughs and giggles over someone getting shot? Now THAT would be poorly written and unbelievable.

          • che g says:

            Nah, I’d prefer they would write it better. Last year’s 2-parter was good, this years – kinda horrible and cliched (finale too). Beckett’s mother’s case feels lika a drag, they just keep upping up the ante with the drama without actually making it believable and interesting, just same old cop show plots. And the supposed “balance” of fun/drama feels forced, like you’re watching 2 different shows. That’s it in a nutshell. All IMHO of course

          • che g says:

            Oh, and about NYPD Blue that was sarcasm

        • The Dragon says:

          Che G has a very valid point. I’d argue that the first two seasons of the show (technically one-and-a-half seasons) successfully balanced the comedy and the drama (and that’s one of the many things that made the show so appealing in the first place.)

          But season three was a hot mess. The show bounced jarringly back and forth between episodes that were campy (even silly, as though the show was becoming a parody of its former self – the Nikki Heat episode not included, because that was a deliberate – and therefore successful – parody) and episodes that were quite dark, with very little humor. If you look at season 2, even the “darker” episodes (i.e. Sucker Punch – the first, and in my opinion, best, episode to seriously delve into her mother’s murder (before it started becoming so convoluted) – and the Dana Delaney two-parter) had a sense of humor.

          The “serious” episodes of season 3 (with the exception of Knockdown – and, yes, I meant to type Knockdown, and not Knockout) were just laughable to me because without the show’s charm and humor, there’s little to detract from the gaping plot holes – not to mention the serious liability of having a writer actively involved in solving cases. (And this is coming from someone who bought the premise of the show hook, line, and sinker – and got a kick out of the flimsy “mayor’s orders” excuse.)

          The show works best as the dramedy that it was in the earlier seasons (and not the campy-campy-dark-campy-campy-dark show it was this year), so while the NYPD Blue comparison might be hyperbolic, I do echo Che G’s concerns that “Castle” is becoming bogged down by its own mythology. I find it disconcerting that the writers found it necessary to rewrite Montgomery’s entire character and kill him off in the most hackneyed way possible simply to add another obstacle to the Castle/Beckett relationship. I’m not a “shipper,” so I understand that *some* obstacles are necessary to keep an episodic series going. (Sure, I’d love Castle and Beckett to hook up eventually – but I certainly didn’t need Castle to tell Beckett he loved her right before she passed out, which was just an obvious way to throw a bone to the “shippers,” while not having to directly deal with the ramifications of him saying those words.)

          But I also don’t believe damaging all of your characters psychologically – and in Beckett’s case, probably irrevocably – especially when your show is a romantic comedy at heart – is the best way to sustain dramatic tension.

          • Castletasmic says:

            Couldn’t agree more. Very very well said. Castle is a great and fantastic different show and I sure hope so that they will bring back what made me to fall in love with it in the first place. You don’t have to make things complicated in order to make it seem real, at least that’s what I’m thinking about the show. There is still so much to learn about each character. I’m just looking forward to it anyhow. after all I have and we all have OCD ;) :D

          • The Dragon says:

            Yes, they need to focus more on their great characters! (Another problem with season three – the mysteries were more convoluted (but not more complex), so they overwhelmed the character moments/character development. Perhaps this was because the writers weren’t sure where they were going with the characters, but this was not the case in seasons 1 and 2.) With the exception of a few episodes (i.e. Nikki Heat and the magic episode, in which Castle and Beckett and/or the supporting characters were given moments to shine), Season 3 felt like complete filler – especially during the second half of the season in which it was clear that they were just coasting until the finale, and then the finale completely rewrote everything, which was too much for one episode, and especially for a season that didn’t have much of a point to begin with. I still don’t believe they should’ve gotten rid of Montgomery in the exact way that they did (What, exactly, was the point of him basically committing suicide when it clearly did not stop the Big Bad from going after Beckett?) At the very least, they should’ve spent a few of the filler episodes of season 3 setting this up. (And, no, announcing that he was going to retire in the previous episode doesn’t count as setting this up.) Here’s hoping season 3 was a fluke and season 4 features character development for all of the characters. And, most of all, here’s hoping season 4 is FUN. :)

          • Marie says:

            Well done!
            you summed up everything that I am beginning to find uneasy about the direction Castle has taken since season 3.And everything that I liked about it in the first place.I agree with you on everything! Amen!

    • DL says:

      For every angst-filled episode (which I rather enjoyed, by the way), there were five hilarious and inventive episodes like the steampunk episode, the spy game episode, the soap opera episode, the pizza wars episode, and so many more. The relationship stuff honestly did not fill that much air time. The reason it’s what people talk about is because it’s GOOD TV!

      • KB says:

        The spy game episode was a lot of fun but it was from season two. Steampunk and soap opera eps some of the more entertaining ones from S3 but also very over the top, which was the trend for season three. The show can be funny and whimsical without being silly/dumb. Pizza wars was just awful IMO. Not funny and the whole ‘the killer pretends to be a damsel in distress’ was done in season 2 with the call girl. The show should probably not be plagiarizing itself so soon. The relationship stuff (all the characters not just Castle and Beckett) should fill up more of the air time than it did last year. Character stuff was put on the backburner and without it, this show isn’t any different from the 5,000 other procedurals on TV.

  4. Jayne says:

    Awesome. :)

  5. Spike says:

    “This is my fault.”

    That, right there, will be the hurdle for Castle and Beckett this season. Who wants to bet that Castle tells Beckett that this will be the last year he shadows her since he only has one book left in the Nikki Heat series to complete. Look for Castle to start to pull away from Beckett personally and look for Beckett to finally make a decision as to what Castle really means to her. Hint, it’s not all about the job. At least, that’s what I’d hope for in the upcoming season. Beckett’s gotta make a choice once and for all, because we all know that Castle is completely in love with Beckett.

    • Roo Gray says:

      Oh, is that why he spent a summer with his ex in the Hamptons and
      has been cast as a womanizer who is easily distracted by fresh blood?
      Nathan Fillion is the draw here. The rest of the cast are supportive characters to his author role. I would like to see all
      of them more peripheral to the stories and a stronger focus on his
      perspective. It’s turning into a freaking SOAP OPERA! This series
      may have jumped the shark at this point.

    • Alicia says:

      Damn right it’s his fault. After he saw the periscope glinting in the distance it took him for-EVER to do something. Why even bother tackling her after you’ve wasted all that time standing around?
      I realize Beckett was gonna get shot but they didn’t have to make Castle look like an idiot in the process.

      • Melanie says:

        That bullet was shot in a matter of seconds. Castle reacted immediatley. It wasn’t his fault, but it seems this season he’s going to be blaming himself. But, I don’t see why you think it is his fault. The only person who should be at fault is the a**hole who shot the damn thing. Plain and simple.

        • Alicia says:

          I’m not *really* blaming Castle because he had nothing to do with it. But the way the scene plays out, it takes QUITE a while for him to react.

          He sees the first flash of light at 00:04 seconds and doesn’t move to tackle her until 00:12 (but doesn’t actually reach her til 00:14).
          In between that time we’re treated to a look through the crosshairs from the sniper’s POV, and also see Castle watch the reflection flash TWO. MORE. TIMES.

          Maybe I’m spoiled by other crime shows but it shouldn’t take 10 seconds (and 3 separate metallic flashes) to figure out someone is aiming a rifle in your direction. That’s a pretty long time.
          I get they wanted to build up the scene but the result makes Castle look kinda incompetent.

          • TM says:

            Well, in movies, someone who sees a glimmer coming from behind a tree/ gravestone etc. automatically assumes it’s a periscope,cause yeah, what other plot important thing could it be?But really,if it were real life,would someone go from “Oh,look,something shiny” to “OMG,crazy sniper on the job” in a second?Cause I doubt it.There could be hundreds of things that can cause that glimmer.And people usually hesitate to interrupt a speech at a funeral,and push the person giving the speech aside,also making a fool of themselves because they see a glimmer.Granted,it might be a periscope,but it takes a few seconds to put things together and come to that conclusion.If it weren’t a TV series and you didn’t know that something would happen during the last 30 seconds of the season finale,that would make it a cliffhanger,would your mind just jump to “Glimmer = Periscope”?

  6. Kortni says:

    Wow Spike I totally agree!! This season is going to be awesome!! Can’t wait for the struggle!!

  7. Jenn says:

    I will gladly give Nathan Fillion a big ol’ hug :) I don’t think I’ve been more excited for a fall premire then I have been for Castle!!! This is one of my 3 favorite shows (the other 2 are summer shows) and my Monday nights have been very lonely without Castle & Beckett!!!! Looks like an incredible season!!!

  8. Lorie says:

    I so can’t wait for this premiere!

  9. Tom says:

    Okay. Beckett is dead. It’s all Castle’s fault. No need to watch anymore. This used to be one of my favorite shows, but it has really fallen off a cliff.

    • Jerri says:

      Jump to conclusions much, Tom? If Beckett is dead, why would they bring in a shrink (played by Michael Dorn, see story here: http://www.tvguide.com/News/Castle-Michael-Dorn-1036092.aspx) to help her get through the psychological impact of getting shot?

      • Tom says:

        You’re missing my sarcasm. This promo underscores what this show has become — shameless pandering for ratings. As mentioned in earlier comments, Castle used to be a cleverly written show with interesting stories and the right mix of comedy and drama. It used to be fun. Now it’s boring and predictable. This season we’ll have the new hard-nosed boss (God, how many times has that been done?) and apparently some passing love interests for Castle. The stories have gotten silly and seem to have degraded to contrived reasons to get Castle/Beckett trapped alone to tease a relationship.

        I fear Castle has fallen to the worst possible fate — success. The show had two strong seasons and built a solid audience. Now it looks like the network suits and advertisers are paying attention and want to make every episode a cash cow with blockbuster ratings. So the interesting stories and witty writing are giving way to any crazy idea that can be whipped into a good promo. IMHO this might be the last season for Castle — done in by greed and the anything-for-a-profit mentality.

  10. Evelyn says:

    Except she’s not dead and it’s not really his fault. So therefore all the more reason to watch!

  11. Karen says:

    Sooooo excited!!! when is it 19th yet?!!

  12. Mairead says:

    Alexis is so going after Beckett for putting her Dad in danger.

  13. Roo Gray says:

    I don’t really want to “share” Castle with Beckett. It’s becoming way too driven by their relationship. I’m there for his quips and wittiness, brash handsomeness, and the intricacy of the mysteries they try to resolve. Oh, and the humor is key. Making this series
    so dark and depressed is a real bummer and a turn off~

  14. Alyssa says:

    Love the promo. So much drama. The Finale totally rocked and the premiere will be even better!

  15. april-ann says:

    It would be just like Castle to blame himself. Alexis is probably angry that Beckett puts him in harm’s way, even though it’s his choice to be there. A big ole hug? Okay, but Castle needs a whole lot more than that. I want him to stop pursuing the cold fish and finally get some deserved action with a girlfriend, someone nice who could be a real love interest for him. Their efforts to warm and soften the cold fish didn’t work, so now they’re bringing in a new boss to make Beckett look not so bad.

  16. zaza says:

    I really hope Castle pops Josh good. Josh annoys me.

    • ellekay says:

      HAHA! Love it! I agree, Josh annoys the ever living bejeezus out of me too! But, I don’t see Castle doing anything like that. Would be a great scene though. :)

  17. Castlefan says:

    I think we shouldn’t worry about season 4 is all about gloomy and dark stuff, come on guys this is Castle we’re talking about, the fun and that chemistry will always there. There’s gonna be superhero, halloween, valentine, christmas themed episode!!! About Beckett’s mom case, i know it’s kinda serious but this kind of episodes that bring us closer to the character and it only takes 1-2 episode per season. I like the fun Castle show too, that’s draw me to watch this show in the first place and i think this season will be more fun.

  18. Sue says:

    Well said Castlefan…These people need to relax…It’s the premiere coming off a very powerful and emotional season finale…Did you think they were just gonna jump over her being shot and everything else just to bring us the funny? Huh! That would be a NO. If you think about it, they only had 5 (3xk, Knockdown, Knockout and the 2 parter with the Bomb) very serious episodes last season. 5 out of 24 is not bad. They had many very funny episodes last season. Well at least I thought they were funny. The magician episdode, Punked, Nikki Heat, One Life to Lose, The X-files episode. I for one can not wait for Season 4 to start…Just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride…Also, I think Alexis is going after Josh in the preview for pushing Castle. They look like they are still in the hospital and she would not be attacking Beckett there…

    • KB says:

      Sue, I don’t think the people who are criticizing the show are freaking out over just that promo. I think they’re just expressing their problems with the last season and maybe even some frustration over the fact that few of the passionate fans online are articulating (legitimate) concerns about the show. You’re totally right that it wouldn’t make sense if they jumped over Beckett being shot. But I don’t think that’s what people are asking for. The finale put every character in a very grave situation, so yes these things need to be handled. I think the fans expressing critical opinions are just doubting the show’s ability to deal with these new plot points because the last season was so inconsistent.

  19. Evelyn says:

    If you pause you can see that Alexis is going off on a cop – the arm has a what looks like an NYPD badge.

  20. A.N. says:

    For those of you who are worried about the lack of humor ruining the show, I would suggest you dont give up just yet. Closely following the premiere will be a superhero themed episode, in addition to a Ghostbusters episode. I can only imagine those will appeal to the humor-seeking crowd here.

    I admit that I would like to see a return to the light-hearted Castle that I initially fell in love with. But right now I think the only way to do that would be to just get over the whole ‘will they, wont they’ tension that has dominated the show.

  21. John C says:

    More “Space Cowboy” and “there’s no cattle in space”.

    Oh and
    “You know “foreign”; Not. Brooklyn.” Maybe the best line of the year. Castle getting brushbacked by a girl (played hysterically by one of the Make it or Break it people) was terrific as was both his and Kate’s reaction (he got taken WAY aback, she was amused).

    Still like the show a lot.

  22. waggy3015 says:

    I agree that Alexis is going off on a Cop. Though I wish it was Josh she was going off on for getting in Castle’s face.

    Maybe the new boss lady comes in and starts yelling at Castle, and Alexis, along with everybody else,–not knowing she’s the new boss–starts going off on her for picking on Castle?

  23. Danielle H. says:

    God, I love Nathan! This is going to be a very intense hour, that’s for sure. I do hope they go back to the weekly formula with slight season long story lines though rather quickly, because it is what makes this show magic. I just hope they don’t completely change the show.

  24. Nancy says:

    If anyone remembers the series “Remington Steele”, then you’ll know that drama and romance and comedy DOES work — and yeah, sometimes that show went over the top and the cases were sometimes pretty easy to figure out — but it’s all about the characters. Each episode, be it funny or serious, should lead them closer together. What I do NOT want to see is more characters brought in JUST to keep Kate and Rick apart. Either take a chance and get them together (and please, no one mention the stupid “Moonlighting” curse stuff, it’s a bunch of hooey) or go their separate ways and each find someone else. I watched JAG for ten years only to get paid off by a non-end that wasn’t satisfying in the least, and in fact felt very forced, since by then I couldn’t see either character being happy with the other.

  25. Marquita Helmer says:

    I see all the bashing about last season, but I have yet to see anyone mention the fact they lost their head writer during this last season-Stephen Cannolly ? spelling. I’m sure that had a major impact on the story lines. Just mentioning. Personally, it’s TV. This is entertainment and a wonderful escape from work, stress, etc. for an hour. Gives me something to look forward to for the week that I can enjoy with my son.

  26. HERTY ASANI says:

    @ Mick- exactly

  27. itsshannonbitch says:

    ewh…do you think you’re a tv critic or something? didn’t think so, so how bout if you like the show you say you like it if you don’t like the show shut the hell up and don’t watch it…simple as that.

  28. Mia says:

    I am so excited for the Castle premiere. The finale was so great.

  29. Stef says:

    Could it be that maybe Alexis is the one that is hurt and that is who he is talking about… He put her in the crosshairs and it’s all his fault? Just thinking out loud :) Cant wait until Monday!