By Amy Amatangelo, TV Gal®
Will they or won’t they?
TV loves a couple that can’t be together because:
- They work together and it would COMPLICATE things
- He/she is already dating someone else who is obviously so WRONG for them
- Their timing is OFF
But here’s the thing: if a series hinges on a will they/won’t they couple, it can become problematic. Sometimes a show can completely collapse when a central couple comes together. What happened on Moonlight has become legendary (yes I know there were other reasons like pregnancy and contract negotiations that ruined the show, but Maddie and David sleeping together marked the beginning of the end). Sometimes a show can wait too long. By the time Bones and Booth got together on Bones I was no longer invested in their relationship. Sometimes a show can wear out our patience by putting a couple through a seemingly endless make-up/break-up cycle until the final credits roll (I’m looking at you Ross and Rachel). Sometimes a show gives viewers what they want because the situation must to be played out. Cuddy and House were never going to be good together on House but viewers needed to watch the dysfunctional duo figure that out. Sometimes putting a couple together completely evolves the show. I’ve loved watching Jim and Pam marry and have children on The Office. And sometimes a show refuses to give many viewers what they want as it would irrevocably alter the show and the characters’ integrity. Witness Benson and Stabler on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Castle played it exactly right. Having exhausted all the reasons to keep the couple apart (they do work together, they have both dated other people and their timing has been off), the show kicked off season five with Castle and Beckett in bed engaging in flirtatious pillow talk. That’s precisely where most viewers wanted to see them. The timing is perfect. The show has not exasperated me with the constant back and forth dance nor has it waited too long. I believe two adults like Castle and Beckett would eventually tell each other how they feel.
But what I liked best about the premiere is that the dynamic between Castle and Beckett didn’t really change. Their witty rapport – her exasperation with his antics, his impish response – was all still there. Their dialogue about the case had the same feel. They weren’t talking coyly while figuring out who was trying to have Beckett killed. I really loved that they still referred to each other by last name while at work. And even though it’s a little silly that they would hide their relationship from their co-workers and family, it’s also fun to give the duo something to be in cahoots about.
I am positively delighted with the season premiere of Castle. How about you? Talk about the premiere below. And remember this week I’m bringing back Quotes of the Week and Where Have I Seen Them Before so email me your familiar faces and favorite quotes through my contact form or at amyattvgaldotcom.
Amy – I LOVED it!! You hit the nail on the head – what made the premiere great – and what continues to make them great overall is their chemistry and the dynamic between them. I think we as viewers are in the “cat bird” seat – knowing what we know and watching them enjoy their new found freedom together, while at the same time – trying to sort it out and keep it quiet for now.
I think the entire ensemble is fantatic. Castle and Beckett are the cornerstones – but I’m just as invested in Esposito, Ryan, Laney, Martha, and Alexis.
As Luke Danes would say about this – “This thing we’re doing here me, you – I just want you to know I’m in. I am all in”.
Can’t wait until next week!
I liked it too! It was wise to continue with a serious story, thus making it unrealistic for them to be lovey-dovey.