Lessons for us from the TV show “Castle”

Summary: For eight years the TV show Castle explored the nature of romance in 21st century America. Now that it ends soon, in its present form, we can review the lessons it taught us. TV and film tell our myths, and can help us better understand ourselves. “Oh, wow. You’re engaged to a douche.” — … Continue reading Lessons for us from the TV show “Castle”

“Castle” shows a future of strong women & weak men. As for marriage…

Summary: The TV show "Castle" gives us a mirror in which we can see ourselves, our hopes and fears -- skillfully constructed by the best producers, actors, and technicians in Hollywood. Among other things it shows us a vision of the changing nature of relations between men and women -- and its effects on marriage. … Continue reading “Castle” shows a future of strong women & weak men. As for marriage…

Beckett shows our future: she marries Castle, but dreams at night of her alpha lovers

Summary:  Feminism is the big revolution of our time, over-turning our ideals of romance and marriage. The TV show "Castle" is a mirror in which we can see 21st century America, especially the relations between men and women. Today we look at the dark side of marriage masked by the light comedy of the Beckett-Castle … Continue reading Beckett shows our future: she marries Castle, but dreams at night of her alpha lovers

“Castle” shows that many of us don’t defend New America because we don’t like it

Summary:  We conclude our examination of the hit TV show "Castle" by adding up what we've learned from it about America. We might have become alienated from 21st C America because we no longer see ourselves as part of it. Hence our unwillingness to defend it.  Spoilers!   Contents "Castle" shows us 21st C America … Continue reading “Castle” shows that many of us don’t defend New America because we don’t like it

Richard Castle shows us the dark reality of justice in 21st C America

Summary:  We continue our examination of the hit TV show "Castle", today mining for insights about justice in 21st C America. Castle is a romantic comedy; an accurate depiction of our criminal justice system would be a horror show. As in the previous chapters of this series, this suggests that we might no longer defend … Continue reading Richard Castle shows us the dark reality of justice in 21st C America