I finally got around to watching the last episode of Castle, one of my favorite shows on television right now. I am a big Nathan Fillion fan, and a big detective fiction fan, so really it's an all-around win. There have been some questionable narrative moments here and there over the years, but what show doesn't have them? I was very shocked, though, when this past episode, "The Time of Our Lives" (S7E6), ended with a sudden and inexplicably uncomplicated decision between Castle and Beckett to finally go ahead and tie the knot. Don't get me wrong - I'm very happy to see them have their wedding day at last. But unlike Ana Maria Benedetti at the Huffington Post (linked here), who found "the last minutes of this episode are the most fabulous," I felt it was rushed, unexplained and overall, kind of a cop-out (no pun intended, yikes!). They had spent the last few episodes laboriously working through the complicated emotional labyrinth they got themselves into with the whole Castle-memory storyline, with them both deciding they needed some time to work through the uncertainty of the situation before heading back to the altar. And then, suddenly, with no further resolution of that plot line, after a simple, fun, typically light-hearted episode theme of an alternate reality in which Castle sees what life would be like if they had never met, the episode takes a turn. After the not-that-terrible ordeal, all things considered, they 'see the light' and think, 'Hmm, guess we should really appreciate each other's presence and overcome everything and just get married.' Just like that. The romantic line Castle delivers is: Castle: Will you marry me? Beckett: I already said yes. Castle: Will you marry me right now? Romantic? Yes. Swoon-worthy, after all this relationship has gone through? Meh... Just like that, she gets moon-eyed and agrees, and suddenly they are doing it, Kate in a bridal pant-set (definitely more business than her previous beautiful dress, but suits her nicely in all her bad**s glory). The ceremony's going down presumably at his home in the Hamptons, but really in front of what I found to be a not fabulous, but rather kind of cheesy green-screen sunset. It was pretty exaggerated - and I really hate obvious green-screen. Sure, it was beautiful, and it was nice that they just had their closest family there, but I found it to be weirdly fake and underwhelming. Argh, I feel so harsh, because I love this show so much! But there you have it. You know what would have been cool? If after they suddenly decided to get married "right now," they had a spontaneous ceremony at the precinct. Wedding capuccinos for everyone! At least it would have been creative and humorous, in keeping with the biting style of the show. What I will say is that the vows were really great. Even though the background was distracting, I loved loved loved their words to each other: Kate: "The moment that I met you my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable you were strong. I love you Richard Castle, and I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you, I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always." Richard: "The moment we met my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you Katherine Beckett and the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend and your partner in crime and life, 'til death do us part and for the time of our lives." That last line! Caskett forever...permission to swoon.