The Ryan Report-Episode 421 "Headhunters"
I don't know if you've read these Sean Raley books that Castle has been writing, but they're pretty good yarns. They are about Detective Sean Raley (based on yours truly) and to a lesser extent his partner Miguel Ochoa (Esposito) as they solve New York's most perplexing crimes (they sometimes get help from Detective Nikki Heat [Beckett] and a journalist, Jameson Rook [Castle, duh], as well). As is, Castle gives a lot of time to the Heat/Rook relationship, leaving little room for the real important stuff coming from Raley, but I forgive that because today's publishing industry is very complicated and there are all sorts of politics. And you've got to name it after Nikki Heat because Heat Rises sounds better than Off the Rales, so... actually, I take that back, Off the Rales is an amazing title, but whatever. I can forgive Castle for giving the pages he does to Heat and Rook.
But recently Castle went off to research with another Detective and I'm afraid that'll cause him to cut back Raley's role even further. Raley is a nuanced character and it is important for Castle to understand the ins and outs of what he does to get him right. Raley gathers evidence; he conducts interviews; he runs background checks; he watches security tapes - he pretty much does it all. To get those character details, Castle needs a great deal of time with his research subject - i.e. me. But he's missing it.
The other day, for instance, I was scrubbing video off a security cam by an ATM. There was a moment on the video where a woman was withdrawing cash while a man stood behind her waiting. You can tell from the woman's face that she is nervous. She moves quickly to put the money in her wallet and then she books it out of there. But, in her haste to get away, she trips. The man behind her sees this and reaches out to balance her - the same man, who only moments ago drove fear into her heart, kept her from falling on her face. She smiles to him, thanks him and then walks away. It was at once a small, quiet moment, and a beautiful story about the human condition. It is the essence of what Raley does. And Castle missed it.
He shouldn't even be looking for new characters in the first place. There is so much more depth to venture into with Raley. We can tell from the way Sean clings to technology that he probably had a lonely childhood. Nonetheless he is well adjusted and social - you know, the life of the party - the guy every guy wants to be and every girl wants to be with. How did he get that way? How did he come from so little and become so great. A lot of that isn't in the books, per se, but you can tell.
Those are the details that his readers want to see, and I'm just afraid that Castle isn't giving that to them.
I guess if he has to include this new rough and tumble gang cop, maybe he can make room for it by cutting some Ochoa. Raley pretty much carries him anyway.