Kate Beckett has been near the top of my list of strong female characters on TV since I started watching Castle. She's a lead homicide detective for the NYPD. She is well known in the force for her talent and well known in general as the muse for Richard Castle, the bestselling mystery writer who bases his character Nikki Heat on her. She is intelligent, she can throw around suspects twice her size, she can banter with a womanizing bestselling author, and she looks amazing all the time. On top of that, she's a fully developed character. Yet I've been struggling to write this post, and I've finally realized why. It's not because I have any problems with Beckett, it's that I think it's almost too obvious why she's an incredibly strong woman. What I could I really say that wasn't just plot summary?
As I considered Beckett more, I began thinking about the realism of the Kate Beckett character. While her personality and career trajectory are certainly realistic, there's still a lot of TV magic involved. Stiletto heels are not an NYPD detective's most likely choice for footwear when chasing fleeing suspects. Beckett's hair has to take at least a half hour to blow dry each morning, if not longer, and her make-up is well done for someone who stays up late solving crimes. On top of that, her apartment is gorgeous for someone on a city employee's salary.
|If I was getting interrogated by her, I'd be too distracted |
by trying to figure out how she gets her hair to curl like that.
I feel like the interrogation wouldn't end well.
|The show also makes me want to hang out with police officers,|
or at least the actors that play them on TV.
There are few female characters that I can think of whose strength is physical as well as emotional, moral, intellectual or otherwise intangible. Kate Beckett manages to have all of these strengths and look good without wearing a skimpy costume. If that's not enough to make her a someone a girl could dream about being, I don't know what is.
What do you think of Kate Beckett? What other female police officers/FBI agents/crime fighter characters do you like or dislike?