Literary cops are an enticing breed! Two years ago when Castle debuted, I took one look at the then very shorthaired Stana Katic (actress who portrays Kate Beckett on Castle) and thought Eve Dallas! She was long-legged, rangy, tough and didn’t put up with bull. Like Eve, she had tragedy in her background, being a cop is ingrained into the fabric of her identity and she doesn’t have a lot of patience for fools. The cops that surround them are very much apart of the story as the cases they solve.
Of course, Beckett has Castle and Eve has Roarke, but not looking for a smackdown between the fine men of New York so much as New York’s finest. So here’s a quick rundown:
Eve Dallas gained notoriety not only for being the leading face in investigating homicides in 22nd century New York, but also for marrying the mysterious and wildly rich Roarke. As Roarke’s wife, Eve gets top billing on the society page.
Kate Beckett gained notoriety when best selling author Richard Castle took an interest in basing his next book on the detective. For Beckett, the author’s interest was a mixed blessing, she’s a fan, but he drives her crazy.
Eve and Roarke work together more often than not on her cases particularly the sick ones where Eve is targeted. Roarke is extremely protective. They’ve had their rough patches, but Eve and Roarke have established a good balance.
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Beckett and Castle work together, at first because her Captain made her work with him. It took time, but trust has built between the pair and after three seasons, they’ve become real partners.
Eve is balanced by her partner Peabody and relationships with Mira, Feeney and more. The patchwork quilt of characters that make up the NYPD are as vital to Eve as her relationships with Charles, Mavis and more.
Beckett’s got the Captain, Esposito and Ryan as well as best friend Lanie (the medical examiner). Beckett’s all established relationships within the FBI and locally that come and go.
Not everyone in Eve’s life is perfect, her relationship with Somerset (Roarke’s foster father and butler) is one of love/hate and makes for some great comedic moments. Despite his initial misgivings, Somerset is happy that Eve makes Roarke happy, but he still gives her hell.
For Beckett, her relationship with Martha (Castle’s diva mother) is definitely amusing, but not for the same love/hate. Martha likes Kate for Kate and would more than welcome her into Castle’s life.
They’ve both had their share of crazy cases. Eve typically catches some of the toughest homicides because she is the best in her division. As for Beckett, Esposito comments in the pilot episode of Castle that she has a thing for the freaky ones. Between them, they’ve worked on:
• Serial killer cases
• Family murders disguised as something else
• Cases involving clones
• Cases involving magicians
• Cases that target the cops themselves
Haunted By Their Pasts
This is the toughest category, because as much as Beckett is haunted by solving her mother’s murder, she knew she was loved. Eve has no such recollections of her mother and even worse ones of her father. Abused by her father, Eve killed him at the age of 8, but that memory has haunted and informed her, her entire life. Both are the cops they are because of the tragedies in their past.
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Eve and Beckett are the best at what they do, so now it’s time for you to decide. Who is your winner for this week’s Saturday Smackdown? Winner’s choice to choose between a Nikki Heat (the books based on Beckett) or an In Death (about Eve) book.
Don’t forget to make sure I know how to contact you in case you win.
Last week’s smackdown only had one comment, so I’m leaving it open for just a few more days! I have a couple of outstanding gift cards to send out, don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten. Winners will be receiving them by the end of the week!
So let’s go people – it’s Beckett versus Dallas – who is your favorite cop and why?