Saturday, November 28, 2009

Castle

Castle
Airs on abc: http://abc.go.com/shows/castle


Mondays at 10

Genre: Whodunit—think Murder She Wrote with wittier repartee, a younger cast, and sparks flying between Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic)

Here’s the premise: Castle is a mystery writer who is shadowing police detective Beckett in order to do research on his latest protagonist, Nicki Heat, who happens to be a female police detective. Needless to say, Beckett is less than enthused to have Castle on board, but even she isn’t immune to his boyish charm.

This show has it all: mystery, humor, and a good love/hate romance. Anyone who is familiar with Nathan Fillion’s other work (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly) will also love him here. Those who like mysteries will also like the show, although some mysteries are stronger than others. In particular, the Halloween episode is a must-see; it starts with Fillion in his old Firefly get-up and ends with him as Edgar Allan Poe. Everything in between pokes fun at Halloween conventions within the confines of an excellently crafted story.

One of my favorite parts of the show concerns the relationship between Castle, his daughter, and his mother. They all live together, and the daughter is clearly the “parent” of them all even if she does occasionally indulge in a little laser tag with dear old dad. Other members of the supporting cast are equally strong, and occasionally you might even glimpse a cameo of some of America’s greatest mystery writers in one of Castle’s poker games.

Reviewer: Sally Kilpatrick
Petit Fours: a solid 5/Hot Tamales: 3

4 comments:

Tami Brothers said...

I readlly want to see this show. Of course, I happen to have a class during the time it's on. SO, I've decided I will rent the whole season when it somes out (is it out yet??? Not sure when those things come out on DVD.).

Thanks for sharing this review.

Tami

Debbie Kaufman said...

Love, love, love Castle. I DVR this regularly. Check out www.leelofland.com for day after commentaries on the forensics, police tactics, etc. of the show.

Carol Burnside said...

I love this show too and have watched it from day one. I adore the juxtaposition of Castle's little boy/head of household personality. All the characters are interesting and multi-layered, the humor so good I sometimes expect to hear a bada-bing.

Gannon Carr said...

One of my absolute favorite shows!!