Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, time for a new TV review and now it is a season review. Unfortunately it isn’t Buffy the Vampire Slayer (yet), however I have something just as interesting to talk about and that is the first season of Castle. Now I never really had too much interest in watching this besides the fact that Nathan Fillion was attached to it, other than that I knew nothing about it. It wasn’t until a fellow blogging buddy, Claire from MyReelPOV kept mentioned how good the show was that I decided to eventually give it a go.
The plot for this show involves Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who is called in to assist the New York police when a serial killer begins committing copycat murders based on situations in his books. After Castle helps crack the case, he then decides to kill off his longtime character and create a new one, named “Nikki Heat,” and research her by shadowing Det. Kate Beckett. And while Beckett isn’t too keen on having Castle around, however the two work together on a number of cases and thanks to Castle history writing his novels his knowledge helps solve a lot of different crimes.
Story-wise the show is great. It happens to tell these great individual stories in each episode and while it most episodes deal with murder, the way in which each new case is presented is done with enough variation, style and intrigue that it keeps things from getting stale. And I do love the stories that are on display in this show, they are genuinely interesting and keep you on your toes, everything goes down in this show from kidnapping to murders of varying kinds and the way it is handled is both realistic but also very entertaining. Now I’ve watching shows like CSI and NCIS, both of which I like a lot, but this show attacks crime investigation in a way that feels fun and refreshing, but still casual enough for people who aren’t into that kind of stuff to understand what’s going on.
Straight from the first episode I was hooked and I feel like the best thing about the show that is established in this first season is the based tone. For the most part Castle is a funny show, it is actually hilarious and there are great comedic moments throughout the show that really liven up the mood in some of these grim situations. But there are points when the show does get series and definitely can feel very emotive and dramatic and it is just very impressive how this show can dance around such light and heavy tones and still work in the way in which it does.
Episode highlights include:
- Flowers for Your Grave
- Nanny McDead
- Hedge Fund Homeboys
- Home Is Where The Heart Stops
- Little Lost Girl
- A Death in the Family
When it comes to the cast they’re all really good and their acting really makes you care about these characters. It is also great to see how much character development these people get in such a short time, by around episode six or seven you feel like you’ve known for a while already.
So let’s start with Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, simply put, he is awesome. From the first episode you fall in love with the guy because he charismatic, charming and really funny, the stuff that Castle says or does especially in the middle of serious situation is nothing short of hilarious. But beyond that his knowledge from writing murder novels makes him very useful and quite intelligent, also he can be caring and kind too. And then of course there’s Stana Katic as Det. Kate Beckett who is also awesome. She is a very driven, sassy, by-the-book kind of woman, she’s good at her job and definitely isn’t a pushover. She is pretty much the opposite of Castle and you see why he is constantly annoyed by his presence, but behind her exterior you can see that she is a very passionate person and she has some scars from the past she doesn’t wish to show. Fillion and Katic have great chemistry on-screen, their banter and general conversation is delightful, but it is those moments of sexual tension that really stand out make you wonder if these two will hook up (kind of like Jeff and Britta from the first season of Community).
Susan Sullivan is also wonderful as Martha Rodgers, Richard’s mother. She lives with Castle and does her best to poke her head in his business and while she means well, sometimes she does say things that either embarrasses Castle or makes him look bad, much to his annoyance. Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle is simply great, she is this very smart, perceptive child who is loves her dad, but also know he can be a bit of child so she has to keep him in line. But it is impossible not to like Alexis, she is like the cutest little girl ever and any parent that raised a child like that would have to be proud. Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Captain Roy Montgomery is awesome, I swear most cop shows have cool, badass, “I-dont-take-shit-from-no-one” kind of guys and Montgomery is the same, however he is a little more lenient and fun at times. Also Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever as Javier Esposito and Kevin Ryan are a great combo as the two other cops that work with Beckett, those two have great comedic timing and are always fun to watch, Tamala Jones is also good Lanie Parish, she is very cool, interesting and very pretty and lastly shout out to Dan Castellaneta who was humourous as Judge Markway. 🙂
In conclusion the season of Castle is great, I haven’t felt this good about an opening season of anything since the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This show is smart, funny, dramatic and very unconventional and I love it already. I for one highly recommend this show and can’t wait to see what unfolds in the following five seasons.
Rating: 8.5/10 (A great starting point with a lot potential for even better material down the line)
So have you do watched Castle and if so are you casual watcher or an avid fan? And if not you’re watching this show, then why not? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo. 😀