Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, today I continue my TV reviews with the third season of Castle. So with season 1 being a lot of fun and having a great time with season 2, I just NEEDED to see what was going down in the next season especially after how it ended. So how does season 3 fare? Well read on and find out.
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 now Castle and Beckett continue to work together on various crimes as they their relationship continues to grow and become deeper.
Story-wise this season continues the show’s great balance of drama, romance and humour and takes it to new and exciting places by again changing up the types of cases and mixing thing up (etc. bringing in characters or cases from the past). One thing I haven’t mentioned in my previous reviews of Castle is well this show deals with plot twists, the way the writers mess with your head or make you believe things and then flip your theories around is really smart and creative. This season really introduces new levels of danger for our main cast, more so than ever characters are definitely in the thick of the action like Castle, Beckett, Ryan and Esposito and it is awesome and makes for some real crazy stakes to be raised at certain points in the series. The humour is still intact and I’m always laughing at something that’s going on, but that the dramatic and emotional moments are done very well and go deeper into that serious territory than the last season. Oh and the season finale, bloody hell! I thought the last final episode was good, but this, this just took things to a whole new level and presented plot twists, character development and drama that just make me tear up towards the latter part of the episode.
Episode highlights include:
- A Deadly Affair
- Under the Gun
- 3XK (personal favourite)
- Close Encounters of the Murderous Kind (personal favourite)
- Last Call
- Nikki Heat (personal favourite)
- Knockdown (personal favourite)
- Set up (personal favourite)
- Countdown (personal favourite)
- To Love and Die in L.A. (personal favourite)
- Knockout (personal favourite)
When it comes to the cast they’re really back in full force with the returning cast being even better than before, while newcomers make a good effort to get stuck in. Again these are all relatable and developed characters who you really feel attached to.
So let’s start with Nathan Fillion returns again as Richard Castle and he’s still the best man ever. Castle is still absurd, silly and hilarious, but also very insightful and courageous. Outside of his light-hearted side we see Castle again growing up and becoming more sensible as he adjusts to the changes in his life and how he starts to accept them. Seeing him in a more serious and caring manner really makes him a great character to get behind and root for. Stana Katic as Det. Kate Beckett is once again great in this role. Katic continues to look gorgeous all the time, I really like this woman. But beyond her good looks, Beckett again has a lot of development and grows a lot as a character. With the personal cases she has to deal with and the lengths she goes to get her cases solved, she become very driven, aggressive and hard to stop, on top of that it is these cases that show that she is human, that she can get hurt, that she carries long-term pain and wants revenge. It is these aspects of her character that make her very engaging and you really want to see her succeed. Once again when it comes to the chemistry of Fillion and Katic there are on fire! Castle and Beckett have never been better together on-screen, however it’s not all undercover missions, banter and advice-giving, these two fight, not in the physical manner, but are at odds with each other and collide on more than one occasion. And it does hurt to see these two at odds, however when there have their moments of caring for each other and just giving subtle hints at a potential relationship, it’s those moments that stand out that.
Molly Quinn is pretty good once again as Alexis Castle, she’s still smart and pretty, however now she’s starting to grow up and take on more teenage/adult-based activities and while it was good character development, I wasn’t as interested or invested in her as much as before. Susan Sullivan is really good in this season as Martha Rodgers, the character development she got in this season was a huge step up and allowed her to be more involved in Castle’s life but also have a life of her own to be humours and dramatic. Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Captain Roy Montgomery is again amazing, his character got a lot more significance and screen time and it was very interesting to see where the writers went with his character. Besides being cool and having his moments of humour, I really like how he had to make some tough decisions too. Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever again do great work as Javier Esposito and Kevin Ryan, these two are fleshed out and given more screen time than before allowing them to become even more awesome than before. I swear Tamala Jones just gets hotter and hotter as Lanie Parish, she is gorgeous, funny and has some good lines of dialogue, any time she was on-screen was great (also her and Esposito hooking up? Didn’t see that coming at all, nice little surprise though and it makes a lot a of sense in some ways).
So is there anything I didn’t like? Well there is the whole ‘will they/won’t they’ element of Castle and Beckett’s relationship. Now I understand that you shouldn’t rush things, but by this point in the show that the fact that the writers are drawing it out for so long is absurd. These two like each other, its obvious. Castle makes it plain as day and yet Beckett chooses to ignore him or date other guys, even though she clearly likes Castle. After saying each others lives, kissing, staring at each other and almost freezing to death, you’d think these two would go on a date or make it official or something! Everybody else sees it, Castle’s mum, the people at the police department, even the suspects think that the two are an item, so let’s make it happen already.
In conclusion Castle season 3 is terrific, the show takes all the best elements of what made season 2 so great and magnifies it by 10 here. The stories are great, the characters are more fleshed out and deeper than before and the balance of humour and drama has never been better. The show now has that emotional connection that not mainly shows can reproduce, but I can say that Castle is without a doubt one of my favourite TV shows ever and I’ll be watching season 4 asap! 🙂
Rating: 9.5/10 (Almost perfection)
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. 😀