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Rick Castle is a world-famous crime novelist whose stories come to life when a copycat killer follows his literary blueprint. Enlisted to help the NYPD stay a step ahead of the murderer, Castle realizes working with the police can also supply him with a slew of ideas for his next book. The relationship gets a little more complicated – and a whole lot more fun – when he is paired with the attractive Detective Beckett, who doesn’t appreciate Castle’s unorthodox style.
ABC’s Castle was easily our favorite new series last year. First of all, you’ve got Nathan Fillion. We are die-hard Firefly fans, and I’ve been rooting for Fillion to get a new series for a while now. Then, you’ve got Fillion playing an author trailing a NYPD detective. Yes, I know it’s completely implausible and unlikely – but it makes for a great premise and a fun series.
The writers on Castle know how to play off Fillion’s charm and wit – and I imagine that some of Fillion’s ad-libs make it through, too. The dialogue is funny. I have a hard time watching crime shows that are all drama and darkness anymore. (Think CSI.) I need a show that has a lighter side to it, which is probably why we love Psych and Monk so much. Castle definitely has that humorous element – and I love Castle’s relationship with his daughter. While he tends to be a bit of an overgrown teenager when it comes to all other areas of his life, he’s a fantastic father with a brilliant daughter. Their scenes together are some of the highlights of the show.
I’m excited to watch the special features on the season 1 DVD – any extra footage of Fillion is a plus in my book. And, season 2 has just started on ABC and, so far, it’s just as good.
Any other Castle fans out there?
Castle: The Complete First Season was provided to me by Click Communciations for the purpose of review.