Sunday, May 22, 2011


Seeing as it is taking more than usual to finish my current book I’m reading and write a review, I thought I would share my thoughts on a new show I currently started watching this past week when I was sick with the flu.
My one friend Natalie, blogger extraordinaire, has been previously raving about how great the show Castle is. Its funny, has a great story line, the main character is great and of course it is all about writing and literature. Any book worm would love this show, even though it is a cliche cop drama it is still an absolute thrill to watch. Below is a synopsis of what the show is all about.

“Wildly famous mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion, "Desperate Housewives"), who is bored with his own success, learns that a real-world copycat killer has started staging murder scenes depicted in his novels. Rick is soon questioned by NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic, "The Spirit"), a very bright, aggressive detective who keeps her investigations under tight rein. Rick and Kate's styles instantly clash, yet sparks begin to fly, leading both to danger and a hint of romance as Castle steps in to help find the killer. And once that case is solved, he and Beckett build upon their new relationship as they look to solve strange homicides in New York - as much fun as one can have with death & murder.”

I must say I was a little skeptical about the show at first due to the fact that it seems every other TV channel has some sort of cop drama involving a corner, or detective, or criminologist as the protagonist, but what truly peeked my interest that one of the two protagonist is a best seller author. Rick Castle, charming, charismatic and rich is anything but ordinary for this type of TV show, but it works! His partner is Detective Kate Beckett, a tough, work-a-holic type detective who secretly adores Castle’s bestsellers. Together they are a unique mismatched pair of detectives; one who is actually a detective and is concentrated on solving the murders, and Castle … well he’s there to help in what ever literary way he can.

What I find truly unique about this show is that Castle is a well connected guy. He knows about anyone and everyone in New York City for a bestseller novelist and sometimes those connections come in handy when solving an investigation that requires a little more “pizazz” than usual. One of my favourite quotes from the first season,

Esposito: (about Castle) The man's got the Mayor on speed dial. The rich really are different.
Kate: You want him? He's yours.
Esposito: A control freak like you with something you can't control? No, no, that's gonna be more fun than Shark Week.

And this actually ends up being true, the duo between Castle and Beckett add a great mixture of humor, and of course hormones as they grow into their love-hate relationship.

One of my favourite parts of the show is when Castle has these impromptu poker games, and in the first episode you get a taste of what I’m referring too when he is sitting there with three authors from the Bestseller List such as James Patterson! Other authors make appearances as well throughout the first season as his poker buddies, usually talking about writers block or Castle’s new steamy novel about Nikki Heat, taken after the one and only Kate Beckett.

Overall, the first season is a MUST watch even if you’re slightly interested! It only has 10 episodes in it, and I am positive they will spark your interest!

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