You may wonder how a new mystery/detective series could get you to watch when network and cable TV is saturated with them. For one thing, Nathan Fillion is the title star, playing Richard Castle. Can this really be the same person who played Dr.Pomattor in Waitress? Fan’s of Joss Whedon’s ‘Firefly’ and ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along’ will also be familiar with Fillion. Like the great fictional detectives of the past, Castle uses a mix of comedy, romance, and whodunit to craft an engaging story arc that will keep you watching. And female fans will find a lot to appreciate as well. Stana Katic, as Detective Kate Beckett, carries the female counterpoint to Fillion’s Richard Castle. She has earned a role co-starring in her own show, after playing parts in various episodes of other shows. Add to that Castle’s daughter, Alexis (Molly C. Quinn), and his mother, Martha Heath (Susan Sullivan) and a police force filled with well-portrayed supporting actors.
But the best interest-riveting force is the writing. The pilot was well done by Andrew W. Marlowe, Barry Schindel, David Grae and Charles Murray. I didn’t think they could sustain the twist and turns, fascinating crimes, and interaction between the characters for much longer. I was mistaken.
Driving the show is the tension filled drama between the two lead characters, Castle and Beckett. He is a popular author who has been permitted to keep an eye on Beckett, despite her misgivings. Castle redeems himself with Beckett even though he often gets in the way, speaks out of turn and manages to be annoying. Little by little, Beckett is learning to rely upon his input, as well as his risk-taking, and care about him. Beckett’s co-workers aren’t immune to Castle’s charms either. In one episode he perks everyone up with a new start of the art coffee machine.
Adding to the mix are Castle’s mother and daughter who couldn’t be different. His mom acts immature, has entitlement issues and needs to be seen. The young girl is wiser than her age would suggest, supportive of her father, limiting the power of her grandma. Castle is a dedicated dad who frets without reason (so far) for Alexis. She is one of the best actors in the series. Given her youth she should have a long career.
I cannot wait to watch the next episode. Hopefully it will have many more seasons. The next season of TV is particularly exiting for me since I just got the HD Triple Play from Comcast. A short time ago, I finally got my own HDTV so soon I will be able to relax watch all of me favorite TV shows like Castle in high-def sound and picture. I found a terrific plan online where I can bundle Digital Cable, High Speed Internet, and one-price Digital Voice into a single, easy-to-pay, inexpensive plan. Beyond Digital Cable with HD, I can’t wait to try out my new broadband internet service from Comcast. The ancient DSL connection I had was so unpredictable and slow I couldn’t watch any videos online or listen to great new music. With Comcast that won’t be a concern. Comcast Digital Voice means that I never have to worry about those per minute phone bills again. One flat rate bill gives me the opportunity to call local and long distance to whoever I desire nationwide. Don’t wait! Check out the current deals available to customers who can purchase Comcast services. Look into them today before these special promos come to an end.
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