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Why Castle works for me

castleCastle on ABC isn’t your normal crime drama.  Sure it has murders, twists, and and good one-liners.  But this show does it in a light-hearted manner.  The show stars Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, a famous mystery writer, who is called in as a consultant to help solve murders based on his novels.  Stana Katic plays Detective Kate Beckett, the cop that he shadows and helps.  After their initial meeting, Castle decides to use her as the main character in her next book series.  This leads to funny interactions where Castle constantly hints at using this and that, things that Nikki Heat would do.  While he might not admit it, Beckett inspires him.

Their two sidekick detectives are Det. Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Det. Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever).  Both are good for a few laughs in every episode.  Esposito has a scarcastic comment and loves the fact that Castle pushes Beckett’s buttons.  While Ryan and Esposito regularly tease Beckett, they are incredibly protective of her and treat her like one of the guys.  The three guys always give each other dap when they make some sort of comment or pun.  It almost looks like real life, like they’re just joking around while the cameras are taping.  I think that’s one of things I enjoy the most about the show–the natural flow.

Castle won’t admit it yet but there is lots of sexual tension between him and Beckett.  Castle is cast as a playboy yet he also has a 15 year old daughter that lives with him, along with his mother.  While he knows a lot of people because of his writing fame, he still is responsible when in front of them.  They act as his moral compass.  Beckett knows that Castle is into him a little but also won’t drop her guard down.  This is a side story that I’m sure will develop.  While some shows might use this to slow things down, it creates constant banter and quips between the two.  Their backstories also provide depth to their characters, although Castle has yet to divulge what made him become a crime writer.  Surely the writers for the show will draw this budding romance out as long as they can.  It’s the oldest archetype for a show but it still never gets old.

If you’re a diehard fan, the actual novel that Richard Castle wrote, Heat Wave, is available for download on the show’s website.  Each week you can download a new chapter or you can buy the entire book to read in one sitting.  At it’s highest point, it hit the #6 spot on the NY Times Best Seller list.  Instead of outtakes or clips, the site has a book, yet another unique thing about the show.

While the ratings have dropped slightly, the show is still doing fairly well.  Castle is slated for 22 episodes in its second season and shows no signs of slowing down or being in jeopardy of cancellation.  You should check it out if you want a decent crime story but some laughs along the way.  Castle airs on ABC on Mondays at 10/9 pm.

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