I’ve been a Nathan Fillion fan for quite a while. Ever since Firefly, I was really impressed by his acting. Since he is starring in a new series which premiered last Monday, I took it upon myself to watch it weekly.
Anyway, what do I like about Castle? Well it stars an obnoxious, womanizing novelist. Detective Kate Beckett is a closet hottie, played by Stana Katic. Her hotness is kind of hard to explain. The actress is quite hot, but in Castle, she toned it down. She doesn’t wear much makeup and favours a natural look, kind of like “Oh I’m hot, but I could be the girl next door, BTW, FYI, I’m still smoking hot.” That’s how I described her in my mind. She’s kind of got the ex-catwalk model look going for her, which is quite good.
So that’s a good point. Plus she’s Canadian and a good actress. That’s always a good combination. Molly C. Quinn plays Alexis, Rick Castle’s 15-year old daughter. I don’t really know how old she is, but she’s a striking looking young lady. She reminds me of my wife, who’s a redhead as well. So I have a bit of a weakness for them.
Warning: spoilers ahead
The show centers around a novelist who is brought in to help deal with a string of murders which seem to be taken from the pages of his novels. At the same time, Castle has hit massive writer’s block after killing off the hero of his mystery book franchise, Derek Storm. Through Beckett, he is able to write once again.
Halfway between a drama and a romantic comedy, Castle is a fun show to watch. The characters play around a lot, making the viewer wonder when or if they will ever get together. It didn’t take Castle long to find out what makes Beckett tick. He uses clues and his imagination deftly.
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Castle is back for another season. Beckett relents and lets him back on the squad after some groveling. Castle was investigating Beckett’s mom’s murder. The killer was never found and he did so against her wishes. Still, the old team is back together solving crimes.
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Castle is taking some promo shots for his next bestseller. Beckett is getting interviewed. Her captain makes sure that she cooperates fully. The reporter tags along when they snag a case. Beckett is pissed at Castle for looking into her mother’s case.
They arrive at the crime scene. Beckett sends Castle away to the morgue when he gets annoying. The reporter tags along with Castle. The ME is also pissed at him. She’s Beckett’s friend. Castle says that three other people died the same way as Beckett’s mom. While they are riding in the van, they get ambushed. Masked dudes in body armor and with some assault rifles take the body and leave. Beckett relents and allows Castle to work the case with her.
They do the death notice. The deceased was an insurance agent. He was at a training session in Albuquerque. One of the guys that John fired named Max kept phoning nights.
Castle comes home. His daughter Alexis was worried.
They question Max. They learn that John was fired at the same time as Max. They found his body again. They harvested all of his organs. He was a drug mule. He came from Mexico. He was applying for jobs. They didn’t find any prints, but Beckett has the brilliant idea of dusting the inside of the glove they found at the scene. They get a hit: Luther Whitehead, busted twice for possession and conspiracy to distribute.
They storm his place and find the organs with dope. They get a deal because they didn’t kill him. He was vetted by Ron Bigby, a trader. He points them to some poker game in Chinatown. Castle asks a few writer friends to get him into the game. They don’t recommend it. The Russians play dirty.
Castle is going undercover and he’s got a wire. Beckett and the cops think that it’s a bad idea, but it’s the only one they got. There are a lot or Russians with tattoos. All Russians mobsters have got tats. Castle doesn’t follow the plan and takes $20K to a table. The cops use the video feed to ID the killer. The ligature marks on John Allen’s neck were peculiar. They match a Russian with a prosthetic finger. Beckett is going to go in. Beckett makes herself even sexier by changing into a skimpy dress. Castle doesn’t know this, but he’s going to meet the killer. He pulls a gun and is about to kill Castle when Beckett arrives all sexy as a distraction. She manhandles him they make the arrest.
After the case is closed, Castle tries to make his play but it falls on deaf ears. Beckett tells him that she isn’t ready to face her mother’s killer and to see him walk off with a deal in his pocket. She tells him that they had a deal to work on this case together and now their partnership is over.
Back home, Alexis’ boy trouble makes Castle realize what he should have said to Beckett. He should have apologized. He goes to apologize to her in person and leaves. She tells him to come back tomorrow.
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