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.
ABC has started to release chapters of Richard Castle’s new book Heat Wave on its website. They are up to chapter 8 and I haven’t started yet, but it’s a pretty cool tie-in to the show.
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Strangely enough, Alexis puts her dad onto the case of a rocker that she admires. Apparently she was found dead.
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Castle is playing Rock Band to Billy Idol. Alex mentions that a rocker Hayley, their front woman, was found dead. She saw this on Gawker. They found Hayley Blue. She was killed off-site and then staged. The song that is playing is Here Kitty, Kitty by Blue Pill. The killer hung her body from a fire escape. Beckett and Castle come back to the precinct. Alexis is there. She mentions that Hayley went to rehab 3 months ago. Ryan finds out that Hayley’s body was postured the same way as in the song. Alexis says that Hayley wrote this song about an obsessed fan. They find out that she had a restraining order against her stalker. The stalker is Franco Marquez. She filed a dozen complaints against him before filing a restraining order. Beckett finds it refreshing to see Castle act like a father. She’s used to him acting like a 12-year old.
The Bushes paid for Hayley’s rehab. She then moved into their home. They were her producers. Last Monday, she disappeared. Her stuff was gone as well. They figured that she relapsed. They say that something spooked her. Her sister Sky is also high on dope.
Ryan and Esposito report that Marquez is trying to pull a runner by going upstate. They find him disguised as a Hayley trying to get out. He heard Zack Metzger shouting at her last night. He threatened to kill her. During her last set, her new songs pointed to the fact that Hayley knew that she was going to die. At least, that’s Franco’s interpretation. Hayley went to the 20th precinct to speak with a detective, but skipped out before she could talk with one.
They question Metzger. He’s got an alibi. She found out that Blue Pill was trying to audition her replacement. She got a cease and desist order against them. Sky arrives at the morgue. She’s drunk and has blue hair, just like Hayley. She’s got a knife and a bottle of whiskey. She gives them to Beckett. Hayley found her and told her that she could come back and be a team. But Sky had to clean up. Sky says that Hayley was with Tony, Sky’s dealer. She was using again. She handed Tony a bunch of cash.
Hayley wasn’t using. Tony says that Hayley wanted a gun. He sold her one. They found gunpowder residue on Hayley’s hands.
When Castle comes home, Alexis says that Hayley’s lyrics must have been allegorically. In tarot, death isn’t just death, it can also mean change. On the bb, it turns out that Sky Blue is stepping into Hayley’s shoes with The Blue Pill. John McGinnis was her old manager. Alexis says that in an interview, Hayley implied that McGinnis got her hooked on dope. He’s got the most to gain from The Blue Pill getting back together. Hayley owned the band name. They don’t have anything on him and McGinnis’ alibi is flimsy. He called Zack the day before Hayley died. They go back to see Zack. They hear some fighting when they arrive. They find Sky with a cut lip arguing with Zack. Zack’s alibi isn’t iron-clad. He took breaks during his gig. He had enough time to go and kill Hayley. McGinnis had a plan. He wanted Zack to grease Sky’s wheels. He wanted Zack to give Sky dope and talk with Hayley to try and get the band name back. He saw her the night that she died. He says that she was at a coffee house. The phone rang and she freaked. She hit ignore and it kept ringing. The caller ID said that it was death calling. The lyrics and the call lead them back to the Bushes. Beckett tells Sky that Hayley was clean. Ryan says that Bree Bush’s credit card receipts put her near the murder scene. She bought the lipstick that was used on Hayley’s face. She also lied about where she was.
They talk with Bush. She offered her dope for her to stay to finish the record. She was invested heavily into Hayley’s new record. Her company would go down with it. Castle finds that some of the paneling in the studio is new. Castle finds a bullet hole. Bush is lying again.
They take the Bushes in. Her husband pleads with her. Bree is going to do 20 years for this, because she isn’t pleading out. This makes Castle think. Beckett and Castle go back to see Sky. They left her at Zack’s. She is suffering from withdrawal symptoms. She’s trying to get clean.
When Castle says goodnight to Alexis, he realizes that Hayley wrote a song after she left the Bushes. She is telling them who killed her. Castle calls Beckett. They release Bree. They make the Bushes listen to the song. The song implies that Ian Bush raped her. Bree told Ian about arguing with Hayley. Bree took a sleeping pill. He took Bree’s phone and texted Hayley. He pretended to be Bree and he killed her. Ian says that she seduced him.
They found gunpowder residue on Ian’s coat, the same that came from Hayley’s gun.
They all go to a remembrance ceremony where Sky sings with The Blue Pill.
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