March’s TV Series review is Castle, Season One.
Castle was first aired in April 2010. It ran for 8 seasons and ended on the 16th May 2016. What a sad day it was! The show was created by Andrew W Marlowe.
- Richard Castle – Nathan Fillion
- Detective Kate Beckett – Stana Katic
- Martha Rodgers – Susan Sullivan
- Javier Esposito – Jon Huertas
- Kevin Ryan – Seamus Dever
- Alexis Castle – Molly C. Quinn
- Lanie Parish – Tamala Jones
- Captain Victoria Gates – Penny Johnson Jerald
- Captain Roy Montgomery – Ruben Santiago Hudson
- Jim Beckett – Scott Paulin
- Jenny Ryan – Juliana Dever
Richard Castle is a millionaire playboy who recently killed off his main character when a serial killer starts killing people like he does in his books. He teams up with the New York Police Detective Kate Beckett to solve the case. He finds inspiration in Detective Beckett and starts shadowing her for his next book.
After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard Castle gets permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes. A “guy’s guy”, he proves popular with the male team members, but immediately offends the sensibilities of the team leader, Detective Kate Beckett.
Though she’ll never admit it, he slowly wins her over with his innovative approach to crime solving. He brings to the table skills the other don’t have, like his contacts in Manhattan High Society, free form creative thinking and years of developing believable fictional characters that have inadvertently moulded him into a natural criminal profiler. But life is not all crime fighting adventure for this wealthy playboy – his relationship becomes even more strained when he unveils a new series Detective novels featuring a racy character based on her. As well as having a tough work life, his home life is dominated by his Mother, a fading Broadway diva and his whip smart, teenage Daughter, Alexis.
TV Series Review
Castle Season one is comedy, crime-drama and romance all rolled into one. Anyone who knows me, knows that Castle started my love of Crime Drama shows. This review is just going to be on Season one, just to give you a teaser to see if you like it. Plus every season has such much involved that it would all be too much to put into one review.
The series begins with Castle being questioned by NYPD Detective Kate Beckett about two murders which were committed in the exact style of the murders in his novels. Castle being Castle is more flattered than concerned that someone is trying to replicate his fictional murder plots. But somehow Castle manages to worm his way into the investigations, thanks to his friendship with the NY Mayor, which does not plus Beckett. But her Boss, Captain Roy Montgomery, accepts his help as a case consultant as he does have the knowledge on his books that they need.
It was Castle and his author friends who decide that the “ending” of the story doesn’t make sense and that there are a few holes in it to be complete. Castle believed that the wrong person was arrested for the murders, leading him to continue investigating on his own, which he does brilliantly, almost like a pro. And that’s how it all begins, it was during their first investigation that Castle got the idea for a new Detective Character for his new series that was inspired by Beckett. So with the help from the Major, Castle manages to get a shadowing position with the team, so the 12th are stuck with Castle for a little longer.
Although at the beginning, Beckett refused to give in to Castle’s charming behaviour, but it soon becomes quite clear that there is excellent chemistry between the two as a partnership. They slowly begin to become friends in a sense, so much so that the tough Detective Beckett begins to let her walls downs around Castle and starts to treat him like one of the team, Castle would probably say like his was an “honourable brother in blue”
In the middle of the season, we see the “shared brain” come alive. The thing that makes their partnership different, almost the things that makes them so close and so compatible as a team. When running through a theory, they reach a conclusion together and say it simultaneously. It becomes their thing, and it gets funnier every time they do it. And every time it happens they always seem surprised at it, which just adds to the comedy of it all. Ryan and Esposito just come to expect it almost and leave them to it almost.
We see the story of why Kate became a Cop throughout the season. We find out the murder of Johanna Beckett has made Kate the person she is today and led her down the path of becoming a Police Officer. But she reveals to Castle that she can’t open the case again, she isn’t ready for that again. She can’t let the case consume her again, she’s not mentally prepared for that yet.
However, Castle is a person who can’t take “no” for an answer and he can’t leave a story unfinished, so he decided to look into the Beckett Murder case on his own and asks a Forensic Expert to have a look at it without Kate’s knowledge. Which we all know will not end very well for Castle.
My Favourite Castle Quotes
We are bound by our choices. But we are more than our mistakes. – Kate Beckett
There are two kind of folks who sit around thinking about how to kill people. Psychopaths and Mystery Writers. I’m the kind that pays better. – Richard Castle
If you don’t believe in even the possiblity of magic, you’ll never find it. – Richard Castle
There are so many more, but I’ll leave that for another day!