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Still in your home theater...
on December 27, 2013
Yes, Season Six is still showing on your favorite ABC Network, and the overall rating is still 5 Stars! Great writing, wonderful chemistry with ALL the main characters, and a surprise guest star or two from time to time make it one of the best things on TV. Richard Castle (actually Richard Alexander Rogers) is still in the process of making Det. Kate Beckett the third Mrs. Castle, and it is, at last, no secret.
The plots are realistic. A lot of what is shown could be on the front page any day of the week. The handling of the cases goes by Police proceedure, at least most of the time. Allowances are made for Castle's ability to think "outside the box", which, for a murder mystery writer is what got this whole thing started. And Det. Beckett seems to be on the same wavelength - most of the time. A lot of what makes this show work so well is the wit. A handful of dry humor goes a long way. There is also plenty of pun-ishment! For homicide Detectives there is plenty of danger, so it is not by accident that they get in some serious positions, not conducive to good health. Richard Castle gets a lot of his "grounding" through a very caring, loyal and wonderful family. Susan Sullivan is just wonderful as Marsha Rogers, his mom. The heartbreaking beauty of Alexis Castle, his only offspring so far, is very teenager-angst ridden, but very smart; and so well done by Molly Quinn. Castle is also reminded of the past by two ex-wives, one of whom is his publlsher, no less! Early on we see Castle give up the supposed job of creating three James Bond novels to remain at the 12th percinct to further pursue Kate Beckett. After 5 full Seasons and a lot of #6, there could be just too much to go over, so this is a sort of synopsis of the series. I was working hours that didn't allow me to see the original shows first-hand, so it was through time-shifting, huiu and finally re-runs on TNT that allowed me to get hooked on this show. I remembered Nathan Fillion from "firefly" and "Serenity", and so at least he was a known quantity. But Stana Katic was a very pleasant surprise! She alludes to a certain sexuality, but also a street-wise earthiness that is just the right balance for an NYPD Officer. She guards many secrets, which baffles and confounds Castle at the outset, but a lot of it is realized in the first 3 seasons and at a breakneck pace! This show doesn't stop for much of a break, ever; but it also flows so well that even in quieter times it holds your interest. Above the danger of the chase, there is always a home for Castle to return to, and if quirky Mom doesn't have a problem then it is Alexis going-off-to-college-or-not that will keep him on his toes. If I had to make an analogy of this to other shows of the genre, I would say it is like "Moonlighting" on Steroids! The writing never falters, and that is one BIG reason that this show keeps coming on!
The loss of Steven J. Cannell so early on was certainlyh a blow to creator Andrew W. Marlowe, who had these wonderful weekly poker games with Castle and an actual James Patterson and Michael Connelly sitting in. The ultimate writer's block-breakers! (I would urge you to get the Season One DVD package for its wonderful look into the life of Steven J. Cannell, who bought so many years of unrivaled entertainment to your TV screen!) None of the seasons should be missed, as there is something in there for just about anyone.
Also, for you Mums and Dads, there is not the gruesome exposure to death's aftermath that so many (CSI, NCIS) others show. So the Double-Digit kids in the family can enjoy this along with you! I will offer up no spoilers -- but I will say this: the end of Season #4 and the beginning of Season #5 are not to be missed! I think that if this wonderful comedy/drama goes on for at least two or three more years, I would not be surprised. And I will have enjoyed many years of a great show! You will to, if you get busy -- and ready for Season #6's release in the Spring of 2014 ...