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Sharp Wit and Good Humor (For the first 3 seasons, 4 and 5 manage well)
on January 17, 2013
CASTLE presented itself as a very promising show. It's light-hearted wit and slap-stick humor lit up the hour. Stana Katic emerged as a potentially great actress and this show suits her well. Nathan Fillion, one of the most funniest and surprising actors shines like Stana as the humorous sidekick of Detective Beckett as a Novel Author. Together their constant bantering and growing tension pays off as real genuine spark of fun. The other cast members, (two other detectives) Ryan and Javier serve as the comic relief of the show, and of course there Laine, the medical examiner. It was a promising show, but once season four hit, things took a downturn. It's hard to give the show a worthy watch when episodes continued to be poorly written and seemed more like they wanted you to hate Detective Kate Beckett and Richard Castle throughout the season because they constantly argue. I as a writer couldn't feel for these two being an actual couple. When it came to (little spoiler) the finale of season four, we are slapped with constant cliches of Beckett and Rick back and forth on their love for each other, until finally Beckett for an unexplained reason decides while sitting on a swing in the pouring rain that she needs Rick. This isn't how true love should be written as when she shows up at his door I didn't feel they were in love, but forced by the writers to be together. They also should've been together long before if it was indeed their goal of them being together. Though I prefer them apart as it's funny watching them tease each other. Season Five is alright, you can certainly check it out, but it's quite average and none of that sweet humor you get from the first 3 seasons seem to truly sparkle here. The humor pops in very little and it seems like these writers are again making Beckett question her relationship with Castle, so just be prepared for some repeated story lines and character develops you might have already seen. It's not a terrible show as it does do better then most cop shows now on tv from what I've seen. If you like some pure wit and hilarious humor, I recommend season 1 through 3. Give season 4 and 5 a try if you like. Castle has an uncertain road ahead of it, but we'll see how things play out.
DVD wise of the first 3 seasons that I have are worth checking out. They contain cast commentary as well as some really funny outtakes. Season 3 gives a behind the scenes look with some of the cast as well as a extra special with Nathan Fillion himself. I recommend this to anyone who likes cop shows and those into romantic stories. I hope this review helps. Take care and see if this show is right for you.