Castle: Season 1
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They are partners, whether she likes it or not. Castle: The Complete First Season is the romantic, clever dramedy that is reminiscent of Moonlighting with romantic tension between Castle, a crime novelist and Detective Beckett as they work in a unique way to solve crimes and mysteries.
Bonus Feautres Include: Hardboiled: Genesis of the show, Chemistrry: Experience Nathan and Stana's chemistry on and off the screen, bloopers, deleted scenes, commentaries
One of the best shows to emerge midway through the 2008-2009 TV season, Castle has a cast and a sense of humor that set it apart from the normal police procedural. Nathan Fillion plays Rick Castle, a bestselling author of pulpy crime novels who's called in to assist the New York police when a serial killer begins committing copycat murders based on situations in his books. Castle helps crack the case, then decides to kill off his longtime character and create a new one, named "Nikki Heat," and research her by shadowing Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). Much to her irritation, he pulls strings with the mayor's office to embed himself in the department, and helps her solve a wide range of whodunits, including a woman drowned in a bath tub full of motor oil, another frozen and suspended at a construction site, and a corpse stuck in a clothes dryer. To alleviate the grim proceedings, Fillion is in his element as the wisecracking Castle, while adding another ray of sunshine is Castle's impossibly likeable teenage daughter, Alexis (Molly Quinn), who lives with Castle and his mom (Susan Sullivan), a former Broadway star. Castle's circle of poker buddies includes veteran TV writer-producer Stephen J. Cannell and author James Patterson playing themselves. Like many (or most) he-and-she cop shows, there's an element of "Will they or won't they…?", but the beautiful Katic keeps Castle at bay by radiating cool. Clearly she's a woman who wants to separate herself from her emotionally draining and predominantly male job, so it makes it all the more enjoyable when she momentarily steps out of that mode, such as an impromptu appearance at his book signing. Much to the relief of Fillion fans who feared their man was a show killer after the aborted runs of such shows as Firefly and Drive, Castle was renewed for a second, full season. --David Horiuchi
- Misdemeanors: Bloopers & Outtakes
- Whodunit: The Genesis Of Castle-- Meet The Creators Of Castle and Find Out Which Classic Detective Shows and Writers Inspired And Influenced Them
- Write-Along With Nathan Fillion -- Join The Star Of Castle As He Spends A Hilarious Day Tagging Along With A Real-Life Mystery Writer
- Castle Godfather -- Meet Frequent Guest Star And Legendary Mystery Writer/Television Producer Stephen J. Cannell
- Audio Commentaries
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I appreciated that the discs came with subtitles in English so that hearing impared members of the family could enjoy them. Wish, however, that there weren't so many promo's for other ABC and Disney show's at the beginning of each disc. These are annoying and can mostly be bypassed by pressing the "menu" button on one's DVD player.
Within the first three minutes, I was hooked! Great filming, interesting storyline, and the cast? Well, I Love Love Firefly (SciFi was totally stupid to shut that show down!) and Nathan Fillion, who played Captain Malcolm Reynolds is the star - how cool is THAT?! He plays an author of suspense/crime novels who is brought in when a killer uses set-ups from his novels as the basis for a string of murders. Stana Katic (Quantum of Solace) plays the cop who is assigned the case.
There is a great deal of humour in this episode, which I hope will continue through the series, as I intend to watch them all. One scene where Castle drops a handcuff key and has to pick it up with his toes? I thought I was the only person who used my toes like fingers, LOL.
The chemistry between the actors is perfect, the tone is light (unlike the more extreme cop and CSI shows out there today) and overall the show was extremely enjoyable.
I look forward to watching the rest of the episodes!
we are fans of the show on local tv. the characters all seem to fit together. but, after the first episode, the characters get better and their presentations have come alive. each show allows all of us to follow the great plot and conclusion at the end. we started to watch this show on regular tv when it came out and followed it for a while. then we decided that waiting until the dvd came out was more fun as there are no commercials or having to fast forward via the dvr through all of the zillions of commercials to continue the plot. every time one scene ended, out of habit, i reached for the fast forward button. now, this is the way to watch any intense plot or fun show. castle is a must on watching one of the most fun shows still on tv. great family ties...
So while the actors are appealing enough (I did like the girl who plays the writer's daughter) I found myself thinking I should like the series when I actually wasn't really enjoying it much. I give the series four stars instead of three for generally avoiding the supposed provocativeness prevalent in most shows of this genre.