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My, Castle, what dainty hands you have!

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Rob Helmerichs, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    And well-manicured, too!


    Oh, wait...

    Took me a minute! :D
  2. RGM1138

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS
    I've never watched this show but I caught a couple of minutes of it last night. I was surprised that it has been on for four seasons.

    Is the basic premise that Castle is researching a book and went on a ride along with the detective? Or is there more to it than that?
  3. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    Well, originally, yes, because he is a friend of the mayor. By now he has written a couple books and he is more of a consultant/partner even though his official role is still "writer". :)
  4. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    The basic premise for the series: The NYPD was investigating a series of murders which appeared to be copying those from the books written by pulp mystery writer Richard Castle. He was brought in to consult on that case. He was paired up with investigating detective Kate Beckett.

    Following that case, he decided to create a new series of books, whose protagonist Nikki Heat was modeled upon Beckett. Through his close connection with the NYC mayor, he was allowed to continue to 'consult' on various cases, while ostensibly gathering research for the Nikki Heat series.

    The series is a procedural "murder of the week," while also having some ongoing serial elements that mostly involve Beckett's back story. Part of the appeal of the series is Fillion's depiction of Castle and his interaction with Beckett (as well as Beckett's partners Ryan and Esposito). It really is a very entertaining series, and doesn't get nearly the ratings it deserves.
  5. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Well-Known Member

    May 25, 2006
    I have enjoyed this show from the very start. I think Casle and Beckett play well off of each other. I especially like how Castle will think a murder has something to do with the occult or aliens. A book writen by the shows character Castle has actually made it into print.
  6. wedgecon

    wedgecon Just Plain Awesome TCF Club

    Dec 28, 2002
    Buena Park, CA
    I always thought of it as ABC's answer to Bones.
  7. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

    Sep 7, 2000
    Seacoast, NH
    More than just one. :)

    Heat Wave (Nikki Heat #1)
    Naked Heat (Nikki Heat #2)
    Heat Rises (Nikki Heat #3)
    Frozen Heat (Nikki Heat #4)
    A Brewing Storm: A Derrick Storm Short
    A Raging Storm: A Derrick Storm Short
    A Bloody Storm: A Derrick Storm Short

    Amazon bio for Richard Castle (with Nathan Fillion's head shot) :D
  8. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    Still entertaining, but not as much fun as it was during the early seasons, where Castle had poker games with real-life mystery writers (appearing as themselves).

    And I still love the chemistry when Fillion, Molly Quinn, and Susan Sullivan are on screen. Great ensemble work all around. If only the mystery plots were as good as the family stuff, this show would be a knockout.
  9. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Do we know who actually wrote the "Richard Castle" books?
  10. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    Those only happened every now and again, even back then. Although they have still mentioned the poker games, it's about time that they feature them again. It has just been a little awkward since Cannell's death.

    I love Molly Quinn. She simply explodes off the screen. Not sure how one person can have that much charisma. She is an excellent pairing with Fillion, a guy with boatloads of charisma himself.

    I think if I have a quibble with the show, it's that they often times try a little too hard to make the mysteries too complex. They throw in about a dozen extra characters, all of which are red herrings, and by the time they reveal the mystery at the end, I've gotten so lost that I've forgotten who or what the story was about in the first place.
  11. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    Eh, Bones might have inspired ABC to try and come up with a mystery series, but the shows really are completely different in style and concept.
  12. LoadStar

    LoadStar LOAD"*",8,1

    Jul 24, 2001
    Milwaukee, WI
    Nope. Tons of potential candidates but none definitive.

    The most likely candidate is a Hollywood writer named Tom Straw. If you read the "Richard Castle" bio from the books, Straw is even mentioned: "Castle is an author of mystery fiction, with 26 bestsellers. His first novel, In a Hail of Bullets won the Nom DePlume Society's Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature..."

    Other potentials are Andrew Marlowe (creator of the show) and Dennis Lehane (who was one of the authors in the Castle poker game). Personally, I'd eliminate Lehane... the books frankly aren't very good. They'd be somewhat below Lehane's writing skill.
  13. WhiskeyTango

    WhiskeyTango New Member

    Sep 20, 2006
    New Jersey
    Glad I'm not the only one. :)
  14. jehma

    jehma Active Member

    Jan 22, 2003
    Yeah, me too, but I'd watch Nathan Fillion read the phone book so I'm good.

    I love the interactions with his daughter and mother (Kitty!) and also with Esposito and Ryan.
  15. scooterboy

    scooterboy Coney Island Small

    Mar 27, 2001
    Imagining where her other hand is...

  16. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Yeah, and that's why the mystery stuff doesn't bother me...the show is ALL about the relationships.

    What bothers me is that the relationships (especially with Beckett) are getting messed up, both with the sexual tension (which is inevitable in this kind of show; they can't do NOTHING, but I don't think anything they do will be as good as what has bee), and the Beckett's mother subplot, which I think was a bad idea from the start, and has only gotten worse.

    Hopefully they're just going through a rough patch and will get back the old full-fledged multifaceted chemistry.
  17. DavidJL

    DavidJL Member

    Feb 20, 2006
    Dana Point, CA
    The only thing I don't like about the show is that it's success diminishes the likelihood of a Firefly return. I was hoping Josh Whedon could use some of his Avengers money to make a Firefly/Serenity Prequel/sequel.
  18. mattack

    mattack Active Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Wow, I think this is one of the *lightest* shows out there. There are IIRC 2 episodes I think were semi-deep/tricky.. One about IIRC an accountant that I think didn't really make too much sense (I remember asking about it here), and another where the killer was only previously shown as the cop saying "take a look at this"..

    Those were mostly confusing issues, but generally this show needs to be a LOT more complex.
  19. john4200

    john4200 Active Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    I wouldn't say it is the "lightest" or least complex show, but I agree that it is certainly not complex either. I suppose I'd rank it in the middle somewhere.

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