Castle: Banter, Battery – and (*gasp*) Murder!

September 14, 2011 10 Comments

There’s SO many television shows that are similar, it makes for a difficult time of keeping them all straight. Or this would be my dad’s reaction. In the promotional spots for Castle, my mother and I would howl with laughter each time. We impulsively bought the first set, got home late that night, and still eagerly put the first disc into the player. In anticipation for the premiere of Castle’s fourth season, I cannot resist re-visiting one of my favorite TV crime-fighting duos. So here we are, writing a post on just one of my (many) favorite television genius’. castle: banter, battery – and (*gasp*) murder

Banter, Battery – and (*gasp*) Murder! Sharing a little fangirl post on one of my favorites, ABC's Castle. All text is © Rissi JC

Kate Beckett and Richard Castle – what can be said about the pair of them!? They are impossible, stubborn, and prideful but never have two people been better together. (So I have just the teensiest bias about this show.) The series is born when the two meet after NYC Detective Beckett comes up against a killer who is copying the murder scenes straight out of celebrity author Richard Castle’s mystery novel. Castle is like a little kid when the NYC police department approaches him for questioning. Later they require his assistance on the case. Needless to say, Beckett is not please with the circumstances; but one thing she determines is to never let on just what a fan of Castle she is. Nevertheless, the two solve the case and Beckett gleefully counts down the minutes until Castle is off her back. Turns out, she’s disappointed. Castle just happens to know the chief of police… and the mayor… and he kind of likes hanging around the tough-as-nails Kate Beckett. After all, she is the cure for his pesky writer’s block and inspiration for his newest bestseller.

With that, the reluctant Beckett and overgrown kid Castle are off to protect the dark streets of the Big Apple.  

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Instantly I fell in love with this series. True, there isn’t anything life-changing about it… but it’s cool and enjoyable… and good old-fashioned FUN! So often comedy and crime don’t mix or if they are put together, it’s a poor match. Here there’s just the right amount of wit; I think writers gain an even better handle on it in the latter seasons. The fact that a hard-nosed cop and big-shot writer are paired together is an interesting one to say the least – and one that in real life likely wouldn’t be allowed. Castle understands some of the flaws that make human beings… human, and they aren’t afraid of bringing alive characters who aren’t above reproach.  

Early on in the show, we learn that Kate has secrets (I know: imagine that, right!?), secrets that Castle picks up on. During one of their dynamic scenes, Kate warns Castle to stay out of her private life because if he doesn’t, they’re “done.”

Naturally – Castle being Castle – he doesn’t keep his nose out of her business and instead uses connections in gaining access in places he shouldn’t have been privileged too. It is in that research that he learns a devastating truth. He had good intentions in wanting Kate to face her past, to be able to leave behind the cobwebs and move on. Kate’s anger is towards her so-called partner for a little while. But really, she doesn’t have the right kind of attitude about bitterness and anger, period. Her grudge i long-standing and one that she needs to have long since let go of. Writers seem to have a firm grip on the love-hate relationship between Beckett and Castle. Their friendship might be one of the best currently on screen today.

It merges into a deep trust that isn’t easily broken now the pair has, without recognizing it, an honest rapport. The pair of them go through a lot together; from a death that closes the door on Kate’s long-standing investigation to Alexis’ tumultuous teenage years. Now, after almost four years, it doesn’t hurt things that Castle finally uses the three little words.  

This show – funny as it may be or serious as it sometimes is, has a lot more than meets the eye. So many of us want “intelligent” TV because we don’t want to be insulted. Castle has its fair share of both instances (like one time when Castle has a bullet-proof vest custom-made which proudly proclaims his occupation) but it can be a poignant hour-long time slot. Something about the show works because the summer time-filler vehicle it once was is now a highly-rated evening timeslot.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Ella September 15, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    AH!!!!!! You have made me even more excited for "Castle." Two friends of mine turned me on to it this past summer….so I caught up with it. I think I watched a whole season in a week =)

    Now, what season are you on? Did you watched 3….or are you waiting for season 4 this week? Season 3 was AMAZING…let me tell you.

    I love "Caskett". They must, must, MUST get together!!!!

  • Ruth September 15, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    I ADORE CASTLE! So, I have to echo Ella's question, have you seen season 3 yet? Because it was amazing. AMAZING!! I am so excited for the show's return next week!

  • Rissi September 15, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Hey, girls! I am thrilled to know you are both "Castle" fans – it normally wouldn't have been something I'd have tried (although I don't know why), but it just looked too FUNNY!

    I am a whole year behind in the show, so I just pre-ordered the third season and will be anxiously awaiting Amazon shipping it out. I have read all sorts of spoilers though, so I am totally excited about all those amazing moments!

    And, I am afraid, Ella that until the end of the show, there is little to no chance "Caskett" (LOVE that!) will get together – I think those whispered "three little words" at the end of S3 are going to be ignored in S4, but then, what else is new!?

    Glad to read both of YOUR thoughts about the show. =)

  • Ruth September 15, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    Oh my goodness — I love this show so much. SO. MUCH. :)

    Ya'll might be interested in this link (somewhat spoilery for S3, just a heads up Rissi — but if you've read S3 spoilers you should be okay):

    I love the analysis of the S4 key art – a season of secrets! ;)

  • Rissi September 15, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    You never have to worry about spoiling me with a show or movie, Ruth! At my house we like those spoilers – my mom is constantly asking me what the big cliffhanger was on our favorite shows. =)

    Great link – thanks SO much. The talk about S4 poster art is fun – and as you say, it fits really well if the season is full of secrets… I am already intrigued.

  • Ella September 15, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    So glad to know that you read the spoiler blogs!! Now Ruth and I won't have to make sure our mouths are shut ;-)

    I loved the cover art for this season. So. Stinkin. Excited!!

  • Rissi September 16, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Yeah, that is something you don't have to worry about around me. LOL!

    Have you all seen this cool promo:
    It is very retro but also very "Castle." I quite like the concept art for S4 – it is so Castle and Beckett. =)

    I cannot say it better, Ella – keep the seasons of "Castle" coming ABC. =)

  • Ruth September 16, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Rissi – Good to know about your spoiler "policy." ;)


    And thank you so so much for sharing that retro Castle promo. I might have to blog about that. ;)

  • Rissi September 17, 2011 at 3:05 AM

    Never worry about saying something (spoilers) regarding a show I don't already know about or would want to know anyway. =D

    Yes, please DO blog about "Castle" – it totally deserves it. ;D

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