‘Castle,’ Season Three: More Fun from a Favorite ABC Show!

November 30, 2011 9 Comments

Like any of its peers, the writers continue a back-and-forth easy banter between the leading characters in Castle, season three. This they do instead of moving them past “just friends.” In this way, season three is “more of the same,” and yet, somehow, we still love the spark.

Castle, Season Three (2010) ABC TV Show

He said he would call. Now it’s autumn in New York and detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) knows without a doubt that best-selling-novelist-turned-amateur-detective Richard Castle isn’t going to return to their partnership. Despite urges from her friends and colleagues, Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever) and Javier Esposito (Jon Huertas), that she call Castle, she refuses to. To distract her, Kate throws herself into her active murder investigation. 

He really did mean to call. He was going to call. But first things first and Richard Castle (Nathan Fillon) has to go on a book tour to promote his latest novel. Over the summer, Castle leaves for the Hamptons, believing that Kate is falling deeper in love with a co-worker. In the meantime, he makes the mistake of dating his ex-wife. But things get complicated when Castle is found standing over a dead body with a gun. Though he is booked for murder, Castle is cleared and somehow he still manages to become a part of the investigation.

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Have I mentioned how much I love this show? No? Yes? Maybe… well, I do! It’s comical genius fun. Irrespective of his light-hearted premise, the show isn’t without its stronger plot lines, and in fact, I’d argue, that the scripts are actually some of the more clever on TV (or perhaps this is just bias). No matter the truth, trust me, I am going to go ahead and gush about Castle from here on out.

Though there’s many, a favorite episode is “Punked.” It’s a fabulously interesting episode that mixes steam-punk culture seamlessly into the usual mystery plot. Although it isn’t the most clever murder case, the concept is loads of fun. Other memorable episodes include “Nikki Heat” (that’s right Castle’s book is about to be a movie); “Knockout” is superb; as is the two-parter that exposes Castle and Beckett to high-level radiation and later locks them in a cold storage container. During the latter half of the season, writers revert to more murder writing that is like season one.

For a television show that really caters to its viewer’s funny bone, this show actually has some good writing chops. The forty-five minute teleplay that is the basis for each twenty-four episode season is normally quite complex. Probably the most recurring theme of season three is the relationships that build and strengthen at the police department. Aside from Castle and Beckett’s sometimes unusual one, there’s a new pairing and an engagement for another supporting character (with adorable results). Plus, of course Molly Quinn and Susan Sullivan return along with the rest of the cast.

A couple of people who share my love of this show told me this season is one of the best yet. I don’t think the stronger direction of this season hit me until midway through the season. Until then, I merely enjoyed the show as I always have. Castle has definitely written itself a place among some of the most entertaining TV of today.

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Content: everything is pretty on par as before. There’s numerous references to murder or discussion pertaining to how every victim dies. Sexual tension crackles between this mis-matched pair as do a few sexual innuendoes hinder the script on occasion. H*ll, da*n, SOB and the like make up the profanity. The show is TV-14

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  • Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com November 30, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    I adore Castle.
    I'm loving this season because the attraction is becoming more obvious to everyone around them.

  • Ella November 30, 2011 at 3:19 AM

    Castle is unique in that it gets better season to season…."NIkki Heat" was one of my favorite episodes, but season 3 had its fair share of them. I am so very excited–I got all three seasons on Black Friday for 18 buck EACH! So excited that I can have my Castle as often as I like.

    Oh, since I have completed that NaNoWriMo challenge, I shall be back to blogging much more frequently. Just thought you would like to know ;-)

  • Danielle November 30, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    Apparently it happens a lot… all the anticipation, and the will-they won't-they, keeps viewers tuning in – but when the characters actually get together, the viewers lose interest.

    Writers have the same battle on Bones – and are constantly thinking of new ways to keep Bones apart from Booth, only to bring them back together and separate them again.

    Same story with Buffy and Angel, and Mulder and Scully…

  • Ruth November 30, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    I love this show so very very much. I was talking with my sister-in-law over Thanksgiving about it, and we both agreed that the writing for this show is just stellar — especially considering it is in its fourth season!

  • Rissi November 30, 2011 at 11:51 PM

    Juju – me, too!

    I have noticed the attraction continuing to grow even in S3 but since I've only seen the TV spots for S4, I am, naturally anxious to watch it because the current airing season looks grand. =)

    Ella – agreed. There were a number of fab episodes in S3. Not including S4 since I've yet to see it, I think S3 has been my fav so far.

    Oooh! Good deal on that Black Friday shopping, girl. I can never wait when they release so I've paid a good ten bucks or more for each season. =O

    Hearing you are back to blogging is great – I am thrilled. I look forward to our "chats." =)

    Danielle – I agree with your assessment of TV's bid to follow the will-they-or-won't-they cliche; it is way too popular on network television. I don't know that I entirely agree that it would be off-putting for viewers to see beloved characters "together" though… I know I'd still watch Castle – but that is just me. =)

    Yeah, I've read a lot about Bones. (Great article BTW in Femnista!) I am way too tempted to try it because Ella has made me super curious by her reviews… I am thinking I'll likely "break down" and see it eventually – and that is all I need: another show to become "addicted" to! LOL! I think the characters are more "together" in this season than before because of their child.

    Ruth – right there with you! The show does keep getting better and better – you and your sister-in-law are right on. =)

  • Anonymous December 1, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    I've heard of that new film adaptation of the great hatsby; I love Carey Mulligan, so I'll probably see it too!
    Though I don't know if it is the kind of book that can be made into a film well, it doesn't read like that..
    Thanks for commenting!

  • Jeanine (Wayfaring Girl) December 1, 2011 at 3:39 AM

    Oh my. Love this photo of the gang. I am a true Castle fanatic. Just finished season three and it ended with quite a bang, literally, so I am eager to start season 4. The script writing for it, compared to other shows out there, it is phenominal and the character interactions are so real time. Love it!

  • Rissi December 1, 2011 at 4:10 AM

    Romi – Carey Mulligan is a very talented newcomer. I think I've liked everything I've seen her in. Actually this will not be the first film adaptation to be based off of The Great Gatsby novel – it is more like the third or fourth. Anyway, it will be interesting to see how it fares.

    You are welcome – and thank YOU for dropping my blog. I hope you do so again sometime; I love comments. =)

    Jeanine – me, too! Isn't it cool!? The look is very retro and it just works for the show.

    Love Castle! I always run through a season way too fast and then its over for another year (I watch the DVD sets). S3 did end with a cliff-hanger but since I already knew how it turned out (by reading spoilers), I was "all good." Scripts are awesome for this show. I am constantly surprised by how clever they can be – which is always a good thing where the viewer is concerned.

    Hopefully S4 will continue to be dynamic – enjoy it. =)

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