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