Castle- Season One

DVD Reviews | By on Sep 21st, 2009

Starring: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Molly C. Quinn
Created By: Andrew W. Marlowe
Studio: ABC/Disney/Buena Vista

Richard Castle, played masterfully by Nathan Fillion, is a world-famous Crime Novelist who is out to find his next big character and novel. After killing off his last main character and suffering through writers block, Castle is inspired after meeting with the NYPD during an investigation in which someone tried to mimic one of his stories. There, he meets Detective Beckett, the beautiful Stana Katic, who is smart, sexy, and someone that Castle has met his match with. With Det. Beckett, Castle decides to base his next main character off her and from there, comes on board as a consultant with the NYPD. The series is light in nature, with plenty of humor, underlying romance, and certainly could be looked as a dramedy.

When Novelist Richard Castle is brought in to help the NYPD solve a case relating to one of his novels, little did he know, that it would lead to sparking the creation of his next main character. After defying fans by killing off his main character in his last string of novels, Castle was struggling to find that new character. Detective Beckett who is hard nosed, abrupt, yet sexy and alluring, Castle gets the idea to base his next character around the Detective. Reluctantly, Beckett agrees and allows Castle to follow her around on cases, which always seem to be quite interesting. Surprising to her, is how helpful Castle is at the investigations since his mind works like a Detective and the pair start to develop a strong working relationship. Of course there is hidden undertones that the two are attracted to each other and there is sexual tension. Castle is a lady killer, and Beckett is shy and reserved so it appears that may take some time to come to fruition. Castle and Beckett work along two other Detectives, Esposito, and Ryan. The detectives provide added humor to the show, but for the most part Fillion’s Castle is the main laugh getter of the bunch. Richard Castle is also a single father, who’s daughter Alexis plays a big part in his life and lives with him in his fancy NYC penthouse. Castle’s mother, Martha (Sullivan) also decides to torture her son by living at his home as well. Not exactly the bachelor’s pad Castle is looking for but he still manages to do nicely in that department. His relationship with both his daughter and mother proves he isn’t such an arrogant jerk that normally can be seen when out in public.

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Castle, the series, is only 10 episodes as it was a late mid season show for ABC. While it took a few episodes for me, personally, to get into it, I really enjoyed it and loved it by the time the season ended, of course on a cliff hanger. Luckily, the new season is here and I can jump right in. The series has its share of laughs, and I definitely find myself laughing out loud during episodes which is great for a cop show. It’s similar in nature to most cop shows, but being more light hearted and humorous definitely changes that notion. Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic’s chemistry on the show is amazing and you definitely warm to the characters early on in the season. Katic brings a guarded, more shy approach to her character as it is a mystery why she is the way she is. As the season goes on you get more and more of that, but obviously not all of it will be revealed.

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Not overly bloated with extras, but enough to wet the appetite for additional Castle information. Most of the featurettes are short and sweet. I particularly enjoyed the outtakes and when Nathan Fillion humorously follows around famed mystery Novelist Stephen J. Cannell to see how a writer spends their day. On top of that, you get a short synoposis overview and making of for the show with cast and creator interviews which are enjoyable.

Features:
– 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’s Godfather — Meet Frequent Castle Guest Star And Legendary Mystery Writer/Television Producer Stephen J. Cannell
– Audio Commentaries

Audio:
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]

Video:
Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)

Subtitles:
English, Spanish, French

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Rating: NR
Running Time: 430 mins
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