June 25, 2017

7 Reasons I Love Castle…and You Should Too

Solving murders and writing books

Well, it’s a new week, dark passengers, and for once I’m not talking about how much I love Dexter. I mean, I do – don’t get me wrong – but today I want to talk about another TV leading man – Castle. In case you aren’t familiar with the show, here’s the rundown:

  • Comes on ABC Mondays at 10/9p central
  • Stars Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Serenity, Drive) as the title character, Richard Castle
  • Is current halfway through its third season.

Basically, Castle is a bestselling novelist who gets pulled into a police investigation when a serial killer begins using the murders from his fiction series in real life. Castle must team up with police to catch the killer who doesn’t understand the line between fiction and reality.

This serial killer’s spree comes at a good time for Castle, who’s launching the final book in his most popular series – a finale in which he kills off his protagonist. Searching for inspiration for a new series, he decides Detective Kate Beckett is perfect to base fictional character Nikki Heat on. Because of his friendship with the mayor, she has no choice but to let him shadow her on cases.

Reasons Castle Is Worth the Love

If I’m honest, the show had me at: “Bestselling author works with police to catch killers.”

Maybe you need more than that to catch up on this amazing Monday night drama with a healthy dose of comedy. Alrighty, here are seven reasons for you to love Castle as much as I do…or at least give it a try:

Castle Loving Reason 1: Awesome – and Insane – Theories

Although I love the premise of the show, it’s the weekly delivery of insane theories, in part, that keeps me coming back to see each new episode with great anticipation. Let’s be fair, killers in the real world are people with motives. Is that what Castle suggests during routine investigations?

Nope.

To date, my favorites are – in no particular order:

  1. Aliens
  2. International spy
  3. Time traveling killer
  4. Treasure hunters
  5. Vampire.

Castle Loving Reason 2: Badass Beauty Beckett

The ability to catch killers in really high heels

A problem I have with so many movies and television shows is that women can either be beautiful or they can be smart. Sometimes, they might get to kick ass. Detective Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic) gets to do all three.

But this tough as nails New York cop also has a softer side, as we’ve seen time and again – especially through the storyline of her mother’s unsolved murder.

Castle Loving Reason 3: Consistently Inconsistent

In lieu of the typical boring intro, most episodes of Castle begin with a monologue by Castle where he elaborates on who he is, why he’s working with the cops and who Beckett is. For me, the best part is the very beginning, where he says:

“There are two kinds of folks who sit around thinking about how to kill people: psychopaths and mystery writers. I’m the kind that pays better.”

And that’s where the consistency ends. Sometimes, it’s a police procedural. Sometimes, it’s all about suspense. Other times you get a straight up serial killer thriller. Regardless, you always get enough comedy blended in to lighten even the toughest of plots.

Castle Loving Reason 4: Family Focus

While the heart of the show centers around Castle and Becket solving murders, Castle is still a father who tries to put his teenage daughter, Alexis, first. Instead of staying at the station all hours of the night to stare at the cryptic clues on the murder board, he always makes time to be there for his daughter when it’s most important – like when she lost her boyfriend’s pet rat and was in crisis over it.

Castle’s erm…eccentric mother who mooches off him also brings a nice balance to his home life.

Castle Loving Reason 5: Nathan Fillion

Actor Nathan Fillion

Despite its short life on Fox, Firefly seems to draw a cult-like devotion from fans of the show even years after cancellation. If you don’t know Nathan Fillion from his space cowboy role in the show or its movie, Serenity, you might know him from some of his other work, including:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Desperate Housewives
  • Drive
  • Miss Match
  • Two Guys, a Girl an a Pizza Place.

Whether you’re a fan of his work or not, there’s no denying that Castle wouldn’t be quite the same without Nathan Fillion in the title role.

Castle Loving Reason 6: Serious Writing that Doesn’t Take Itself Too Seriously

One of my favorite episodes is when Castle’s hosting his annual Halloween party. The episode opens with him putting on all his gear from Firefly for his costume of “space cowboy.”

Make no mistake, murder is a serious topic and the writers pay careful attention to forensic and psychological details. But they aren’t scared to have fun with it. As in the case with the Halloween episode, they threw out their own little shout out to Fillion’s fans. Other times, they have the characters openly mock the way movie and TV writers create dialogue and plots.

Castle Loving Reason 7: Sizzling Sexual Tension

I think it’s a given that there’s going to be some form of sexual tension whenever a single man and woman have to work together on an ongoing basis – especially on TV. What I love about Castle is that the heat between Castle and Beckett isn’t the driving force behind the show. Yes, I want to know whether they’re ever going to hook up, but I don’t need blatant flirting or longing looks of unrequited love in every episode to make it worthwhile.

Of course, even without the cheesy romantic plot devices of most TV shows, the sexual tension between the characters smolders in the background, whether they’re digging up a grave, busting the Russian mafia or saving a kidnapped boy.

Will You Be Watching Castle?

You know, I could probably keep going with my Castle-loving list of reasons to watch the show, but I think I’ve made my point for now. Between witty writing, action that keeps the story moving and enough tension to drive anyone to the breaking point, I’m sold on carving out an hour every Monday night to watch the show. Did you need one more incentive?

Okay. Rumor has it that two characters are hitting the sheets in tonight’s episode. My lips are sealed on which two it may be…

Already a Castle-watcher? Why do you love the show?

Jen

“Let your dark passenger out to play…Be your own nemesis!”

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Jen Whitten is a paranormal researcher and writer, specializing in psychic development, Empaths, modern day vampirism and dealing with entities. She regularly discusses the paranormal realm, as well as the dark inner workings of the mind.