Comic-Con 2010: Castle

By Stefanie Lee

Jul 26, 2010

The Panel: Most of the Castle group was on hand: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Tamala Jones, Molly Quinn, creator Andrew Marlowe, and one of the executive producers, Laurie Zaks. TV Guide’s Will Keck moderated.

What We Saw: All kinds of video footage: a sneak peek at the Season 3 premiere (Castle gets arrested!), a tour of the morgue with Ryan and Esposito, a message from Castle himself during his stay in the Hamptons, and a faux trailer for the Heat Wave movie.

What They Talked About: The Castle-Beckett URST was the primary topic of conversation—Jones believes that Beckett “has come to the realization that she digs Castle,” Dever made an interesting point about how the relationship mirrors how real people make mistakes and miss opportunities, and Katic thinks that the two of them are secretly “already married.” Fillion and Katic also read a very suggestive passage from Castle’s book Heat Wave. But there was also some talk of Firefly references, the bromance between Esposito and Ryan, and Molly Quinn’s maturity. I also liked the discussion of Beckett’s complexity—Katic mentioned that she’s got a “female superhero quality,” and Marlowe added, “She’s not actually proving herself. She just is.”

Most Valuable Panelist: Nathan Fillion. Who else could have gotten away with making a ton of references to “Double Rainbow,” giving away a jar of his eyebrow hairs, signing a package of Oreos, and dropping an ice cube down his shirt? (Mad props to Molly Quinn, though, who actually embraced the spirit of Comic-Con and dressed up in FULL Star Trek attire.)

Best Question from the Audience: I’m going to give this one to the little boy who dressed up exactly like Captain Mal and went straight up to the panel to shake Fillion’s hand. He couldn’t have been more than four years old, he didn’t even ask a question, and he won over Fillion and the entire audience.

Missing In Action: Martha Rodgers, a.k.a. Castle’s mom, a.k.a. the elegant Susan Sullivan. And Capt. Roy Montgomery, a.k.a. Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Most Exciting News: For starters, Marlowe agreed to do a musical episode if the show makes it to a fourth or fifth season. And he and Fillion also issued a challenge to Neil Patrick Harris to come on the show. Game on! In other news, Alexis will start dating this season, Beckett will make progress on (but not solve) the case of her mother’s murder, Esposito and Lainie will get somethin’ goin’, we’ll (hopefully) meet Chet, and Fillion is going to get to work with an actress that he loves. He kept repeating the word “love,” leading me to speculate that it’s Jennifer Love Hewitt, but that’s just a guess.

Quotables: Well, that whole Heat Wave reading was one big quote in and of itself, as was basically everything Fillion said. But the rest of his panel-mates unearthed a few gems, too. Regarding the stunt-corpses, Jones said, “I actually flirt with the guys laying on the slab!” And after Dever tried to explain that Esposito and Ryan were just really good friends, Huertas said, “You are digging a deep hole.” The best one probably came from Quinn, though. One audience member asked the cast how they get anything done on set, and the 16-year-old responded, “It’s hard being the only adult on the show.”

But Wait, There’s More! Nathan Fillion wants Christopher Walken to play Castle’s father, if we ever get to meet him. Fillion also talked about how he got into acting—he said that the class clown was absent one day, so he filled in... and has been hooked on entertaining people ever since. Katic got to brag about a prank she played on Dever: She and the crew set him up to think that he was going to do a striptease scene. And everyone revealed some of their favorite books: Fillion’s are Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and World War Z, Quinn’s are Mortal Instruments and Lord of the Rings, Dever likes the Ripley series, Esposito mentioned a book called Living La Vida Loca, and Katic loves The Master and Margarita.

The Big Picture: Probably the best panel I attended overall. Very entertaining, very informative, very engaging. Bravo, Castle!

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  • noelveiga Jul 31, 2010

    Please resolve the URST. Pretty please. Castle actually has a shot at not sucking, by way of a great cast, and getting indefinitely stuck in URST land has never ended well. I've stopped watching. At this point resolving that idiocy is the only way to get me back. Either that or cancel the show and move the cast over to a good series. I'd watch that.

  • suzieqster Jul 30, 2010

    I really like the cast of Castle, and that's because they are just so darn likeable and act as if they are having a lot of fun doing what they do. My

    favs are, of course, Fillion, and then Katic, Quinn and Sullivan. Talk about

    a dream team, this is one!! Wish it was time for them to be back with new shows...

  • CarenHamer Jul 28, 2010

    I love that you Loved the Castle panel! I wasn't able to fly to comic con but i saw the video and man, they nailed it! Bravo Castle....certainly the best cast on TV. Love them, Love the show....and Yay you who is singing their praises!!

  • Starprincess13 Jul 27, 2010

    Nathan was awesome, as always. I loved how he kept giving away stuff. I also loved how Molly dressed up as Uhura.

  • dark7angel Jul 27, 2010

    Castle is so freaking awesome!!! Can't wait for next season!!!!!!! =D

  • SpyderAdy23 Jul 27, 2010

    Can't wait for castle's return :( !

  • KristenJohnson2 Jul 27, 2010

    was Katic books the master and margarita have never heard of a book called mastering margarita

  • vicbjones Jul 27, 2010

    I'm glad to hear the mystery of Beckett's mom's murder has fallen completely down a memory. Was there any mention of the former Law & Order writer who was an executive producer on the first season?

  • fatfreeoreos Jul 27, 2010

    Love Nathan Fillion.

  • pluiedenovembre Jul 27, 2010

    I think the book Stana Katic mentioned was The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov. Unless she's getting ready to star in Cocktail II, in which case Mastering Margarita would make perfect sense.

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