Castle: They've Still Got It

You’d think that after two seasons, the URST between Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic) would start to get old—five seasons of it hasn’t done Bones any favors—but the fire on Castle is still burning bright, and Monday's Season 3 premiere was just as hot as ever.

Because this has to be the season, doesn’t it? You know, when it happens. When Castle and Beckett get down to business. Do the deed. I mean, come on! I didn’t think an episode of Castle could have any more sexual tension. (Don't believe me? Watch Castle interrogate Beckett again.)

But l suppose we should discuss the particulars: The banter between Castle and Beckett in “A Deadly Affair” was a little more complex than it has been in previous seasons—because this time, it was charged with a bit of anger and frustration. Beckett was mad at Castle for not calling, and Castle was mad at Beckett for not giving him a chance to explain himself. Throw in Esposito (Jon Huertas) and Ryan’s (Seamus Dever) overprotective brothers act, and Richard Castle became a veritable pincushion for sharp insults.

Of course, by the end of the episode, Castle had escaped that pesky caught-at-the-crime-scene situation and moved to the other side of the interrogation table, Beckett had admitted (silently) to Esposito that she needs Castle around to solve murders, and the pair had saved each other in a really cool double shootout. But that doesn’t mean we’re back to square one—the show is definitely moving forward. Castle is in a serious (baggage-filled) relationship with his ex-wife and publisher, Gina, and from what I’ve been reading, Beckett is going to get her own love interest at some point this season. As will Alexis (Molly Quinn). Watching Castle deal with that—and decide which woman in his life to ask for advice—will be very intriguing.

A few miscellaneous notes:
... I don’t know what was better, Lainie (Tamala Jones) saying that the corpse did a “Greg Louganis out of the window,” or Castle referring to Ryan as Annie Oakley.
... Evan, the chump boyfriend, was played by Michael Rady—you may know him as swoon-worthy Kostas from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
... Who caught the Scooby-Doo reference? It was tiny, but it was there!

What did you think of the premiere?


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I love this show!
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The show gets better every season. Looking forward to next week's episode. The URST is still great between the two and doesn't feel dragged at all.
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Yes Yes and Yes, Nathan Fillion is a demi-god. Just a great episode, so much tension you could cut it with a knife. Great just great
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Right on, @missmikequinn!
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I am looking forward to Castle's discovery that Beckett ended her relationship before he left with his ex. Also wondering if Castle's reference to a relationship was his realization of his feelings discussed with the ex (recalling the episode when the ex asked him if he had her yet so he could move in in the fancy dinner episode where Beckett wore the awesome red dress sent to her.)
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you said it they still got it and its better than ever : )
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I love it how Ryan and Esposito can act like such girls in some situations :P And Beckett and Castle got right back to it, I would love it if it did come to head this season, or else they will be steering dangerously close to that Bones-cliff. At some point, it just starts to be unbelievable they don't end up together.
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Ryan and Esposito provided the foil they intended to provide, all while looking like Dumb and Dumber. This show has great, deep character peeks, and they are all very subtle, especially when up against the obvious prattle. it makes the viewer have to look. This show is not the free ride it appears to be on the surface, and that's one of the many reasons it will last!
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Are you sure, ryan and esposito were acting as overprotective brothers? I had the feeling they were seriously pissed themselves, you know because they and castle were kinda "tight" before. Ryan and Esposito would strike me as guys who'd get mad for not calling. :D
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Gotta LOVE this two!!!
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I don' think each of them moving forward to OTHER people is moving forward at all. I can deal with ocassional dating of others while Becket and Castle keep fighting their instincts but what does it say about them that they can get seriously involved with others and still lust for each other? Not a great message really. More fun to just see them continue to dance for a bit like they did in the premiere- they don't need "other partners" in the dance- this dance is quite enough fun to watch on its own.
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