Yes, generally speaking, the show follows the exact same pattern week after week. Murdered victim is discovered, investigation reveals a few red herrings followed by Castle figuring out the real killer, usually through an unrelated discussion with his daughter or mother.
That being said, Nathan and Stana are fantastic together and they have managed to find a chemistry which elevates this show above what is could be. I liken it to "Moonlighting" in the 80's except they are working with written material that is not quite on par with that show, but they are every bit as engaging as Bruce and Cybill were - perhaps even more so.
I gave the show a chance to begin with because Nathan Fillion was attached to it - and I've watched faithfully for the past four seasons because Castle & Beckett are the best duo on TV today!
I enjoy the chemistry and attraction between Castle and Beckett. It was these two who have made this serial such fun to watch. I also like all the supporting actors, but Detective Esposito really need to tone down the macho act with the one liners a bit. To quote 'Natalia Rhodes,' "Less is good.!"
What I would love to see in the coming new season is an insight into Castle's mysterious father. Who is he really? It was, sort of, hinted in Episode 15 & 16 of Season 4 by a CIA spy, who was Castle's old flame and who turned out to be a traitor, that he could be in the CIA. Castle has never known his father and even his mother denied knowing or being able to identify him. Really?! Was that intentionally made so that way so that that angle could be explored at a later time, say, in Season 5? What do you think?
"Castle" is an enormous failure, and has been since the beginning. I cannot understand how it's still alive. It has nothing to do with Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic's work, they're both great actors; it's the show, it's ridiculously bad. It's so forced and artificial. I am glad Stana and Nathan have got a work, unfortunately it's on this show.
the lead actors, Richard Castle & Kate Beckett, share a chemistry that will just keep yeh off the edge. If yeh should watch this season for any reason than it has to be the love chemistry between them..!! Love them together.
Am thinking well it has to do with his father, back in the days. Yeah episode 23 painted a great inside of how the worry is going to increase between the two.
Detective Ryan seems to have lost the only precinct friend that ever had his back, (any one could have seen that their relationship was coming to an end) Four years not even a clue who is behind her death........"Am frustrated" at least a visible lead would comfort some of the viewers.
For me, I'm not really a big fan of crime investigation shows. They're suspenseful, but they never really interested me. However, on ABC lands possible one of my favorite shows there known as Castle. This follows the story of a best-selling author named Richard Castle when he teams up with crime investigator Kate to solve murders that resemble the ones in his novels. Later on, they team to solve many murders that have happened with other detectives. The plot itself is actually engaging, despite being rather bland, and the characters themselves are actually likable and dynamic, especially RIchard himself, and is one of the parts of the show that actually makes me like it more than other crime investigation shows. Another aspect that made me enjoy it more than other crime investigation shows was the personalities of the show. The show knows when the times are meant to be taken comically, and the times where things get serious fast, and the own light appeal appeals to me. And like other crime investigation shows, the crime sequences are clever and things turn interesting throughout each episode. The acting itself is also good and the actors themselves seem to know what they are doing most of the time although not all the time.
The show itself is not without flaws, however. There are some moments where some scenes are taken rather TOO comically, even though it should be meant to show a darker mood. And some scenes, the actors will sometimes not always get their job done right.
Despite this, Castle is a crime investigation that is worth looking forward too. The interesting episodes and characters and the great tone will make sure you come back for more. If you are a big fan of crime investigation shows, then this show is for you.
Presentation: 9/10 Plots are interesting despite rehashed, and characters are great.
Acting: 8/10 Great on most parts, although not awesome during the whole time.
Entertainment: 9.5/10 The show does a great job of keeping the person interested, along with amazing tone change.
Lasting Appeal: 9/10 One of the best crime investigation shows out there. That's all I can say.
Alright, so this is not the greatest show on TV but it is good entertainment. I have a weakness for murder mysteries and I watch most of them. The reason I enjoy watching this show is because it is murder but not too morbid or gory. I enjoy the banter between Castle & Beckett but would like it if the sexual tension were resolved one way or another. It feels like the makers of the show underestimate their ability to come up with creative story lines and are using Castle-Beckett tension to keep people watching. This state of affairs is really sad and I wish they would focus their energy more on writing interesting cases and developing the other characters in the show like the new boss Gates.
At first I thought "come on, that's 'The Mentalist' with a few changes here and there"...and it still kinda is: law enforcement (NYPD vs CBI), paired up with a more or less excentric outsider (I think the word "charlatan" has been mentioned more than once on both shows), a female lead (Det. Beckett vs Agent Lisbon) plus two or more sidekicks and a back story of a murdered loved one (mother vs wife and kid). But...this recipe works, and it works really well, since both shows are extremely entertaining, and that what it's all about.
I have to admit, I'm not the biggest Nathan Fillion fan, but I really like this guy as Richard Castle. Stana Katic? Well, as a man you just gotta love to look at her, but she's the overall package, and Susan Sullivan was great as Greg's mom (and Alan Harper's bed partner for one night), but the whole cast is really good and each and every one of them brings something extra to the table, which makes this show so great in its entirety.
I wouldn't say that the stories started out a little weak at first, that would be too negative and non deserving, but in my opinion they got better and a little darker as they show is growing and moving forwards.
All in all I really hope 'Castle' gets the run it deserves.
I love this show but think they are making a mistake taking this turn with Kate and Castle. I realize Castle was hurt but this isn't the way it should go. Kate needs to loosen up a little and also I loved it when Kate and Castle went places to solve the "who done it" and Castle would buy Kate a wonderful dress to wear. They can still take it slow but definitely don't make this big turn - it is a turn off.
It is a good show, but not a great show. I watch it regularly, but in the last 2 episodes, like "House" revelation is sought by conversing with another person who has no connection to the case. Come on people, isn't that a little too convenient?
A case should be solved when looked at from all the angles, not just by one person or in this case a story writer. And what is with the supporting actors? Don't they have a brain? How come in all shows, there is only 1 person solving the case and the others around him/her are so dumb?
A good show should promote team work, where not 1 person alone is much more clairvoyant than the rest. Yes it helps to be a little more than the average detective, but what makes a detective great is that he alone can put the complex puzzles together when his team mates cannot or he alone can rise to the top with the help of others.
If this show takes a turn like Monk, I will stop watching.
Monk, is in fact the worst show I have seen lately.
castle is phenomenal, i love it so much , i would recommend watching it not just because i am a humungous and gigantic fan but because the show should have more people to know what it is and what its all about truthfully i don't think it has enough credit, castle is incredible it shouldn't be hidden away Just think about, do whats right lol :)xxxxxxxxxx
i have really just started watching castle and i luv it ,so much so i have sat for days on the computer starting from season one and now at season 4 episode 16 !!! totally brill and luv rick castle !! long may it continue great way to unwind ....
Oh my goodness! What a fun, Fun, SUPER FUN, series! A week without Castle is like a week without sunshine. Bummer! The two lead characters are soooooo right together. When the series first started I thought they were anything BUT... Then I got to know them a little better and then I laughed at my first impression. I haven't seen a couple as opposite but oh-so-right together as these two since MOONLIGHTING with Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepard expect maybe Remmington Steel and whatever Stephanie Z's character's name was. Terrific chemistry and GREAT dialogue make this the romantic-suspence-comedy of the week to beat! I just hope the writers of this fun show keep on their toes and don't let it start becoming the same old-same old! (So far-so good!) Two Thumbs Up!
Castle is a very interesting show for many reasons. It's funny, it's cute, and the leads are very good actors. I love both Bones/Castle and I can't believe that these two awesome shows exist. UST is annoying, but only a few know how to write it good!
By moving Beckett slightly out of the foreground, the writers provide screen time for further character development of her cohorts, especially Ryan and Esposito. Although having Beckett so frequently off-stage limits opportunities for the usual Beckett-Castle banter persiflage, humor percolates throughout the episode, both in dialogue and in sight gags. As Ryan, Esposito, and Castle engage in some "male bonding" while on the case of a murdered New Jersey casino owner, the viewer learns more about the trio's team dynamics and their genuine caring for one another. Previous presentations of team dynamics [with or without Beckett] have generally involved dangerous and/or highly stressful situations; however, this less intense situation offers opportunities for different sorts of character development.
Most episodes of Castle feature subplots for comparison/contrast with the primary plot. This time, Alexis' attempts to get on with her life after breaking up with Ashley provide the subplot. Her planned quiet night with "the girls" almost becomes a brawl, courtesy of Twitter. Similarly, the planned routine investigation [which "the boys" hope will leave them some time for an impromptu bachelor party for Ryan] becomes anything BUT routine. Ashley tries to disguise her grief; similarly, members of the trio try to disguise themselves in order to excavate the truth from a flurry of lies, excuses, and hidden motives.
The theme of relationships permeates this episode: Alexis has severed her relationship with Ashley and may well take a huge step back from her relationship with the female friend responsible for the near-brawl; Castle's relationship with his daughter always brings to mind his relationship with Beckett; Esposito and Laney have broken up with each other; Ryan's relationship with his fiancée necessitates disappointing Castle and Esposito as he must choose one of her family members to be best man; two suspects in New Jersey turn out to be both innocent and in love with each other; the relationship between Beckett and Gates seems to be taking a turn for the better; and the relationship between the murdered man and his ex-wife is pivotal to the plot.
With Ryan, Esposito, and Castle in New Jersey, Beckett has no buffer against Chief "call me sir" Gates – but this time, she does not need one. Perhaps because it is "girls' day out" at the office, Gates talks to, and listens to, Beckett without engaging in her usual snide comments, sarcasm, criticism, or high-handedness; her generally belligerent and confrontational attitude appears only briefly, as she orders Castle to accompany Ryan and Esposito to New Jersey. Responding to the apparent changes in Gates, Beckett lowers her guard a bit and actually teases Gates about her attitude toward Castle, the first bit of humor this season to involve Gates directly rather than as a target for the team's disgruntled comments to one another. Until this episode, Gates appeared both monolithic and Neolithic: one attitude only, with that attitude set in stone.
Even without the usual tensions and without much Castle-Beckett interaction, this episode works well. It offers Beckett hope of a better relationship with Gates, which could become a springboard for Ryan, Esposito, and Castle to experience a similar change in their working relationships with Gates. Even if a bit short on plot, this episode is long on character.
Great cinematography and smart looking actors are paired with really bad acting, over dramatized sound effects and more than terrible dialogues. With contemporaries like Dexter, CSI and what not, you would think that investigation shows would do a better job with their basic storylines atleast. The more I watch it, the more I hate the fact that this show is trying to fool me into believing it. Whoever approved the pilot needs serious self review. Every episode seems forceful and the overacting simply pisses you off over and over again. The only reason I am watching this show is to prove that I sat through it and am therefore equipped to diss it.
A brilliant show with great characters and tremendous chemistry and charm, the interactions between the characters isphenomenal. From the entire Castle family too the whole 12th precinct, this is without a doubt one of the best u.r.s.t. shows out there
When i first starting watching this show it was at the beginning of the second series, i hadn't really heard any thing about it but once irealized it was starring Nathan Fillion i thought '' I have to check this out'', i ended up watching the entire first season back to back and since then i have beencompletely hooked.
For such a standard premise i was completely blown away by delivery and charm,allotof shows use u.r.s.t. but there is really believable chemistry between Fillion and Katic not to mention large helping of humor and action, the supporting cast is fantastic and really helps to add to each case. Even though they do seem to be underused on occasion, i lookforward to each episode with bated breath and i really can't imagine a time when i won't.
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