Castle, week 2 | Are you still watching?
So I fired up the DVR and watched week 2 of Castle a new ABC series. While still a very strong episode it was just a smidgen under enjoyable as week 1. There wasn’t as much book related material this week but I think that would be the hardest part of the show to sustain. Authors can only write so much unless of course your James Patterson and churn out books at a ridiculously fast pace with a lot of help from your friends. We’d probably plow through Richard Castle’s ‘books’ pretty fast and then where would we be? Well we’d be right where we are now shadowing a police detective and her fellow officers for a new Richard Castle ‘book’ series. Now here’s the teaser part: I want to pull those Richard Castle books right off the bookcase and plow my way through them. The TV studio art department did a great job of mocking up those enticing covers. Then I went to read his new series. But alas that isn’t possible – it’s all TV smoke and mirrors.
It’s still just as smart, sexy and funny as it was last week. This show doesn’t appear to suffer from new show jitters. There aren’t any of the awkward moments I associate with new shows. No stilted dialogue or mismatched casting. It holds my interest start to finish. This show started out on a high note and continued it this week. My only hope is that ABC realizes it has a winner and gives it time to take hold. It’s not that I need more TV as it takes away from my reading. But I’m willing to sacrifice for quality TV and Castle fits that billing. We’ll be firing the DVR and tuning in next week.
And I get to feed my TV crush on Nathan Fillion.
If you missed the first two episodes you can catch them online at ABC.com
What’s it about:
Wildly famous mystery novelist Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is bored with his own success. Then he learns that a real-world copycat killer has started staging murder scenes depicted in his novels. Castle is questioned by NYPD Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), a bright and aggressive detective who keeps her investigations under tight rein. Though they instantly clash, sparks of another sort also begin to fly, leading both to danger and a hint of romance as Castle steps in to help find the killer. And once that case is solved, he and Beckett build on their new relationship as they look to solve more strange homicides in New York – as much fun as one can have with death and murder.
Castle is kept grounded by his Broadway diva mother, Martha Rodgers (Susan Sullivan), and quick-witted teenage daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn). Also starring in the series are Ruben Santiago-Hudson as NYPD Captain Roy Montgomery, Tamala Jones as Medical Examiner Lanie Parish, Jon Huertas as NYPD Detective Javier Esposito and Seamus Dever as NYPD Detective Kevin Ryan.
“Castle” is produced by ABC Studios. Andrew Marlowe (writer, “Air Force One”) serves as executive producer/writer, along with executive producers Armyan Bernstein, Barry Schindel, Rob Bowman (who also directed the pilot) and Laurie Zaks.
Richard Castle is playing poker with James Patterson and Stephen J. Cannell
Did you watch it? Please let me know what you thought.