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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast & fun detective series
Castle is a gem of a series: the tone is fun without being slapstick, the plots are serious without being boring, and the characters are wonderfully written and played. On the outside, it's yet another Cop + Random Expert show: Detective Kate Beckett works murders in New York; Richard Castle is a popular crime thriller writer with influential connections, who has just...
Published on 26 Mar 2012 by M. Hepworth

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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not really into these pretty clichéd crime series but Castle is acceptable fare of ...
I'm not really into these pretty clichéd crime series but Castle is acceptable fare of that particular genre. Very simple storylines added to snappy directing and all in all it's quite watchable. Don't expect anything earth shattering or ground breaking. Fillon is a little fluffy as Castle but he's likable enough.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast & fun detective series, 26 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Castle - Season 2 [DVD] (DVD)
Castle is a gem of a series: the tone is fun without being slapstick, the plots are serious without being boring, and the characters are wonderfully written and played. On the outside, it's yet another Cop + Random Expert show: Detective Kate Beckett works murders in New York; Richard Castle is a popular crime thriller writer with influential connections, who has just killed off his most famous character. A series of murders based on one of his books occurs, and Beckett goes to him for help. They don't get along - she's sharp and no-nonsense, he's laid back and imaginative - but they solve the case. Castle then decides to write a new series, using Beckett as inspiration, and gets himself permanently assigned to follow her around, much to her disgust.

The Castle/Beckett relationship is the heart of the show - they bicker, they argue, and yet they find they need each other. There's the inevitable romantic tension, but the show cleverly never lets it go too far. The murders they solve are as interesting as anything in other cop shows, and can be quite dark at times, but the fun is in how Beckett's police work runs up against Castle's annoyingly good intuition. The balance of the humour and the murder is extremely tricky to pull off, and the show gets it right time after time.

The other characters in the show aren't neglected either. Ryan and Esposito are junior detectives on the team, and although often in the background are well rounded and get good dialogue. Castle lives with his teenage daughter Alexis, who is sensible, mature, and generally more grown up than Castle. He is also lumbered with his mother, Martha, a dramatic social butterfly who occasionally pauses to give Castle some pithy advice on life. The use of his family really helps ground Castle as a character, and emphasises that he's just a tourist to the grimy world of crime.

The first season was short and sweet, so the challenge for season two was to develop and handle 24 episodes without losing what made it special, and in the main it manages it. Beckett is upset with Castle about some events at the end of season one, and it takes her a while to trust him. Castle has to learn that he can't write the plot for people's lives for them. The potential romance plot takes some interesting twists, no doubt to help keep the tension without letting too much happen. The individual episodes have to work hard not to be "murder of the week", and there are a few below-par ideas, but the dialogue and writing pulls them out of any problems. Overall, an excellent second season.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST SHOW ON TV, 13 Mar 2012
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This show is now on to its fourth season and it's so good and the acting from all the stars is excellent. Amusing, sad, dramatic - you name it, it has it all. Highly recommended for the sparks between the gorgeous Nathan Fillion and beautiful Stana Katic. Great show - watch it, watch it, watch it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast & fun detective series, 11 Jan 2011
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Castle is a gem of a series: the tone is fun without being slapstick, the plots are serious without being boring, and the characters are wonderfully written and played. On the outside, it's yet another Cop + Random Expert show: Detective Kate Beckett works murders in New York; Richard Castle is a popular crime thriller writer with influential connections, who has just killed off his most famous character. A series of murders based on one of his books occurs, and Beckett goes to him for help. They don't get along - she's sharp and no-nonsense, he's laid back and imaginative - but they solve the case. Castle then decides to write a new series, using Beckett as inspiration, and gets himself permanently assigned to follow her around, much to her disgust.

The Castle/Beckett relationship is the heart of the show - they bicker, they argue, and yet they find they need each other. There's the inevitable romantic tension, but the show cleverly never lets it go too far. The murders they solve are as interesting as anything in other cop shows, and can be quite dark at times, but the fun is in how Beckett's police work runs up against Castle's annoyingly good intuition. The balance of the humour and the murder is extremely tricky to pull off, and the show gets it right time after time.

The other characters in the show aren't neglected either. Ryan and Esposito are junior detectives on the team, and although often in the background are well rounded and get good dialogue. Castle lives with his teenage daughter Alexis, who is sensible, mature, and generally more grown up than Castle. He is also lumbered with his mother, Martha, a dramatic social butterfly who occasionally pauses to give Castle some pithy advice on life. The use of his family really helps ground Castle as a character, and emphasises that he's just a tourist to the grimy world of crime.

The first season was short and sweet, so the challenge for season two was to develop and handle 24 episodes without losing what made it special, and in the main it manages it. Beckett is upset with Castle about some events at the end of season one, and it takes her a while to trust him. Castle has to learn that he can't write the plot for people's lives for them. The potential romance plot takes some interesting twists, no doubt to help keep the tension without letting too much happen. The individual episodes have to work hard not to be "murder of the week", and there are a few below-par ideas, but the dialogue and writing pulls them out of any problems. Overall, an excellent second season, and a third is airing in the US right now. Hopefully a free-to-view UK channel will pick this up and give it the audience it deserves.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE CASTLE, 26 Jun 2011
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Fantastic show - and highly recommended, especially now that it is also showing on Channel 5 from the very first episode (Alibi are mid-way through the 3rd series at the moment. Great actors, great show - love it.

However, I wish that this DVD had been obtainable from this country rather than through a third party. Somebody needs to get their backsides in gear and have the DVD issued in the UK. My copy has German wording on the cover although the DVD is in English.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She's armed. He's dangerous., 14 May 2014
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While not as rough as Season 1, the extra polish detracts from the finished article. According to the CastleWikia pages, the first season was made as a 'filler', while it would appear that season 2 had a little more time to produce each of the 24 episodes - relatively speaking.

Opening with the aftermath of season 1's revelations about his muse, the play between Castle and Beckett is understandably forced - by the end of the episode, Alexis has given him the push to make things right, but she is still wary of him.

The entire season is spent using the investigations as a backdrop for the further developing relationships between the characters, and the finale will probably have viewers reaching for the bucket initially, but in true Bugs Bunny-style. it goes for the right turn at Albequerque instead of the left.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Dialogue and Character Interplay, not so Great Crime Detection, Again, 17 Jun 2012
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This is series two of the crime detection series were a successful crime author Richard Castle is paired up with a New York detective Kate Beckett to solve murder cases. We see affair bit of Castles daughter and mother and Beckett has an interesting longer term back story that come in and out of the series. This series consists of 24 40/45 minute episodes.

Series 2 follows on with the good, and bad of series one. The character interplay and dialogue is excellent and there's a lot of fun and humour in this crime series which I had many laugh out loud moments with. She's a non nonsense detective and he's bit of egotists and the clash well.

The crime's are interesting but the crime detection is often poor. You can't always work the culprit out or the key to the case but too often an obvious suspect or a key clue is ignored until someone has a 'flash of inspiration' (or applies some rudimentary deduction) later in the episode; then I groan out loud. The other american crime programs I like, NCIS and The Mentalist, also have this issue but it's much rarer. (I confess I still watch CSI LV and the later series are riddled with this but they've hooked me.)

I'd recommend watching the series for the fun of it all just reign in your expectation of the crime detection. As I've got used to it now this series got an extra star.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and intelligent, 27 Aug 2014
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Entertaining, clever and interesting detective series, full of witty dialogues and meaningful endings. Each episode shows an original murder scene and the discovery of the criminal almost always comes as a surprise thus making it interesting to watch. In addition to that there is series reveals the increasing chemistry between the main characters. The witty dialogues make it amusing and captivating to watch without being cheesy. Good balance serious crime investigations on one hand and the playful nature of the communication between the NYPD detective (Stana Katic) and the best-selling novelist of crime books (Nathan Fillion). An intelligent and fun series worth checking it out.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series, 21 Feb 2011
This is a well-written,witty,crime series with an interesting premise.
A successful,best-selling "crime"writer manages to be allowed to "shadow" a real homicide team in New York thanks to his contacts with the Mayor and the Police chief who see it as great public relations and publicity.The homicide team think the opposite,and enjoy humiliating the writer in a variety of ways,until he begins to win them over.This he does by actually being helpful to their efforts.His imagination and creativity point out things that they would not have thought of themselves;or might have much later.The fact he stumps up for a new luxurious cappuccino machine for their constant coffee drinking, also plays a part.So the team begins to really include him,except for the uptight woman lead detective who views him as a kid in an adult's body.Each episode is centred around a murder,and some of them are very unusual,and ingenious.The writer,Castle, is also shown with real-life best-selling crime writers who play themselves(Michael Connelly;James Patterson;etc)discussing plots and cases around a poker table.These are great scenes,and if you want to know what your hero mystery writers look like-watch this series.Castle's home life includes 2 ex-wives;his teenage daughter;and his actress mother.The latter 2 live with him in NY,and round him out as a character too.There are wonderful jokes and dialogue that is fast and funny.The cast seem to get along very well.
Of course,as the series evolves, we see the female lead detective "Beckett" begin to thaw out towards Castle,and even begin to warm up.Castle sees her as the source of a new series of detective stories based around a strong,yet vulnerable female police detective.When she finds out he is writing about a fictional version of herself,then all hell breaks loose,especially since,after much thought he names his fictional female detective "Nikki Heat".Beckett objects to the name saying it is more appropriate for a stripper!Anyway,the repartee is great,and you won't be disappointed by the murders either.Well worth buying.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm not really into these pretty clichéd crime series but Castle is acceptable fare of ..., 14 July 2014
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I'm not really into these pretty clichéd crime series but Castle is acceptable fare of that particular genre. Very simple storylines added to snappy directing and all in all it's quite watchable. Don't expect anything earth shattering or ground breaking. Fillon is a little fluffy as Castle but he's likable enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 July 2014
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