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5.0 out of 5 stars Castled pink - but is Britain missing out on all the fun?, 5 Oct 2011
This review is from: Castle - Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Came across this series when holidaying in France in September 2011. Actually it was hard to miss given the cluster bomb of trailers French TV had going for it. I shall withhold comments re. local dubbing. But despite many an involuntary lip twitch I instantly took to Castle and Beckett's oddball chemistry. And right enough, next day when shopping for the usual dairy and grape items at the local supermarket my attention was immediately hijacked by shelf-loads of Castle Season 1 DVDs. Needless to say, I resisted for the time being.

So imagine my surprise when, once back in pie and ale country, no one had even heard of this series let alone offered DVDs for sale! A few days later they popped up on Amazon UK bearing the less-than-tantalising release date of 21. November. Luckily we're all Europeans now (huh?) so one quick detour to Amazon Germany later and my quest had found an end.

So. Worth my extra mile(s)? Definitely. It only takes half an episode to 'get' how this series works. The uneasy alliance between Rick Castle (the disarmingly suave novelist, aka Nathan Fillion) and the tough but inherently vulnerable detective Beckett (portrayed with amazing aplomb by a brilliant Stana Katic) really clicks, despite my initial (5 minutes) doubts. But what really makes this series shine is the witty yet thoroughly uncontrived script. Fillion's panache at delivering a whole volley of deadpan lines without a facial twitch is the grease to keep each episode sliding effortlessly from (semi-shocking) murder scene through often very clever twists and turns to its usually highly satisfying and sometimes heartwarming resolution. Katic never fails to convince as the ballsy but bottled-up cop ripe for an uncorking by Castle's unwavering cosmic charm. And even Castle's 'upside-down' mother/daughter sideshow with its ostensibly cheesy reek soon won me over because, well, it works.

If you liked Nathan Fillion in Firefly/Serenity there's a very high chance his Castle performance will squeeze your bananas. Those new to the cast and simply after the next dose of series gold dust with a twist could do a lot worse than giving Castle Season 1 a try. Once it's finally available in Britain, that is. Meanwhile I'll be ordering Season 2 from across the Channel again. Did I not mention that it too has been out there for a while?
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Initial post: 21 Feb 2012 22:02:55 GMT
great post. you described the show well, with its nuances and intrinsic sense of humor. like the idea of buying from Europe. I never thought of that. got a question though. if you buy from Germany won't the whole thing be in German? don't get me wrong , i love the program, but not enough to tolerate it dubbed. if its just German subtitles you can turn off, i could live with that.
please message back

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2012 18:35:08 BDT
Tom Berlin says:
very sorry, didn't catch your note till now. In answer (if still relevant), they always include the English language version on the German DVDs, and subtitles can be toggled off. So to all I&Ps like the UK version.
Eagerly awaiting release of Castle series 4 - out in US but no release date yet in EU.
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