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Getting a Little Too Comfy
on 14 June 2013
`Castle' is the TV Show equivalent of a pair of slippers, it is comfortable to watch, but by after a while you can't quite help but notice a slight whiff about it. Each season has essentially been the same; Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) joins NY Police Detective Kate Beckett in solving a series of interesting and grisly murders to help him research a book. Sliced throughout these one off whodunit mysteries is a will they/won't they tension and the arc of Beckett's murdered mother. The problem by Season 4 is that the solo stories are not quite as strong as they once were and the larger mystery is not getting any more interesting.
On a positive note Fillion is as charming as ever and is the one very watchable thing in the show. Stana Katic is improving as Beckett, but is still a little standoffish in the role. The detective duo of Esposito and Ryan return, but are once more given enough to do. It feels at times that the show runners at `Castle' Towers are scared to move the characters on as they may upset the docile viewing public who fear change. This is evident in the storyline of Castle's daughter who should want to fly as far away from home as possible when she graduates, but instead is restricted.
There is a real inertia in `Castle' by Season 4 that threatens to turn into compete stagnation. The seasons have always taken a few episodes to warm up, but season 4 takes longer than ever. It is still a perfectly watchable show that wiles away 40 minutes, but at the rate it is going it will never be remembered as anything other than an also ran in the world of TV crime dramas.
`Castle' Season 4 is only available in DVD, but the transfer is a decent one. In terms of extras the boxset is a little light weight, but as always the blooper reel is worth checking out.