I just finished watching the first episode of Castle on ABC. As you know, I love shows (and movies) about writers. Or even people in the literary field i.e. editors. Normally I’m all over them, but this one was under the radar somehow. Castle stars Nathan Fillion (Firefly and Buffy the Vampire Slayer) as murder mystery writer Richard Castle. Castle is questioned in relation to a string of murders based on scenes in his novels. Ok, that’s pretty cliche but there’s something about the roguish way Fillion plays this character that makes him compelling. He reacts more like a writer would, with a natural fascination and curiosity. Stana Katic plays Detective Kate Beckett, the lonely good-looking female cop with a romantic side. She spends most of the episode trying to reign in Castle. Together they are able to solve the case, which otherwise would’ve been pinned on an innocent mentally disturbed man.
The show truly is riddled with cliche’s. Fillion is really what’s going to sell this show. His character is charming and funny. Another interesting part was watching Castle play poker with his writing buddies James Patterson and Stephen J. Cannell. I was a little worried about how they were going to continue the premise of the show, but they managed to explain that away easily enough.
Be sure to catch the next episode of Castle Monday 10/9c on ABC.