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Nathan Fillion’s new show, Castle, is a fun hour of TV. The pilot tells the story of a best-selling novelist (Castle) who spars with a homicide detective (Kate Beckett, played by Stana Katic) while they work together to solve the case that revolves around his latest novel. Fillion does what he does best – he is super charming, hard to resist, and oddly right at home as a writer learning the ropes of the real life NY homicide division as research for future novels.
By the second episode, about the mysterious disappearance of a nanny, and Castle’s first episode as an official tagalong to the homicide division, I found myself more interested in the personal life of Rick Castle (including a sassy daughter, an immature mother, and an ex-wife), than I did in anything else, and I think that’s just because Fillion and the family seem to genuinely mesh.
If I had to name the weak link in the show, it’s the interaction between Kate (the character played by Stana Katic) and Castle, which comes off forced and is not the fault of the actors who play the roles, but more the dialog they are forced to deliver. As the shows goes deeper into their new found partner relationship, I can see the problems correcting themselves, and I think we’ll be in for a good ride.
All in all, on a completely made up rating scale that I only sometimes throw in, I’d give it a 5.5 out 7, with potential to gain that extra 1.5.
The Castle Series Premiere Airs On ABC Monday, March 9th at 10:00PM EST.