'Castle' review: Laura Prepon played 'Nikki Heat' as Stana Katic as Beckett: 'Way too meta,' said Nathan Fillion, er, Castle

Castle had a clever little outing this week titled "Nikki Heat," with guest star Laura Prepon playing an actress researching her Nikki role in Heat Wave, a movie being made from the novel of the same name by Nathan Fillion’s Rick Castle.

Prepon’s Natalie Rhodes arrived in the New York police station much as Castle himself did in the series premiere — she was there to shadow Stana Katic’s Kate Beckett for research. The humorous twist was that Castle had no respect for Rhodes as an actress (she was famous for B-movies with title like Mutilation High and Hell’s Crawl Space), while Rhodes had no respect for Castle since she hadn’t read his book, only the script someone else had written.

This was cute with a side-dish of media criticism. The episode had fun with the notion that, on a feature film project, the author of the source material is routinely lower on the cinematic totem pole than the crafts services company, and few people on TV play abashed humiliation better than Fillion. ("Hello? I’m your creator!")

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