Week Two, and I am still in love with this show.
This episode revolved around a peculiar murder scene - nanny in a dryer. Weird as that was, it was nothing compared to the twisted, convoluted, mismatched, and abundant romantic affairs that surrounded the crime. Goood times.
Other good things:
1. Nathan Fillion Telling A Story
Yes, it was a fantastic way of helping define exactly what Castle is going to be doing in this show as far as his involvement in the crime-solving. More importantly, that was DEAD SEXY. I mean, I was already in love with Nathan Fillion. Seriously, though, that was verbal seduction at its finest.
2. I Really Believe Stana Katic Can Keep Up
She is not as out-of-control, over-the-top hilarious as Nathan Fillion, true, but it works. Her controlled, grounded, savvy persona is strong and believable, and she can definitely drop a barely-concealed insult. They're not a match, but their chemistry is marvelous and I have high hopes for this partnership! (Also, Stana Katic has some EXCELLENT coats and scarves in this show.)
3. The Power Of The Stupid Joke
The cheap shot. The pun. The cheeky flirtation. The obscure pop-culture reference. All delightful, time-honored joke forms. And Castle certainly does not skimp. I love a show that takes pride in its silliness.
4. Castle And Mother
They are hilarious together. But more importantly, there seems to be some real drama brewing there that I'm hoping will turn into deeper character development for Richard Castle later on.
5. A Different Kind Of Procedural
I touched on this idea last week, but I think I can better express it now after a second episode. I love procedurals. CSI, NCIS, Bones, House, you name it. What I like about Castle as a procedural is that it takes crime from a different angle. It's not about the science - it's about the people. The method Beckett (and Castle) use to investigate, interviewing those involved and piecing together motive and timeline, really appeals to me. I feel like a lot of procedurals strip some of the humanity out of crime, so I enjoy having the emotional and motivational elements explored more deeply in this show.
That's all for this week, except for one final note:
Castle and his daughter together are adorable!!!