I decided to take a title that could be straight off of one of Castle's books for this review because I thought it had a nice bit of symmetry to it and because I have a couple of edits I'd like to suggest to the story.
I am a huge Nathan Fillian fan and in my eyes the man can do little wrong (even white noise 2 which lets be honest was...ouch) and in this the cheeky faced scamp has all of his usual endearing qualities, a sharp wit, a outer wall of aroggance covering a family man who has a thing for the ladies. And his partner in crime is equally well directed, i don't really want to use the words fiesty or spunky as will every other reviewer but unfortunately I already have, ooh can I put sassy in there as well?
Now to some brutal honesty, this show has potential and so far I'm enjoying the ride with sexual tension worthy of Mulder and Scully, Booth and Bones, Chuck and Sarah, the Doctor and Rose, Jack and Kate, Dean and Sam (hang on loose the last one). And the sweet moments with his daughter whose casting is a stroke of genius but I'm sorry this is where I will loose you all. What made Bambi a good film was that he looses his mother, what made 'The Mist' so chilling when he kills his own son (sorry for spoilers here) what made Man on Fire so intense was the death of the little blonde girl (ok so they brought her back) and that is what this show needs. Yes I'm going to say it.....they need to kill off his daughter. Please hear me out because everytime I see her on screen I agree to kill her would be like killing a puppy with a harpoon gun on sesame street but it needs to be done.
This shows premise is weak, amazing as it is the concept lacks a certain something that will keep it rolling on. It needs direction. It needs her death to drive Castle in a direction it needs to be brave enough to go. Nathan is amazing when placing torn and emotionally destroyed characters. Imagining Castle trying to cope with the loss of his daughter by throwing himself into the work and Kate's response would be amazing television and would take this show from good to 'oh my god I can't believe they just did that'. I conceed that even I could not kill off Alexis without having her character come back each episode in flashes and even mirrages for the tormented Castle with the kids sweetness being needed to colour the show.
Whether Castle will go down this route I don't know but there needs to be some over-arcing story line to drive home the need for this show, its early days and I will hold judgement for now but we need something big, we need someone to Storm the Castle (like how I brought that in again at the end?).