Thursday, February 11, 2010



This is the first season of the current ABC television series, Castle. This series easily straddles the line between romantic comedy and suspenseful crime drama. Nathan Fillion plays bestselling thriller author Richard Castle, who has recently killed off his long-running series character Derrick Storm, and is looking for inspiration for a new character. He finds it in NYC homicide detective Kate Beckett (played by Stana Katic). By the mayor's special request, Castle is allowed to shadow Beckett and her team of detectives, so that he can write a new series of thrillers featuring "Nikki Heat". The snappy dialog and awkward attraction between Castle and Beckett are enough to recommend the series all by themselves, but in addition, there are some truly challenging mystery cases. Castle's observations on the murder investigations always prove creative yet plausible -- coming from the overactive mind of a thriller writer, and even though the episodes become somewhat formulaic, the formula is an easy one to swallow. A great cast, great writing, great production values; I can't recommend this one highly enough. Castle is now in its successful second season, Mondays at 9:00 p.m. [If you enjoy this, you might also like the novel Heat Wave, attributed to Richard Castle.] -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[Also available -- Heat Wave the first "Nikkie Heat" novel.]

[ Internet Movie Database entry for this film ] | [ official Castle web site from ABC ]

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