TALKING THE TALK
The crime- fi ghters on Castle are quicker with their wits than their trigger fi ngers. Guy Davis investigated further with the help of co- star Stana Katic.
Many of us are suckers for it. After all, with the help of some clever writers these characters get to say the things, both insulting and ingratiating, we wish we could say to the ones we love or loathe.
Now, a lot of TV shows these days have their share of banter. And some do a pretty good job with it. But when it’s pulled off really well by a couple of people who have crack timing and who share genuine chemistry, well, it can help set a program apart. That’s the case with Castle.
Castle, airing Sunday nights on Seven, could be described as a “ comfort” show. You’re not going to be giving your brain a workout as you try to jump through its hoops, as is the case with something like Lost. It’s not going to sucker-punch you or enlighten you about the human condition.
But if you’re in the mood for a well-made police procedural with a cast of talented, good-looking people playing sharp, intelligent characters, you could do far worse than Castle. The cornerstone of the show is the love-hate relationship between its leads, crime novelist Richard Castle ( Nathan Fillion) and police detective Kate Beckett ( Stana Katic).
The fi rst season of the show had Beckett acting as a reluctant chaperone to the wealthy and well-connected Castle, who started developing a new series of books featuring policewoman “ Nikki Heat” so he could ( a) get out of the creative rut he’d found himself in, ( b) use his deductive skills to help the NYPD crack cases and ( c) keep hanging around with Beckett, the inspiration for his new heroine.
Despite Beckett fi nding Castle a bit of a nuisance, his raffi sh charm and outside-thesquare ability to help solve crimes aside, the two formed an eff ective if unconventional partnership. However, their relationship hit a rough patch when Castle broke a promise to Beckett.
The reason Beckett became a cop in the fi rst place was in response to her mother’s murder, and Beckett made it clear to her new partner that he was never to investigate the crime. When he uncovered evidence that the killing of Beckett’s mother wasn’t the random act of violence it had been labelled, it led to a rift between the two.
“ One of the things that Beckett said clearly was ‘ Do not cross this line’, and the line was to not research her mother’s murder” said Katic. “ So of course Castle does, and when she fi nds out it was kind of like ‘ OK, we’re done’.”
But, hey, Castle had been successful enough to earn a second season on the air, so there was no way of keeping these two apart for too long. And with the publication of the fi rst Nikki Heat book, the writer and the cop are back in each other’s lives.
“ Because of the publicity surrounding the book, Beckett is kind of forced to talk about Castle,” said Katic. “ Through that, they pretty much make amends quickly and get back to the fun of solving crimes together.”
In any great TV love-hate relationship, one person tends to be a bit more mature and level-headed, while the other tends to be a little more carefree ( you could perhaps say immature if you’re that way inclined). And it’s usually the man in the latter role.
That tends to be the case with Beckett and Castle, although Katic describes the pairing as “ kind of like a great wine, one where you can take your time enjoying all the fl avours and nuances”.
Setting the scene: Nathan Fillion
and Stana Katic ( right) in