King of the cops
Seven reasons you need to bingewatch detective show Castle.
How does author Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) finish his mystery novels in eight-season action show Castle (2009-2016)? He shadows New York police and watches what they do. “My character has writer’s block and thanks to circumstances, he is partnered with this detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), this intelligent, driven woman who won’t fall for his tricks, his charm and he finds her very attractive,” laughs Nathan. With the first seven seasons available on internet streaming service ShowMax, here are seven reasons you can’t skip Castle…
CASTLE IS KING
Nathan is an absolute hoot and fans of sci-fi show Firefly (2002-2003) will back it up. The 45-year- old’s got perfect comedy timing, he’s easy on the eyes and that coif – who styles the man’s hair? Book us an appointment now!
CLUELESS OR CLUED UP?
Richard isn’t what you’d call conventional. He’s like Jonny Lee Miller’s character Sherlock Holmes in action drama series Elementary (2012- current; the first four seasons are on ShowMax) – he’s doesn’t always do things by the book but he gets the job done, often making his NYPD colleagues look silly.
CASTLE & BECKETT, SITTING IN A TREE… K-I-S-S-I…
They’re catching criminals side-by-side but you can spot the tell-tale “office romance” a mile off. And just when you think they’re about to smooch… surprise! Another case drops in their laps. That means waiting another episode until they admit having the hots for each other. And then another… and another… it’s going to be a while until they profess their love. Until then, let’s give them annoyingly cute couple nicknames like Caskett or Betle…
When Castle goes home at night, he’s got a family waiting for him. So it’s not just a cop show about cops doing cop things. There’s the family unit adding to the dynamic and keeping Castle on his toes are his teen daughter Alexis (Molly C Quinn), who’s dealing with boy drama and what to study at college, as well as his actress mom Martha (Susan Sullivan, Kitty in sitcom Dharma & Greg, 1997-2002), who’s still keeping her “little boy” on the straight and narrow.
Castle and Beckett don’t just do the crime solving on their own. Beckett has a team that includes
Javi Esposito (Jon Huertas), an ex-Army Special Forces soldier who’s a homicide cop now, as well as Javi’s former narcotics- detective bestie Kevin Ryan (Seamus Dever). And giving Beckett some sisterly advice is her pal Dr Lanie Parish (Tamala Jones), who’s also the team’s go-to medical examiner and Javi’s love interest.
BANTER AT ITS BEST
Where else will you get lead characters going dropping one liners like this: Castle: Promise not to hate me.
Beckett: I already hate you. Or something like Beckett telling a smitten Castle, “Call me your muse again and I’ll break your legs”. It’s a love-hate-love-hate relationship that keeps on delivering.
LET’S BE SERIOUS FOR A SECOND…
Okay, that’s a joke. Castle’s all about adding a humorous twist to the drama onscreen. And on top of that, you don’t need to have seen all the episodes to follow the storyline. Each instalment is a new case and you can pick up on the underlying relationship pretty easily.
Castle and his love-interest Detective Beckett are keeping the streets of New York crime free.