They are partners, whether she likes it or not. Castle: The Complete First Season is the romantic, clever dramedy that is reminiscent of Moonlighting with romantic tension between Castle, a crime novelist and Detective Bec... more »kett as they work in a unique way to solve crimes and mysteries.« less
Actors:Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion Director:na Genres:Drama, Television Sub-Genres:Drama, Drama Studio:ABC Studios Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 09/22/2009 Release Year: 2009 Run Time: 7hr 10min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 3 SwapaDVD Credits: 3 Total Copies: 8 Members Wishing: 0 Edition: Box set MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) Languages:English
Jean W. from JORDANVILLE, NY Reviewed on 7/8/2018...
interesting enough so we are now watching season 3!
Samantha K. (entilzah) from OSCODA, MI Reviewed on 11/26/2012...
Nathan has found his niche. I liked him in Firefly and love love love him as Castle.
I just can't say how much I love this show
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Compelling, inspired. Fillion/Katic get five stars.
M. Carter | Connecticut, USA | 04/01/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nathan Fillion is brilliant as ABC's new world famous author-turned-pseudo-cop Richard Castle. Behind the veneer of an arrogant celebrity, who seems to have let dozens of best sellers and world acclaim go to his head, Castle is truly a kind-hearted man and a compassionate father. Besides writing, his favorite hobby seems to be irritating Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), the NYPD detective who was in charge of a investigating a string of copy-cat murders modeled after Castle's own murder mystery books. Since he's killed off the main character of his last series, Castle needs new inspiration for his next set of novels, and he finds his muse with the charming but difficult-to-crack detective. The chemistry between Fillion and Katic is astounding, leaving the audience with more to follow than just the murder cases. Unlike most criminal investigation shows, Castle has a heavy focus on humor and the strong development of its characters and their relationships. Not quite a drama and not quite a comedy, this primetime series has elements that appeal to any sensibility. The twisted murder storylines will keep you guessing for the full hour until the conclusion you never expected.
Bonus material for the DVD includes behind the scenes interviews with the stars, out takes, deleted scenes, and more. Strong first season. I'm greatly looking forward to watching this show thrive and burgeon into big-name status."
Nathan Fillion is Amazingly Good, and yeah, the rest of cast
Mir | North Miami Beach, FL USA | 04/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'll freely admit that the reason I watched the premiere of Castle (and every episode since) is because Nathan "Captain Mal" Fillion is in it. Love the man. LOOOOVE him. He was pitch perfect as the futuristic dashing spaceship captain, a hoot in Dr. Horrible's, and he's got an incredible comedic ability blended with good acting chops and toothsome looks. He's great.
So, finally, we see him get top dog billing on a prime time show on one of networks. He's Rick Castle, a bestselling author who is drawn into a partnership (of sorts) with police detective Kate Beckett played by Stana Katic when murders by a serial killer are based on Castle's novels. She's the reluctant partner, he's having a grand old time (with lots of humor), needling her while also being insightful and helpful due to his myriad connections. (I do enjoy how, as the show progresses, we see how he puts that celebrity of his to good use.) That's the core of the show, the conflict and chemistry between the cop and the writer.
It works because of Fillion's immense personal charm, humor, and snap-crackliness. Stana is fine in her semi-tense, driven, cop-girl who doesn't eat enough way, but the show is Nathan's.
It was nice to see Susan Sullivan of Dharma and Greg fame again, this time as flamboyant mom--oh, those bright outfits, that hair--to Castle. She's good in anything, frankly. We also have a cute if way, way, way too sweet-and-nice daughter to Castle. (Pulease, I haven't met a teen this squeaky nice since Sunday School decades ago. Given grandma's dramatics and dad's wicked sense of humor, where did she come from?)The scenes of daughter and dad tend to be really squishily heartwarming, and that's okay with me. Sometimes, I need that sentimental dose.
The supporting cop cast adds to the fun--watch them enjoy their espresso in the episode where Castle springs for one for the crew.
Whether Katic will be able to keep up is my main worry. She is doing okay, and there are moments when you're glad she's the crankier one, "straight man." But this show will rise or fall on not just Fillion's talent and charisma--and yes, hottienss--but on whether she can really ramp it up and keep the core hot.
If you like a less serious cop show, and you are a fan of Fillion's, you've gotta watch/get CASTLE.
It's not reinventing the wheel, but it's almost perfect ente
James Donnelly | Arizona | 05/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"CASTLE is one hell of an entertaining piece of light, fluffy cop television. It's the perfect antidote to those who are wallowing in the dark sewers of cop shows like LAW AND ORDER SVU or CRIMINAL INTENT or the brilliant but extreme THE SHIELD. Creator Andrew Marlowe, perhaps best known as the screenwriter for AIR FORCE ONE, has created a very breezy and incredibly fun cop show that's primary purpose is to counter the altogether too intense police procedurals that the public seems to inhale like cigarette smoke (you know it's not good for you, but you can't help it). He's also added the perfect actor for a show like this: Nathan Fillion. Many people weren't familiar with Fillion's work until he became a cast member of the horrifically awful DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, but before that, he was a key player in what's known as The Whedonverse, starring in the all-too shortlived FIREFLY and also guest-starring in the final season of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. He was also featured in one of Whedon's more recent and brilliant creations, DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG, where he wonderfully plays a shallow, over-confident superhero. He also appeared in another VERY shortlived Fox television show called DRIVE, which was cut down before it could reach its potential. He's been featured in films like the FIREFLY sorta-sequel SERENITY, a wonderful indie splattergore comedy called SLITHER, and some unfortunate direct-to-DVD fare like WATER'S EDGE and WHITE NOISE 2: THE LIGHT. But as he proved with FIREFLY, he has more than enough talent and charisma to carry a show on his own if necessary (even though it wasn't necessary with how great FIREFLY was).
And that's very much the case with CASTLE. As mystery writer Richard Castle, this is his show. Despite some strong supporting performances by actors like Susan Sullivan, who plays his flamboyant, vibrant, and at times, annoying mother, and a sometimes over-her-head Stana Katic as his professional and personal foil, NYPD Detective Kate Beckett, this show and everything great about it is planted rightly and firmly on the charm and talent of Fillion.
The show is very much in the vein of a program like MOONLIGHTING, pitting the goofy yet irrestistably charming lothario against the by-the-book, stalwart, intelligent and sassy and undeniably sexy-but-sexless woman as the two of them get into one wild adventure after another. The thing about this show that gives it perhaps an even stronger catch than a show of this type should is that it has a specific "mythology" arc that will carry it for at least another season; namely the unsolved murder of Beckett's mother, and Castle's determination to solve it, even if it means that he will lose a friend and potential love interest in Beckett.
So I say bring on Season Two, and continue the tone that the show has given us, and don't let it conform to what the "hitmakers" see trending with the too-upsetting cop shows. Keep it easy breezy. And hopefully the show will get the audience it deserves, and Fillion will get more of the opportunities he deserves."
Earns a TV "Snob"s Approval
Sheila Maclean | PA | 05/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I never watch television. I'm something of a TV snob and the only show I ever watched "religiously" was "The West Wing" because I found it intellectually stimulating. When my mother raved about "Castle" I didn't take it too seriously because she is of the "American Idol" school of thought and watches whatever is on. Imagine my surprise when I found this show to be a deliciously witty, clever hour of television. The dialogue crackles and Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic have incredible chemistry. There's no hint of two-dimensional personalities on this show, and the one liners leave me laughing for days afterwards. "Castle" has wide appeal, and it's an all-around good show. There is no gratuitous violence, the writing is intelligent and sharp, and the actors are phenomenal. I'll be recommending this show to my TV snob and non-TV snob friends because in either case, "Castle" is a fun show for whomever watches it."
More than just another pretty face
Trueheart | 07/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nathan Fillion is of, course, the main star attraction in Castle, and everything that has been said about him in the above reviews is absolutely spot on: he is wonderful in this roll he was born to play. But don't overlook Stana Katic. She is phenomenal. Her intensity is pitch perfect as a foil to Castle's bonhomie. He sparkles and she reacts, with humor or aggravation. She is intensely private; he is extremely open. His family is funny, loving, and endearing; she really has no one, except a distant, grieving father. She is all business, and he is ostensibly all pleasure. But, of course, he has depth. It is wonderful to see him get under her skin and help her to feel, and relax, while revealing his often hidden strength of character.
The camera loves Stana. She has an intensely, beautiful face and fine bone structure. The close ups of her interrogating a suspect or consoling a victim are like nothing else in the usual round up of television's female detectives. She grieves for the victim and slices the suspect with her clarity. Her eyes are luminous and reveal intelligence, and compassion, as well as grit and determination. Nate eyes are all twinkle, but awareness of the depth and sometimes despair in his "partner's" eyes is not far from the surface.
She is toughness and dedication to duty personified; he is not afraid to appear silly and shallow, traits he has perfected, with not too much depth ever expected of the playboy author.
The two of them are magnificent foils to each other; the stuff of good drama and comedy. The show embodies a good mystery, often paralleling the events in Castle's and Beckett's lives, and with sharp writing, excellent secondary characters are drawn to the delight of the audience, but make no mistake, the show is about Castle and Beckett, and they simply light up the screen. Because of their partnership, both characters grow and share their individual lives, feelings and true personalities. Need I say I love this show. It is a joy to see them shine, Nate and Stana, Castle and Beckett and demonstrate through this high quality show that neither one is "just another pretty face.""