After months of anticipation, last night we saw the premiere of ABC’s “Castle.” After Castle and Beckett, the “will-they-or-won’t-they” team of an entertainingly smarmy writer and a brisk cop, semi-broke-up last season, fans were wondering how they were going to come back together. Well, you asked and the writers answered! Check out the review…

The Players:

  • Director: Rob Bowman
  • Writer: Andrew Marlowe
  • Cast: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Tamala Jones, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Molly Quinn, Susan Sullivan.

Episode Title: “A Deadly Affair”

After months of not calling, Beckett bursts into a murder victim’s home to find Castle standing over a corpse with a gun. This after his not-calling for months leads to his arrest, but as victims turn up killed by similar means with no connection, they turn to the writer for help.  Meanwhile, Castle’s daughter has boy troubles that oddly reflect his personal problems.

The Good:

  • Best One-Liners In The ‘Verse: “Castle” has always lived and died by its comedic timing and Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic continue to be one of the funniest pairs on TV. Best line of the show: “I won’t deny the Universe.” …All right, funnier in context.
  • You Don’t Write, You Don’t Call…: The main subplot of the episode isn’t just about Beckett being upset at Castle, but the entire precinct treating him like he collectively dumped them. And it’s hilarious, especially with Detectives Esposito and Ryan, who come off less like detectives and more like a gay couple upset with the boyfriend of their best friend.

The Weird:

  • Dead Mom? Hello? Anyone?: So, we got caught up on the last season, and the season finale was all about Beckett’s mother’s murder. You’d think the premiere would refer to this, in any way, shape, or form, but it doesn’t…at all.

The Bad:

  • A Perfect Storm (of Cliches): True, one doesn’t come to this show for anything other than one-liners over the corpse of the week, although this episode does deserve a little credit for attempting to play with murder mystery cliches. After all, the character “we thought we knew” standing over the corpse with a gun is a classic (or a groaner, depending on your opinion), and the show successfully plays with the idea; namely, repeatedly dismissing Castle could be responsible in less than ten seconds after being found. Similarly, other murder mystery cliches pop up and get an interesting little subversion. But it doesn’t quite work because the script itself is a little too fond of formula. While you won’t see the ending coming from frame one, you will be a step ahead of the characters starting around the thirty minute mark, once we find the connection between the characters. So maybe a little more subverting of cliches would be in order; this show is pretty good, but if the writing goes up a notch it could become great.


Lighthearted, goofy, fun, ideal Monday viewing.

Rating: 8/10

“Castle” airs Monday at 10 pm on ABC

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