I started watching the television show Castle when it began airing in the spring of 2009. I first watched the show because Nathan Fillion is in it. I quickly got hooked on the show and have continued to watch it. I have the DVD sets for the first two seasons and I DVR the new episodes even when I’m home to see them. I keep them on my DVR so I can watch them again. I have been enjoying the new episodes for the third season of Castle.
Some of what I mention in discussing Castle could be spoilers for people who haven’t seen the show yet or who have missed some of the earlier episodes.
The third season of Castle definitely builds on things that have been established in the first two seasons. People could start watching the series now, though a few things tied to the characters and their motivations may not make as much sense without seeing the earlier episodes. There really wasn’t a cliffhanger at the end of the second season, though something was left sort of unresolved. That did add some conflict between the main characters that was dealt with in the first episode of season three. Something sort of like that was done at the end of the first season too. I hope this doesn’t continue to happen every year.
Castle is about Richard Castle, a mystery writer, and Kate Beckett, a homicide detective in New York City. The two meet when someone starts recreating murders from Rick’s books. Richard is intrigued by Kate and he uses his friendship with the mayor so that he can observe her working. Rick plans to write a new series of books about a character, Nikki Heat, based on Kate. Kate is less than pleased, but the two of them end up getting along fairly well. Rick even ends up helping more than once on an investigation.
All most every episode of Castle has dealt with a different murder, and things aren’t any different so far in the third season. During the second season, there was one two part episode. Sometimes things from previous episodes are briefly mentioned, but for the most part, each episode can stand alone fairly well. The murders that Kate ends up investigating usually do end up being kind of bizarre. That helps to make the show more interesting and entertaining. The mysteries aren’t that complicated, but they are entertaining. In addition to the mystery, a decent amount of humor is used in every episode as well. I love the way humor is used in the show.
The relationships continue to be very important in the third season of Castle. Two other detectives, Ryan and Esposito, also work on the different investigations with Kate and Rick. All of them work well together. Rick and Kate work really well together. It is clear that they care for each other even though neither of them is acting on the feelings. Every so often, one of them lets something small slip. Rick has a teenage daughter, Alexis, and she is a wonderful character. She is an intelligent, well adjusted young woman who sometimes seems more stable than her father. The two of them have a wonderful relationship. Some things about her may not be the most believable, though it is so refreshing to see a teenager in a show that doesn’t act like a brat. The main cast, especially Nathan Fillion, is great in their parts.
Rick is a mystery writer and every so often things about his books are mentioned in Castle or he is shown working on his newest one. Something very unique has been done as part of the promotion for the show. The two Nikki Heat books have been released, one in the fall of 2009 and one this year. I have both books, Heat Wave and Naked Heat, and I really enjoyed both of them. They are really entertaining and I think they are worth reading. The characters from the books are definitely versions of the characters on the show. Some events from the episodes of Castle also turned up in the books. I love the connection between the books and the show.
So far the third season of Castle has been very entertaining. I love the characters and the investigations are interesting. I think the show just keeps getting better as the characters are further developed. The show is definitely worth watching and I have no plans to stop watching it. Castle is one of my favorite shows.
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