5 Things That Make Castle Special

Castle and Beckett, Lanie, Javier and Kevin, Rick Castle - Castle

Let me state up front that I am a Browncoat. For those that may not know what that means, I am a huge fan of the television show Firefly, and the movie sequel, Serenity. Along with my fellow Browncoats, the fact that the show only ran one very short season is a never-ending source of despair.

I follow the careers of the stars of Firefly, always on the lookout for programs they might be appearing in, and was ecstatic when I first read about the TV program Castle. I have watched it since the first episode, and am so happy it is doing well in the ratings, since it is now must watch TV for me. Recently I was thinking about the show and what about it makes it even more special for me and came up with the list below.

Nathan Fillion

Rick Castle - Castle

I admit it: I have loved Captain Tightpants since a friend introduced me to Firefly. Who doesn’t love him? And, while I have never met him in person, I hold out hope that someday I will see him at a convention. In my opinion, Nathan has a wicked sense of humor, and really understands and appreciates his fans.

He is also a darn great actor, bringing all the characters he has portrayed in his career to life. I love his portrayal of Richard Castle, with touches of whimsy, realism, tongue-in-cheek and heart-felt affection for those around him. He also uses facial expressions and body language to maximum advantage. Like I said, what’s not to love?


Rick Castle - Castle

Yes, Castle is a crime drama, but in most of the episodes, they manage to keep a lighthearted attitude. Now, please understand, I do not mean that they take crime and death lightly, because they certainly do not. But, the program manages to have humorous moments along with the heavy dramatic moments.

I think that part of the humor could be described as the show not taking itself too seriously, and I have found over the years that I enjoy that style of program. I definitely look forward to the snark and sometimes silliness that flows seamlessly right along with the rest of the dialogue and action.

Shout Outs to the Fans

Rick Castle - Castle

This show gets us. The writers and others on the production team give us what we love on a regular basis. I know that I felt my heart skip a beat when Richard Castle dressed for Halloween as Capt. Mal in episode 6 of season 2, in an episode called “Vampire Weekend.” Reports of other Firefly artifacts showing up in the background of shots add to fan excitement and enjoyment, making it a scavenger hunt for clues.

And then recently, the ultimate love letter to the fans was created in the 6th episode of season 5, “The Final Frontier.” In fact, this episode was so much fun and so full of scifi fan moments that an entire article could be written to list all the shout outs found in it, including the cameo by director Jonathan Frakes, who played Will Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation, and guest star Ed Quinn who played Nathan Stark on Eureka!

A Great Team

Lanie Parish, Javier Esposito and Kevin Ryan - Castle

For me, these types of programs depend on a good team to be successful and enjoyable. The team must work well together, like a well oiled machine. Castle has just that, in fact, they have a great team!

Kate Beckett is the lead detective. Javier Esposito and Kevin Ryan, both detectives, are partners and work as part of Beckett’s team. And then there is Lanie Parish, the medical examiner. Along with Richard Castle, in the capacity of police consultant, these five comprise the primary team for this show.

This team functions very well, with each member having strengths that compliment the strengths of the others on the team. No one person does it all, and they must rely on each other to solve the crimes they are presented with. This for me is the definition of a great team.

Just the Right Amount of Romance

Kate Beckett and Rick Castle - Castle

Let me be clear – I am not a big fan of the two main characters, or in fact any of the main characters, being romantically linked on a crime/action adventure show. I have several reasons for feeling this way, but my main reason is that I feel the romance, the lingering looks, the pregnant pauses – all detract from the pace and action of a show that is meant to be action oriented. Should I feel the need for romance, there are many shows and movies on TV that can easily satisfy me.

That said, there are a couple of shows that manage to do the romance between main characters in such a way as to not annoy me, and Castle is one of those shows. Castle and Beckett took four seasons to get to their hookup, which occurred in the season 4 finale, “Always,” and now that they are an item, it is still not the primary focus of the show. In fact, their involvement lends more humor to the show, which I am enjoying immensely.


Do you like Castle? What are your reasons for liking it? Do you agree with my reasons, or have your own reasons to add? Please let me know your thoughts in the comment section below.