Castle – The Complete First Season

by Alan Rapp on September 24, 2009

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Castle: The Complete First Season
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When a pair of murders are discovered to be recreations of his novels, writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) is brought in for questioning by Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). Castle, coming off the end of a best-selling series of novels, is looking for something different. And, much to Beckett’s consternation, he finds it by helping her solve the case.

Rather than part ways Castle becomes a permanent consulatant for the NYPD as he does research for his new character “Nikki Heat” based on Beckett. As he writes, and takes care of his precosuious mother (Susan Sullivan) and responsible daughter (Molly C. Quinn), Castle helps Beckett and her team (Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever, Tamala Jones) solve a string of cases including a man stuffed into a wall safe, a nanny thrown into a dryer, the death of a young private school student in Central Park, a woman frozen for years, a woman drowned in a bathtub full of motor oil, and a dead Councilman.

Included in this three-disc set is commentary for the pilot episode “Flowers for Your Grave” and “A Chill Goes Through Her Veins,” bloopers and outtakes, a short featurette on the creation of the show, and Nathan Fillion attempting to learn from Stephen J. Cannell.

Overall a solid first season with a role perfectly suited to Fillion. Katic is great as the smart and sexy detective frustrated yet grudgingly grateful for his assistance. Castle‘s an easy recommendation, and I hope it stays on the air for an awfully long time.

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