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A Very Big Fan of Castle

By Lynette Gough

When the ABC show Castle ended, I was not as sad as when MASH, a pinnacle, popular show, ended, but I miss Castle and its silly characters almost as much. Castle is about a mystery writer, Richard Castle, and a capable homicide detective, Kate Beckett. The most important parts of the show are they were in love with each other, and they could not do their jobs alone. This completely unrealistic, and clever crime dramedy, or a comedy with sad, harsh, or dramatic elements (“Dramedy”), is a great show which had sizzling chemistry between the partners and funny stories, especially its ironic twists. Castle is a superior mystery show, and it is so good, the novels based on the show are popular as well, so dramedy lovers who love the comedy as much as the drama, or more so, should take the time to watch this great series.

The show is funny, so funny the sales of the DVDs of all the episodes are on sale often, and that is money well spent. One episode, “Undead Again,” is a great example. The story is about zombies, which are not real. However, the murder suspect acted like a zombie. Kevin Ryan, one of the detectives, checked to see if the suspect had a pulse when he and Javier Esposito, his partner, found the suspect lying on the floor. Ryan did not find a pulse and thought the suspect was dead. Then at the morgue, the suspect jumped off the gurney. Ryan later asked Castle very seriously, “Do you really believe in this zombie stuff, ‘cuz’ I could have sworn on my Nana [grandmother] that he was dead.” Castle told him, “No. You know what I do believe in? Driving Beckett crazy” (00:23:12-00:25:06). The writers were very clever. They set up a story that made zombies, which are made up, seem real. That was a very good episode.

Another positive criterion for a good show is the relationships the characters develop over time. Most of the shows are simply hour-long plots, but some of the main plots change over time. The last season is a great example. The characters Beckett and Castle try to solve the focal point of the entire series, proving Beckett’s mother’s murder was part of a huge conspiracy. Although in real life, the actors were having personal disputes and had to end the show’s production (Abrams), their performances convinced viewers the characters loved each other and were tortured about having to hide their feelings. The last scene of the show (“Crossfire”) was a true tear-jerker that is unforgettable.

The show itself plays up its unbelievable premise, making the truly fictitious and impossible elements even funnier. Real detectives do not let writers follow them around and write novels about their life together. The jokes about that premise are very funny. The most unbelievable part of the show is Castle’s bulletproof vest. Other vests say NYPD, initials for the New York Police Department, or the initials of the criminal justice organization, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, etc.. His vest says “WRITER.” This is absurd. Would a criminal not shoot because a writer was in the room? He was actually shot once, so it was a helpful vest (“Number One Fan”), but it was still a silly addition. These ironic twists make it a funny show.

Castle is a very entertaining show. Extreme fans also read the Castle books, a feature that is rarely done. Star Trek fans write about the show’s characters as well. Star Trek fans, called “Trekkies,” are dedicated fans, so the Castle fans who also read the books are strong fans, too. Castle has great plots, plot twists, witty dialogue, and special characters. It was a perfect addition to the ABC network, and it is missed, even after 8 seasons.

Work Cited

Abrams, Natalie. “Stana Katic previews new thriller Absentia, opens up about 'harsh' Castle exit.” Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation, 27 Jan. 2018.

“Dramedy.” Merriam Webster Online Dictionary. Merriam Webster, Inc. 2018.