castle pilot

I know I’m a little late with this but I was out of town when the episode actually aired, so: YAY!!!  Nathan Fillion is back on TV!

My initial impression is that Castle could be completely forgettable (it is, after all, a baldfaced rip-off of Bones and about a dozen other shows) if not for Nathan.  Kate is somewhat interesting, enough so that by midway through the episode I was starting to yell advice at her through the screen (like, “Come ON, Kate, you’re too smart for his tricks!”), but the other cop characters are pretty much blanks at this point – since this was only the pilot, there’s plenty of time to flesh them out later, but right now I don’t really remember any names or particular attributes for any of them.  I did like the daughter, but her relationship with Castle made me a bit uncomfortable, because in the real world the parent trying to be the kid’s cool buddy never works.  It’s fun to watch on screen, but really Castle comes across as a pretty poor father, one likely to be discussed at length in his daughter’s therapy sessions around the time she’s in college.

Nathan, though.  NATHAN!  And his FACE!  I do love that man.  He’s just a joy to watch.  The other thing that caught my eye was how stylishly the crime scene with the flowers was shot.  I have a weakness for nice aesthetic camera angles and swoopiness and good use of colors and whatnot.  Keep that up.

I will definitely be turning into tomorrow for the second episode, and I’m already looking forward to the inevitable either-Kate-or-Castle-is-in-peril-and-the-other-one-is-worried episode that will be coming at some later point.  Please, please, Fox.  Give this show a little time.  Maybe, just maybe, there is room for one more quirky crime-solving drama on prime time network TV.

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