Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Review - Castle Season 2 Episode 1 Deep in Death

I started watching Castle for Nathan Fillion. After one season, I'm still watching the show because of Nathan Fillion and now Stana Katic. The acting on Castle is top-notch from everyone, and that's pretty much the only reason why I continue to watch the show. Out of all the crime procedurals out there, and there are many, Castle ranks among the weakest in terms of the criminal element. The writing of the show is exceedingly weak in comparison to the acting, and after a season, it hasn't improved much. The show still has a child-like innocence to it bordering on Bones.

The episode starts with everyone being slightly testy with Castle. After reopening Beckett's old wounds, Castle has lost the graces of her colleagues. Castle is at the precinct for a photoshoot, and Kate has to partake in an interview which she clearly does not want to be in. A body is discovered and a reporter tags along. it was pushed off the top of the building. Fairly standard, but there's lots of things to do with it.

Here's where the writing starts breaking down. On the way to the morgue, the body is snatched by gunmen. This is fine, but the following investigation is much too simplistic. The guy was in debt and went to play poker with Russian mobsters. He's also a drug mule. Great! (I'm being sarcastic)

The one thing I did like about the episode was Castle's apology and Beckett's acceptance of it. Castle was sincere and that's really all Beckett wanted, for him to take responsibility for his actions. I'm many think otherwise, but this step forward was not premature. I'm sure there will still be residual feelings of distrust throughout the season rearing its ugly head.

Score: 8.3/10


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