Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hooked on Castle

Mindy here. Monday's have turned into a big television night for me. You know how I love Dancing With the Stars, but Castle, the show that follows DWTS, has captured my attention, too.

Perhaps it's the concept that intrigued me. A writer hooks up with a detective after a murder mirrors one of his books. They solve the mystery, but writer Rick Castle is so fascinated with detective Kate Beckett he decides his next series will be about a female detective based on Beckett. Hence the show keeps going.

Okay, so aside from the fact that Castle is a writer, what factors make this show work?

Crime shows can be very intense. Castle throws in just the right amount of comedic moments to lighten things up. Like last night's episode, they're in the morgue talking to medical examiner who happens to be eating his lunch. Castle grimaces. "How can you eat here?" The examiner looks at him and says something to effect, "We use some of the strongest cleaning agents known to man in here. This is the cleanest place in the building." Okay, not gut-busting comedy, but it got a chuckle out of me.

Great stories, whether books, TV shows, or movies, come from the characters. And Castle has some memorable ones. For starters, they're not cookie-cutter characters. The dynamics between Castle and his family make for some of the funniest and heart-warming moments in the show. Castle himself is rich, successful, and often juvenile. His teenage daughter, on the other hand, whom he has sole custody of, takes on the role of the parent. They have a wonderfully open and loving relationship. He counts on her as much as she counts on him. Then we have Castle's mother who also lives with him. Martha Rogers is about as eccentric and childlike as they come. And she loves men.

Sexual tension is a must when you've got male and female leads, and Castle and Beckett have some great tension. Of course, it's the fact that they don't act on it that keeps us watching. Yet you know each is somewhat smitten with the other. Someone asks if they're having sex. While Beckett pronounces an adamant "No," Castle responds, "Not yet."

Castle's curiosity about Beckett lends itself to a nice subplot, as well. He wants to know what drove her become a detective. Gradually, he learns that something happened in her past. And each week, tidbits of information are revealed about both Castle and Beckett, giving each more depth.

But above all, I love watching Rick Castle unravel a mystery, often using elements of good writing. The bad guy is never the person you suspect, but there are plenty of red herrings along the way.

If you haven't checked out Castle yet, have a look-see. If you're a writer, consider it a study of the craft. If you're not a writer, you'll be entertained. Even my husband, Mr. Why-Are-You-Watching-This?, has gotten into the show.

What are some of your favorite shows? If you're a writer, do they lend themselves to your craft? If so, how?

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

7 comments:

  1. Loved the post. Castle is one of my favorite shows on TV right now.

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  2. Thanks for stopping by, Amy. I usually don't get into crime shows because they're too intense for me, but Castle has a nice mix of flavors.

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  3. Hi!
    The first full episode of Castle that I saw was the Halloween one. !!!! It was SOOOOo good : ) Lol! I really enjoyed it! However, the past few weeks I haven't been able to watch anything because I've had musical rehearsal for about 4 hours a night for at least 3 weeks. This week is our performances, so last week it was 5 and 6 hours a night : ) Lol! Ah! What we give up for theater : )
    Hannah
    P.S. I know Missy(Hi Missy!), so I thought I'd stop by and say hi! : ) Now, I have to go finish researching simple/easy Irish food/recipes for a large crowd : ) Then, go update my blog about it! Lol! Thanks!

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  4. Amy, I agree. I LOVE Castle!! Have not missed an episode since the very beginning!! Hannah, that Halloween episode nearly made me holler out loud! :)

    Mindy, what I love most is the characterization and character growth. On the first episode, I thought he was going to be the type character we'd love to hate. But he outgrew that womanizer personna pretty quickly, and we got to see a bit of his heart each week. I also love how they use his daughter, and even his mom, to show his sweet side. It really does help with my writing to study how they make him lovable.

    I just loved that line last night that you quoted--the No; No yet. Loved it! LOL

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  5. Yes, we are a Castle loving clan here too. Some of the other shows we watch are the new V, Jeff Dunham's new comedy, The Closer, and Army Wives. Each show has interesting characters, tension, and humor.

    Also, we don't watch them live. We DVR them and skip all the commercials :-) Power TV takes less time away from writing, lol.

    Angie

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  6. I haven't seen Castle yet but I will definitely watch it!

    I love "Lie to Me!" Also airs on Monday nights, but I watch it on Hulu, usually during lunch. It is a great show for learning what various body language signals mean. Even the slightest movement of movement can indicate a lie, an emotion, etc. Example: eyes cast down when talking can indicate shame; slight shrug of shoulder may indicate lying (program showed Bill Clinton when he lied about having an affair). Great show!!

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  7. I've only scene bits and pieces of Castle. Need to really sit down and watch it.
    My one and only fav drama is Brothers and Sisters. Great characters, and I love Sally
    Fields. Talk about a crazy family.
    It's amazing what we can learn from watching TV.
    I agree with Ang, watch DVR...less time. And Edwina, that's great insight on the show Lie To Me. I think my dh watches that now and then. I'll have to check it out.

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