Castle just gets better

February 22, 2011 at 12:01 am (TV) (, , , , , , , , , )

It is nothing short of miraculous when a tv show is good, stays on, and can boast not only a truly magnificent lead actor and really nice writing, but a truly brilliant production crew.  Nathan Fillion – the marvelous Nathan Fillion – is the magnificent lead; his Captain Malcolm Reynolds of Firefly is one of my favorite characters in all of tv, movies, or print, as Firefly itself is one of my favorite entities in all of tv, movies, or print.  Well, not movies.  Not the movie.  No. 

The amazing thing is that someone in charge of Nathan Fillion’s current series Castle, long may it wave, knows this.  Not about me – I assume – but about all the other geeks who started, as I did, watching Rick Castle because they loved Mal Reynolds.  Above is the costume Castle wore for the first Halloween episode, “Vampire Weekend” in 2009. 

Alexis: What exactly are you supposed to be?
Castle: Space cowboy.
Alexis: Ok, A: there are no cows in space. B: didn’t you wear that like five years ago?
Castle: So?
Alexis: So, don’t you think you should move on?
Castle: I like it.

I love it.  I had a fair-sized conniption that night.  Bought the episode on iTunes. 

Another mini-conniption:

Castle (in Chinese): My partner is crazy and may start firing at any moment!

Beckett: Semester abroad?
Castle: No, a TV show I used to love.

Every now and then they toss one out.  It’s nothing that will get in the way of watching the show if you never saw Firefly – but if you did, it just makes for the happy. 

Tonight’s episode, “Setup” not only is using a song by Pink Martini in the background – bravo – but involves Martha wanting to take Alexis off to a spa where she will shed her ego in preparation for teaching the students who will be flocking into her acting school.  Richard never heard of the place.  Martha’s response?

“You haven’t heard of the Serenity?”

There’s no way that was accidental.

To whomever it is responsible for the recognition of your geek fan base – I love you. 

You too, Mr. Fillion.  You too. 

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  1. Ola said,

    I found this blog by accident – well, not exactly. Let me start over. I found this blog through my love to Firefly/Castle and through happiness the last episode gave me (I just HAD to look for someone as excited as I was). So now I love everything and everyone, and it will go away in a few minutes, but I cherish it while it lasts.
    Anyway, have a great life, whoever you are.

    • stewartry said,

      It does leave a warm and fuzzy glow, doesn’t it? Here’s to many more moments like it!

  2. David Spira said,

    I gave Castle a try specifically because Fillion was in it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun it is (I generally loath cop and/or law shows).

    It may be that the show keeps growing on me, but I also feel like the quality of the writing has been consistently improving over the last three years.

    Last thought – I too love the Firefly easter eggs they toss in from time-to-time.

    • stewartry said,

      Thanks for the comment (and the “like”)! The show really has refined and improved; the other two cops in Beckett’s team have always been pretty much interchangeable to me, but if it keeps going the way it has I might actually start remembering their names. I still watch mainly for Fillion – but he isn’t carrying quite so much of it as I expected.

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