A small chunk of Castle

by Cap'n Carrot on March 10, 2009 · 4 comments

in Television

Nathan Fillion‘s new show premiered last night on ABC. Sadly the network doesn’t have the full episode available online and the network’s official short “embeddable” clips only work about half the time (I’ve got one word for you ABC – Hulu!), but you can check out at least the first dozen minutes or so from the pilot of Castle below. Fillion stars as a mystery/crime novelist who gets called into help the police when a killer begins recreating some of the deaths from the writer’s book. Stana Katic (who you might remember as a cop from The Spirit) plays the detective saddled with fun-loving, and well-schooled, writer.

It’s bit rough in spots (it is a pilot, after all), but it shows some promise and I like the interaction between the two leads (though I’d be perfectly happy if they got rid of the annoying mother played by Susan Sullivan). And, although I think the scene was a little too cute, I give props to Seven J. Cannell and James Patterson showing up as themselves. The true test is whether it can become something more than just another unlikely buddy cop show and how smart the weekly mysteries (those not inspired by the author’s books) turn out to be. Hopefully it will stay on TV at least longer than Fillion’s last series (which was gone so fast I never even knew it existed).

Castle – Pilot (first 13 minutes)

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  • MavMurdoc

    I developed my man crush on Nathan Fillion with Firefly. Since then I eat up everything he’s been in. After seeing this post I torrented the first episode of Castle, and I have to say I wasn’t let down!

    The other cast members are pretty good (like you I really don’t care for the mother), but Nathan light’s up the screen. His character is outragiously funny. I can’t wait for the next episode.

  • http://www.transbuddha.com Cap’n Carrot

    I first came across Fillion on Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place (Ryan Reynolds as well). I liked him on Firefly (and to a lesser extent his guest role on Angel)and I thought he was great in Waitress, but I’m still waiting for him to personally apologize to me (and everyone else who saw it) for Slither.

    As a fan of his, any chance that you saw Drive?

  • MavMurdoc

    Gah! I loved Slither! For me, it was one of those crappy movies that you can’t help but love. I liked how it poked fun at most genres of horror movies (most of which I think are ridiculous anyway).

    I did see Drive, and it was so-so for me. Nathan (as always) was great, and the story was actually kinda decent. But the rest of the cast of that show was absolutely terrible. I think that was why it didn’t go over well. It could have used some better writing on some of the side stories, but mostly I blame the actors for not know how to deliver their lines.

  • BAD

    Wow, that was really good! I like the Grandma.

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