On the surface, Castle
appears very lighthearted. Yet, a lot of the show is darker and more intense than it initially lets on.
First, it is a cop show. On the Sliding Scale Of Silliness Versus Seriousness
, it's more serious than Psych,
which isn't hard to do, but even Psych
has its dark moments. Once A Season
we get major action-packed two part episodes to really up the ante, like "Tick, Tick, Tick..." and "Boom!" or "Pandora" and "Linchpin."
is the backbone of the show's earliest days, just like on Bones
but with a Gender Flip
. Luckily, it never gets old here, just like on NCIS.
Third, the humor. Oh, the humor. There's not a lot of places where you would get to hear stuff like, "Maybe it's a nice murder, darling. Brighten your day." Sounds wrong, but it's a formula for a show that is just right. It's almost Burtonian
in its offbeatness, and that really was enough to seal the deal for me, because so far, just from the comedy alone, this is about the closest to Tim Burton Style that TV has gotten since the unfortunate cancellation of the gloriously delightful Pushing Daisies.
The presence of real-life editions of all the books "written" by Mr. Rick Castle (really an unidentified ghostwriter) helps too. The books are shorter than most typical murder mystery stories, so they can be easily read within a week or two. Or a day or two, if you are a speed reader like myself.
Long story short, Castle
is just too much fun to pass over.