Monday, September 21, 2009
Okay, maybe love is a strong word. After all, I don't even know the man. But the new season of Castle started tonight and it's one of the few network shows I actually like. "Castle" isn't a scifi/fantasy show, but Nathan Fillion will be familiar to Joss Whedon fans who recognize Fillion as Mal Reynolds of Firefly. I still miss that show. Anyway, I just got done watching "Castle," and despite the fact that it is a fairly predictable TV show that could have been written by a hack like James Patterson, I still like it and that is almost entirely attributable to Fillion. The premise of the show is that pop fiction novelist Richard Castle is called in to consult on a case when a murder is committed that mimics a crime in one of his books. Castle then becomes intrigued by homicide Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic)and decides to write a new series of books loosely based on her. Using his influence as a very popular writer, Castle convinces the mayor to allow him to follow Beckett as she works and soon shows that he has a knack for solving crime himself. Hokey, I know. But it works because Fillion is so fun to watch. Lines that could totally fall flat or seem utterly ridiculous work because he's delivering them. For example: Beckett is called to a scene in which a homicide victim has had a portion of his internal organs removed and Castle, deadpan, says "someone hated his guts!" And I didn't groan. I know! So here's to Nathan Fillion. One of the few actors who can keep me interested in a weekly series. And the fact that he's good looking has nothing to do with it at all. Really.