I’m a bingewatcher. I can’t stand waiting a whole week for another episode of Ray Donovan or Devious Maids. Give me a program that’s been running for several years and a season on DVD checked out from the library and I’m a happy girl – for about a week. I’ve been watching a season of Castle every week for about a month now. Two to three episodes a night and I’m thoroughly entertained and sleep like a rock.
First, let me say I’m not big on crime drama. CSI and other police procedurals do nothing for me. (Though Gary Sinise and Adam Rodriguez are two Hot Guys with Guns!) I guess the “police procedural” label is why it took me so long to warm up to Castle.
With most police procedurals, the show starts with someone dying and then a bunch of cops do their thing to find the killer.
Meh. No, thanks.
But, what I didn’t know is that Castle puts a whole different spin on the genre and inserts a goofy writer and occasional commentary from his poker playing writer pals like Stephen J. Cannell and James Patterson.
Whaaat??? Sign me up for that party!
For those of you who have also been under a rock for the past 7 years, here’s the premise of this program:
Castle follows Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who has killed off the main character in his book series and has writer’s block. He is brought in by the NYPDfor questioning regarding a copy-cat murder based on one of his novels. He is intrigued by this new window into crime and murder, and uses his connection with the mayor to charm his way into shadowing Detective Kate Beckett, played by Stana Katic. Castle decides to use Beckett as the model for Nikki Heat, the main character of his next book series. Beckett, an avid reader of Castle’s books, initially disapproves of having Castle shadow her work, but later warms up and recognizes Castle as a useful resource in her team’s investigations. ~Wikipedia
So instead of being this super intense hour of gritty, gory crime scenes and police procedures from a cop’s point of view, it’s all about the quirky writer, his process and how he approaches police work from waaaaay outside the box.
That’s a story I can get behind!
So that’s what I’m bingewatching this week (Season 5) as I wait ever so impatiently for the next season of House of Cards.
So what are you watching?