He's back! For the second year in a row, Nathan Fillion returns with all new episodes of his hit television show Castle. The premise is simple enough. Fillion is Richard Castle, a bestselling author whose work is strikingly similar to crimes committed outside the written page. Once the police figure out they most likely have a copycat killer on their hands, the author is teamed with a female detective, Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), so his expertise can be used as a way to close the book, as it were, on many more crimes. The chemistry between Fillion and Kantic cannot be stressed enough. It's almost Moonlighting, only with more wit.
When we last left these two, Castle had something to tell Beckett. This was not just any random piffle, but it concerned her deceased mother ("A Death in the Family"). Hard enough under regular circumstances, but Castle knew Beckett told him to stay away from the case, since it was clear homicide. If he chose to ignore her, their partnership would be over.
Whoever hired these two actors made a smart move indeed. Watching Fillion try and redeem himself while Kantic seethes in a steady rage makes me want to see much more. There is a touching vulnerability of each person having to confront feelings long thought buried. I look forward to seeing more of this storyline. A serial killer might be involved. Why maybe? A major metropolitan city has things go on each day where more than one person gets hurt or dies. I'm not willing to connect the dots just yet.
Season two starts out when a man dies and his body is found in a tree. Welcome to New York. Somehow, this seems perfectly natural. The ride to the morgue brings a twist which I'll let you watch for yourselves. The rumble almost gives everything away, but Lanie,the medical examiner (Tamara Tunie) and Castle are surprised anyhow. Go take a look.
Stephen J. Cannell and Michael Connelly make guest appearances in this episode. They play themselves, in a nice clip which discusses motive. Poker playing is only a prelude to the undercover gambling in Chinatown with the Russian mafia. Speaking of which, Beckett speaks Russian! She explains by mentioning a semester in Kiev to Ryan (Seamus Deaver) and Esposito (Jon Huertas), her astonished colleagues. Considering how unusual Katic's name is, I think she is probably part Russian herself.