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Murder,he wrote

Richard Castle,a bestselling crime fiction writer,‘master of the macabre’,kills off his lead character. Afflicted by writer’s block,he wonders what he will write about,when an idea arrives on a platter.

Written by Pooja Pillai | Published: May 10, 2010 3:16:56 am

Castle

Star World

Monday to Thursday at 10 pm

Rating: ***

What’s it about? Richard Castle,a bestselling crime fiction writer,‘master of the macabre’,kills off his lead character. Afflicted by writer’s block,he wonders what he will write about,when an idea arrives on a platter. In one of those lucky co-incidences,which make us wish we lived on television,a police detective,Kate Beckett approaches him for help in solving a murder. The case: a copycat murderer is lifting scenarios straight from Castle’s novels and staging his very own killings. The writer obviously gets involved and by the end of the first episode,has his inspiration: NYPD Detective Beckett,who forms the basis for a potential new character,tough female cop,Nikki Heat. Given that he needs to thoroughly research his subject,Castle gets special permission from the mayor (he’s a fan) to follow Beckett on cases,and as luck would have,help her in solving them.

Who’s in it? So what if he played a creepy and mysogynistic priest,who serves the First Evil on Buffy the Vampire Slayer ? There couldn’t be a more perfect actor than Nathan Fillion to essay Castle’s oh-so masculine charm and slightly degenerate lifestyle. And playing the perfect foil to Fillion’s flamboyant writer,is Stana Katic,as the controlling and rigid Detective Beckett. Not that she isn’t human—we find that she’s in the force because she lost a loved one at the hands of an unknown assailant. We also find out that she has a weakness for crime fiction and is,secretly,a Castle fan girl.

What’s hot? The chemistry between the lead pair is palpable and the rest of the cast also manage to hold their own. Moreover,despite the gruesomeness of some of the murders,there’s surprisingly little to make the fainthearted break into a cold sweat. It does not look as grim as Law and Order,but neither does it look as pretty as Desperate Housewives,so it manages to find a nice balance.

What’s not? The murders are nice and meaty,but why do all crime shows fall victim to the same clichés? An impossibly good-looking lead pair,unbelievably rapid-fire repartee and neatly resolved cases—all serve to stretch the viewer’s credulity.

Should you be watching it? A crime fiction show,especially one as enjoyable as this,is a definitely forgivable guilty pleasure. Be sure to indulge.

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