Some people love crossword puzzles the way i read mysteries. And watch them. On TV with a DVR, so that i can take notes and rewind. i know that makes me a nerd. But the pleasure is so great.
Some summer nights, after dinner, when nothing much is happening, and the grill is cooling on the deck, and the fireflies are coming out with the stars, we sit in the family room near the big patio doors, and watch an old Castle re-run.
. . . and i start to think of the fictional characters as friends. (Don't tease me; i know you know what i'm talking about, sweet one.) i cooked dinner for years while Gibbs and Tony and Ducky unraveled a mystery re-run on USA. That's intimate.
i'm growing to feel like that about Kate Becket, Rick Castle, Alexis, Esposito, and Ryan.
For one thing, Castle is a Writer. He has a police Kevlar vest with WRITER written across the chest.
i want one.
Secondly, i started the show when my first born went away to college. It was my go-to on Monday nights. For an hour, i didn't miss my Lori.
And the show is stylish, with sly references to the actors' pasts (Firefly, the Hulk), fun cameos (anyone remenber Chad Everett?), a wink-wink-nod-nod to its 8 o'clock lead-in DWTS, pop culture themed crimes, and a roguish antics veneer over strong core loyalty and honor. Its fun, classy, unpredictable, and keeps me guessing.
And most weeks, for a few seconds, someone at some point says something that is so well written, so magical, that i carry it with me for days.
The season 4 finale, which coincided with my Lori's graduation last year, did that in big way; would you consider watching Alexis' Graduation Speech with me? And don't worry about spoilers. . .this scene will just make you want to catch up.
Castle | Season 4 | Episode 23 - Always
“There is a universal truth we all have to face, whether we want to or not: everything eventually ends. . ."