Castle: Deep in Death (season premiere)
by Kona Gallagher, posted Sep 22nd 2009 1:44AM
(S02E01) Look, I'm just going to say it up front and get it out of the way: Nathan Fillion is the most charming man on television. All I could think of when I was watching the season premiere was, "wow." Also, how could Beckett resist him? Sure, he went against her express wishes and reopened her mother's case, which brings with it the distinct possibility of opening a Pandora's box of despair and obsession that could ruin her life and career -- but has she seen him smile? Come on.
Ordinarily, I have very little patience for obviously inconsequential tension like we have in this episode with Beckett refusing to partner up with Castle. It's the season premiere -- obviously, she's going to take him back; it's kind of the premise of the show. However, they manage to conclude the storyline in such a way that it doesn't overshadow the rest of the episode, and instead of retarding the pace, it actually ushers in some new character development.
I have mixed feelings on the whole "Beckett infiltrating the Russian gambling operation" thing. I find it hilarious that she goes to coffee shops and pretends to be from Moscow, and I love when she uses the Russian accent to gain entry into the poker game. However, while they try to justify the fact that she goes into said poker game wearing no pants as just "working with what she has available," it still takes Beckett to a trashy place where I don't think she would necessarily go.
It's good to see a lighter side of Beckett, but at the same time, I like the fact that she takes her job seriously. The NYPD isn't an easy place for women, especially a high-ranking woman like Beckett. I doubt she would undermine herself like that. I have no problem with Beckett going around without pants on -- just as long as it's off the clock.
Speaking of "off the clock," I'm enjoying Castle's mother and daughter more and more. Granted, Alexis' main purpose seems to be to help Castle have Dr. House-like Eureka moments during conversations not about the matter at hand, but she and Castle have lovely moments together, regardless.
The mystery of the week was creepy and gruesome enough to come straight from a Law & Order, which provides a nice balance to the jokes and snappy dialogue. A funny police procedural seems like a terrible idea, but Castle proved last season that it can work, and it just seems to be getting better in season two.