Castle: Season 1, Episode 1

Flowers for Your Grave (9 Mar. 2009)

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Murder mystery author Richard 'Rick' Castle publishes the book in which he kills off his bestseller series' hero, Derek Storm. On that very day, NYPD detective Kate Beckett questions him ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alexis Castle (as Molly Quinn)
James Patterson ...
Jonathan Tisdale
Harrison Tisdale


Murder mystery author Richard 'Rick' Castle publishes the book in which he kills off his bestseller series' hero, Derek Storm. On that very day, NYPD detective Kate Beckett questions him about two murders in the exact style of his novels, on a lawyer Fisk viz. social worker Alyson Tisdale. He's professionally flattered to have a copycat. Her boss, captain Roy Montgomery, accepts his help as case consultant and teams them up, the mayor being a fan puts him de facto in charge. More copy killing follows. The police simplistically arrest his fan Kyle Cabot, the first common link. Castle and his author friends decide he must keep investigating, on the assumption it's a motive cover-up, which he does brilliantly, as even Beckett must grudgingly admit. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery



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Stephen J. Cannell is a long-time family friend of Rob Bowman's. Rob's father had been one of Stephen's coworkers at KTLA, and later Rob worked for Stephen. See more »


When Castle is talking to Alexis in the limo, just before she tells him that he'll need to raise her allowance if he keeps needing to get bailed out, she pushes a lock of her hair behind her right ear, but in the very next shot, her hair is back where it was before she pushed it back. See more »


Kate Beckett: He's like a nine year old on a sugar rush. Totally incapable of taking anything seriously.
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References Oklahoma! (1955) See more »


Castle Theme
Written by 'Robert Duncan (VII)' (qv)
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Great Writing.. Average Directing.. Bad Casting !

By the way what I mean by "great" in the title is how this show tracks down the classic shows of the 1980s whereas the same formula, sexual tension and fun. Remington Steele, Moonlighting.. we didn't run into things like that since long time, living a hell of autopsied corpses and reality TV! But this time as much I was happy, as much I wasn't optimistic.

The script, as a pilot and entertaining episode, was superb. Look at the bunch of characters, the swift lines and the thrill it made. The cameo of Stephen J. Cannell apart (The man who created or co-created TV classics like Chase, The Rockford Files, The Greatest American Hero, Stingray, and The A-Team) just gave me a hint about what Castle wants to be. However, the casting nearly ruined all of that.

Save (Susan Sullivan) as the washed-up singer mom, I didn't see anyone with anything special. The 2 leads didn't leave one atom of affect on me. I mean com'on.. (Nathan Fillion) is the slick womanizer novelist ?? The man got no charisma for half of that !! (Maybe with a moustache he can have a slight chance). And (Stana Katic) isn't attractive as a lead or even convincing as tough policewoman.. Nice eyes though!

The directing handled the things as the best of usual. Since X Flies I don't remember a show with a glimpse of singularity or a desire to do so. True it was lovely time as a whole; being the breath of fresh air that we've missed so much for 2 decades already. But those leads are excluded from the charm that I've had with this one of Castle. Hard Irony I know. I just leave it to the upcoming days. Maybe the future will prove me wrong!

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