2. Quality Of Characters
One thing Castle does really well is reiterate the personalities and relationships of the characters at the beginning of the episode. Within the first five minutes, I knew who was dating whom. I also met the entire team, learned about Castle’s college-aged daughter, and found out the man’s day job as a popular mystery writer. The ease the writers seemed to have with pushing out that information while still building rapport and getting to the bulk of the mystery was impressive.

More impressive was the dialogue between Castle and his partner, Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic). Beckett and Castle are clearly fleshed out characters with personality and pizzaz. Less impressive were the characterizations of everyone else involved in the detective unit. There were two dudes who provided research and otherwise joked around for the rest of the episode. There was Castle’s boring daughter, who didn't do much—at least in the episode I encountered. The bottom line: Castle and Beckett were great and the rest of the characters were not; luckily, this was mostly corrected through pithy dialogue.

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