Fall TV Preview

The Castle Premiere: 13 Quick Observations

Stana Katic CastleWe’ve reached that glorious time of summer when the networks start letting loose with screeners of returning shows’ season premieres. Already I’ve barely managed to keep my composure through Parenthood‘s opener (damn you, Haddie!), while this afternoon it was the Castle premiere that showed up on my cyber-doorstep.

Here, quickly, are 13 not-at-all-spoilery observations about Season 5’s start.

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* When Kate asks in this promo, “So, you liked it?” Heh, turns out she’s speaking of something specific.

* Speaking of the promo, two quick cuts that seem to be from the same continuous moment are in fact not.

* This premiere had a very tricky task ahead of it, juggling the afterglow of Rick and Kate’s coupling (and the cutesy/sometimes downright funny moments that come with it) with the ever-looming threat of Cole Maddox. I’d say the show pulled it off well. Case in point….

* About two thirds of the way in, at the very instant I was thinking to myself, “I don’t think I’ve taken a breath yet” — the action/tension is ratcheted high, folks — Kate cautions someone, “Don’t… even… breathe.” Which I thought was spooky. But I’m easy that way.

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* As series creator Andrew Marlowe told me during my set visit, the Vice President of the United States character is actually no biggie/no more than a background player. (And that’s not political commentary!) Jack Coleman, meanwhile, is excellent as a powerful U.S. senator.

* Castle’s deductive/observational skills come in extremely handy as they suss out a big lead on someone’s identity.

* The explosion in the promo? Yeah, someone dies there.

* It may not surprise you to know that parts of the hour are a real showcase for Stana Katic, starting with a scene where a deflated Kate admits, “I don’t know how to do this” and culminating in a nail-biting sequence towards the very end.

* Around the 20-minute mark (give or take, with commercials), you will let loose with a loud expletive. Though it will be the third time you have done so during the premiere, this one will be for “Holy s—!” reasons.

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* This picture will make so much more sense. In 23 days.

* An intense scene I saw them shooting while I was on set? Between Kate and [almost-spoiler]? It does not appear to have made the final cut. Huh.

* Some commenters have been disappointingly catty about what we will call “sheet placement,” as seen in the promo. Well, such snark will be proven moot within the first seconds. [Insert Nelson Muntz laugh]

* Kate’s bed!

Enjoy the Castle premiere for yourself on Monday, Sept. 24!

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  1. Krystan says:

    I cannot wait!!!!!

  2. william j mazza says:

    the so did you like auote has to be about the tattoo

    • Symce (Netherlands) says:

      I think he just said it was about her bed lol

      Now the real question would be HOW do they get from his bed to hers all in the same episode. Bad Marlowe, I want a time machine to fastforward 3 weeks

    • VACastlefan says:

      Exactly my thought…GOTTA be the tat!

    • Addison says:

      What about the ice cube thing?

      • Klover says:

        Oh, the ice cubes! HAHA, that would be funny. But a little early to be pulling out her tricks, eh? ;)
        Maybe she’s asking him if he liked being with a girl with real boobs.
        KIDDING! (I was just remembering their fake boobs/santa claus convo, lol)

    • I don’t know. On another forum, someone pointed out that she asks it because she’s still a bit insecure and unsure about the whole thing (given his past, her keeping her emotions and feelings to herself, etc). Him saying “yeah” as if to mean “duh!” is reassuring to her. Although the tattoo isn’t a bad theory either :)

      • Klover says:

        I don’t see her at all being insecure. I just don’t see Beckett that way. She’s been thrown off guard at times, but she knows what she has and owns it. Like everyone else, my first guess was the tattoo, and for that very reason I’m kinda hoping it isn’t. It’d be funny if it was a sexual innuendo. ;)

        • Actually I think they meant insecure about the relationship and her feelings for him because of, like I said, his past and her keeping her feelings and emotions to herself. And maybe also herself when it comes to relationships. But I’m not really sure because a) I never asked them; it’s just the way they worded things that made me think it and b) I’ve only been a fan for a little over a year and I’ve only seen seasons 1 and 4 and parts of 2 and 3. Plus from the episodes I’ve seen, you make a good point :)

    • Bev says:

      My first inital thought about what she was asking did he like was breakfast. When I saw the promo I thought he woke up and she wasn’t in bed so he was thinking it was a dream. She in the meantime was off making breakfast and when she returned with breakfast he commented that it wasn’t a dream. I’ve been known to be totally off base but that was my imagination of what I thought took place.
      I don’t think they are talking about a tattoo though.

  3. CB says:

    I am so jealous of you right now.

  4. This makes me even more anxious for September 24th!!

  5. I want your job…oh I so want your job!

  6. megshells says:

    Ugh…the agony! 24 days and counting, but who’s counting…right? :)

  7. Thank you thank you thank you! That should hold me for a week. :)

  8. Katha says:

    Where can I apply for your job? daaaaamn.. where’s September?

  9. Marina says:

    I can’t decide what makes the waiting worst: going spoiler free or reading articles like this. Geez!

    • Sophie Reah says:

      Totally agree, Marina! Now that I’ve read this, part of me wishes I’d gone spoiler-free, cause now I’m doubly anxious for the 24th, but then again, I think I’d be going just as crazy if I was spoiler-free, lol! x

  10. Lisa says:

    Matt you rock! Thank you so much for this. Bookmarked for easy future reference.

    I have never been more psyched for a show in my life.

  11. It’s a little hate I am feeling here. I wish I was in your shoes. DAMMIT! :D

  12. Dref22 says:

    Jack Coleman is always excellent!!!

  13. KalliopePL says:

    Is it September 24/25 yet?

  14. Andrea says:

    I’m so jealous!!!!!!

  15. gossip2010 says:

    the wait is killing me !!

  16. Nerwen Aldarion says:

    Matt you do realize you have marked yourself, crazed Castle fans (myself included) are going to try and find your address and force you to give us a copy of the premiere.

  17. sara says:

    I hate youuuuu. Well I don’t really, I’m just extremely jealous :)

  18. Jana says:

    Ahhh I am SO excited!!

  19. xsikal says:

    I really hope this season is better than the last. Hopefully, with Kate and Castle together, and their secrets out in the open, it can get back to top form.

    • beckstle says:

      Without the events of last season, the events of Always and this season would seem pretty trite. Each season of Castle actually builds on the ones before. So going BACK to anything would not be good. However, I AM glad Caskett have worked through their secrets and issues enough to start a relationship. The timing is close to perfect – and a heck of alot closer to perfect than any other series since the Moonlighting myth took effect. I love how the conspiracy issues and the relationship issues continue to be woven together. Castle has to be the most underrated series on television. It’s nice that the quality is finally starting to be noticed.

  20. emma says:

    The title says 13 and then you say 12. There are actually 13 though :-)

  21. tlc19 says:

    I wanted to read this article, I didn’t want to read this article, I did, I didn’t, I… had to. #lackofwillwhenitcomestoCastle Thanks for making the next 23 days go even slower!!

  22. If the comment is about the tat and we don’t see it–I am pissed!

  23. pistacchio says:

    I almost died while watching the promo, now this..wonder what will actually happen when I watch the whole episoe! :)

  24. Sky Lark says:

    You know, I like Castle too, but why are we getting so excited about a 3 second kiss, a morning after scene where he’s got the sheet up to his chin. Did things not go so well? I think we are being naive if we think they are now a couple. BTW, aren’t there any other shows running this fall or have you turned into the Castle network?

    • beckstle says:

      I’d answer you – but that would be a spoiler. :D If you want the answer check out the spoiler sites or wait until the 24th.

    • Maria says:

      If it has turned into the Castle network that’d be okay with me!! Thanks, Matt, for this article. Sept 24th can’t get here quickly enough!!

    • Emma says:

      It has “turned into the Castle network” because they were given a lot of access to Castle information. Naturally, TVline is going to give us that information. If you dislike the articles about Castle, then by all means, don’t read them. We are not being naive to think they are a couple- it is exceptionally well established that they ARE a couple. That isn’t even a spoiler. Your negativity makes me sad. I guess I’ll go watch that “three second kiss” with a sheet up to his chin to make myself happier now…

    • Linds says:

      Sky Lark, you must be new here…. Watch every episode of Castle over again in order, and you’ll see why we’re so excited.

  25. Luu says:

    I’m so excited with all the promos and reviews that i don’t think i’ll live enough to see the episode itself. 23 days are waaaaay too much time to wait.

  26. Shannon Quinn says:

    DAMN! I HATE you!! Now, I’m even more excited!! ;)

  27. Mari says:

    I really don’t think I’m gonna survive the premiere…

  28. Kim says:

    Awesome!! Although my willpower is failing. If Castle and Beckett can wait 4 years I suppose we can wait 3 more weeks.

  29. Laura says:

    Where is Air?..Where is September?

  30. Anne-Sophie Verbeeck says:

    No. Fair.

    Seriously, can I have your job? pretty please??

  31. Nicole says:

    I guessin the two seperate shots is Castle in bed as the two shots he is in different bedrooms. Im trying to figure out what specific aspect she is asking if he liked it? 23 days is nothing if the fandom can wait 4 years. It still feels like forever though!

  32. rachelle says:

    Matt! Words cannot express both the jealousy and the love that i feel for you right now!!!! I’m so happy for this!!! God, im smiling SO hard!!!! Ughhhh why is Sept. 24 so far away??

  33. Shannon says:

    I’m gonna go ahead and assume that the Nelson Muntz laugh will be because all those people who have been saying he’s covered in a sheet because he’s not in very good shape are going to be proven very, very wrong as soon as it drops. Which would make me a very, VERY HAPPY CASTLE FAN. :)

    Oh, and for the record, if you hear noises in the bushes outside your house at night, Mat, don’t call the cops. It’s just me trying to break in and steal your computer. Thanks in advance!

  34. Audrey says:

    Oh. God. My. September can’t come soon enough.

  35. Vanessa says:

    What?! I need more information!!!!

  36. Klover says:

    Ha, the tattoo and the sheet placement were my favorite “giveaways” – if proven correct. I’ve said it from the start, I would love to eat my words when that sheet drops (and it looks like it’s slipping in the promo!).

    The end bed shots caused an argument, I saw, on YouTube. I dunno why, it was obvious they were different beds if you looked closely. Excited to see the new Kate set addition! So far I’m not doing a very good job stay away from the spoilers, but damnit, this wait is too long! The premiere sounds like it’s going to hit all the notes, and maybe even create some new ones. Excited for it all – ready for the drama and fun!

  37. Jess says:

    I think I just died. Wake me up on September 24th please :)

  38. Maarja says:

    oh dear god, I honestly can’t wait anymore!!!! I’m so so so excited, probably going to have a heart attack of happiness when watching it haha. So jelaous though, but sence I made it through the summer, I’m going to make it through the 24 days :) ah-mah-zing show, love it love it

  39. maryploppins says:

    AAGGGGHH I need to see this NOW.

  40. Krithika says:

    Oh. My. Godddd!! This week has truly been toooooo damn good for us castle fans!!! I really wanna tear my head out!! I don’t think I’ll survive the wait. LOL We have been getting more Season 5 scoop than all 4 previous seasons scoops combined!! I couldn’t be more happier! Oh and Matt any chance I can get your job? Atleast your assistant maybe?

  41. Rusty says:

    Nathan is sooo lucky, he gets to such great almost nude scenes with such beautiful women, Stana, Katic and Christina Hendricks must be nice

  42. Be still my Caskett shipper heart!
    So, Matt….what is is going to take for you to cyber over that advanced viewing? Hmmm. The promo had me up in arms for a couple of days…your review has me praying for 9/24! Thank you so much for sharing…any info on Castle…makes my day! Thanks

  43. youwouldalwayswin says:

    Reblogged this on You put those people together,.

  44. Matt, don’t tell Aus, but you are my favorite on TVLine solely because of all the Castle goodness you bring us. Thank you SO much for doing it! I really wish I had gotten my degree in journalism instead of just English with a focus on writing. I could be working on a site like this writing about my favorite crime dramas, Castle included (assuming I’d get screeners like you do) :) And like everyone else, I literally can’t wait for the 24th.

  45. James says:

    Aw your killing me Mitovich with this holly sh-t moments. I couldn’t wait before, but now its just torture. in the name of all that is holly please sept 24 come quickly.

  46. Hedwig peters Io says:

    I wish i was nathan. I live in.NY…and had her job

  47. Kristyl says:

    Spoiler/Observation 2 – the quick scene cuts. I reckon that the ‘did you like it’ and yeah. They just don’t seem to fit quite well together. If you look closely its a bit of a jumpy scene

    • Ana Nicolay says:

      I don’t think that is it!
      When Nathan jumps off a dream at the end, it’s not the same scene as the one with the sheet situation. Just pause at 0:13 and you’ll see that he actually has a shirt on at the first scene!

  48. your blog, {thanks|several many thanks}.