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Final Gravity

'Castle: The Complete Second Season'
(Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Seamus Dever, Jon Huertas, Tamala Jones, et al / 5-Disc DVD / PG-13 / 2010 / ABC Studios)

Overview: The critically-acclaimed complete second season release of ABC’s smart, witty dramedy Castle showcases the unique partnership between “ruggedly handsome” crime novelist, Richard Castle (Nathan Fillian) and hard-nosed NYPD detective, Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) - in this fantastic five-disc DVD set!

DVD Verdict: Let me make this clear - I love 'Castle' so much (the TV show, that is!) that instead of tuning in to watch it through its ABC TV run, I purposefully avoid it at all costs - only to watch it all in one sitting (no matter how many days its takes) from start to finish ... uninterrupted!

And so, having just finished that very same task, I can say that, as expected, I loved it, but I also have to report that some things have begun to make my stomach (sadly) turn.

But, before that, yes, Season 2 is brimming with even more of the quick whit and sarcastic jibes that made season 1 such a hit. The dynamic chemistry of crime writer Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) working with Detective Kate Becket (Stana Katic) are what gives the show it's edge.

I mean, their comedic timing is dead on and makes the show so smooth to watch that this season, it seems all the cast are in on the one-liber quips! Indeed, given a scene with five characters inm these days you just have no idea which will deliver the next and/or final great line of the scene!

One of the reasons the show stays fresh is that it isn't just about the crimes commited that need solving, but it's also got Rick Castle's family. Castle's family shows us another side to the great man, one away from the hustle and bustle of his crime solving daylight hours. Giving depth to each episode, his daughter Alexis (Molly Quinn) and his on and (more) off Broadway actress mother, Martha Rodgers (Susan Sullivan) allow him some down time - but therein now lies one of my gripes. Alexis is now TOO frickin' "daddy's lil' girl" to her father, her one-trick eye roll, coupled with gentle head tilt and sly smile is driving me nuts these days! It's all she can (seemingly) do, acting wise when it comes to facial expressions!

Anyway, we open with the launch of his new book, "Heat Wave" in which the main character, Nikky Heat is based on Detective Kate Becket (Katic) -which, down the episodes, can only lead to trouble! And therein lies another of my huge annoyance factors - it's been two series', endless coffee breaks, endless one-on-one moments and you're telling me that someone like Castle wouldn't have moved in for the kill with Beckett well before now?! Come on, end this stupid will-they-won't-they ASAP!

The supporting cast here are fab too. Tony Award winning Actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jon Huertas, Seamus Dever and Tamala Jones, ALL make this the best crime comedy drama to watch - bar none. Oh, and as for another of my new pet peeves about this still-beloved show of mine, EVERY SINGLE TIME they cut to a scene in the police station, the same bloody phone rings every single time! Answer the damn phone, people! [RT] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

On Set With Seamus & Jon — Go Behind The Scenes With Cast’s Resident Comedians, Seamus Dever And Jon Huertas As They Reveal Secrets Of The Set
On Location With Nathan — Nathan Fillion Introduces Us To Some Of His Favorite Crew Members And Demonstrates Some Interesting Tricks Of The Trade
Manhattan‘s Most Unusual Murders — Discover How The Production Team Stages Murders Using Research, Props And Special Effects With Inside Stories From The Producers, Actors And Set Designers
Deleted Scenes
Misdemeanors: Bloopers & Outtakes

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