Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic return once more as Richard Castle and Kate Beckett, and they’re better than ever, in ‘Castle: The Complete Fourth Season’. Very few shows are as fun and exciting as ‘Castle’, and I’m definitely happy to see that the show, going into its fourth season, is the strongest yet. For those unfamiliar with the show, ‘Castle’ follows crime novelist Richard Castle who shadows New York Detective Kate Beckett, who is the muse for Castle’s crime novel heroine Nikki Heat. Together, they are the ultimate crime solving duo, and they solve some of the most intensive cases the NYPD land. It’s the perfect mix of crime, comedy, and fun that many TV fans have fallen in love with, making it one of the staples of ABC’s prime time schedule. So of course, Disney wants to treat one of its best shows well on DVD, and they’ve delivered an excellent set here with “Castle: The Complete Fourth Season”.
Picking up after the intense season three finale, ‘Castle: The Complete Fourth Season’ finds Kate Beckett in intensive care after an assassination attempt on her life. After the shot rings out and Beckett falls to the ground, Castle comes to her aid, and in the panic of the scene, he finally reveals his feelings for Beckett. So who tried to kill Beckett, and did she hear Castle when he revealed his secret to her? Those questions are two of the many that play a huge part of the show’s fourth season. It definitely took the show to a very emotionally charged place, something we haven’t seen quite like this in the show. Fillion and Katic are incredible together, as always, and really get to play a new side to the characters and their interactions. There is a lot of new emotion between them, and after that event, Kate and Castle’s relationship isn’t quite what it should be. Fillion is absolute dynamite, not surprisingly, in this season. He’s so good as Castle, and to really see him delve into this emotionally charged side of the character is fantastic. He’s a great actor, so I’m glad to see he really get to sink his teeth into a side of the character we rarely see. Katic is once again exceptional as Kate as well. I think this is her finest time in the role yet. She is so good as Kate, and to have her as this tortured version of the character, who is hiding so many new secrets from the world, worked really well. The tension between her and Fillion as Castle is absolutely palpable at all times, which is part of what makes the show so great. I’m very impressed with how season four played out, and just how it turned and changed the characters.
There’s nothing better than getting one of your favorite shows on DVD to revisit the show as often you want. Except of course, when the show has some really excellent special features, making the release that much better. Disney has put together an excellent set of features, making this new DVD set that much more attractive for fans. Of course it features some deleted scenes from out the season, a blooper reel, and a few audio commentaries. Those are always a great watch, but they aren’t the features I was most interested in. One of the features, ‘Bowman, Bowman, and Castle’ is a really excellent feature that takes a look behind the scenes of the fantastic episode ‘The Blue Butterfly’, the classic noir episode of the season. It deals with executive producer Rob Bowman as he brings his father, Chuck Bowman, into the shows mix to have him direct the episode. I really like this feature, and it was definitely great to see them working together, bringing the show what I consider one of its best episodes to date. There is also ‘Submerged: An In-Depth Look at Stunts’ which gives us an excellent look at, as you guessed, the stunt work of the show. As someone who loves movies and TV shows, especially action wise, so getting a look at the stunts is always fun for me. Fans will love seeing some of the stunt work from behind the scenes, involving the thrilling car stunt from this season. It makes you appreciate the work that all these people do day in and day out, just to entertain us. All those features were great, but they weren’t the one I was most excited about visiting. That honor goes to ‘Fillion and Friends: Castle Goes Radio’, where Nathan Fillion, and some of the other cast of the show, do a live radio show in LA. I love old radio dramas, and to have Fillion and the cast together doing a new radio play is nothing short of excellent. This is something I’ll be revisiting time and time again, and I’m very glad this is something that Disney decided to include on the disc. It’s an excellent feature that fans will love checking out.
‘Castle: The Complete Fourth Season’ is an excellent addition to any TV fan’s collection. Bringing together the show’s best season to date with some excellent features, there’s very little not to love about this set. Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic give their best performances to date, and really bring the most intense and emotionally filled sides of their characters we’ve seen yet. For fans of the series, I can’t recommend this release enough. For newcomers, season four may not be the best place to start. But it’s definitely a solid set, and if you want to jump in here, you’re getting an excellent release. ‘Castle’ still ranks as one of my favorite shows on TV right now, and season four just solidifies that. This set is absolutely worth a purchase for fans and non fans alike. I can’t recommend it enough.
- ‘Castle: The Complete Fourth Season’ Cracks the Case on DVD September 11, 2012 (chipandco.com)