This is Wikipedia's synopsis of the series:
Castle follows Nathan Fillion as Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who has killed off his main character in his book series and has writer's block. Castle is called in to help the NYPD solve a copy-cat murder based on one of his novels. Stana Katic stars opposite as the young determined detective Kate Beckett. Castle, who becomes interested in Beckett as a potential character for a new book series, uses his contacts and receives permission to continue accompany Beckett while investigating cases. Castle decides to use Beckett as the model for the main character of his next book series, starring "Nikki Heat". Beckett, an avid reader of Castle's books, is initially disapproving of having Castle shadow her on her cases, but later warms up and recognizes Castle as a useful resource in solving crimes. While technically a drama series, Castle also features comedy and romantic tension.
Yes. It's a show about a writer written by, well, writers. Every week they sneak in tidbits that writers can relate to, such as this gem from an episode titled "The Double Down":
- Beckett: [reads what is written on a therapist's dead body] "Your out of time"?
- Lanie Parish (coroner): Looks like a patient lost their patience.
- Castle: Also his command of grammar. "Your" should be You-apostrophe-R-E as in "you are." That's not even a tough one, not like when to use "who" or "whom."
- Beckett: You really think that's the take-away here, Castle?
- Castle: I'm just saying - whoever killed her also murdered the English language.
In this week's episode, "The Late Shaft", Beckett wants to bring in a man for questioning. When she tells Castle his name, Zach Robinson, Castle says, "Good villain name! Sneaky Z, hard k-sound." This dialogue goes by so fast, my husband missed it. When I laughed, he made me rewind the DVR so he could catch it. I'm tuned in to these little writeresque moments. My electronics technician hubby is not.
This got me thinking about names. I've heard that my character's name should reflect their...um...character. The above exchange is a perfect example. Keeping with the villain theme, I started wondering about famous villains in movies. How many of them had audibly harsh names? No offense to the Zachs of this world, or any of the names represented in the following list of villains:
- Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) - The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
- Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
- Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) - The Godfarther Part II (1974)
- Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates) - Misery (1990)
- Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) - Cape Fear (1962)
- Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) - A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) - Wall Street (1987) (Kathy's note: The beloved icon Geico Gekko had not yet been created.)
- Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi) - Dracula (1931)
- Graf Orlok (Max Schreck) - Nosferatu (1922) (Kathy's note: Never saw it, but isn't that a great villain name?)
- Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) - Mommie Dearest (1981) (Kathy's note: Sorry. Couldn't resist. :-> )
- Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) - Die Hard (1988)
- Regina Giddens (Bette Davis) - The Little Foxes (1941)
- Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) - Apocalypse Now (1979)
- Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare) - Fargo (1996)
- Gollum (Andy Serkis) - Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King (2003)
- Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone) - The Adventures of Robin Hood - (1938)
- General Zod (Terrance Stamp) - Superman II (1980)
- Frank Fitts (Chris Cooper) - American Beauty (1999)
- Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) - Robocop (1987)
- Max Zorin (Christopher Walken) - A View To A Kill (1985)
This little lesson is making me rethink my own name. Kathy Kovach. All those hard Ks. What must people think of me?