Anyone that knows me personally (or through twitter) knows about my obsession with a television show called Castle. I’m sure most have heard of it - airs on abc and all that jazz. It’s so much more than just a crime drama. It has everything. Today is the season 6 premiere in America and as a nod to that, I thought I would update this and explain just a few (yeah right) reasons that I fell in love with this series and why it’s so important to me.
It started when I lived in this tiny little apartment with my three cats and worked at this really crappy job that didn’t even pay my rent. It was a video store actually, which only intensified my love of all things film. I couldn’t afford any type of television so I could only watch DVDs, I didn’t have internet and most of the time, I just read books to pass the time, or slept on the breakroom couch at my job. I didn’t have a car so I walked to work and I’d get there really early sometimes so I just slept there a lot. I should clarify that I don’t actually know how to drive. Anyway, one night I was tired of always doing the same thing and I walked to Walmart.
It was pretty late and I took the bike trail that went by my apartment building, the whole time thinking there was a serial killer lurking behind the trees or in the swamp that I had to walk by. When I actually got to Walmart, I’d scared myself enough that I decided to just walk around for awhile, ended up in the electronics section and the rest is history. Season one was staring back at me and I remember that I did NOT want to buy it but it was only twenty dollars and I was so bored all the time so I finally broke down and pulled it from the shelf.
It was the best decision I’ve made in a long time. And here is why: I didn’t expect it to be something I could relate to. It’s about a cop and a writer, how the hell was I going to relate to that - besides the obvious writing part - but I did. I connected before the first episode was even over. Something hooked me, made me watch all of that very first season in one night. As soon as I got my next paycheck, I was buying the second season, not thinking it was possible to fall in love anymore than I already was but this show proved me wrong.
And it helped me change my life for the better. I know that sounds really stupid but I’m serious. I was in a pretty bad spot, just taking one punch after another and then I threw everything I had into these characters and their stories. I watched every episode that was out and started recording the fourth season at my mom’s house and every month or so when I got to go home, I would play catch up.
I think the reason so many people are passionate about this show has everything to do with it’s ability to draw you in and make you forget your own life for a little while. It got me through months of not being able to pay to live, not being able to afford food, days of selling things I owned just to buy groceries, my dad having strokes, a relationship I never should have been in, reconstructive surgeries on my face, medical debt, college debt, the feeling of failure that still lingers. The love story of this show, Castle and Beckett, is portrayed in a realistic way and that’s part of what keeps me hooked. Six seasons and I’m still just as excited for every new episode. It’s my way to forget the world for just a bit and live in something beautiful. It makes me want that. I want that for myself and that pushes me to do better, make better choices. Maybe it’s dumb to you but to me, this show is more than a show. It’s what keeps me motivated. It helps me be a better person and try to always push myself to do something, to never be satisfied with just ‘good’ or ‘okay’.
That’s the short version of my little Castle adventure. A journey that I do not regret taking. I will forever love this show and always be hooked. I could go into more detail, I could tell you all about my favorite character (Kate Beckett) and why she’s the one I love so much, but maybe another time. Happy Castle Monday fellow fans and if you’ve never watched this show….go do it.