Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Goldilocks Sighting on Castle

So last night John and I sat down to veg in front of the tv and decided to watch Castle on ABC. If you're not aware Castle is a highly improbable cop show about a crime novelist who shadows an NYPD detective for inspiration. It plays cute with character repartee more than grit and stars Nathan Fillion (Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog and Firefly) and Stana Katic (Quantum of Solace).

Anyway, the show started out with a family returning home to their apartment after vacation, two parents and their young daughter. They discover someone has been squatting in their apartment during their absence, Goldilocks style and the dialogue purposely mirrors much of the fairy tale up to finding a dead body in the little girl's bed. "Someone's been sleeping in my bed, too, and he's still there!" Don't worry, she just thinks someone is sleeping there and is quickly removed from the crime scene, oblivious to the death.

When the cops investigate, more Goldilocks references are thrown in, too. The story moves away from the fairy tale during the course of the show, but it was one of the most overt references to a fairy tale with several references that I've seen in a while on tv. Even before you know what is going on, the mother says she'll make hot cereal for the daughter since she's hungry. Porridge anyone? The writers had fun with this one.

John turned to me and said, "You'll have to blog about this one..." He's right, I had to. It was a clever and rather plausible use of the fairy tale in a murder mystery. Fun!

For those in the U.S. (and perhaps Canada) the episode is currently available on ABC.com for viewing. The episode title is "The Third Man" if you search for it elsewhere or outside the U.S. and have to wait until a later date. I didn't check Hulu or elsewhere to see if it is available for viewing.

Overall it was fun and provided 40 minutes of entertainment after a long day...it's an hour long drama but we fast forwarded commercials per usual.


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  2. Sounds like a great ep. It'd be nice to see more such overt fairy tale references on TV.