I'm a fan of minor characters. 'GASP,' you say,' I HAD NO IDEA.' I know. I thought I'd start the article off with a shocking confession. 'Mirriam, I AM shocked,' you say. Yes, well, you'll be even more shocked when I tell you the reason I love 'Castle' isn't for the two main characters - it's for these boys.
Kevin Ryan and Javier Esposito are homicide detectives and the low men on the totem pole at the 12th Precinct. They couldn't be more different from each other, but that's what makes them such an efficient and quirky duo. When they laugh, I laugh. When they fight, I cry. (Seriously. I cry.) To be honest, I'd be fine if they got their own spin-off buddy-comedy cop show.
Ryan: "Cowards die many times before their death. The valiant never taste of death but once."
Esposito: Bro, you're not Castle.
Ryan: Yeah, I know I'm not Castle.
Esposito: Then stop trying to talk like him.
Ryan: What, I'm not allowed to reference the Bard? I'm a renaissance man.
Esposito: Memorizing one quote does not make you a renaissance man.
Ryan: What if I memorize two?
Detective Ryan used to work in narcotics, solving drug-related crimes. Now he's a preppy, waistcoat-wearing homicide detective, who occasionally switches out the suit for tactical gear. While Ryan and Espo are my two favorite characters, Ryan is my favorite by just a tiiiiiny bit. His open, boyish personality frequently seems out of place in the precinct, but he's far from helpless. Efficient and eager, he's constantly chasing down leads, gathering intel, scrubbing video footage, and canvassing crime scenes - always on the go, always ready to help.
Also, Castle is his precinct dad.
Detective Esposito has more of a tough-guy persona, although beneath all the swagger and muscle, there beats a marshmallow-soft heart. An ex-army sniper, he's more physical than Ryan, although they do many of the same things. He starts sentences with 'yo' and can't lie to save his life, but he'll put his life on the line to save whoever he can. He's not your typical 'macho man' - he can be gentle, he has a fantastic sense of humor, and he's loyal to the end.
Also, Beckett is his precinct mom.
Ryan and Espo are my sweet cinnamon rolls, and the reason I'm so hooked on the show. I love Castle and Beckett, but the unlikely underling team puts the 'bro' in 'bromance.'
What about you? Do you watch 'Castle'? Do you love Ryan and Esposito like I do? Do you agree there need to be Ryan and Esposito Funko Pops? Discuss away!