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It is well-known that Nathan Fillion's latest show, the mystery series "Castle," has paid tribute to his former cult hit "Firefly." What is interesting is that even many of the most devout fans of "Firefly " aren't able to catch all of the references.
The Halloween CostumeThe most popular (and most obvious) "Firefly" reference on "Castle" was the Halloween costume that Rick Castle wore. It was almost identical to the uniform worn by Capt. Malcolm Reynolds on "Firefly." Furthermore, dialogue made reference to the episode in which the crew had to transport cows from one point in space to another.
Two by Two Hands of BlueIn, "Firefly," River Tam had premonitions of the "blue-gloved men" and said, "Two by two, hands of blue." There were not many fans who noticed this, but when Fillion donned blue latex gloves for the first time as Rick Castle, he did a "two/two" motion with his hands.
Aiming for His HeadIn one episode of "Castle," Rick shoots the gun out of a man's hand and Beckett tells him, "Nice shot," to which Castle replies, "I was aiming for his head." This is a direct reference to the same situation and lines in "The Train Job" on "Firefly."
Speaking ChineseIn a recent episode of "Castle" where Beckett and Castle are instigating a scientist who appears to have been abducted by aliens, Castle speaks in Chinese. When Beckett asks him where he learned to speak Chinese, he explains that he learned it from a show that he used to watch. "Firefly" would have been that show.
Many "Firefly" fans will continue to watch "Castle" in hopes of more references to the the short-lived but beloved series. If the "Firefly" references on "Castle" continue, we might find that there are more references than there were original episodes of the show that first made Nathan Fillion famous.
- Nathan Fillion
- Malcolm Reynolds