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Yeah, I need icons mocking SciFi/SyFy and supporting Castle. If anyone sees anything, let me know! :)

SciFi seems to be testing the theory that there is no such thing as bad press. Has anyone seen a single positive report about SciFi's rebranding? The mocking seems to cover the media spectrume from blogs to entertainment sites to mainstream news organizations.

Cinematical feels we would be hard pressed to find a scheme more desperate, more clueless, or more laughable than Sci Fi Channel's new idea to fix what ain't broke. The article succinctly covers all the reasons why SciFi's decision makes NO SENSE. They actually saw their ratings and ad revenue grow in the fourth quarter.

Den of Geek has a hilarious piece unveiling SyFy's new lineup. I stopped laughing when I realized there was a high probability of a SciFi/SyFy exec seeing the list of shows and pitching them for next season.

I watched Castle last night and found it a much stronger episode than the premiere.

"I got the plot of my first novel watching 'One Life to Live'."

Hee! I'm sure there were many people watching that thought that was just a plug for one of ABC's soaps, but if you know Nathan got his start on OLTL, it's a very funny line. My second favorite line would have to be, "My lifeless remains can't sue the city."

While I still find the premise creaky - wouldn't the police have to inform suspects that a novelist is sitting in on questionings? - the show is a lot of fun, largely due to Nathan's Rick. But the show has also decided to tone down some of the wacky and reveal that under the jovial demeanor there is pain. Rick may have been joking about the nannies who helped raise him, but you could sense there was lingering bitterness about being left in the care of women who didn't care while his mother was too wrapped up her own life to notice. To his credit, he wants to, with his own child, avoid the mistakes his mother made.

I mentioned last week I felt Rick was the primary caregiver and there was a story there. It seems, with his first marriage, he married a woman very much like his mother - an actress who put her career ahead of family. Rick chose to be a stay-at-home dad, not just for Alexis's sake, but for his own. He's certainly not a perfect father and I'm sure he feels he's made mistakes, but he doesn't seem to have regrets when it comes to Alexis. He certainly did the best he could and it's clear she knows her father loves her and is there for her if she needs him. And maybe she's such a responsible teenager because responsibility is something she learned from her father.

Kate is still leaving me a bit cold, though I appreciate we got some hints to her backstory as well. It seems she's been hurt in the past. She helped Chloe by telling her she knows how she feels. Earlier in the episode, she mentioned understanding the pain of loss. And while whatever happened hasn't soured her on the idea of marriage, she needs to be absolutely sure whoever she marries is The One.

So, I'm adding Castle to the group that also includes The Mentalist and Leverage. Fun shows with appealing stars and some surprisingly strong character development - just don't look too closely at the plots. ;)
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I really like the dynamic between Rick and Alexis. It seems like a really genuine affection, and that moment where he was looking at the picture of them when she was little was just lovely.
I also liked the moment when he essentially told his mother to help Alexis with the dishes. He might be willing to allow his mother to take advantage of his generosity, but not his kid's.
That's interesting that you say that about The Mentalist and Leverage because I was thinking the same thing last night. I really enjoy all three shows, Leverage in particular, but the plot points need some work. Happy St. Patty's!
Thanks! I am one-quarter Irish. ;)

Leverage might be mt favorite of the three because of the Christian Kane factor and there are so many characters I like as opposed to one or two. Did you watch tonight's Mentalist? I thought the plot was *very* weak.
I just did finish watching tonight's Mentalist. I kept finding myself getting distracted. I couldn't stay focused. On Leverage the Christian Kane factor is a HUGE pull. That guy is smokin! Much like this one.....hehe. I'm going out with some friends on Friday night so I won't be watching the BSG finale until Saturday. I've stayed away from all the spoilers so I hope I'm not disappointed.

Did you see the pics from the upfronts? I loved that the backdrop for the photos said SciFi, but next to that was a lifesize SyFy display. :p
As a side note, I had no idea Corin Nemec was in Mansquito.

I actually thought last night's Castle did a really good job of introducing character backstory without resorting to awkward exposition. I also like the way the show has been contrasting detective novels to "reality" (well, the reality of a TV show)--Beckett having the job of calling the victim's family, having to suit up in protective gear to go in the autopsy room, the fact that the killer wasn't the real villain. If they can keep those things up, they will distract me nicely from the fact that the plots are weak.
You didn't know that?! Poor Corin. Always in the shadow of Michael Shanks.

I also appreciate how they continue to show that Rick's knowledge as a mystery writer can prove useful to the police. I particularly liked him bringing up the serial killer and voicing what many viewers were likely thinking that it's often someone close by, someone you know, and the person you least suspect. Though his description of who the killer might be and how he carried out the crime went on for too long.

Huh. I liked last night's episode considerably less than I liked the pilot. My exact words were, "well, they seem to be trying to be an actual procedural instead of a show that's mocking procedurals." I still enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed the pilot. In thinking about it more, I suspect it would have been utterly delightful as a feature film: do the plot of the pilot, develop the characters a little more, have a few more bells and whistles, yet then be done with it, without this odd dynamic--that between the characters as well as the general tone of the show--to perpetuate week after week with, I suspect, varying success.

I mean, it still works for me as brain candy, but I went from being completely charmed by the pilot to being merely amused by episode 2.
If not mocking, I still felt as if they were poking fun at the genre. My problem last week was that all the characters came off cliches. And this week not only was some over the top behavior toned down, the characters were given depth and in unexpected ways. I do wonder how long they can sustain the premise though. I never thought I'd get tired of House, but after nearly five years there's a sameness to every episode.
SyFy: named after input from verbally incontinent teenagers.

I'm not reading your Castle commentary though - I'm hoping to watch the first two episodes this week :)
That's insulting to teenagers. They could have done better. :p

I'll be interested to read your thoughts on Castle. I think you'll enjoy it.