An upcoming episode of "Castle" Season 5 will take Richard Castle and Det. Kate Beckett to a comic book convention similar to the San Diego Comic-Con. The episode will be directed by "Star Trek: The Next Generation" alum Jonathan Frakes and promises to include many inside references to classic science-fiction shows and comic book conventions. Out of all of the themed episodes so far on "Castle," this episode will have the greatest chance of bringing new fans to the show.
Goal of a themed episodeThere are two goals to a themed episode on "Castle." The first is to provide a break from the common formula of an episode by putting Rick and Kate into unfamiliar territory and provide a break from the major storylines, such as the couple getting together or the exploration of the conspiracy tying the assassin to Kate's mother's murder. At the same time, it gives the creators the opportunity to reach out to fans of a particular genre or subgenre in an attempt to gain more viewership.
Past themed episodesEven though the steampunk and zombie genres, which were addressed in separate episodes, continue to grow in strength every year, they are still small when compared to the following bragged about by science-fiction or comic book fans. The gumshoe episode was lost on younger generations that did not grow up with stories from the genre, but every generation, 20th century on, has been exposed to sci-fi or the comics. With the downward spiral that the soap operas have had in the last few years, the genre's episode of "Castle" was a loss for many viewers. By tying in two of the largest fan genres, ABC has the greatest chance of gaining Nielsen points during the week the comic book convention episode airs.
Comic book fansComic book fans who have been to large conventions in the past are going to tune in to the show to see how they are represented in the storyline. They will be interested to see if any comic book creators will make cameos in the episode or what types of costumes the imaginary convention-goers will be wearing.
Science-fiction fansWhen a member of the Enterprise's crew directs the former star of "Firefly," sci-fi fans should expect inside references to both shows. Fans of both of those classic shows are going to tune in to see what references they can catch. The trekkies/trekkers who have dedicated themselves to celebrating the "Star Trek" franchise will be joined by the browncoats who celebrate Fillion's former crew. Along with the comic book fans, these new viewers have a strong chance of sticking around in the following weeks. As long as the creators can appease the comic book and science-fiction fans without alienating current fans, the numbers for the show should improve.
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