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Nathan Fillion: Fanboy favorite

Readers react to seeing the star of ”Castle” and ”Firefly” on our cover, plus more letters from the week of April 1, 2011

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MAIL BONDING

Readers squealed, screamed, and hugged their copy of EW when they saw Castle/Firefly star Nathan Fillion on our cover. Here, one grateful fan tells of his close encounter with ”the captain.”

In ”Geek God,” Nathan Fillion mentions a guy he met in a furniture store who passed by and addressed him as ”Captain.” I’m that guy.
What he modestly left out is that he took the time to double back, look me in the eye, shake my hand, learn my name, and have a conversation. He has always had my respect, and all other celebrities should learn from his behavior.
Thank you for sharing in your story what all of Nathan’s fans have known for years. He is the genuine article, and his happiness in life truly shows. I can’t think of a more appropriately named ship in the ‘verse than Serenity for our Captain Reynolds.
Brian Danner, Burbank

Junk Food for the Soul

Thank you for your article on Uwe Boll’s Blubberella. I have a special place in my heart for Boll and his work. His films are ridiculously, enjoyably terrible, like a whole bag of chips you hate yourself for eating. I can’t wait to see the movie when it comes to DVD.
Aaron Jackson
Peoria, Ariz.

Masters of Suspense

Ken Tucker’s ”Unforgettable Cliff-hangers” (EW Looks Back) was terrific. But no love for Knots Landing, a series that always had great cliff-hangers? Remember Jill’s death in the trunk of Gary’s car? Sid’s car going off a cliff? Peter being encased in cement? For 14 seasons, Knots Landing was nothing but campy, soap-driven fun.
Steve Katchmar
Nashville

What about FlashForward‘s finale? The series left so many questions unanswered — namely, what would have happened to everyone? Come on, EW: You know it was unforgettable.
Alex Anacki
Sarasota, Fla.

I was disappointed that none of the excitingly awesome cliff-hangers from Weeds made the list. Each season finale was better than the last, which always left me wondering, ”How is Nancy Botwin going to get out of this one?”
Luis Bahena
San Diego

Making Over Men

With an oversaturation of information about Charlie Sheen in the media lately, your ”Two and a Half Men: Help Wanted” story (News & Notes) had fresh insight into Sheen’s still-unfolding saga. If the show wants to ”go with somebody who has a new take,” as the comedy showrunner suggested in your piece, here’s somebody the TV execs would be wise to consider: Russell Brand.
Joe Lalaina
Bronx, N.Y.

There’s one obvious way to save the show — don’t recast! I’ve heard this suggestion from several camps: Judith throws Herb out, and he moves in with Jon Cryer’s Alan. Ryan Stiles is talented and funny and deserves to be full-time. This would be faithful to the original premise and title, but take the show in a different direction.
Cheryl Van Horn
Fairmont, W. Va.

Here’s an idea: After Charlie dies in a skydiving accident, Jake becomes his sole heir and owner of the beach house. Alan would remain in his present role as the shy, parsimonious putz, only now Jake would have complete control of his new financial situation, thus morphing into a carbon copy of his uncle.
Dellie Rosen
Boynton Beach, Fla.

Star Trackers

I can’t believe people would pay to track down celebrities (”Celebrity Safari”). How about donating that $150 to some charitable organization, or going to the Grove on a nice day for lunch? If you see a celebrity, you owe me 50 bucks.
Kelly Rummelhart
Gridley, Calif.