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Sleepy Hollow

I have new television! That hasn't happened in ages. A whole television programme, made this year, and not even a little bit wobbly or black and white. And yes, okay, so it'll probably be axed soon, because it's television that I like, and there's a rule that the studio therefore has to kill it. But in the meantime, I have new television!

It's a promising one, this. I like the premise, mostly. I like the cast. The plot kept making me smile, because every five minutes it made me think about Highlander. For starters the pilot guest-starred Clancy Brown, who I'm quite sure must have been hired on purpose. And then they beheaded him, which was both sad and immensely fitting. Then every five minutes somebody namechecked the Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse, which naturally has me looking for Peter Wingfield. Can't we rustle him up as a guest some time? Please? So long as we all agree beforehand that there'll be no beheading when he's in the vicinity, as I should hate to make him nervous.

It's a bit Adam Adamant, premise-wise. Secret agenty type from times gone by gets miraculously reawakened in the present day, and has to battle his ye olde time foe, reawakened with him. Adam Adamant had the benefit of hour long episodes and 1960s pacing though of course, which enabled him to have the time to actually be surprised by the modern world. Ichabod Crane just raised his eyebrow at the notion of being whisked more than two hundred years into his future, and then accepted it cheerfully. Nearly as cheerfully as he accepted the news that his wife had been burned to death as a witch, which was one of the few points where the pilot episode faltered. I suppose one could argue that learning you passed out on a 1781 battlefield, awoke in 2013, and now have to defeat the bloke you beheaded two hundred and thirty years ago, is quite a lot to swallow, so finding out that your wife was horribly killed shortly after your disappearance might have to take a backseat to all the craziness. But you'd think he'd find the time to look at least mildly upset.

Still, I have high hopes for this one. Both leads are engaging, senior cop guy looks promising, they killed John Cho, which is not cool, and there's demons haunting mirrors. Also swords, and battle axes, and a demonic horse, and wisecracking. Although if the enemy is that powerful and undefeatable, isn't that going to make the plot every week rather dull and predictable? Still, we'll see. I recommend this one. It's daft, but hopefully in all the right ways. And it makes me think of Highlander, which is always appreciated. Now if it can just avoid being axed, we could be on to a good thing.

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eandh99
Sep. 22nd, 2013 03:05 am (UTC)
WHY do they always kill John Cho? I love him. so, are you going to try Agents of SHIELD?
swordznsorcery
Sep. 22nd, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC)
I suppose in this instance it's because he's busy, and can't commit to a full series? It's a shame though. You always know that he'll be good.

Yes, definitely going to give SHIELD a go. The trailers irk me a bit. All those horribly young, supposedly pretty types are just so dull. Still - Coulson!
sarren
Sep. 22nd, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
i was really excited to see John Cho, and then when he turned out to be a bad guy, I at least hoped for him to be the mastermind, or at least a Renfield type, but sadly, no.
swordznsorcery
Sep. 22nd, 2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
He'd have been great as a mastermind. He was perfectly likeable even when he was trying to unleash hell on Earth, which would have made for a good regular bad guy. His death was a good end scene though.
sarren
Sep. 24th, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
He is always extremely likeable :)
swordznsorcery
Sep. 24th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
He is, yes. Used to watch him in a sitcom a gazillion years ago called "Off Centre". It's been good to see him do so well in the years since. He was one of the best bits of "FlashForward" too.
sarren
Sep. 28th, 2013 12:25 pm (UTC)
i think I saw the first ep of FlashForward, but it didn't grab me and I'm easily distracted if there's heaps else to watch at the time.

Never heard of the other.
swordznsorcery
Sep. 28th, 2013 05:58 pm (UTC)
There was a lot wrong with "FlashForward". I was sorry when it was axed, but it was clear why it had been. Too many of the characters were a bit rubbish, and their on-going storylines just weren't interesting. Some of them were very good indeed though. I would recommend it to you, especially since you clearly like John Cho, but on the other hand, I'm not sure that 'recommend' is exactly the right word!
sarren
Oct. 1st, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
I have so many shows to try to keep up with already, I think I'm fine.
liadtbunny
Sep. 22nd, 2013 02:28 pm (UTC)
I suppose after a few centuries a husband would expect his wife to be dead;) The not dead beheaded bloke would be annoying though; decapitation works in Hammerland.

And a demonic horse \o/ My Mum'll watch it if it comes over here.

I hope you have recovered from the strain of watching new telly! I'm excited the London sewer pigs will be in a future Whitechapel. My fave piece of London folklore, not that I know any more. I bet they turn out to be pugs or something... Bah.
swordznsorcery
Sep. 22nd, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
He did say right at the beginning that she would obviously be dead, yes. It's just that accepting her as dead, and then discovering that she was burned alive, are a bit different!

I like the sound of sewer pigs. Have you read "Neverwhere"? No pigs, but there is a monster (more of a sewer Highlander cow in the TV version, but the book was less constrained by budget ;) ).
liadtbunny
Sep. 22nd, 2013 02:58 pm (UTC)
Well, people died horribly in the old days(!).

Watch out or they'll eat you! I watched the TV version of 'Neverwhere' when it was originally broadcast, but I can't remember much of the plot:S
swordznsorcery
Sep. 22nd, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
The TV series is a lot of fun, and I recommend it in a "great idea, totally lacking in budget" kind of way. Fans of Classic Who tend to enjoy it, for probably obvious reasons (and the cast is outstanding). But the book is absolutely glorious. I love how it ties in to old stories of London, and also just because it's generally fab.

And the Marquis is awesome, and Paterson Joseph needs to be Doctor Who. Sorry, it's like an automatic reaction. I can't not say that bit...!
liadtbunny
Sep. 23rd, 2013 02:34 pm (UTC)
I vaguely remember thinking the TV version sounded good on paper but didn't work well on TV.

You should change your subtitle on your journal to: "Paterson Joseph for Dr Who!"
swordznsorcery
Sep. 23rd, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
"Paterson Joseph For Doctor Who, And Neil Gaiman Agrees With Me." Bit of a mouthful, though. :)

I think the book got written because he realised that he couldn't tell the story he wanted on a BBC budget. Although I could have told him that before he got started.
elenopa
Sep. 22nd, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
Sounds like there's plenty of axes in this already.

I'll keep an eye out for it, although I'm working my way through 'Game of Thrones' season 2. It's got to the point where I start saying, "That wasn't in the book!"
swordznsorcery
Sep. 23rd, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
I haven't tried GoT, although I'm thinking about it. Something that kills off that many major cast members probably isn't for me though.

"Sleepy Hollow" is worth looking out for I think (at least based on just the one episode). It's silly, but so far in a good way.
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