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12/30 Sleepy Hollow

I just...

I'm sitting here watching "Sleepy Hollow," grinning at the ridiculous goodness and badness of it. It's like...so probably going to be cancelled but might catch fire. It's indescribable, but it has American legend + Apocalypse + a little bit of Clancy Brown + a very appealing lead woman of color + stupid fish-out-of-water time-travel jokes + you know, Headless Horseman. Of the Apocalypse.

And this one guy with a really beautiful nose playing Ichabod Crane. I mean. Sleepy Hollow. I think it might be love. Ridiculous, ill-advised love.

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gatezilla
Sep. 17th, 2013 11:52 am (UTC)
Ridiculous, ill-advised love.

Yes. This is so accurate. So ill-advised and yet, I loved it too.

I do hope all the old files means we'll continue to get Clancy Brown flashbacks and such. I've missed him!
emeraldsedai
Sep. 17th, 2013 04:52 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing about Clancy. At a minimum, we could continue to hear his gorgeous voice.

Glad to know I'm not alone in being smitten. I recognized most of the big names on the producer/writer credits from Fringe, so that bodes well for the show's chances of carrying a five-year arc. Of course, they're shooting for seven, based on that one prophecy Ichabod read out.

I was still thinking about the episode this morning. It had the feel of a pilot--what with the killing-off of fairly well-known faces--and I'm really curious to find out whether, by next week, Ichabod will have donned modern clothes and be all accustomed to the 21st century, or whether they'll continue to play with the man-out-of-time trope. Because that's an awesome trope.
donutsweeper
Sep. 17th, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
I had meant to do a Sleepy Hollow post and forgot. I... liked it? I mean it was kind of ridiculous and over the top but it's obvious the writers have a mythology and long game in mind (unlike the shows where they had an idea and ran with it even if they had no real idea where they were running *to*). Ichabod is GORGEOUS (yes I am shallow) and I am a sucker for the fish-out-of-water/out-of-their-time trope (ala, to an extent, Jack Harkness, Steve Rogers, Oliver Queen, etc) and ABBIE. Strong black female character who does the saving instead of needing to be saved? Who has her own path to take that winds up being with other main character as opposed to just being pulled in his wake? YES PLEASE.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 17th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
I was unable to resist contrasting the clear storytelling in Sleepy Hollow with the other kind of storytelling in Teen Wolf. I loved the ballsy declaration of a seven-year arc. Don't see it happening, but I loved it anyway. The writer/producer team is full of names I recognize from Fringe (I think--I'm deeply invested in taking this thing on its own merits and with no background).

When I stopped grinning like a loon, I found that I was deeply impressed with Ichabod's period sensibilities. The actor (who, yes, is gorgeous OMG) and the writers together really brought out his Age of Enlightenment moral character, much as Chris Evans and Joss Whedon brought out the WW2 era character in Steve Rogers. Juxtaposing those things against 21st century society, rather than focusing on gee-whiz technology gags, is an intelligent choice. It will make for much deeper storytelling.

I think, on mature reflection this morning, that that may be my favorite thing about the show so far: those two or three wildly eloquent, erudite, Age of Enlightenment riffs Ichabod delivers. *swoon*
donutsweeper
Sep. 17th, 2013 05:19 pm (UTC)
really brought out his Age of Enlightenment moral character, much as Chris Evans and Joss Whedon brought out the WW2 era character in Steve Roger

YES! Exactly! I love his line about emancipation and then that he's offended she thought he wouldn't approve and the women in trousers comment. Meanwhile they're not ignoring the tech issues, the car window was hysterical and his 'wait a sec, how do I' with the car door lock and also the flashlight. I'm sort of tempted to write something about him seeing his first photograph or his comments about modern weapons or something but I don't know... he just went with the whole horseless carriage thing (aka car) and some of the other stuff, although it could just be him being in "okay this is all overwhelming I have to shift to survival mode" kind of thing.

Oh, did you see the pilot is free on itunes and amazon instant view right now?
emeraldsedai
Sep. 17th, 2013 06:00 pm (UTC)
The pilot was free on, um, the eyepatch-and-parrot network last night. But seriously, immediate and legal availability of episodes is a fine thing.

I thought the small touches of Ichabod's reaction to modern technology were just right, and lent some great humor to the story. I agree that if someone really were in Ichabod's position, they'd be so overwhelmed that that could easily become the whole story. Instead, the show resists that temptation and gives us someone so broadly and liberally educated that he explicitly makes the leap across 250 years ("the machine can tell if I'm lying" delivered in such a contemptuous tone) and lands on his feet.

I'd love to read what you write, if you do, about Ichabod's reactions to the 21st century. Heck, I'd love to read what I might write...
donutsweeper
Sep. 17th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was 'acquirable' a lot of places, but I figure having good DL numbers from itunes/amazon would encourage the network brass to keep the show on the air. :)

WRITE IT!!!!!! You know you want to!!!! *points to icon*
emeraldsedai
Sep. 17th, 2013 06:08 pm (UTC)
LOL.

Good point about iTunes/Amazon and the numbers. I forget that those things matter.
donutsweeper
Sep. 17th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
In theory they also look at views on Hulu and the Fox website within 48 hours (72? I can't remember) of the show airing for the live+ ratings. I may rewatch it to try to spark the muse and pick up details I missed watching it when it aired.

I want to know how the priest dude was there in 1776 and 2013 and no one seemed to notice he didn't age/die.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 17th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
There were clues, I feel sure. I need to rewatch, too. Lots going on in the episode, with a lot of promise of story yet to unfold.

Ack! I'm getting too attached to a show on Fox. That never ends well.
donutsweeper
Sep. 17th, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
I know! Fox is usually a bad sign, but it's ratings are apparently amazing, and Fox does cling to shows with good ratings. Article on ratings here:
http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2013/09/17/tv-ratings-monday-huge-premiere-for-sleepy-hollow-under-the-dome-finale-soars-solid-returns-for-bones-dancing-with-the-stars/202879/

Key points- apparently this is 'FOX’s best Fall drama premiere in six years' and the ratings went up SIGNIFICANTLY after Bones and took the #1 slot for rating for it's time. Yes it was on against repeats, but still. Very good sign.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 17th, 2013 06:36 pm (UTC)
Oh thank goodness! Wheee!!!

And, um, this. Also a good sign.
donutsweeper
Sep. 17th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
I saw that! Although two were written in May somehow?

I'm debating nominating it for Yuletide.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 17th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
I suspect that it will only qualify for Yuletide this once.

I haven't seen any slash potential--yet--so it may not ever blossom as a fic fandom (though stranger things have happened than a het fic fandom), but the presence of four stories on a show that just aired (I think some or all of the pilot must have been leaked, because May is about when I saw the trailer that piqued my interest) bodes well for taking Sleepy Hollow out of the small-fandom category pretty quickly.
donutsweeper
Sep. 17th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
The pilot did air at comic con, but that's July I think?

Yeah, I fail to see slash potential and I don't get a het couple sense from Abbie and Ichabod, but then again I always lean towards gen.

I hope the fandom takes off, but you never know, there are a bunch of fandoms out there I would have paid good odds to them exploding and they never did.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 17th, 2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
The gen potential here is tremendous!
donutsweeper
Sep. 17th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oooh, so using a sneaky workaround I've learned Sleepy Hollow and Ichabod, Abbie, the sheriff August Corbin and Captain Frank Irving have all been nominated for Yuletide. YAY Sleepy Hollow fic!
emeraldsedai
Sep. 18th, 2013 02:43 am (UTC)
Awesome!

The count of extant fic has almost doubled since I looked earlier today. It's a fandom hit already!
donutsweeper
Sep. 18th, 2013 02:45 am (UTC)
I've already gotten 5 different people to watch it in the past few hours.

...and I may be writing a flash fic in it for fan_flashworks :)
emeraldsedai
Sep. 18th, 2013 03:40 am (UTC)
Yay!
donutsweeper
Sep. 18th, 2013 04:17 am (UTC)
silk_knickers
Sep. 18th, 2013 12:03 am (UTC)
It's a fine line for a show to walk, but I think it was just bad enough to make it for three or four seasons.
emeraldsedai
Sep. 18th, 2013 02:41 am (UTC)
Yes! I think you've nailed its peculiar appeal. It's in the mama-bear zone--not too brainy, not too stupid, not too complicated, not too simple. It's easy.
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