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20/30 Sleepy Hollow Yet Again

Slipping one last September post in under the wire--it's 11:46 pm here. Just finished watching Sleepy Hollow 1.03. I'm beginning to succumb to the total illogic of it.



Sure, Ichabod is practically in the police force. Of course the used car-lot guy has blue ayahuasca brewed up on hand, ready to go. Not to mention giant scorpions. And an assistant. And it makes perfect sense that Ichabod understands the steady flow of post-modern allusions and slang pouring out of Abbie's mouth at top speed.

The good stuff is: Jennifer (and her magnificent eyebrows). Ichabod's continued Age of Enlightenment orations. Abbie continuing to be tough. And ORLANDO JONES.

So I guess I'll keep watching, because I'm pretty amused by the whole thing. And Orlando Jones.

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donutsweeper
Oct. 1st, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
I love how absurd it all is in the 'well, this is highly illogical, but whatever' kind of way. I like how they're still referencing Ichabod's confusion in the modern world (the eyebrow raise at 'Twilight Zone', the oops with the remote and the OMG what is this with the energy drink- which was my reaction the first time I tried one) and his ties to the old world (his indignation re: the Mohawks and other native Americans). I loved Jenny and her snark.

I also like how atypical the show is- like the casting, even in the background roles- female doctors and cops, minorities everywhere, it's in sharp contrast to the majority of other shows out there with their sea of white male extras. And how unusual is we've seen more of (and more frequently) the male costar then the female?

Yeah, it's ridiculous plot-wise, but it keeps the speed up so you don't really notice and it's just so FUN. :)
emeraldsedai
Oct. 1st, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
The diversity of the cast is truly, vastly, greatly to the show's credit! And you're right, it really stands out.

When you say we've seen more of the male costar than the female, I'm assuming you mean more of his skin, right? :D I'd judge their screen time to be about the same.

Other little things I love: Ichabod isn't Icha-BOD, and Abbie isn't the standard Hollywood svelte (though both are undeniably beautiful people).

As much as I feel that Ichabod's reactions to the 21st century are woefully understated, I have to hand it to the writers for economy: they shorthanded almost everything in his "emancipated" and "Starbucks" and "gibberish" comments, and then they shorthand one or two more things per episode to great comic effect.
donutsweeper
Oct. 1st, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Yes, I mean amount of skin showing. He had the whole shirtless and bathroom scene in 1x2 as well as the shirtlessness in 1x3. and YES, Crane looks like a guy who is in good shape would look and Abbie the same, it's so refreshing.

I love that they haven't dropped his out-of-timeness. There was the eyebrow at Irving's Twilight Zone comment and his oops with the remote and then him trying the energy drink (which I LOVED SO MUCH). His reaction to learning what happened to the native americans was great too. They aren't forgetting about it, but aren't bashing us over the head with it either. The writers are assuming we're intelligent, it's nice.
emeraldsedai
Oct. 1st, 2013 09:30 pm (UTC)
Your affection for and approval of the show is contagious. I'm becoming more forgiving by the moment!
donutsweeper
Oct. 1st, 2013 09:38 pm (UTC)
I'm currently rewatching and am just BLOWN away by the diversity. The shrink? Latino woman. EMT/Coroner person? Female, probably not white. The nurses at the place where Jenny is? All woman and one is black. Cops/detective at the station? At least two women and one is black. It's SO AMAZING.

And there's little subtle things- the towel the sandman's second victim uses to wipe his cut has the sandman symbol on it. Like in the previous two episodes- the symbol on the back of the dollar bill that Ichabod touches, it's also on the back of his wife's grave. THIS SHOW.
emeraldsedai
Oct. 1st, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
I definitely noticed the symbol in blood on the second victim's towel. I thought that was a beautiful touch. I'll have to go back and look at the dollar bill, though: at that moment, I was too busy supposing we were in for a pure Dan Brown Illuminati type of ride (so I was rolling my eyes).
donutsweeper
Oct. 1st, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
They're doing it so subtly- and if you missed it you don't feel like you've lost the thread of the plot or anything, I think it's great. (There's probably other things that I have missed, but oh well)
emeraldsedai
Oct. 1st, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but symbolism! Recurring symbolic themes! I love that stuff! If they're doing it, I want to notice it.
donutsweeper
Oct. 1st, 2013 10:21 pm (UTC)
ME TOOOOOO. :)
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