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16/30 Sleepy Hollow again

Oh dear God, I don't know if I can do this. I'm about 66% of the way through episode 2, and it is so bad that not even Tom Mison's nose can redeem it. Is it just me?

Apart from Crane's absurd ability to absorb 21st Century culture, and the historical inaccuracies (which I can forgive because I'm forgiving, but really? a guy from 1776 would be just as impressed with matches as with light switches), it's the cliché shots, the characters' ridiculous leaps of logic ("What was the magistrate's name? Hey, that's the name of the guy in burnt up Volvo OMG let me take a small step and behold conclusions!"), the exposition...

Okay, the things I like are Crane's Enlightenment-era bursts of oratory, Abbie's kickass no-bullshit-ness, how the guy playing George Washington really looks like the dollar bill, John Cho being back, Abbie just generally, Mison's voice and...yep. That's kind of it. Okay, the maleficent witch's recreation of her body was pretty cool.

I can put up with the Dan Brown-based through-line, and maybe even "the blood moon," but I am so uninterested in witches screaming Romany curses on the flaming stake, a "coven of beneficent witches," the late Mrs Crane and her unpersuasive English accent, Abbie's ex-BF being on the force, any will-they-won't-they crap between Abbie and Crane.

Okay. I'm going to finish this ep, but...I waited excitedly all week for this?

ETA: Good ending though. Clancy Brown again! And Jennifer. Huh.

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Sep. 24th, 2013 03:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, plotwise it's kind of ridiculous, but for some reason it doesn't bother me. It's surprising me in good ways (John Cho and Clancy Brown bother returning right away) and funny (those post-it notes! And the donut tax!) so I can let it slide. It doesn't take itself seriously which really helps.
Sep. 24th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
You're right--it really doesn't take itself seriously, and I was trying to. Damn. Ha ha! Silly me.

I loved the post-it notes. I had friends come to visit me a couple of years ago from Scotland, and I gave them my little house while I stayed across the street at my sister's. In anticipation of their confusion over my strange bathroom taps, the location of coffee and tea, which bin was garbage and which recycling, etc., I left post-it notes all over the house exactly like the ones Abbie left Crane, so that little bit delighted me no end.

I have to admit, I got to the end of the episode and felt perfectly prepared to carry on watching again next week. If I can just remember that it's all really silly I think I'll be okay.
Sep. 24th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
If it were going for SERIOUS like SPN or DRAMA like pay cable shows it wouldn't work, but the 'meh, we know this is ridiculous, just go with it' tone it has helps a lot.
Sep. 24th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah. I always have trouble parsing that tone out. For me (using Teen Wolf as an example), "There are werewolves; whaddaya want, logic?" isn't a good enough explanation for illogical character actions or abandoned plotlines, but clearly it works for the writers of Teen Wolf.

For a logical mind like mine, the entertainment value, the philosophical basis, the fall-in-love-with characters, and the writing have to be damned good to get me to forgive, say, "dozens of planets and hundreds of moons," but there were, as I recall, a good few Joss fans who couldn't watch Firefly because of science failures like that.

I think we all have our logic lines. Mine are probably well inside the generous, smudgy boundary that Sleepy Hollow is drawing.
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