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I may be tied to a chair in the middle of a Devil's trap, while you inject me with sanctified blood, but dang, my hair looks fantastic!

I may be tied to a chair in the middle of a Devil’s trap, while you inject me with sanctified blood, but dang, my hair looks fantastic!

I’ll be honest–the first two episodes of this new season did not inspire me to write anything about them. Dean is now a demon, out having a good time with Crowley. Crowley wants them to settle down and set up Hell-keeping together. Sam is looking for Dean and doing sketchy things in his pursuit. There’s also a new character, Cole, looking for Dean as well. He has vengeance on his mind. Sounds promising, but somehow didn’t grab me.

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I bet "It's not you, it's me," sounded a lot classier two hundred years ago.

I bet “It’s not you, it’s me,” sounded a lot classier two hundred years ago.

This is the perfect show to watch around Halloween time. They know how to do creepy. Whether it gives you nightmares or not depends on you. But the Weeping Lady might provide some nightmare fuel. As it turns out, Ichabod was betrothed to someone before he departed England, Miss Mary Wells. And despite the fact they agreed to break their engagement before he left, she’s come across the Atlantic to track him down and take him home. The determined eighteenth century crazy stalker could not be put off by a silly thing like an ocean.

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I must confess, Captain, that while I sincerely support the arts as part of an educational curriculum,  I am puzzled at its predominance in the everyday occurrences of school chidren's social lives.

I must confess, Captain, that while I sincerely support the arts as part of an educational curriculum, I am puzzled at its predominance in the everyday occurrences of school children’s social lives.

Please pardon my irregular posting; my work schedule interferes with my writing time most weeks. As my meanderings about Doctor Who seem to have settled into an every other week pattern, I’ll continue including two episodes in those entries. I’m going to attempt to keep separate Sleepy Hollow and Supernatural posts, as I usually have more to say about those. However, I now have another show that I’m hooked on(Gracepoint) that airs during Thursdays when I’d usually do my catch up writing, so who knows how things will pan out.

Onward to Sleepy Hollow!

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Ichabod wields his Kickass Crossbow of Doom, laser sights and Holy Bolts included.  Too bad it was imaginary.

Ichabod wields his Kickass Crossbow of Doom, laser sights and Holy Bolts included. Too bad it was imaginary.

“Holy hell, Crane, this is really happening.”

Good Lord, I love this show.  I have missed it so over the summer.

Season Two is off to a rollicking start, and they’re somehow managing to tear through scenes at breakneck speed, cover loads of story, add to the mythology, and still give the characters time to deepen. I don’t know how the writers manage it(I suspect some sort of incantation), but they can just keep working that voodoo that they do.

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DW_Robot of Sherwood

Doctor Who: Robots of Sherwood

Pretty sure I liked this one significantly more than Gail at scifichicks did. She found it a bit tiresome; I, however, thought it was a fun romp through history. Basically, Clara wants to meet Robin Hood, and the Doctor begrudgingly takes her to twelfth century England to prove the guy doesn’t exist.

However, not only do Robin and his Merry Men exist(in all their upbeat Errol Flynn/Disney glory–“Ha HA!”), Sherwood is being harvested of all its gold by the evil Sheriff(Boo! Hiss!) for the benefit of some robot race who have crash-landed and need to repair their ship. But the real story here is about heroes. How heroes don’t necessarily consider themselves heroes. How heroes don’t have to be real to be inspiring.

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Being something of a newcomer to Doctor Who, this was my first time seeing a fresh incarnation of the Doctor in his first episode’s first run. I also shelled out the bucks to see it in a theater, which is a concept in itself. Paying to see something I’d already watched on TV? Not something I would normally do. I must say, though, that watching with a crowd of Whovians was a totally different experience from seeing it at home. Even if I did have to listen to Trivia Guy behind me regale his less experienced companions with details about dinosaurs in old episodes and the comparative ages of Peter Davison and Colin Baker. (more…)

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Next week, on CSI: New Jersey...either that or Jared and Jensen are auditioning for a remake of Barney Miller.

Note:  I know the recap/review for Unforgiven is missing here.  It’s coming.  I just got this one finished first.

Hmm.  Well, that was an episode.  I must admit, I’m a bit of a Pollyanna.  I’m not one to say mean and nasty things.  Ninety-nine times out of a hundred, I’ll find a positive slant to anything.  Fender bender?  At least I’m not hurt.  Home sick?  At least I don’t have to go out in bad weather.  This episode?  Boy, Sam’s hair looked really nice in that last scene.  See?   (more…)

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Halloween XXXV---A group of college kids decides to explore a haunted asylum on Halloweeen night...little do they know....

Here’s a nifty twist.  Opening this episode is Crowley torturing Crowley in some dark, dank prison.  More precisely, the alpha shape shifter, who, (aha!) has shifted to Crowley’s form.  Despite his best efforts, Crowley is still no closer to learning the location of Purgatory; frustrated, he lops off his own head.  Well, shifter Crowley’s head.  Nice work from Mark Sheppard, there, not to mention post-production.  Elsewhere, Sam and Dean pull up to a power station or factory of some kind in the dead of night, to deliver a captured rugaru to a pair of Crowley’s goons.  There’s some really nasty sniping back and forth before the demons depart, leaving some very irritated Winchesters to growl their way back to the decrepit house they’re currently squatting in. (more…)

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Blood and guts movies are easy to sell.  Blood and guts books…not so much.  At least, not enough to make best seller lists–until recently.  However, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies broke that wide open.  Classic literature with monsters?  Who’da thunk it?  And why didn’t someone come up with this brilliant approach ages ago?  It’s entertaining as hell.

Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter takes out the classic literature, though, and replaces it with American history.  It “reveals” the secret life of one of the most iconic figures of the United States; that not only did a poor backwoods kid grow up to become the President, he also slew vampires in the dark of night.  I hear there’s a possibility of this book becoming a movie, and I expect it will be a dark film; much of it takes place in the dead of night, and the rest is colored by the loss, depression, and tragedy that Lincoln suffers throughout his life.  Historically, we know Lincoln had a terrific sense of humor as well, but what we get here is a morose and angry man in his teens and twenties obsessed with avenging his mother’s death, finding a respite for several years in a normal life, then getting sucked back into hunting against his will to save the country.  (Say I’m obsessed with Supernatural if you will, but, Sam Winchester, anyone?)  Given that 90% of the story is told from Abe’s gloomy point of view, and frequently puncuated with his journal entries about his hunts, we only really get to know one or two other characters directly.  One of whom, Edgar Allen Poe, makes far too brief an appearance.  Has anyone written a zombie story starring Poe yet?  They should.  He’d be a natural. 

The POV makes you feel as isolated as Abe, and definitely lends to the tragic feel, but there’s only so much gloom and doom one can take.  It is broken up with accounts of battles fought here and there, and there’s a “happy” ending, of sorts, but I was of two minds coming away from the story.  It was an intriguing, well-executed concept, but the overwhelming gloom struggled to hold my attention.  At times I was even wishing emo Abe would just man up and stop moping about it all already.  There is some rather nifty Photoshopping of historic photographs, though.

Coming off of that, I was delighted to find that Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter, a book I picked up on a whim without having heard a word about it,  turned out to be such a fun zombie-filled romp.  This is not a book that takes itself too seriously.  It has werewolves rappelling into the Tower of London, for Pete’s sake.  Not to mention the brief yet amusing “adventures” of the Bethnel Green Baptist Ladies’ Prayer Association.  It also has, quite admirably, several very un-Victorian-era kickass female characters, including the good Queen herself.  Victoria comes to the throne in 1837, only to learn that things like werewolves, demons, and zombies are real.  There’s even a succubus thrown in for good measure.  She takes it all in relatively good stride.  Surrounded by allies-in-the-know in the form of the Protektorate, and keyed in to those who would try to overthrow her, Victoria is determined to be a good queen.  It takes quite a while before she lives up to the title of Demon Hunter, but when she does, she pursues it with a passion.  Parallel to the queen’s story is that of Lord Quimby, who dabbles in creating and sustaining revenants, one of whom is his loyal manservant, Perkins.  Quimby is a frustrated perverted scientist, continually being blackmailed by one person or another.  Eventually, his expertise leads to not only the bloodiest, goriest, most over-the-top scene I’ve ever read, but also to assisting the queen at a vital moment.  Zombies in the House of Commons, gotta love it.  If this one doesn’t become a movie, I will be sorely disappointed.  There’s fantastic fight scenes, snappy dialogue, interesting, well-drawn characters, and a zombie butler with a fake leg.  How could you go wrong?

What books in this new horror/history genre have you been reading this summer?

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