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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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When I was a kid in the 70s, my dad used to watch this weird show on public television.  The main character was a strange man with crazy hair and a tremendously long scarf.  The bad guys were garbage cans with plungers attached.  I thought it was completely ridiculous and went back to playing with my Barbies.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved the British comedies, I had nothing against the Brits.  We were actually something of an anomaly in our neck of the woods.  For the longest time I didn’t know anyone else who thought Monty Python was funny besides my dad and me.  Still, the appeal of Doctor Who eluded me.  Sci fi wasn’t my thing.  Then Star Wars came along and I changed my mind.  And The Doctor fell into the recesses of my memory.

Flash forward to 2005.  The Doctor Who revival was taking the Internet by storm.  Oh, and what a wonderful thing is the Internet for genre fans.  At the time I was still coming down from a three year Lord of the Rings high.  I was hooked on Lost.  And when that started to fall short for a bit(although I stuck with it to the end; the weird, only partially satisfying end), I stumbled across Supernatural.  Last fall, Sleepy Hollow sucked me in, as well.  Still, I deliberately avoided Doctor Who. (more…)

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Sleepy Hollow: The Golem

SH golem

Um, I believe that was our ride. Does anyone perhaps have the fare for a hansom cab?

As is par for the course with this show, no time is wasted getting into the story.  Crane chops firewood, bitches about modern(and by modern in his frame of reference, we mean Victorian era) Christmas traditions, then has Henry Parrish, the sin eater, send him to Purgatory so he can demand some answers from Katrina about their son.  Then he gets chased out of Purgatory by  a golem, that ends up following him into his regular plane of existence.  And that’s all before the first commercial break.  Whew! (more…)

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