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Crane, you are a walking encyclopedia of weirdness.

Crane, you are a walking encyclopedia of weirdness.

It’s Halloween week, and Henry Parrish is working overtime. It seems he needed that piper’s bone flute in order to curse Sheriff’s Corbin’s son, on duty in Afghanistan, and turn him into a wendigo. For those unfamiliar with the legendary creature, it’s a vicious cannibalistic forager who was once human. And this one has the benefit of a far larger FX budget than Supernatural was allowed when they faced the same creature in their first season.

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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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If you're going to walk amongst the stars, it's best to take the proper precautions. Lack of oxygen, spider germs, space whales...you never know what you'll run into.

If you’re going to walk amongst the stars, it’s best to take the proper precautions. Lack of oxygen, spider germs, space whales…you never know what you’ll run into.

I don’t know what it says about me that I seem to be developing a favoritism for grumpy characters who aren’t terribly likable most of the time. Between The Doctor and David Tennant’s characters on Broadchurch and Gracepoint, I think a pattern is developing. Or, it could just be a fondness for talented Scottish actors, but that makes me sound rather shallow, doesn’t it? Besides, that fondness was already in existence.

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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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Sleepy Hollow: The Kindred

Do you know another word for "undead soldier assembled from 18th century parts"?  This crossword is quite baffling.

Do you know another word for “undead soldier assembled from 18th century parts”? This crossword is quite baffling.

After last week’s jam-packed episode, this week slowed the pace down somewhat. A bit of a letdown, but really, as much as they crammed into the season premiere, it was bound to be less intense. If the writers kept up on that pace, we’d see the entire implied seven year story arc in three.

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To break into the most secure bank in the universe, they'll need confidence, style, and a whole lot of luck.  Oh, and some memory worms.

To break into the most secure bank in the universe, they’ll need confidence, style, and a whole lot of luck. Oh, and some memory worms.

Due to a recording error, which I still haven’t figured out, I didn’t get to see “Time Heist” until it repeated ahead of “The Caretaker”, so it’s another double bill this time around.

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Sleepy Hollow: This Is War

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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Into The Dalek

There is nothing figurative about that episode title. The Doctor and Clara do literally go inside a Dalek. And it turns out to be not such a great idea. Continue Reading »