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Six Feet Under is..Nearly Undescribable

In Television on September 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm

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But I will attempt to do so because I think everyone should watch this show. Binge it, watch it one episode per week, but however you watch this show, you should just watch it.

On the surface, Six Feet Under” is easy to describe, it’s a show about a family that runs a funeral business. However, there is so much more to this show than just the business. David Fisher played by Michael C. Hall plays the youngest son within the Fisher family but is a closeted homosexual who struggles with relationships as well as how his family perceives him as well. Nate Jr. Fisher played by Peter Krause, is the prodigal son returned to take over the business of his father, Nathan Senior played by Richard Jenkins, who passes away in the first episode but makes various appearances throughout. Frances Conroy plays Ruth Fisher who throughout the series struggles to find herself alongside her only daughter Claire, played by Lauren Ambrose, who is the youngest within the Fisher clan. Within the Fisher and Sons funeral home, Federico Diaz, played by Freddy Rodriguez, assists the Fisher brothers why also relieving the relationship he had with Nate Senior.

Within the first episode, the audience is introduced to death, uncomfortable family moments, and Brenda Chenowith, played by Rachel Griffiths who becomes a season regular alongside her brother Billy played by Jeremy Sisto, who suffers from Bipolar Disorder and an uncomfortably close relationship with his sister.

The show displays what happens when a family loses someone as well as what it means to be a close family. From drug abuse to illicit affairs, the Fisher’s experience it all. But this isn’t “7th Heaven” these incidents occur in a realistic fashion and the character’s reactions to these events makes sense. It is honestly one of the best character driven shows I’ve seen. There isn’t gratuitous random violence or even a lot of nudity, there are just people being people.

Which bothers me because, I feel, that this show isn’t included amongst those critics who look longingly back into the early 2000s and late 90s when looking at “The Sopranos” and “The Wire” and tell us that with Heisenberg gone, there will be no more good television. But they always fail to mention this show. Recently, A.O. Scott wrote a piece about the death of adulthood in present-day television and draws comparisons to “The Sopranos” and “Broad City” but fails to mention “Six Feet Under” at all. A show that, at its heart, looks at how the relationships of people change as they age, have children, and become closer or farther apart as a result. I’ve read countless articles lamenting the golden age of television that began with Tony Soprano and will end with Don Draper, but never have I read any mention of “Six Feet Under”.

Despite, having never heard of it a coworker and a friend recommended it to me and I was blown away by the performances, Michael C. Hall, for all those “Dexter” fans out there, really brings it and Frances Conroy, for all those “American Horror Story” fans out there, truly becomes Ruth Fisher. The episodes are fantastic and the finale is heart wrenching and had me thinking for several days after.

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Be Like Bojack

In Television on August 30, 2014 at 12:34 pm

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I haven’t heard much about “BoJack Horseman”. None of my friends watched it or recommended it to me and the only way I really found out about it was through Netflix and Twitter. I gave it a shot a few weeks ago and just finished it. It. Was. Excellent.

“BoJack Horsman” is a Netflix original animated show created by Raphael Bobs Waksberg and starring Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Aaron Paul, and Alison Brie. Patton Oswalt, Kim Jeong, Chris Parnell, and Stephen Colbert are a few of the many who have lend their voice to this outrageous hilarious and still poignant show. “BoJack Horseman” tells the story of Bojack who is voiced by Will Arnett as his struggles with the Hollywood life after starring in his hit television show, Horsing Around., while also utilizing Diane, voiced by Allison Brie, who is a ghost writer, writing BoJack’s memoirs. Now, just a quick note, animals, within this universe, can speak, they wear human clothing, and they often walk upright. It is an animated show, after all. Despite getting over the initial hump of how weird this universe is, the show is hilarious. While containing a continuous and linear story line, the show doesn’t balk at makings quips about what it means to live in Hollywood, or any big city now a days. For instance, in one episode, BoJack and Todd, voiced by Aaron Paul who is BoJack’s parasitic like roommate go to a story in which they can pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to by wooden materials that appear to have been dragged in from the street. In another episode, BoJack’s on screen daughter, Sarah Lynn, voiced by Kristen Schaal, depicts the struggles of growing up as a female child star in  an increasingly sexualized Hollywood in the appropriately titled episode Prickly Muffin. In another episode Todd must court two rival gang members in a scene reminiscent of Mrs. Doubtfire. The amount of pop culture references within this show, from Orange is the New Black, to Beast Buy, are just fantastic and kept me tuned in because I was afraid I was going to miss them.

The show takes itself seriously without taking itself too seriously. There are often quick cuts and scenes in which the animals actually act like animals. There is also a drug-trip scene that is equally hilarious and horrifying. The show recently got renewed for a second season and I expect many people will begin talking and raving about it because of how good and funny it is. Have you watched “BoJack Horseman”? If so, what did you think? And if you haven’t. Check it out!

Game of Thrones Season 4: Two Swords

In Television on April 7, 2014 at 7:20 pm

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Luckily, I was not one of the ones who suffered through the crashing of HBO Go, once again, and was able to witness the premiere of GOT Season 4.

For those of you who are the 1% and do not know or watch or have friends that know and watch and will explain to you what Game of Thrones is, I will, briefly. In a brief synopsis, Game of Thrones depicts, realistically, the trials and tribulations of a monarchy, from the low soldier, Jorah Mormont, played by Iain Glein, to the awful King Joffrey, played wonderfully by Jack Gleeson, and everyone in between. To accurately describe this show, I would need to undertake a lot of writing, but suffice it to say, it shows why monarchies failed, how people change in relation to power, and the lengths people will go to to be king.  GOT depicts various families as they struggle for recognition, power, money, and strength.If you haven’t read the books that this show is based on, read the books, then watch the show. If you haven’t heard anything about this show, then educated yourself by buying the books, reading them, and then binging on the show. Shouldn’t take you more then 2 months to do so. If you haven’t seen or read GOT, then please read no further. In order to save time and space, I will comment on things I liked about this episode and subsequently things I did not like.

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Prince Oberyn Martell, played by Pedro Pascal. His introduction was spot on and I absolutely loved how they depicted a bisexual man as cunning and strong while also loyal. He’s not a psychopath like Joffrey, played by Jackie Gleeson, he has a purpose. He will murder people because, well, they are Lannnisters, and because they killed his sister.

 

Tyrion, played by Peter Dinklage. In this episode, the way he talks to Sansa, played by Sophie Turner, made me realize what a great king he would make. Seriously, he would be perfect. He has perspective and understanding and is able to successfully deter Oberyn, from the time being at least, from murdering more people.

Jamie Lannister, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, was fantastic in this premiere. However, being a huge fan of the books, I would have liked him a bit less whiny, as he was when he returned in the books, and a bit more stoic. I also don’t understand why they went in this direction, other then to make Cersei, played by Lena Heady, to look more evil and cruel.

Arya Stark, played by Maisie Williams. That’s my girl. Stick them with the pointy end! I loved her in this episode and felt like she’s finally becoming the person she is truly supposed to be, a stone cold killer. Yes, she has a heart, and yes she is a Stark but she has also witnessed her entire family killed, right in front of her, and it’s about time she takes her revenge.

Things I did not like:

I had trouble with the presence of Daenerys, plyaed by Emilia Clarke, because I felt like her presence was a bit rushed. All we really witnessed was her marching somewhere. Yes we saw the slaves and the travel that she will endure, but I felt like either more time should have been devoted to her in this episode or no time at all.

I also did not like Shae in this episode, played by Sibel Kikelli. I understand that she can be jealous, and she has been, seriously I feel like they’ve already done that, but to be jealous and stupid as well. I felt like her character, in other episodes, has been rash but careful and in this episode, she was anything but.

What did you think? Which character did you like and what do you predict for the season as a whole.

 

 

“My life’s been a circle of violence and degradation, as long as I can remember. I’m ready to tie it off” -Rust Cohle

In Television on March 10, 2014 at 8:28 pm

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Sadly, I was one of countless individuals who suffered the HBOGO crash that occurred last night which frustrated me to no end and led to countless distractions while at work. How will it end? Who will die if anyone? Will there be a collective sigh of release or will there regret, because a show, this good, is no longer there?

For those of you who are late to the party, “True Detective” stars Matthew McConaughey as Detective Rust Cohle an insightful utterly unique individual who brings his own set of skills to the police force alongside Woody Harrelson as Detectives Marty Hart who often just reacts to the stuff that Rust spouts. These two are paired up to solve the murder and decorative placement of a young girl while the viewer sits along for the ride as the story line bounces between the 1990s, the early 2000s, and the present. Did I make this seem like an insipid unoriginal cop drama? I did? I apologize, because this show is anything but that. The viewer witnesses the acting ace that McConaughey has suddenly decided to show while also witnessing a subtle yet fantastic chemistry between two veteran actors who appear to have an all encompassing knowledge of their characters.

Does it sound like I absolutely love this show? Because it should. From the first trailer I witnessed to the finale, I was captivated the by the script, the acting, the cinematography, the makeup, the setting and the story. All of it, in only 8 episodes. That tells you something right there, that a show that is so short, can tell so much.

First time creator, writer, and producer, Nic Pizzolatto decided to grace us with his intellect, his skill, and his overall understanding of what it means to be a human and witness the darkest side of humanity. This show illustrates the relationship between two men, akin to two gunslingers holding out in a Western outpost, as they attempt to keep the bad men from the door. When all else fails they have each other and it is only that, that they need.

This show will definitely have a few nominations at the Emmy’s, so, if you consider yourself an individual who loves television, then watch this show. Any which way you can. Now, for those of us who have witnessed the compelling finale of this great creation, read on. Those that haven’t stop right there!

This was exactly how I wanted it to end. Closure. A closure of their relationship. A closure of the case. A closure of their life. That’s what I wanted and this finale gave it all to me, from the mournful tears of Marty as he realizes that his life nearly ended to the final all or nothing shootout/hand to hand fight. I loved it. I loved the creepiness of Tuttle with his ever changing accent and his nightmare of his house. I love the shot of Cohle as he gazes out the window with one black eye and an injured hand. I love the idea that they can finally rest. These two individuals who have been through so much, mostly self-inflicted, can finally rest.

I read that with the ending of “Breaking Bad” and “The Sopranos” that the golden age of television is coming to an end. I think “True Detective” dismisses that allegation. Yes you can show a typical cop drama in which a serial murder is being hunted but this becomes so much more, when you focus on relationships. The connections we feel to each other and how these change over time. That’s what makes great Emmy and Oscar worthy television show and movies. The connection we have to one another. “True Detective” illustrates how a man can change when he stares into the blackest part of humanity and how he comes to terms with what he sees and how it affects him. it shows that no matter what we see or witness, that with the help of others, we too can find those humane pieces of ourselves that keep us who we are. This is what makes great television.

On a closing note, it would be ill-advised of me to not comment on the role that women played in this season. Now, notice I said season, this show is an anthology in which the next season will be a different set of actors with a different story entirely, so not all hope is lost. However, women played a very minor part in this show but I will also play devil’s advocate here and state that it took place in the South, a place known, generally speaking, for its utter disregard for women’s rights, and it involved the murder of women. So, that being said, the roles that women played were realistic to the setting and the time period. However, I suggest to Mr. Pizzolatto to include some powerful women in his next season, who knows maybe a female detective, that will knock our collective socks off and show us what great work he can do.

I Want To Be a “True Detective”!

In Television on January 13, 2014 at 10:43 pm

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If you were too busy watching the Golden Globes and you are lucky enough to have HBO, then watch “True Detective” because I believe that this show next year and the year after and the year after that will be present within the Golden Globes and will also be awarded a few Emmys as well.

“True Detective” tells the story of Rust Cohle, Matthew McConaughey, and Martin Hart, Woody Harrelson, as they encounter and retell the story of a woman who was murdered in 1995 in a ritualistic manner. As the story switches between past and present, the viewer uncovers more and more about the detectives, the murder, and the truth. “True Detective” was created by Nic Pizzolatto and will be a miniseries, in that, like “American Horror Story” every season will be a different story and they may or may not include the same actors. When this was revealed to me, I fell even harder for this show because every single season will be different allowing for an amazing show that will allow the actors involved to take on truly different roles.

The premiere of this show set the tone, the pace, and the story for “True Detective” showing a professional Hart and a distraught and strung out Cohle as they retell the investigation of Dora Lange. This episode also displayed what an amazing dynamic these two actors will have and how much they have actually become their character. McConaughey looks, sounds, and feels like an authentic run down worn out detective. He looks awful and you can feel it seep from his pours while Harrelson looks like he has it all together but you know something is brewing beneath the surface.

And the writing! The writing is fantastic. “Rust would pick a fight with the sky if he didn’t like its shade of blue”. If I talked like that, I would be working in advertising. That line was excellent and authentic. It felt completely real and delivered with and understanding as to who Rust is and what he is truly capable of.

I also like the idea that there is still so much more to these characters. I understand that they are not going to reveal everything in the first few episodes, however, I like the idea that we may not know everything about the characters until the very end.

“True Detective” is an excellent show that should be watched because it depicts just how far television has come. Featuring two powerhouse actors and one compelling story, I am telling you, do. not. miss. this. show.

The Zombies Are Falling! The Zombies are Falling!

In Television on October 15, 2013 at 9:38 pm

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I just finished viewing the season 4 premiere of “The Walking Dead” and it was everything I expected and more. “The Walking Dead” is a story revolving around a group of survivors in a zombie filled world. This group includes retired sheriff Rick Grimes, played amazing well by Andrew Lincoln, group daredevil Glen Rhee, played by Steven Yeun, group badass Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus, the tempermental son Carl Grimes, played by Chandler Riggs, the group doctor and sage Hershel Greene, plyaed by Scott Wilson, alternate group badass Carol Peletier, played by Melissa McBride, and awesome Samurai swinging lady Michonne, played by Danai Gurira. Now there are a ton more people included in this great cast of characters, in season 4, due to the fact that this group now occupies a prison and can support a larger group of people.

Season 3 left the viewers unaware as to the future of this camp, would they move into the town that the Governor, played by David Morrisey, had established, would they keep the prison while keeping the survivors of the Governor’s town out, or would they accept the newbies in. Viewers were also unsure as to the current status of Rick’s psyche as he is a man who is struggling and struggling.

Well season 4 left few stones unturned in that it answered a lot of questions. Now, if you haven’t seen the episode, please don’t read on. Viewers find out that the prison is a lot bigger, that a council has been established, that they now have crops and livestock, and that Rick is still struggling. I rather enjoyed this “catch-up” if you will. I like shows that have a time-lapse which allows for the viewer to play detective and figure out what has occurred in the time-lapse while also allowing the creators to show what occurred in later episodes, if they feel the need. Viewers find out that Daryl and Carol are becoming a bit closer, that the “group” has accepted more people into their group and that stabbing zombies in the face is a daily occurrence and a chore really.

I liked this episode because it included all the things I love about “The Walking Dead”, zombie death, drama, and intrigue.

The zombie deaths were great in this episode and utterly unique in that I have never before seen zombies fall from the ceiling. It was terrifying and I believe that this could make a good haunted house feature. These deaths were also as gory as ever, displaying heads being stomped on as well as zombies being disemboweled. All awesome.

The drama was great in which Rick encounters the survivor who wants to feed her husband a nearly alive boar and then Rick. I liked the close-ups in this scene I also really enjoyed Andrew Lincoln’s acting. I liked that all of this death has had a profound effect upon him, as it should, because, this show would not be realistic if it didn’t include that at least.

The intrigue in this show was the death at the end. What a cliffhanger! How did this kid turn and is it possible? Was he sick, then died, and then became a zombie? What happened?

So in conclusion, this episode was typical of “The Walking Dead”. It included the essentials and has now made me look forward to the episodes I shall consume in the coming weeks.

“Masters of Sex” Isn’t Just About Sex…

In Television on October 6, 2013 at 8:40 pm

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..it’s about relationships, about masculinity and femininity, it’s about friendship and trust, it is also about research.

“Masters of Sex” stars Michael Sheen as Dr, William Masters, the premiere fertility doctor in the country and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson, Masters partner in what would become a world renown study on what occurs within the human body during sex. Did I mention that this story takes place in the 50s and is based on actual people? Well it does and it is incredibly original in its story-telling and unflinching int he way it depicts sex.

I have watched two episodes of this show and am absolutely hooked. The story begins with Dr. Masters depicting his interest in studying sex by watching a hooker through a peep hole and recording how long it takes for her to orgasm and for her “john” to orgasm as well. Dr. Masters’s interest in the study of sex is difficult to unravel because at times he genuinely does seem like the interested researcher while at other times there does appear to be more there.

Ms. Johnson has two children and is twice divorced, which is incredibly frowned upon during that era. She is also quite free, sexually. Ms. Johnson eventually finds her way into the hospital in which Masters practices and sleeps with his assistant, Dr. Ethan Haas, played by Nicholas D’Agosto, who is absolutely captivated by her, in order to meet Dr. Masters. This is where the story begins and if I explain anymore, if fear I shall ruin it for you.

The sex is this show is worth noting because it is depicted as….well sex. Sex isn’t always beautiful and romantic, it can often be useful while also serving a purpose for one individual engaged in it. Sex in this show is depicted in a variety of ways by showing how engaging and beautiful it can be while also depicting how sad and depressing it can be as well.

The depiction of women, and subsequently, femininity, is also worth noting, in that it shows how difficult it was to be a woman, in that era, who wanted to do something other then raise/have children. Ms. Johnson is a divorcee who wants something more in life then just having kids while Dr. Masters’s wife, Libby, played by Caitlin Fitzgerald, wants nothing more then to have children. When Ms. Johnson does engage in a fling with Dr. Haas, it confuses him. It does so because he associates sex with love and marriage while Ms. Johnson does not. When this occurs, Dr. Haas lashes out,  because his mind cannot comprehend a woman who isn’t married, who isn’t a prostitute, and enjoys sex as freely as Ms. Johnson.

In conclusion, check this show out. Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen give excellent performances that will leave you speechless at times and profoundly upset at others.

Breaking Bad, Broke Me, in the Best Way Possible

In Television on September 30, 2013 at 10:23 pm

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It’s over. Finished. And I for one could not be happier with the ending, especially after witnessing the disgraceful ending of “Dexter” it was well worth it.

 

For those of you who live under a rock, “Breaking Bad” stars Bryan Cranston as Walter White a high school teacher who turns to making meth after receiving a cancer diagnosis and realizing just how expensive it is to treat cancer and raise a family. Enlisting the help of Jesse Pinkman, played by Emmy award winning actor Aaron Paul, White utilizes Pinkman’s street smarts in order to get in touch with the underworld and sell his perfect product. However, one cannot continue a criminal act without the assistance of a skeevy attorney, who in this case is named Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, and becomes the third wheel to Pinkman and White, while offering his hilarious quips and lawyer help throughout.

 

“Breaking Bad” arches throughout five seasons showing how much someone can be consumed by greed and how many lives can be destroyed as a result of it.

 

And last night, this show came to an end. An ending that was everything I wanted.

 

If, you’re an idiot, and decide to continue reading this review without watching the entire show, then continue. But do so, knowing that you’re an idiot and that you are robbing yourself of a wonderful show that depicts incredibly realistic characters and has become my favorite show thus far. I feel like I’ve traveled with these characters, took a walk in their shoes, and am relieved with how it ended.

 

Let me begin by saying, kudos to Vince Gilligan for releasing Jesse Pinkman and killing Todd all in one swoop. If either of those two things didn’t happen, I would have been pissed. Kudos, to Gilligan for also having Walter finally come to terms with his greed and his ego. The line in which he says, “I did it for me”, was chill-worthy. After seeing all that he went through and finally uncovering the fact that he did it all for him, was well worth the countless hours I’ve watched of this show. Seeing him build himself up only to realize how much he has lost, was worth it. I cannot stress that enough.

 

 

I also thoroughly enjoyed Walt pulling the trigger and killing Uncle Jack before he uttered the words describing where he had hidden Walt’s money. This act was profound and allowed us, the audience, to witness how far Walt has come and how little he cares for money anymore.

 

I also liked how Walt claimed Lydia. At first, I didn’t think that the coffee shot was significant but upon the shot of Lydia, I knew what Walt had done, and I loved him for it. In typical Walt fashion, he took out as many people as he possibly could while utilizing his brain more than his brawn. Which was my question going into this scenario, how was a weak cancer ridden man going to operate a machine gun effectively. Welp, the writers thought of everything.

 

The episode was also redemptive offering a full circle view of Walt, which I loved. I remember how much I wanted Walt to succeed and how I thought it was mildly amusing how he evaded the police and Hank, mostly Hank, but as the seasons progressed, I became disgusted with Walt and his “empire” ways. My feelings soon began to change regarding Jesse and I felt towards him, what I originally felt towards Walt. Which is to say, that I wanted him to win. He was the protagonist in this story and Walt the antagonist. This last episode, my view shifted. Walt was no longer the antagonist but the protagonist alongside Jesse and it was as it should be.

Check this show out, if you haven’t been pestered enough already, because it is everything that everyone has said it is. 

I Want to Be A Shield Agent!

In Television on September 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm

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Last night, I had the privilege of watching the premiere of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and I will be the first to admit that I won’t be the most objective of reviewers for this show because, well, I love Marvel, I love Joss Whedon, and I also love shows/movies about superheroes.

Before I delve into this show too deep, I just want  to say that I think this show quite possibly has the potential to be what “Heroes” almost was, but never quite. Granted, this was only the pilot, BUT, I liked what I saw. I really did and I think this show could do a great job at portraying superheroes without becoming mired in tediousness and utilizing abysmal computer generate graphics.

“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” occurs after Avengers, which is to say after a group of superheroes defended the earth from an alien invasion. Also, Agent Coulson, played wonderfully well by Clark Gregg, is alive and well and operating with level 7, I believe, clearance meaning that not even the Avengers know that he is alive. In the pilot, Coulson is putting together an elite team to monitor and understand those individuals who are “gifted” amongst humanity. Joining this squad is Agent Grant Ward, a typical loner agent who doesn’t always play by the rules, played by Brett Dalton. Agent May, played by Ming-Na Wen, is also joining the team and appears to have a troubled past that she seems to be haunted and driven by. Agent Fitz and Simmons, played by Iain DeCaestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, respectfully, are the brains of the bunch, often bouncing ideas off another while simultaneously insulting one another. Skye, played by Chloe Bennet, is a gifted hacker who’s past also seems troubled. These are the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and they are unique in their own way.

The pilot focuses on an individual who out of the blue saved the life of a potential burn victim utilizing his super strength. I won’t spoil it for those who have watched the episode, but there is more to this story than meets the eye and not all of it is answered in one episode. The reason I mention this is because the pilot set up the show to have a story arch running throughout this season and possibly the next few. I also mention it because Mike Peterson, the super strong man, played by J. August Richards, gives a moving performance about the problems that humanity faces when gods and giant walk among them. It was reminiscent of  the problems faced within “Watchmen” and I was actually quite moved by this speech because, well, how would humanity act if superheroes existed amongst them. No longer was being the President enough, now children would want to fly and become incredibly strong.

I also liked how Whedon intertwined “Ironman 3” and “The Avengers”. It was almost as if he knew when he took on the Avengers that he was going to make a television show following S.H.I.E.L.D. The continuation wasn’t awkward or uncomfortable at all; rather it felt natural and appeared to flow in relation to all the other movies.

It was also humorous and serious in all the right places and Clark Gregg gives a great performance as Coulson.

So, in conclusion, check this show out. You won’t regret it! I promise you!

“Sleepy Hollow” is Incredibly Hollow

In Television on September 25, 2013 at 7:14 pm

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“Sleepy Hollow” was another show that I attempted watching and sadly, could not get through the second episode. The pilot, I really enjoyed, but the second episode had one glaring unrealistic bit within it that I just couldn’t get passed. I blame “Breaking Bad” because that show has been incredibly realistic and it just has set the standard so high for television these days.

“Sleepy Hollow” stars Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane. In the beginning of the pilot we see Crane take on a masked man on the back of a horse and eventually beheading him. Oh, by the way, this occurred during the Revolutionary War. Now, Crane has woken up from a deep dark sleep in modern day to a world he doesn’t recognize nor understand. Appearing as if he is insane, Crane is picked up by the police and eventually meets Lieutenant Abbie Mills, played by Nicole Beharie, a Sheriff for Sleepy Hollow. Things become stranger when Mills’ mentor, Sheriff August Corbin, what a name!, played by Clancy Brown is killed by a headless horseman who has risen again! Apparently, Ichabod and the Headless Horseman’s fates are intertwined and the Horseman is one of the 4 Horsemen that appear before the Apocalypse. Oh, also a demon is involved and goes around breaking mirrors, scaring little girls, and snapping the necks of police officers.

Now, I liked the pilot. It was dark, it appeared to have an interesting storyline and I liked some of the camera angles that occurred throughout the show. It appeared to be unique in that sense.  However, the second episode had a few instances within it that I just couldn’t really conceive because well they just didn’t appear realistic.

I know what you’re going to say, a man without a head riding on a horse with red eyes is already unrealistic, but that’s not the problem I have here. I liked those aspects of the show. The one huge problem that I had, was when Lieutenant Mills does a genealogical search and finds out who the ancestor of an individual who died close to the beginning of the country, is, and does it incredibly quickly. Now, first off, how was this accomplished? It was never explained. She just does it. And would you believe it, the relatives of that individual still live in Sleepy Hollow. I’m sorry, what? People move and how did she find out who this person’s ancestor was  so quickly? I mean really, from the beginning of America, she was able to trace this individual all the way to present time. Unbelievable.

Another aspect of this show that just infuriated me was that nobody, not a single person, references Ichabod Crane as the main character from Sleepy Hollow. Why has this not happened? It’s modern day, this story does exist. Why hasn’t anyone been like, “Ichabod Crane? That’s your real name?”. Seriously? Like from the story? “ Why has nobody at least made that comment? It would be the first thing I would do!

In conclusion, I found that this show stretched the truth a little bit too much for me and didn’t react in a realistic fashion in other places. So check this show out if you like that sort of thing….