Sleepy Hollow 2.11 – The Akeda

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Last week, the Apocalypse started!  It was quite a small and intimate gathering, as attentive viewer Sparky pointed out, just Moloch and his two supportive Horsemen.  But still.  APOCALYPSE!  So it should be pretty crazy and scary and go down at a horrifyingly rapid pace, right?

I actually thought the pace would be way more rapid when Abbie noted that she and Ichabod were basically counting on Katrina to hold off Moloch until they get there.  Wow.  I mean, Katrina’s whole thing has been pretty much an exercise in Not Getting Things Done this season.  Everything should probably go to hell pretty quickly, then!

But, things slow down right quick.  First Abbie’s car goes kerplooey from the whole Apocalyptical Electrical interference situation.  And as one does during a tense and urgent moment during which the very fabric of the world is threatened, they stop to chat with a mechanic who can’t get the parts he needs right away, aww geez!  Why even stop at a gas station?  Run, run like hell, or at least commandeer any passing car for non-hell-on-earth justice!   Continue reading

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Walking Dead 5.8 – Coda

ME.

ME.

PREVIOUSLY. So hopefully this means we’re done with Grady Hospital. Because I gotta be honest: it wasn’t compelling. I was never REALLY creeped out by the set up with the exception of a few scenes, mostly that first episode and the moment in Dawn’s office with Gorman creeping on Beth. They fell into the number one rule of “don’t do this” in storytelling: they told us it was scary and awful and didn’t show us.

Raise your hand if you actually got nervous every time Dawn stood calmly? Or every time she said in her neutral mom voice, “It has to be this way.” And it’s because we all know that it doesn’t. It absolutely DOESN’T have to be this way, Dawn, because we’ve seen the prison, we’ve seen Terminus, and we’ve seen Tenpenny Towers, aka Woodbury. I mean, if y’all are gonna be slavers, y’all need to be 100% menacing. And they just weren’t. Right? But let’s get to brass tacks. Continue reading

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Sleepy Hollow 2.10 – Magnum Opus

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“The question is, who am I?” Ichabod murmurs.  It’s both the defining existential Question of the Week and the game he’s playing with Abbie, a “technique profilers use to crack cases when they’re stuck.” Or, you know, that game that showed how racist Michael was on The Office and how much Sherlock and John want to go out with each other are best pals on the BBC.

Katrina shows up in a mirror call, allegedly to help Ichabod from Horseman of the Apocalypse Central, but really so Henry can almost immediately undercut any suggestion that Katrina can actually contribute anything to the fight against evil.  He uses her mirror three-way (ahem) to eavesdrop on Ichabod and Abbie’s conversation about the weapon that’s going to help them win this thing against Moloch, the Sword of Methuselah.  I have no idea how, since presumably there has to be sin-eating for Henry to read from objects.  JUST GO WITH IT.  Continue reading

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Walking Dead 5.7 – Crossed

Previously:  Dr. Mullet’s whole reason for living is a lie! Beth is still trapped! Carole is in danger, gorl! It’s the penultimate episode before our hiatus and a lot of pieces get moved on the board.

Now THAT is how you decorate a church in the apocalypse.

Now THAT is how you decorate a church in the apocalypse.

Sasha, meanwhile is taking apart the pews in the church with an ax, and Ty is pulling out pipes to the organ (nooooo! And I wish I could see what music was there) that are being used to fortify the entrance to the church. Outside, Father Gabriel wonders if they’re going to take the cross, too as we hear hammering and fortification happening to the church.

And I was pleased to see that Rosita clearly knew how to make a homemade water filter like I detailed a few eps ago. SEE? I AM GOING TO KEEP Y’ALL ALIVE, YO. Continue reading

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Sleepy Hollow 2.09 – Mama

sh 201 promo image abbie ichabod branchesLast week, sexy succubus sucking!  But now, we open with Abbie approaching a spooky hooded figure in a fog-filled landscape while “You Are My Sunshine” plays in discordant accompaniment. No joke, that song is one that has always creeped me out even when played straight, so I’m already terrified.

Heads up, though, seriously — this episode pressed pretty hard at a number of upsetting issues that left me fairly compromised, so here’s a laundry list if you need warnings before diving in further: mental health issues, abuses of psychiatric patients, suicide, questionable parenting, children raised in a paranoid environment, and THERE’S MORE, BUT THAT’S THE BONES OF IT!  Still want in?  Let’s go then!  Continue reading

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Walking Dead 5.6 – Consumed

PROTECT CAROL AT ALL COSTS, OH MY HEART!!

PROTECT CAROL AT ALL COSTS, OH MY HEART!!

Previously: CAROL DEALT WITH COUGHS BY BURNINATION. <3 If you watched this episode and didn’t delight in these two grizzled, self-made heroes, then you might be broken inside. This season continues to be amazing.

Fun stuff to put in your mind before we get into it: biblical references were also in this particular ep, but not in the way we’re used to finding them. A reoccurring theme in the Bible is “the refiner’s fire” and how you’re tested and made stronger. Specifically mentioned is silver, which goes through refining fire six times to be coin, and an additional time to be turned into, say a sword or dagger. A weapon. I think you see where I’m going here. Also, this is fun:

Psalm 66:10-12: For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs; you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

HEY ALL OF THAT HAPPENED IN THIS EPISODE. Continue reading

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Sleepy Hollow 2.08 – Heartless

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Previously, a world of nope at Katrina’s demonic pregnancy.   This week, Ichabod and Katrina argue in stylized yet passionate terms about love.  For a moment I thought, oh my god, this must be the live action version of Jenny’s crack parody fanfic of Ichtrina (is that the right smoosh name?)!  We’re going to see a reveal pull back of Jenny at her laptop, sniggering over her vanilla soy latte! But then it turns out Ichabod and Katrina are just bickering as they watch a Bachelor-style reality show.  Meh.  I like my idea way better.  Continue reading

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Walking Dead 5.5 – Self Help

[knowing, smug smirk]

[knowing, smug smirk]

 I’m not one to say I told you so. But if I was? You feel me. Yeah, yeah, comic book readers knew what we find out, but no one is passing out badges for being a comic book reader. (That would be pretty sweet, though.)

So last week, and now we pick up with Abraham’s rag tag bunch on the church bus. If I remember church bus trips, the cool couple should be in the back making out, and the nerd will be up front chatting with the bus driver. Continue reading

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Sleepy Hollow 2.07 – Deliverance

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Last week! Now, Ichabod and Katrina share early morning flashback cuddles, spent musing about all the swell kids they’ll have. Haha, it’s funny because their real kid is the Horseman of the Apocalypse! Geesh, I think I could live without that image of the spider skittering out of Ichabod’s mouth at the end of the nightmare forever. But then again, I could live without this whole demonic pregnancy trope forever and a day.

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But here we are! *charges ahead*  Continue reading

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Walking Dead 5.4 – Slabtown

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I am a PHOENIX and I will rise from your ashes. (Also, yet another moment with chiaroscuro.)

I am a PHOENIX and I will rise from your ashes. (Also, yet another moment with chiaroscuro.)

Previously! If you don’t know who Soraya Montalbán is, you will soon. I have no idea if the parallels are intentional between Dawn and Soraya, but oh, was I cackling with glee. (And I needed to laugh because WOWEE, Rape Hospital is pretty much the worst thing on the show yet!) Also, this episode is titled Slabtown, because that was the name of the old Red Light District in Atlanta in the 19th century, right on the spot where now sits the actual Grady Memorial Hospital. OHO.

We’re also gonna bring up all the chiaroscuro. If you haven’t been paying attention to the paintings in every damn episode this season, I’m not doing my job. They’re filming every scene like these Renaissance paintings and I LOVE it.

But let’s get to the Bethisode. Continue reading

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