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"Wherever this road takes you, and it won't be very far, I want you to know it's not personal" So deputy Andy Brooks, played by a reanimated John Cho tells the future victim of a reborn witch from the 18th Century in 21st Century Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County New York. The poor victim gets a minute of airtime before he's incinerated and eviscerated in his Volvo. Deputy Andy died last week after having his neck broken, but all those supernatural forces work to make him a Dracula's Harker, doing all the heavy lifting in the corporeal world. The various plot lines and genre referents continue to be introduced and the undead and dead referents become clearer with the introduction of psychiatric concepts of transference and objective countertransference so that the audience can better frame what might normally be the POV delusions Lieutenant Abbie Mills encounters in this episode especially with the paternal connection she and her sister who's institutionalized on chlorpromazine have with the late Sheriff Corbin.

This episode has both territorialization and deterritorialization in that the narrative from the Colonial period has more than a battle with the Biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but a looming subplot which may bring Ichabod Crane's wife Katrina from some Purgatory to the present. Deterritorialization comes with the plot device of a massive witch culture divided between good and evil that is seeking to recuperate itself in the Hellmouth of Sleepy Hollow, where history as archival document and monument is hidden, not unlike historical materialism itself below the existing fabric of the town. This episode takes place in excavated Colonial passages just as we now have Ancient Greek as the Lingua Franca of the underworld. Fortunately black powder still explodes as we see Crane's continuing re-civilizing process take amusing revisionist turns, firing one shot from Abbie's extra Glock sidearm without realizing it's a semi-automatic. This and motel-room archeological encounters gives some of the framing amusement including a sub-textual reference to our present-day teabaggers with Crane's perhaps continuing commentary on present day taxation on the receipt for the standard cop staple, doughnuts and coffee. That Mark Snow is doing the music gives us hope that Twin Peaks imagery will soon appear. Why Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks hasn't yet gotten in on this will remain baffling. So another demon gets destroyed pretty much like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and this coming week's episode gives us a monster that facially resembles Voldemort, so Republicans will make an appearance as well since the Captain, played by Orlando Jones, will probably figure in the village politicizing of future plot twists. New Episode on Monday

Sat Sep 28, 2013 at  6:09 AM PT: Re: spoiler alert - apologies for writing this in a time zone ahead of broadcast. I may give up on watching this program eventually if only because some of the narrative may get even too formulaic for even my avoidance behavior


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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

    by annieli on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 08:51:15 PM PDT

  •  Sounds like a must-miss... n/t (5+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 08:56:02 PM PDT

    •  it's actually kinda campy but the writing needs (3+ / 0-)
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      grover, jabney, madmsf

      some punching up

      Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

      by annieli on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 09:00:27 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  If I wanted campy... (1+ / 0-)
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        annieli

        ...I'd take Commonmass to REI for a shopping trip!

        Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

        by JeffW on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 09:22:37 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  they are starting to remind me of Dark Shadows (3+ / 0-)
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        Kevskos, ColoTim, annieli

        the old TV show.  I am expecting Barnabas Collins and Quentin to pop up at any time.  Of course the old tv show had the excuse that they literally wrote each week's script on the fly and so sometimes forgot what  had happened the previous month.  For example, one popular character was killed off and then brought back after the fans protested.

        So far the show fails to hold my interest.  They have already missed the first major chance to engage viewers by ramping up and camping up the 18th Century character and his experiences with the 20th Century.  For example, his only reaction to the abolition to slavery is a few throw away lines.  Think of the differences in the two centuries and all the changes and all the squandered opportunities for writers.  I think they have David Barton as their consulting historian

        •  indeed, although the tension between Abbie's (0+ / 0-)

          ex-lover and Ichabod seems promising particularly on the dialogic interchange over prior combat expierience

          Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013

          by annieli on Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 06:12:35 AM PDT

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  •  I didn't read your diary because I was worried it (2+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, annieli

    Might contain spoilers.

    Was this week as weird and worthy as last week? I missed it. Should we continue to tune in?

    And does your diary contain spoilers or is it safe to read?

    (Hey, at least I admit upfront I didn't read your diary!)

    ;)

    © grover


    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 10:10:52 PM PDT

    •  Some mild spoilers. I haven't seen this week's (1+ / 0-)
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      annieli

      episode, but I don't think I'm going to be upset by this diary's revelations.  I think I had a good idea what's coming.  It all depends on how badly you mind learning anything about a show.

      I would expect it's available for viewing on Fox's website.

      •  I'll catch it OnDemand. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        ColoTim, annieli

        I despise/loathe/hate Comcast, but OnDemand is kind of handy.

        I don't like being told about what's going to happen unless a show just gets really stupid (which does happen after the pilot, often --unfortnuately).

        I'll wait.

        Thanks.

        © grover


        So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

        by grover on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 11:31:39 PM PDT

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        •  I swore off them years ago. Been a (mostly) (2+ / 0-)
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          annieli, grover

          happy Dish customer ever since, though sometimes it would be nice to have bundling for a cheaper price.  Every time I think that, however, I remember why I left them in the first place (lousy customer service for billing) and then I just keep away.

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