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“We were there trying to say, this is our show. We can’t really explain it that well, because we haven’t worked out how,” he says. Indeed, how do you explain a show about Washington Irving’s classic character of American lore teaming up with a modern day police detective to take down monsters in an effort to halt an oncoming apocalypse?

Three months later, appearing at another comic convention, this one in New York, Mison still hasn’t perfected an elevator pitch. “Everytime I described what it is to someone, I found myself saying, ‘It’s very good,’ because I still haven’t worked out how to sell it properly,” he says.

It still hasn't been worked out since the continuing religious elements are not so confounding as they are sitting in the romantic reproduction of 19th Century narratives about Lost Tribes in this episode and the contagion that is as viral as the popularity of the program. Some spoilers appear for those in another time zone so wait to go below the squiggle. This program's appeal to its designated demographic may actually produce some greater historical awareness for them especially on this day celebrating the conquest of indigenous peoples.
“The best monsters are not random bad guys, but are monsters who manifest something in our characters,” says co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “As long as the audience always feels tethered to that emotional idea, hopefully they won’t get lost in the mythology.”

While “Sleepy Hollow” is very earnest with this premise -- there’s nothing campy about the end of the world -- it finds humor in other places, particularly Ichabod’s bafflement toward the 21st century.

"The key for us is that it’s always been, take the mythology seriously but [make] uncovering it fun,” says Len Wiseman, a show co-creator, producer and director.

The platonic pairing of Ichabod -- whose wife, a witch (Katia Winter) will have a storyline that continues to expand this season -- and Abbie has already drawn in comparisons to Mulder and Scully of “The X-Files.” “I think it’s a great place to start. we’re also going somewhere totally different that will let you guys decide,” says Beharie.

The problem is that we are less lost in mythology as mired in genre so far, since we are getting the X-Files MOTW (Monster Of The Week) and "Ichabod’s bafflement toward the 21st century" is still not dissonant enough for perhaps even the most jaded of fanzine type and making the serious mythology's disclosure "fun" is getting more formulaic so far and we continue the hope that it will "take (us) somewhere different". Moloch remains the villain but sadly the subplots are not getting the historical tropes to conflict in a way appropriate to our Century and to this medium. Suffice it to say an accompanying MMORPG might motivate the potential of a hypertext narrative since the Internet is a kind of Purgatory, Timothy Leary notwithstanding. Come on, Rupert, divert some of that News Corp cash you're wasting on peroxide news readers for the Fascist News Channel; although the subtext of the Roanoke Colony's disappearance with syphilis certainly signifies the association with Fox as we seek the curative waters of unpolluted water supplies in a public sphere unshuttered by the GOP's Congressional intransigence.

The (Sleepy Hollow) producers say that the procedural elements ground the show’s overarching narrative.
Yet, as with most "promotional criticism", to make it less fanzine and transcend review, This week's introduction of the second horseman, Pestilence, centers on unknown pandemics which has featured in a variety of other programs like Fringe and X-Files, and the articulation of Purgatory and Abbie's being "shown a sign" in a hospital chapel without a Christian cross is notable if only to make the allegorical elements only slightly ambiguous for the appearance of a diseased unidentified child. The First Horseman of the Apocalypse, Death will return in the next episode, hopefully still armed with assault rifles, and if he could only enter a Starbucks we could see some amusing comments from Crane about the 18th Century notions of coffee and caffeine.

The notion of a Lost Tribe as 19th Century natural historians / archeologists liked to disavow the quality of pre-Columbian culture for North America's indigenous peoples appears here as well as the lost colony of Roanoke VA in the 16th Century converge in this episode, as does an origin one, the birth of Virginia Dare the first(sic) non-indigenous child born in North America. The island on which the disappeared were to have fled as opposed to the more plausible DNA-driven story of their assimilation. Happy Columbus(sic) Day, everyone.

The final group of colonists disappeared during the Anglo-Spanish War, three years after the last shipment of supplies from England. Their disappearance gave rise to the nickname "The Lost Colony."...Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green wrote The Lost Colony in 1937 to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the birth of Virginia Dare. The play presents a conjecture of the fate of Roanoke Colony. It has played at Waterside Theater at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site on Roanoke Island nearly continually since, with the only interruption being during World War II....The Lost Colony DNA Project, launched in 2005, is an ongoing effort underway by the Lost Colony of Roanoke DNA Project at FamilyTreeDNA of Houston, TX. The project will use DNA testing to help determine whether some Lost Colony survivors assimilated with the local Native American tribes either through adoption or enslavement. The project will attempt to locate and test as many potential descendants as possible. Testing is also planned for some of the recovered remains.
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    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 Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 09:04:56 PM PDT

  •  What do you think of Timothy Leary? (3+ / 0-)
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    Just curious.

    Interesting visions.

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    by Shockwave on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 09:42:47 PM PDT

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      "Legend Of A Mind"

      Timothy Leary's dead.
      No, no, no, no, He's outside looking in.
      Timothy Leary's dead.
      No, no, no, no, He's outside looking in.
      He'll fly his astral plane,
      Takes you trips around the bay,
      Brings you back the same day,
      Timothy Leary. Timothy Leary.

      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 Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 09:46:00 PM PDT

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  •  Interesting coverage... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...though I doubt I'll watch it since I too am baffled at the workings of the 21st Century.

    One teensy nitpick: the colony of Roanoke was "lost" in the 16th century, not the 17th.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 10:00:37 PM PDT

  •  The by-the-book Chief of Police is inconsistent. (2+ / 0-)
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    Follow procedures except when it gets in the way of the plot, when they need to rescue the plot. And I could do without the Morales subplot. I'd rather the sister was back for more kickass. Anyways it fills an hour while I wait for Spader to chew thru his lines on Blacklist. Another show with vague subplots like Liz and husband. He's got multiple passports, cash and a gun hidden below the floor. Ask him already....

    "You are what you write, not what you look like."

    by PHScott on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 06:46:24 AM PDT

  •  I though that last night's episode (2+ / 0-)
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    was pretty good.  Not great, but not bad at all.  I liked the introduction of another horseman, and I really liked the use of Middle English through big chunks of it..  When was the last time you THAT on primetime TV.  I'm no language expert so my question is - how authentic was the language spoken and the translations?

    I'm still not completely sold on the show, but our 15 year old daughter sure is.  This is one of the very rare shows that we're watching live rather than on delay via DVR.  And that is at her insistence.  She's not new to genre TV.  She loves Fringe and Warehouse 13 and we've been working our way through all of The X-Files on Netflix, so it has to have something working for her to really be on board with the show.

  •  There was a cross in the chapel scene (2+ / 0-)
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    SouthernBelleNC49, annieli

    All the way on the top. I thought the same thing at first, but when Abby turned back to the holy water, you could see there was a cross at the very top, where the light wasn't hitting it well.

    I like Sleepy Hollow. No, it doesn't make a lot of sense, but it's fun.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

  •  It scritches along the edge of awful (2+ / 0-)
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    ...but I know I'll watch it to the last episode.  Because, monsters and time travel and actorly charisma.

    I cannot tell whether some of their images of the fantastic are meant to evoke something, or whether they just want to make those things commonplace, or the writers are just clueless.  I mean -- are there people who really associate frogs on books and glowing horse eyes with evil?  The supernatural sensibility of the show seems locked in a fourth grade gym at a Christian school. The middle english was nice, and had more mystery and grace to it than the rest of this episode combined.

    ...j'ai découvert que tout le malheur des hommes vient d'une seule chose, qui est de ne savoir pas demeurer en repos dans une chambre.

    by jessical on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 08:17:48 AM PDT

    •  Got renewed for a second season and yeah middle (1+ / 0-)
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      English this week, -just waiting for (Classical) French in coming weeks

      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 Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 10:10:50 AM PDT

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