Entries in random Supernatural references (11)

Wednesday
Oct152014

What We're Watching: Sleepy Hollow Season 1

Sleepy Hollow
On Monday, 8PM Central
FOX

Back when Sleepy Hollow started in August 2013, we didn’t watch it even though it should have automatically made it onto my “must try out list”. I mean, it was a supernatural, sorta-horror thing with a British guy and a leading character that was female. The supernatural-ness of it all should have put it on the list on its own. But then I heard the plot. And I saw the trailer.

It looked bloody awful.

No, I’m not British. That’s just how awful it looked. I figured there was no way it would possibly last. It would be a huge bomb and the first cancellation of the season. I was obviously wrong. It got pretty great ratings from the get-go, most likely because it debuted in August when nothing else was on and ended after a short 13 episode season. By the time I realized this thing was going to last and I started hearing the comparisons to Supernatural, it was already several episodes in and I was still a nay-sayer.

Well, we finally gave it a shot once the first season came out on DVD, mainlining it like it was a rare commodity. For those of you unfamiliar with Sleepy Hollow, it’s a fantasy show on Fox about Ichabod Crane, who died in the American Revolution after being slashed in the chest by an axe carried by a man whose head he chopped of and yet did not die. Some 250 years later, Ichabod rises from his grave in modern day Sleepy Hollow, where he meets up with Lieutenant Abbie Mills, a young beat cop headed to CIA boot camp in a few days. When Mr. Headless starts showing up and popping off other people’s heads, Abbie’s plans change and she sticks around to help Ichabod unravel the crazy.

It’s Supernatural without the car, with two sisters replacing the brothers, and a heavy dose of fictional American lore. You even have a daddy figure, who leaves the siblings a treasure trove of research that help them in their fight against the supernatural creatures. Trying to explain much more of it will just sound like madness, so let’s just say there’s a headless horseman killing people, a demon trying to kick start the apocalypse and Ichabod and Abbie are stuck with the position of witnessing it all.

This show is highly enjoyable, though I never got as addicted to it as I did Supernatural. It has a pretty solid first season, introducing the characters of Jenny, Abbie’s institutionalized sister, and John Noble (Walter from Fringe) plays a “sin eater” whose extreme reluctance to get involved just means he’s going to get dragged even deeper into the crazy. Orlando Jones is a doubtful yet rational in the face of crazy police chief, who inadvertently gets pulled into the apocalypse, while Ichabod’s wife, a witch who cast the spell that allowed him to rise from the dead, helps them on occasion from her place trapped in purgatory.

Most episodes of the first season have a keen “monster of the week” feel to them, though with a scattering of mythology that builds upon itself as the season goes on. It’s very much Supernatural season 1 in that nature. The monster effects are great, if occasionally a bit unnerving (though that’s probably what they were going for).

 

Nicole Beharie plays Abbie as a rational woman in an irrational place, never doubting the crazy she sees in front of her. She doesn’t break into hysterics when a headless man with a giant gun shows up in her path. She barely even doubts Ichabod’s story about being from the American Revolution. She’s reasonable and good in a stressful situation. She has a ridiculous amount of Bible knowledge that’s a little off-putting, but she’s a fantastic leading lady. Not too serious, while at the same time, not treating the crazy as a joke. Meanwhile Tom Mison as Ichabod is hilarious in his straight man act, having to figure out the 21st century while implementing his knowledge of the 18th to save the entire world. He occasionally has some really ridiculous lines that he plays off with the right amount of conviction that they don’t seem so ridiculous.

The cast in general is fantastic at what they’re doing. Lyndie Greenwood is a badass as Jenny Mills, playing things as though she’s a tip-toe away from being unhinged while Katia Winter’s Katrina is a nice enigma that I hope might have some additional motivations to what is obvious on the surface.

I can understand why so many people were upset after the season finale because it’s a pretty gasp-worthy ender with cliff hanger upon cliff hanger. Much like with Supernatural season 1, I was very happy that I didn’t have to wait so long to see how things turned out. It’s a decently shocking ending with twists that I didn’t foresee, so that always makes me happy.

So what do you guys think? Have you watched Sleepy Hollow? Do you love it, hate it, think it’s super silly?

No spoilers for anything past the first episode of the second season. We’re still a few eps behind!

Wednesday
Aug292012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Breaking the Spine and serves to showcase those books we’re not so patiently waiting to arrive!

The Dirty Streets of Heaven
Tad Williams

DAW Hardcover
Releases September 4, 2012
400 pages

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Bobby Dollar is an angel—a real one. He knows a lot about sin, and not just in his professional capacity as an advocate for souls caught between Heaven and Hell. Bobby’s wrestling with a few deadly sins of his own—pride, anger, even lust.

But his problems aren’t all his fault. Bobby can’t entirely trust his heavenly superiors, and he’s not too sure about any of his fellow earthbound angels either, especially the new kid that Heaven has dropped into their midst, a trainee angel who asks too many questions. And he sure as hell doesn’t trust the achingly gorgeous Countess of Cold Hands, a mysterious she-demon who seems to be the only one willing to tell him the truth.

When the souls of the recently departed start disappearing, catching both Heaven and Hell by surprise, things get bad very quickly for Bobby D. End-of-the-world bad. Beast of Revelations bad. Caught between the angry forces of Hell, the dangerous strategies of his own side, and a monstrous undead avenger that wants to rip his head off and suck out his soul, Bobby’s going to need all the friends he can get—in Heaven, on Earth, or anywhere else he can find them.

You’ve never met an angel like Bobby Dollar. And you’ve never read anything like The Dirty Streets of Heaven.

Brace yourself—the afterlife is weirder than you ever believed.

I have a hard time finding angel books I enjoy, mostly because YA titles with angels tend to have silly love triangles and plot points that just don't match up with my own expectations of angels. Plus none of them seem to have a character like Castiel and that's just wrong. It seems like this new series by Tad Williams, he of the epic Shadowmarch fantasy series, might be the solution to my angel book conundrum. Missing souls? Potential end-of-the-world apocalyptic consequences? Angels that hate other angels? Angels that act a little more human than angelic?

Yeah, I'm all for this book.

Tuesday
May292012

Random Tuesday: True Blood Is Ridiculous

At some point during the middle of True Blood’s first season, I received the pilot episode on a DVD as a bonus with some other television series I purchased from Best Buy. When Fernando and I watched it, I spent most of those two hours cringing, my ears threatening to bleed from Anna Paquin’s Southern accent. The rest of the time was spent laughing at either the way the creepy stalker rapist vampire said things or the pure stupidity that is Jason Stackhouse.

And yet, four years later, I felt compelled to watch this series from the beginning. Despite having heard that it only gets more ridiculous and pornographic as the series goes on, I felt intrigued. True Blood is such a thing at Comic Con. It’s such a thing in popular culture in general and people kept telling me to watch it because it’s so much better than The Vampire Diaries.

Well, having watched the first 18 episodes of True Blood, I can confidently proclaim that I will take Crazy Eyes and the Boring One over Creepy Stalker Rapist Dude and the Stupidest Person on Television™ any day of the week.

Spoilers through episode 02.06.

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Tuesday
Mar132012

Random Tuesday: Thinky Thoughts on Male Character Types in YA Fiction

Wow, that blog title sounds like an academic paper I wrote in a parallel lifetype where I didn't write research papers on the sociological reasons behind fan fiction. Anyway...

I don’t know if it’s because I read a lot of YA and YA tends to have female protagonists, but all these girls are starting to run together. They almost always fall squarely into one of two categories: the strong, determined type or the whiney, please-save-me type. Sometimes the strong ones have moments of weakness, but they rarely fall at the feet of a guy or wait around for someone to solve their problems (even if this leads to bad decision making). They could be further divided into other categories, sure, but the differences start feeling like you're splicing hairs to create diversity that isn’t really there.

Guys in these same YA books are harder to fit into just two categories. Yes, there are the strong ones and the whiney ones, but there seems to be more variety involved in creating love interests and/or side characters to support the main female protagonist that isn’t shown as often when developing a leading female. I suppose I could easily split the boys into two categories – asshats versus not asshats – but not being an asshat can come in many different forms.

Luckily my recent reading streak has led me away from the insufferable asshat love interests that drove me crazy in Hush, Hush, and of course, Twilight. Even Jace became more tolerable during the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series than he was in the original trilogy. I also have a hard time loving the too perfect, can-do-no-wrong love interests like Xavier from Alexandra Adornetto's Halo series. Instead I’ve been presented with a fairly varied group of guys that range from sarcastic sidekick to loveable zombies (seriously). So here I present to you a recently compiled list of my five favorite types of male YA characters.

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Tuesday
Mar062012

Random Tuesday: Teaser Tuesday, The Avengers, and Things in Space

I sat down to my computer feeling like I needed to do something, but not being able to figure out what. About twenty minutes went by before I realized, hey silly, write a blog post for Random Tuesday!

During lunch I rewatched "Lazarus Rising", the first episode of Supernatural season 4, and I came very close to writing a ranty post about how Supernatural used to be so good. But I figured no one wants to read yet another Leslie-penned rant that is mostly "But... CASTIEL!" Instead I will just post a picture and move along:

Then I thought I'd write a post about how I just finished a short cartoon series about a teenage boy that wakes up one morning to find he has a miniature girl for a right hand and it wasn't as disturbing as I thought it was going to be. But I was babbling about cartoons a few Random Tuesdays ago, so I'll avoid talk of Midori Days. I'm not entirely sure what I would say about it anyway. Its something that has to be experienced to believe it's level of crazy.

At the moment I should be reading a book for a bookclub meeting on Thursday, so you're getting random links for Random Tuesday and a teaser that made me scratch my head in confusion.

The Eye of Sauron was found in space, so now we know where the apocalypse is coming from. (Tor.com)

Publishers don’t like tablets as e-readers so much anymore as they tempt you to do everything but read. I’d say more, but I need to go check my Twitter feed… (NYTimes.com)

-  I really hope this is how The Avengers movie turns out. It would make me giggle all through the movie.

-  Here’s the actual trailer though:

-  Fernando asked me to include The Simpsons’ take on Game of Thrones, so here you go:

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

- Grab your current read
- Open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
- BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
- Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m working with a Kindle so I don’t have a page number. I just typed in a random number location that’s somewhere around the middle of the book and this is what you get:

Next to me, Kale stiffened. The way he’d said it, I wasn’t sure if Alex meant me and him, or evading Denazen, but either way it was out of the question.

Location 1458 in the Kindle edition of Touch by Jus Accardo

 

I have no idea what they’re talking about, so I’m taking this to not be spoilery. Granted I haven’t started the book yet, but it’s the next on the list. Mostly I just want to know if there’s seriously a character named Kale?!

 

Okay, that's Random Tuesday from me. What Random Things do you have for me?