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Epiphany of the TV kind

I owe mrv3000 for this one, because it struck in response to her identifying a dilemma: she loves Sleepy Hollow's Abbie as a character, but has trouble with its "incredibly ridiculous plot."

At which point I had to comment that, not only do I freely admit that it is incredibly ridiculous, but that for my purposes, this is a feature, not a bug.

Not that any old cracktastically over-the-top will do it for me, but cracktastically over-the-top with fantastic well-acted characters? Yeah. Um. I just described at least 2/3 of my major fandoms over the last 20+ years. Those of you who've known me for any significant portion of that time are probably snickering at the fact that I've just now processed this particular insight, as such. :-)

On the subject of SH, incidentally, I was not expecting it to be quite so gloriously, cracktastically preposterous. And it's making me all kinds of happy, because even if NBC's Dracula fails to live up to the gloriously, cracktastically preposterous promise of its trailers, I'm going to be all over this one for the foreseeable future. Abbie is absolutely wonderful, and Crane is close behind, and Katrina is all mysterious but I'm very curious to know more about her, and Jenny is apparently Sarah Connor, and Irving is intriguing. And. People. Who are awesome.

And who are living in a whirlwind of ridiculous and calling it as they see it, while dealing with it as the reality it nonetheless is. You want the recipe to keep my eyeballs every single week, that's it.


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Sep. 28th, 2013 09:53 pm (UTC)
I'm happy you're enjoying it! :-)

I also did not expect SH to be situated so far in this direction so quickly. I'm feeling cautious toward the premise and storytelling so far, but of course the actors are doing very well with what they've been given.

History, fantasy, crime procedural and tapping powerful mythography... all together? Push my buttons! Of course. :-) But... I don't enjoy conspiracies, not at all. If they move too far in that direction, I'll be done with them.
Sep. 28th, 2013 10:10 pm (UTC)
I'm finicky about conspiracies, in ways that I can't define well enough to predict whether I will buy into a particular one or not. So far this one is passing muster.

I'll cross my fingers that it doesn't take over too much, so you can continue to enjoy!
Sep. 28th, 2013 10:18 pm (UTC)
You've summed up my thoughts exactly. It's ridiculous and populated with interesting characters. I'm in.
Sep. 28th, 2013 10:44 pm (UTC)
It's truly absurd what a massive V8 moment this is for me. I mean, I'm not exactly in the habit of being defensive about what I like anyway. But it's still nice to be able to give a succinct description of it.
Sep. 29th, 2013 02:07 am (UTC)
I am having a love/hate with the show. I kind of wish that Crane wasn't in it, or was just in flashbacks. There's never any real mystery because Captain Exposition is here to explain it all to us and I'm very tired of the "joke" that he makes racist and sexist comments because he's from the past. The fish out of water is a pretty tired cliche and the jokes aren't at all funny, just sad and awkward.

That being said, I love the atmosphere and the awesome female characters and the acting has been better than a show like this deserves.
Sep. 29th, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
I sort of think shows like these deserve the best acting they can get their hands on, because I really do love things that way. :-)

I have expected them to run into more things by now that Crane doesn't know and Katrina can't tell him. It sort of feels like they're front-loading a whack of exposition by way of orientation, to put us on the same footing as Crane and Abbie before things get really hairy. I might be giving them too much credit, but I live in hope.
Sep. 29th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)
I'm with you on this. The ridiculous plot is totally a feature. And while I had my doubts about how they'd pull this show off, I'm enjoying it--and both the leads--tremendously so far.
Sep. 29th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
I really didn't expect them to plunge right into the deep end of this tone. Very glad they did, because I'm not entirely convinced it would work otherwise.
Sep. 29th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
I agree that cracktastic is a feature, not a bug. Especially when the characters dealing with the ridiculousness are awesome.

(Oh, Blood Ties, I miss you so!)

Sep. 29th, 2013 09:18 pm (UTC)
I still do too. This is a... not entirely dissimilar vibe.
Oct. 22nd, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
YES to everything you said. The premise is ridiculous and I don't care! I've never seen PoC characters get this much development and I'm enjoying it while I can.

P.S. Love the new template. It looks... dreamy. :-)
Oct. 22nd, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
I LOVE EVERYONE IN THIS BAR. Except, y'know, the demons.

I feel weird saying thanks, because it's actually a standard LJ layout. I don't recall seeing it before I went looking this last time. Dreamy is a good word!
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