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Did anybody watch the premiere episode of Sleepy Hollow?

I adore the movie and went through phases of "YAY" when the show was first announced to "NOOOOO" when they ix-nayed the period setting and would instead put it in modern times. Then back to "Cool" when I saw the first trailer.

My first verdict would be: the trailer didn`t lie. It looks fun, genuinely scary at times and I do like the twist they took to turn it into a larger story. Not their fault that I`m probably going to be soured on what used to be some of my most favourite genre stories for the next fifty years due to some asinine other take on it.

The leads are unknowns - at least to me - and I really like them both. The guy playing Ichabod is a major charmer and certainly easy on the eyes. Abby, the female lead, is sympathetic and competent without being oversold. Thank you, unknown writers. (No idea who created this show and too lazy to look).

For now, a definite keeper.

Also tried out Under the Dome (edited because the show bored me so much, I couldn`t even remember its proper name :) which just wasn`t my cup of tea. The premise sounded cool but somehow I envisioned something like those Fringe episodes where they went to a "cursed" town, only longterm. Instead it quickly turned into another variation of "asshole characters doing asshole things (which I could live with) AND being boring doing so (which I can`t)." A most definite "nay".

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katje0711
Sep. 18th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
What is The Dome? I've only heard of Under the Dome.
astri13
Sep. 18th, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)
Teehee, I corrected the name in my post but it was the one I was thinking of. Guess nothing about it left an impression with me, not even the name. :D
katje0711
Sep. 18th, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
I wondered. Especially when I looked up The Dome and all it came up with was Under the Dome. I like this show. I read the book and loved it. The show is different from the book, but I think they've done a good job with the changes. The people treating others the way they do really is a big part of the story and totally fits in with being in their situation. Anyway, can't expect everyone to like it.

I'll probably give Sleepy Hollow a chance.
astri13
Sep. 18th, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
I guess it just wasn`t what I expected. And what it ended up being, I feel like I watched a million times. In a way it disappointed me kinda in the same vein as "Revolution".

However, I have so many shows already on my plate, it`s probably a good thing I don`t pick up too many new ones.
katje0711
Sep. 18th, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
And, yet, I love that show, too! LOL
angels3
Sep. 18th, 2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
I watched it. I love it already, I never liked the origional story, but this storyline is pretty cool.

The guy playing Ichabod is fantastic, he gives off that completely baffled vibe without it making him seem stupid or simple. His funny as hell when he's not liking something too, he's got this uppity quality he reverts to when he's offended that I love.

I think Abby's story is going to be really interesting the more you delve into it.

I made it through three episodes of Under the Dome, and had to drop it. I didn't like the premise, or the acting. It gave me a headache.
astri13
Sep. 19th, 2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
The guy playing Ichabod is fantastic, he gives off that completely baffled vibe without it making him seem stupid or simple.

At times I thought Ichabod was taking things in a little too well but that is a writing thing. In terms of the actor, I agree he was really, really impressive. They struck casting gold.

I made it through three episodes of Under the Dome, and had to drop it. I didn't like the premise, or the acting. It gave me a headache.

I thought the premise sounded cool but then it immediately desolved into trope writing 101. Not my thing.
angels3
Sep. 19th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
I had the same thought, but it was fun so it didn't really bother me. They really did, he's great.

Yeah if it was handled well, but I had a feeling it would end up being what it's ended up being. :)

I'm really looking forward to BlackList and Almost Human I think those are going to be my other good picks. There's others that I want to check out but I don't have high hopes.

There are tons of mid-season shows that look cool though.
astri13
Sep. 19th, 2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
There's others that I want to check out but I don't have high hopes.

I wanna check out those new CW shows, the 100? and I forgot the name of the other one, the mutant thingie.

Not that I actually need more shows to watch. It`s crazy as it is.
angels3
Sep. 20th, 2013 02:47 am (UTC)
I have a whole long list, but most of them probably won't make it past the second episode trial run. Very few do I ever watch from the first and say yeah this is a keeper.

I hear ya, I have way too many as it is too, I don't know why I look for more.
mareen
Sep. 19th, 2013 04:16 am (UTC)
I really hated the pilot for Under the dome, and I heard it's only getting worse as it went on. I thought it was a very obvious, typical King story, with his usual stock characters.
The BF loves it though and he tries to get me give it another chance.... But I do not want!


Absolutely loved Sleepy Hollow though. It's from Orci/Kurtzman, who wrote Fringe, Alias, the Star Trek Reboot, Now you see me...
So it's not that surprising. Agree on the guy who play Crane. I am not sure I ever saw him in anything, but he was fantastic. That character could be a total disaster, but he made him work.
Also loved the female main character, and all the supporting. I'm just sad they killed off so many actors I really like.



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Oh, and I checked, Tom Mison was Bingley in "Lost in Austen"! Now that I know I remember. But he was a blonde in that one, at least I think so.
astri13
Sep. 19th, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
I thought it was a very obvious, typical King story, with his usual stock characters.

Half an hour in, I felt like I had seen this a thousand times before. So meh.

Absolutely loved Sleepy Hollow though. It's from Orci/Kurtzman, who wrote Fringe, Alias, the Star Trek Reboot, Now you see me...

Ah, okay, that explains it.

I totally agree about Tom Mison, he did a spectacular job. Didn`t seem familiar to me so I might have seen him in Lost in Austen but didn`t remember.

Also loved the female main character, and all the supporting. I'm just sad they killed off so many actors I really like.

Yeah, it was like "hi Clancy, bye Clancy" "hi Sulu, bye Sulu". *g*

Also concur about Abby. I had the most doubts about her but she worked well here.

I definitely need a new Supernatural, demon-hunting mystery show. After last year and all the spoilers from Comic Con this year, I don`t think I can even stand to watch youtube scenes from SPN without going criminally insane.

So Sleepy Hollow, here I come.
leelust
Sep. 19th, 2013 06:50 am (UTC)
I tried SH and will give it a couple of eps more to decide cause while it was fun in some scenes I couldn't get whether I like it or not the whole ep.
The thing with the head looks stupid and if they'll continue with that in every ep it'll be boring too soon.
Didn't like the girl there, too cliché I suppose, Guy is ok but he didn't make me feel *oh, i'll watch anything with him* so i'm on the fence about this show.

As for Under the Dome i'm happy to finish its first season and all I can tell - never again! The first ep was pretty ok but after that the show became an epitome of cliché writing and I couldn't stand ALL of its characters. Not surprised it has good ratings though cause these days cool show are unnoticed and bad ones are watched by many *sigh*
astri13
Sep. 19th, 2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
As for Under the Dome i'm happy to finish its first season and all I can tell - never again! The first ep was pretty ok but after that the show became an epitome of cliché writing and I couldn't stand ALL of its characters.

I know, it`s just so paint-by-the-numbers.

As for Sleepy Hollow, I didn`t really feel fannish about it but I think the show has the potential to be really good.
leelust
Sep. 19th, 2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
I don't mind SH to use its potential and be good. I need something good on my screen. Just so far I ain't sure it's the show I need.
It's in *wait and see* category for me right now.
lovis
Sep. 19th, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
Just watched Sleepy Hollow and I thought it was great. Not sure if I like the whole witch coven thing but I guess it's a convenient way to give them information about what's going on.

Also, thank you show for fetishising his boot. I appreciate it. ;)
astri13
Sep. 19th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
I didn`t mind the good vs. evil covens. It gives them a set-up to introduce many different beasties as well as some "magical" allies on the side. Otherwise, I don`t think the concept would work as an ongoing TV series.

Hopefully, they can keep up this momentum. I`m in desperate need of a good demon-hunting show.
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