It’s Fall! All my favorite TV shows are back on! I find it a little amusing that, after a dozen years or so of watching nearly no TV at all, I have favorite shows again.
Sam is dying. Deals must be made to keep him alive.
Sam or Dean escaping death and then living with the consequences of what they had to do to accomplish that has been one of the major plot points in every season since, like, season two. I am so. done. with this plot. Seriously. There have absolutely got to be other plots to write about.
I really, really want this show to be good. It… is not. It’s florid and purple, which is just an utter shame, because there’s so much right with it! It’s urban fantasy! The lead character isn’t a white guy!* (Okay, the other lead character isn’t a white guy.) Clancy Brown is (sort of) in it! John Cho is (sort of) in it! The production values aren’t awful! The premise is actually kind of cool!
But this show doesn’t just have a stick shoved up it’s ass, it’s got a whole 2×4 up there. Loosen up, some, guys. Urban fantasy is inherently ridiculous. Have some fun. Some of the bits in the first four episodes of Sleepy Hollow – “It fires more than one bullet?!” or “Four dollars for this meal?!” or the sublime bit between Crane and the OnStar lady in episode four – that stuff was great. More of that, and less of the “OMG EVERYTHING IS SO VERY SERIOUS” tone, and this show might be worth watching.
Also, someone take Ichabod shopping. The coat can stay, if you must, but he’s been in the same pants for almost 300 years. Get that man to a K-Mart, please.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Now this? I am very happy with. Clark Gregg (Phil Coulson) is perfect. And that Phil Coulson is absolutely not the original, folks. Never ever no way not a snowball’s chance in hell. My prediction: Phil Coulson is the new Vision. James thinks he’s a Life Model Decoy. (We could both be right.)
The show’s been fun and a bit campy, well-acted, with a couple of excellent cameos (so far) and some great dialogue. I’m not in love with the S.H.I.E.L.D. team, yet. The group dynamic seems very low-rent Buffy Scooby Gang to me. The actors don’t have much chemistry together. I’m hoping this improves with time, though.
* Which isn’t so much “right” as it is “nice to see for a change of pace.”