“Sleepy Hollow” Review: “Heartless” and season two as a whole

Last year, I put “Sleepy Hollow” on my year-end Best Of 2013 list.  And I stand by it. (Mostly because such arbitrary lists are snapshots in time and therefore immune to retroactive analysis, but still!) It was a bonkers show in the best way, owning up to its own silliness but also giving us two central characters in Ichabod Crane/Abbie Mills with such charm and chemistry that they sold the entire endeavor. A combination of monster-of-the-week procedural, alternate history hypotheses, and a disarming amount of humor, “Sleepy Hollow” was the best surprise of last year’s crop of shows.

The show aired its final season one episodes soon after that list went up, and then went silent for nearly ten months. The thirteen-episode inaugural season put the pedal to the narrative medal, and while that’s a commendable choice, it’s not one that necessarily guarantees actual success. But all the pieces fell into place, especially with its final reveal that John Noble’s sin-eater was in fact the son of Ichabod and Ichabod’s purgatory-inhabiting wife Katrina. It made no sense, but it gave the show another much-needed dose of emotional realism. Rather than make this apocalyptic tale about the end of the world, this choice made “Sleepy Hollow” a tale about a fractured family trying to put the pieces back together under enormously strained circumstances. Perfect. All the elements were there for the show to take The Leap in season two.

So why has season two been such a slog?

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“Jane The Virgin” Review: “Chapter Four”

Four weeks into its run, “Jane The Virgin” has lost none of the intelligence and charm that marked its pilot episode. There’s almost no way it should still be as good, if not better, than what was already the best pilot this season had to offer. (That’s sort of damning it with faint praise, given the competition, but still!) Yet here we are, after another installment that made me laugh, made me choke up, and made me impressed at those putting this little slice of TV nirvana onscreen each week for my enjoyment.

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5 Questions And 500 Words: “black-ish”

Welcome to another installment of “5 Questions and 500 Words,” my approach to reviewing the crazy amount of shows that will be unspooling/returning over the course of the next few weeks. Given the glut of shows, and the glut of reviews that will be published for these shows, I’m keeping things short and sweet. This is for your convenience and my sanity. Read More »

5 Questions And 500 Words: “Scorpion”

Welcome to another installment of “5 Questions and 500 Words,” my approach to reviewing the crazy amount of shows that will be unspooling/returning over the course of the next few weeks. Given the glut of shows, and the glut of reviews that will be published for these shows, I’m keeping things short and sweet. This is for your convenience and my sanity. Read More »

5 Questions And 500 Words: “Madam Secretary”

Welcome to another installment of “5 Questions and 500 Words,” my approach to reviewing the crazy amount of shows that will be unspooling/returning over the course of the next few weeks. Given the glut of shows, and the glut of reviews that will be published for these shows, I’m keeping things short and sweet. This is for your convenience and my sanity. Read More »

5 Questions And 500 Words: “Gotham”

Welcome to another installment of “5 Questions and 500 Words,” my approach to reviewing the crazy amount of shows that will be unspooling/returning over the course of the next few weeks. Given the glut of shows, and the glut of reviews that will be published for these shows, I’m keeping things short and sweet. This is for your convenience and my sanity. Read More »

5 Questions And 500 Words: “The Mysteries Of Laura”

Welcome to another installment of “5 Questions and 500 Words,” my approach to reviewing the crazy amount of shows that will be unspooling/returning over the course of the next few weeks. Given the glut of shows, and the glut of reviews that will be published for these shows, I’m keeping things short and sweet. This is for your convenience and my sanity. Read More »

5 Questions And 500 Words: “Red Band Society”

Welcome to another installment of “5 Questions and 500 Words,” my approach to reviewing the crazy amount of shows that will be unspooling/returning over the course of the next few weeks. Given the glut of shows, and the glut of reviews that will be published for these shows, I’m keeping things short and sweet. This is for your convenience and my sanity. Read More »

Dear Internet: Forgive Damon Lindelof, and Forgive Yourselves

The title really says it all.

To be clear up front: I’m talking to those that forced Lindelof to leave Twitter, those that bitterly complained about “Lost” with every tweet he delivered, those that nearly four and a half years after the series finale can’t take that episode’s sole mantra and simply let go.

You. Yeah. Talking to you. As we approach the tenth anniversary of the show’s premiere next month, let’s palaver around the fire.

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“Wilfred” Review: “Happiness” and the series as a whole

“Wilfred” ended its series run tonight, and television will be a little more boring in its absence.

It was never a perfect show, often stuck trying to figure out its overall tone, marrying short-term plots to longer-arcing narratives, and generally spinning its wheels at times as the show entered later seasons. As a viewer, I came and went, missing large chunks of the second and third seasons with little to no adverse effect. In a strange way, that turned out to be a strength rather than a weakness. Because even though tonight’s series finale answered what the titular character was, it purposely left his meaning as clouded as ever. Which is perfect.

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