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Welcome to Sleepy Hollow

The plot: In the new Fox series from Star Trek scribes Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, British turncoat spy Ichabod Crane (his civilian gig was teaching History at Oxford) gives the Headless Horseman his name, fighting for George Washington in the Hudson Valley.  He subsequently blacks out, and wakes up 232 years later (a la Rip … Continue reading

Cultural Memory and Kurt Anderson’s “True Believers”

The upside of the power outage is that I have had more time to read (though it’s by flashlight, in my freezing cold house, underneath a sleeping bag, a quilt and two sweaters).  I’m several chapters into Studio 360 host Kurt Anderson’s new novel True Believers.  One of the most interesting parts about the book is … Continue reading

Adaptations, Romance and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

  It’s in no way surprising that Hank Green and Bernie Su’s The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has caught on the way it has. They took one of literature’s most enduring (and most adapted) romances, updated it to the 21st century, and broke it down into pieces that are easily and readily consumed and shared by the fans … Continue reading

Halloween, Reboots and Character Baggage

I hope that everyone who was affected by Sandy fared okay during and after the storm. Since Monday evening I’ve been without power, but I’m temporarily back online thanks to the local charging stations around town. Of course yesterday was Halloween, and the littlest trick-or-treaters came out in the afternoon to avoid the dangerous down … Continue reading

Chicago Fire: Pilot

The best way I can describe Chicago Fire is serviceable.  It’s not terrible, but not particularly transcendent of the genre either.  The beats it hits are often so familiar they are almost worn out, right down to the new guy (Charlie Barnett) putting his name on the fallen comrade’s old locker at the twenty minute … Continue reading

Nashville: Pilot

It’s so great to hear Connie Britton say y’all on my TV screen again. I was always going to give Nashville a shot since it’s more up my alley than American Horror Story, and I’m happy to say that I wasn’t disappointed.  Self-assured acting, credible music, pretty scenery and a script that balances both soapy fantasticness and well-observed details about … Continue reading

It All Ends

Midway through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II, when Harry returns to Hogwarts, in short order, Professor McGonagall triumphantly takes back the school and prepares for the battle to end all battles by: a)      ordering Filch to take Slytherin House down to the dungeon b)      telling Dean Thomas and Seamus Finnegan to confer … Continue reading