Firefly is just lukewarm

Review of Firefly (2002) and Serenity (2005), created by Joss WhedonAt the risk of infuriating my fellow nerds, I present the following truth: Firefly is massively overrated.Don't get me wrong, I see the potential for it to have become an excellent show after a few seasons, and I love me some Nathan Fillion, and I've appreciated some of Joss Whedon's other work. But a boatload of potential and a well-cast show is not the same thing as a show that is actually good. Firefly is—despite all i … [Read more...]

Veronica Charms

Veronica Mars, directed by Rob ThomasA lot of people really, really like Veronica Mars.There are several ways I have deduced this: 1) All my friends who talked about the TV show, even before it was a movie, and even though its last season ended seven years ago 2) The 91,585 people who raised more than $5.7 million to make a movie based on the show — the most backers of any Kickstarter campaign, ever, and 3) The plenteous hoots and hollers and other joyous exclamations I heard throughout the f … [Read more...]

This Week on Sleepy Hollow: It’s the End of the World as We Know It!

Review of Sleepy Hollow Season Finale (Episodes 12 & 13)The Apocalypse is one step nearer as Moloch prepares to break the second seal and release the Second Horseman upon humanity. Only a secret message hidden in the pages of George Washington's Bible (written by Zombie George Washington himself!), combined with magic sin-filled prayer beads and the ancient Masonic art of finding hidden tombs, can reveal the map to Purgatory. With the map, Ichabod and Abbie can free Ichabod's trapped … [Read more...]

How to Survive the End of the World According to Sleepy Hollow

Review of Sleepy Hollow Episode 11George Washington's Bible is the key to victory over the forces of evil.And if that isn't the set up to a great blog post on religion and American culture, I don't know what is! (Alas, that's not what I'm going to write about; I just thought I should point out what a good post it would have been.)This week on Sleepy Hollow, a demon has been sent to capture the Washington Bible so that Moloch can harvest its secrets and bring about the Apocalypse. The … [Read more...]

This Week on Sleepy Hollow: Family Matters

Review of Sleepy Hollow, Episode 10Did Ichabod Crane have a son? If so, why did his wife Katrina keep it secret? Can Denethor help him answer these questions? Will Ichabod survive the trip to Purgatory (or Limbo, I forget which) to confront his wife and ask for answers? And that's just the first five minutes of the episode!This week's 'Christmas' episode was, appropriately enough, all about families. Ichabod's family, Orlando Jones's family, Abbie Mills's family, and even the Sin Eater's … [Read more...]

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Heckling

Review of NBC's The Sound of Music Live, Directed by Beth McCarthy-MillerLast Thursday night, millions of Americans tuned their TV sets to NBC to witness a classical Broadway musical being broadcast live for the first time in almost half a century. The Sound of Music Live netted monster ratings—the best NBC has had in years. Twitter exploded. Pretty much every news and entertainment site has weighed in on the merits (and demerits) of the production. It was nothing short of a pop culture p … [Read more...]

Sacred and Profane Places in Sleepy Hollow

Review of Sleepy Hollow Episode 9So far, it would be easier to list the things we haven't seen in Sleepy Hollow than the things we have. What more could they possibly add to the 9th episode of this crazy show? A lot, it turns out. This week we see Ichabod wearing his cranky pants because he can't spend time with his wife (what with her being caught in Purgatory and all) while everyone else enjoys the holidays. Fortunately, we all get treated to a trip down memory lane as Ichabod and Abbie … [Read more...]

Doctor Who: My Best Friend is a Pagan God

Review of Doctor Who (Series)There used to be limits to my nerdiness.  Of course I liked Star Wars (who doesn’t?).  I fessed up to liking Star Trek--but only Next Generation, not those other weird spinoff series.  Then Netflix came and I binged on Deep Space Nine and discovered it was the best Trek of them all.  I watched the rebooted Battlestar Galactica, because it was cool, but not the ‘70s original, because it was corny.There was one line I wouldn’t cross.  I was dimly aware of some u … [Read more...]

Truth and History in Sleepy Hollow—Who needs it?

Review of Sleepy Hollow Episode 8This week on Sleepy Hollow: Can Ichabod Crane get the Headless Horseman to spill all the important Apocalyptic beans? ("I don't think he's gonna talk"—Orlando Jones.) Will Harold be any help in the process? Will Ichabod's past romantic rivalry with "Abraham" over Katrina have future consequences? Can Orlando Jones and Abbie's sister keep from killing each other? Will the stolen 16th century Druidic artifact from Thrace be able to help the Hessians free the H … [Read more...]

This Week on Sleepy Hollow: Loneliness, the Local Church, & Beheadings Galore

Review of Sleepy Hollow, Episode 7 In case you were wondering, being a Mason won't protect you through the Apocalypse. You'll get your head chopped off just like the next person. And so will everyone else who stands between the Headless Horseman and his skull, which he needs for some reason in order to bring the other three horsemen and begin the end of the world. Will Abbie and Ichabod be able to stop the Horseman on his decapitory ride through town? Will they come up with a plan to keep … [Read more...]