Archive for September, 2013

I have always loved the tale of Sleepy Hollow.  As a kid, I was fascinated with the Headless Horseman and his mission to decapitate the poor residents of the small town.  I even enjoyed the Johnny Depp movie, despite its quite confusing ending and plot holes abound.

Most recently, Fox has followed the trend and produced Horror TV.  That’s right horror fans, Horror is the latest pop culture bubble.  With success of The Walking Dead, networks have scrambled to produce anything horror related to boost ratings.  SLEEPY HOLLOW is one of those recently produced television shows.

SLEEPY HOLLOW is part buddy cop with smart and tough Lieutenant for the Sleepy Hollow Sheriff’s department and a time-traveling Ichabod Crane.  Stay with me here, ’cause it gets better.  So Lt. Abbie Mills loses her partner and father figure at the hands of the headless horseman.  Meanwhile, Ichabod Crane wakes up in a cave surrounded by objects that suggest witchcraft.  A couple one-liners later with Crane making quips about the future and we figure out that there is evil abound in this small town.  Including a demon and John Cho.  The big reveal is that the Headless Horseman is actually part of THE Four Horseman.  So these two set out to stop the apocalypse. 

So that is the first episode, and I was curious to see how things were going to progress from there.  Hooked is a bit strong of a word; I would say I am the curious fish, nibbling at the bait.  After viewing the second episode, I can say they are going in the right direction…so far.  There is still plenty of time to mess this up.  Instead of Crane and the Horseman facing off each episode, it seems the buddies will be taking on all sorts of supernatural baddies as they come to this town.

This is not ground-breaking television.  This is popcorn television.  Guilty pleasure television.  Its a rehashed formula that the show SUPERNATURAL has used for years now; but It is also fun with a mystery.  I’m not going to proclaim that this program is must see.  But I just might miss it if it leaves.

I think this is best viewed Netflix style on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Catch SLEEPY HOLLOW Mondays on Fox at 9pm.

I’m back, suckahs!

And I’m back with my review of Blake Crouch’s latest novel:  WAYWARD.

I was lucky enough to get a chance to do a first read for this novel, courtesy of Mr. Crouch and his publishing company.  WAYWARD is the next installment of his WAYWARD PINES series.  At this point it seems as if he will be going the trilogy route with this one.  Which is fine by me. 

WAYWARD takes place right after the events of PINES, in which our main character Ethan Burke learns the truth of Wayward Pines.  If you wish to learn about said secret, please pick up PINES by Blake Crouch.  Do it!  Now!  So WAYWARD begins with Ethan thrust into his new role as Sheriff of Wayward Pines.  And man, does he hate his job.  I mean most people are irked about their job, but this guy is in living hell right now.  

So through Ethan, we meet some old characters such as David Pilcher and my personal favorite Pam.  Pam is great because of the way Crouch writes her.  She is that perfect mix of sociopath, deadly evil, and sexy as all hell.  We get a back story on Pilcher and how Wayward Pines came to be; which helps the story move.  And we meet new characters, like Tobias the Ranger-esque character that is floating outside Wayward Pines.  And Margaret, she is a captured aberration or abbey.  I have a feeling she will play a bigger role in the next installment.

The novel is a bridge, connecting PINES with the next novel which is currently untitled coming out in 2014.  So something for you to look forward to, kids.  And since this novel is a bridge, not much action is involved.  Instead we get a great character driven story that allows you to connect to said characters just time for the chaos that will be the next novel.  And Crouch writes his characters quite well in this one.  Their emotions literally drip from the page. 

Crouch begins weaving many storylines in this book.  When I saw I was at 90% on my Kindle and still so much story needed to be told, I realized that I was going to be gut punched with a cliffhanger.  Damn you, Crouch. 

Pick up PINES and then WAYWARD here.