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It's a good time to be in fandom. What follows is my very opinionated, squee-filled roundup of what new things I'm watching (or not) this Fall.


Sleepy Hollow

The Short Version: I think I'm in love with this show and its actors.


I saw the Headless Horsemen walking around Comic Con promoting the show, and I was mildly interested. Then, I heard it was a modern-day retelling with Ichabod as out of place time traveler, and I was less interested. I was all geared up for a completely historical drama, darn it!

But then, the night of the premiere came around, and I think someone on tumblr posted something that reminded me, and I thought, "Oh, I'll give it a shot..." And I'm SO glad I did. The show is a crazy ride, but it knows when to take itself seriously and when not to. The story is engaging enough, but I'm really here for the characters. Ichabod Crane, out-of-time Revolutionary Spy and former history professor, and Abbie Mills, Lieutenant in the Sleepy Hollow Sheriff's Department, are fast becoming one of my favorite fictional friendship. They both seemed to step onto the screen as fully formed people, and so watching Crane negotiate the modern world (computers, smart phones, baseball, bottled water...) is wonderful fun. And last week, Abbie taught him how to fist-bump. But it's not all fish-out-of-water shenanigans. There's a Headless Horseman running about taking people's heads, an undead deputy whose allegiance is up in the air, Abbie's incredibly kickass sister Jenny and newly-believing-in-the Horseman Captain Irving (who is played by Orlando Jones, who is more involved in his own show's fandom than all of us know what to do with). And let's not forget Ichabod's wife Katrina, stuck in some sort of purgatory between life and death that we're just beginning to figure out.

It's not perfect, but the actors obviously LOVE their characters to pieces, the relationships feel very real and complicated and satisfying, and I'm invested enough already that even when I'm disappointed by an episode, I'm still jumping out of my skin waiting for the next episode.

And did I mention that Tom Mison (Ichabod's actor) looks SMASHING in 18th century attire? Because he does. And Abbie hasn't had time to take him shopping yet. Let's hope she doesn't for a while yet.


Agents of SHIELD

The Short Version: I'll catch up on Hulu eventually.


I don't feel like I can say too much about this. The gf and I started watching this on Wednesdays on Hulu, since it airs at the same time as The Originals. But then we missed a week for some reason or another, and I didn't find myself needing to watch it RIGHT NOW to catch up.

And I'm not sure why that is. Maybe it's fictional story investment fatigue... like I only have so much emotional space to care about things, and I'm reaching my limit. Because I love Agent Coulson as much as the next person who watches Marvel Movies, and Fitz and Simmons are adorable, and Ward was growly and attractive, and Skye... was ok, I guess, thought I'm reaching for adjectives and not finding them. And Agent May is kickass, if reluctantly so. But this is definitely a "catch up over winter break" show for me.


Reign

The Short Version: It's pretty. SO PRETTY. But I can't do it.


I saw really pretty previews for this at Comic Con. And I wanted to watch it. And I watched two or three episodes before I gave up. The cast is really cute. Especially the guy who plays the bastard son Sebastian. But... I had to admit that I was not the target audience. Not even a little bit. Because when I got to the end of the third episode and could hardly remember any of the characters' names, it was time to find something else to do after Vampire Diaries. I just didn't feel like I knew anything about any of them except Mary, who wants to make her marriage to Francis for the good of Scotland but also because he is really cute. You can't blame her. He IS cute. Oh, and Sebastian thinks SHE's cute. And King Henry thinks Mary's friend whose name I can't remember is cute (and sexually available), and the Queen, whose name I can't remember but who seemed to be vaguely interesting, doesn't want Mary marrying her son for some reason. And there's a ghost. And maybe magic. But I SO DIDN'T CARE. I think I shorted out my ability to care about TV shows that are complete messes a while ago. I blame Downton Abbey and Robin Hood.


Once Upon a Time in Wonderland

The Short Version: Not as good as Once. Kind of weird. But I think I like it.


I was hoping that this show was going to have more crossover with the main Once story, but I think it has a weird, quirky charm all its own. The actress who plays Alice is freckled and sweetly earnest, Cyrus is the most adorable genie I've ever seen, the Knave of Hearts is Will Scarlett (it's the OUaT universe... just roll with it) and possibly my favorite thing about this show. Jafar and the Red Queen are working together, and Jafar is unreasonably attractive. (What? Me? Attracted to a darkly handsome bad guy in black? Perish the thought!) And there's just a lot of WEIRD. Like a creepy Victorian mental institution, purple drug-flowers that made me think of "The Lotus Eaters," and impromptu executions that suddenly have surprisingly bloodthirsty Wonderlandians coming out of nowhere.

Something about it just... works for me. It's not as good as OUaT by any means, but it's fun enough to keep me watching.


Almost Human

The Short Version: I like Cop Shows. I like Karl Urban. This is a Cop Show with Karl Urban. YOU do the math.


Ok, so I also like near-future sci-fi shows that deal with the whole, "What does it mean to be human"? question. And from what I've seen, this one is going to do some interesting things with it. I like Dorian already, and I can see his partnership with John going all sorts of interesting places. Also, I can see how much money Fox has poured into this show. The pilot had movie-good production quality.


The Originals

The Short Version: My darling Original family has their own show. It's set in New Orleans. There's lots of Elijah. There's lots of Rebekah. The new characters are people I actually care about. It's better than Christmas.


I went into The Originals with low expectations. I'd seen the version of the Pilot embedded in Vampire Diaries last season, and I was less than impressed with the "Klaus's magical baby" storyline. That has grown on me. In fact, everything has grown on me. Haley, the "Marcel has control of the witches" plot, even Cami has gotten LOADS more interesting with the introduction of HER issues. (And her anger at Klaus for taking away her sadness over her brother's death was SO well done...)

Yeah I'm pretty much completely on board with this. I ship Hayley/Elijah like there's no tomorrow. I ship Rebekah/happiness. I ship Marcel/my tv screen. I want Marcel to be good to Rebekah, but I fear he won't be. I think Davina is fascinating. I love Klaus but think he needs a swift kick in the head or a dagger to the heart for a few decades. I want Marcel and Elijah to team up to administer said dagger. I want Tyler Lockwood to stay FAR away from Hayley's baby. In fact, I want pretty much everyone who is not Hayley, Elijah, and Rebekah to stay away from Hayley's baby. I trust Elijah because he's so excited about the kid he's practically knitting booties in his spare time. I trust Rebekah because I think that she values family as much as Elijah does, and she and Hayley had a nice friendship going on while they were living in that big house.

In short, GIVE ME ALL THE ORIGINALS ALL THE TIME. I nearly screamed in frustration when I didn't get Hallucinating, Feverish Elijah this week because the episode was pre-empted by some album release party. HE IS GOING TO KISS HAYLEY, AND I WANT TO SEE THAT, AND ALSO I SAW PREVIEW PICS WITH FLASHBACKS AND COATS WITH TAILS AND DUELING PISTOLS. It cannot be Tuesday soon enough.


Atlantis

Short Version: Wanted to like it. Couldn't get past the lake of caring about any of the characters AND the cliches. There is no long version.

So... what are YOU watching, my dear fandom friends? Is there something I'm missing? Do I need to give one of the shows I dropped another chance? Tell me what you think!

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Date: 2013-11-25 07:21 am (UTC)
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This has zero bearing on anything that's actually on TV right NOW, but I am (rabidly) watching Kamen Rider Kiva (2008), and I finally feel like I have fandom again, so I wholeheartedly endorse it.

Edited to add: I keep meaning to have an enormous fandom flailing post about it and then life happens, but someday...
Edited Date: 2013-11-25 07:22 am (UTC)

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Date: 2013-11-26 04:25 am (UTC)
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Kiva is vampires. Well, "fangires", but it amounts to about the same thing, if your vampires look like average humans sometimes and also can transform into monsters that are vaguely animal themed and also made of stained glass. There's also a werewolf and a merman and.. we aren't sure about the third guy, because the translation we have referred to him once as "a frankenstein", but he SEEMS to be more a golem. Translation error perhaps. There are two time periods and time travel (once, in canon, once in the non-canonical movie of HOLY SHIT DID THEY GO THERE, I mean seriously I have to post about the Kiva movie because WHAT), and I didn't think they'd be able to handle that, but they do. I didn't think I'D be able to handle it, for that matter, since I thought I'd be confused, but it only took a couple of episodes to get it. AND it's music themed, AND all the main cast also sing (just not IN the show, but they do rock songs ABOUT the show) and there are only a few episodes we haven't watched yet and I don't want it to be over but I NEED TO KNOW HOW IT ENDS. (It had better end up happy for most of them. We know the fates of some of the 1986 group already, but not how they got there.. and they aren't happy. So 2008 had better be happy, dammit!)

FLAIL! KIVA! OH MY GOD! Also sometimes there is too much sexy on that show. I do not think this one was really, honestly, for the kids. There is naked bathtime with more than one man in the tub. I have screencapped the fun and suggestive dialog for posting one of several of those scenes. This show was freaking MADE for slash fic, and I am not a slasher. But you can't NOT see it. You would have to be blind!

So Kiva hooked me really good mostly because I am such a huge enormous sucker for actors who also sing and the songs I didn't like at first, but I love them all now. (Except the ballads. I do not like ballads that do not have "power" in front of them and come from the 80's.) There's also Wizard, which is sadly over now, and I think I'm still in a little bit of a mourning period for it, but I do want to go back and rewatch it. That was the mages and magic stones one, where they're trying to keep the "gates' (people with lots of magical energy) from "giving in to despair" (where they crack open and a Phantom - the monsters - comes out). And going on currently in Sentai (Power Rangers) is Super Samba Dinosaurs - THAT'S the dinosaur one. Teeeeechnically it's called Jyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, and I actually KNOW that now, but it's still Super Samba Dinos. They also sing in that one. Well, in the movie which is not out on DVD yet so nobody has ripped it, captioned it and put it up and this is a problem because it's been MONTHS. In the show they've only sung once. I have NO idea if the actors are the singers as well. But they transform "through the power of samba dance"!

The fruit one is the one Mark's watching, which is the CURRENT Kamen Rider, Gaim, which I have refused to invest in because IT IS FRUIT SAMURAI, and how dumb is that?? It DOES have a gender-bending Rider, though (Rider Durian... no seriously) so there's that. But Wizard had the transgendered donut shop owner, so it's not like Kamen Rider hasn't BEEN there. Notably without fruit ninjas.

So you had the fruit and the dinos, but those are actually different shows. I think Super Samba Dinos and Wizard primed me for fandom and Kiva swooped in and took its place. I do still REALLY like the other two, though. And I feel a bit more fannish about them now that I'm totally smitten with Kiva. (Do you have ANY idea how expensive the Kiva albums are now?? Only a small mint for the GOOD ones!)

I need to try to screencap some more stuff, but then I hope to post about it, FINALLY....

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