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Yeah, the pilot was kind of exposition-heavy and overstuffed.

BUT I AM SO THERE. You cannot stop me. This is exactly the kind of ridiculousness I expected and wanted.

Behind the cut, spoilery thoughts and my live exchange with [livejournal.com profile] telepresence while watching...


Telepresence: .....
.....
........
...yeah, I ship it.


Me: *Already*???

(I haven't watched yet, I'm about to before I go to bed.)


Telepresence: Yeah, pretty much.

Tumblr seems to be settling on "Ichabbie".


Me: Tumblr is often stupid.

I mean really. C'mon.


Telepresence: Abbibod?


Me: NO PORTMANTEAUS. THEY ARE EVIL.


Telepresence: hahahahah!


Me: I know, it's a lost battle.

But my god, do people ever stop for a moment and think, "Ichabbie?
THAT'S STUPID"????


Telepresence: It's no Pepperrony, sure. I'm trying to think of all the ship names I can think of. Spashley. Naomily. Crisabel. Pipex, Rizzles. Swan Queen. Sleeping Warrior. Sterek. Pepsi. Paily. Gailly. Calzona, Tibette, Cophine, Doccubus, Brittanna, Faberry. Quinntana. Caskett.

But..you know, Bering and Wells are just Bering and Wells. And I think Xena and Gabrielle never really had a portmanteau. Did Mulder and Scully?


Me: No, it's a relatively recent phenom. X/G and Mulder/Scully and (thank fucking god) Jack/Daniel all were before it became a Thing.

The first one I might remember is McShep?

Meanwhile -- dang, Clancy Brown, did you even make it to the opening credits?


Me: AHAHAHAHAHA! Severed-head Cam!


Telepresence: http://31.media.tumblr.com/26b7dec710bc710ed2df434ca5ee0cba/tumblr_mt91xwyU6U1suijfxo1_1280.jpg




Me: Subtle, this show is not.

(Me: TELL ME YOU ARE NOT PLAYING 'SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL'! Oh, Show.)


Telepresence: You can't be too on the nose if you have no head.


Me: OH JOHN CHO NO! Don't be a bad witch! Aww.

Really show? Sympathy for the Devil AGAIN?

WHY IS THIS ONLY AN HOUR? AN HOUR IS TOO SHORT.


Telepresence: Next week, George Washington's Bible tells Ichabod and Abbie that the two Chosen Ones will avert the end of the world by Doing It.

(One commentator at the Onion AV Club on the premiere episode: "The first half hour flew by and was really interesting. The 9:30 - 9:40 block felt like it took an hour and a half. And then the Headless Horseman got a machine gun, and I pushed all my chips right to the center of the table.")


Me: Accurate. (Both.)

I actually laughed out loud at the pump-action shotgun. I don't know why.


Summary: I was sad that both Clancy Brown and John Cho got offed in the pilot, but I knew that going in. I'm assuming that even they are a bit too expensive for the show, so it was nice that they got included. Perhaps we will hear more of Clancy Brown's wonderful voice, as Abbie continues to go through his case files. Because clearly that's going to be a plot device.

And you know? It was the kind of "violence" that doesn't really bother me because it wasn't Starz-level of gory, but I gotta say... that unfocused demon thing in the mirror? REALLY EFFECTIVELY CREEPY. Well played, show.

I'm also giving them points for having a very well-trained red-tailed hawk, and for choosing a somewhat unconventional "spirit-animal" for Katrina. (It's not an owl, a raven, a cat, or a wolf, okay? That makes it kind of interesting.)

Also: YAY second-reel establishing shots of the Hudson valley! OOOOH! The Tappan Zee bridge!

I was kind of surprised that the "next time on" stuff was actually pretty extensive. But then I thought, well, that's because they really want people to get a sense of what to expect out of this weird-ass show.

I really enjoyed the idea of the balls-out supernatural stuff, though. And, since I've seen it mentioned -- I was fine with Crane's relative acceptance of "I've travelled into the distant future and what the hell is all of this?" There was "fish out of water" stuff, but it wasn't overwhelming. (I loved the playing with the car's power windows and locks thing, and also the "how do I open the car door from the inside?" thing.)

I guess I liked the show's take on it because obviously they can't do a literal interpretation of a Colonial-era person's reactions, since that would just bring things to a screeching halt all the time. I feel like with hysterical reactions to modern technology, a little goes a long way, and it's kind of refreshing (even if not "realistic") to see a character determined to take things in stride. Honestly, I'd enjoy it if the show WAS more of an examination of Crane's adapting to the modern world, but I don't EXPECT it. Plus I'm sure, that is what fanfic is going to be for. (When on earth did he clean all that dirt off? Did they send that coat out to be dry-cleaned or what?)

The main thing is, I really like both Abbie and Ichabod as characters. I also kind of like Orlando Jones' Cpt. Irving (*cough*), although I feel they can do more with him; he has some room to improve, but I like that he's a regular. (OMG ORLANDO JONES ARE YOU A BAD WITCH TOO???) I'm interested to see the show continue to do well in terms of diversity.

Conclusion: love the main characters, totally on board with the silliness. DON'T TANK, SHOW.
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