Sunday, October 27, 2013

The Following

Did you watch the first season of The Following on Fox last year?


Oh wow.  It was one of the scariest things I have watched in a long time.  It seems appropriate to talk about Scary Stuff given that we are coming up on Halloween.

Kevin Bacon returned to the small screen as former FBI agent Ryan Hardy.  Hardy quit the bureau after being stabbed in the heart by serial killer Joe Carroll.  Yeah, he caught Carroll, but it kinda sorta destroyed his life.  He fell in love with Carroll's wife, Claire, while solving the case, and that didn't turn out so well.  He wrote a book about Carroll that sold like crazy, but he is still in a Bad Place when the show started.  Someone on YouTube put together a five minute explanation of what happened last season to help you catch up...

At the end of that season Hardy caught up to Carroll again and it "seemed" like Carroll died in an explosion. But did he really??? And Carroll's cult is still alive and well. One of Ryan's neighbors and trusted "friends" is actually a Carroll follower. In the last few minutes she breaks into Ryan's apartment with a knife. Things were not looking good for Ryan and Claire. Can we say Cliffhanger???

So what is the buzz about Season 2?

The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he did not exist.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sleepy Hollow

"Welcome to SLEEPY HOLLOW, the thrilling new mystery-adventure drama from co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the “Star Trek” and “Transformers” franchises, “Fringe”).

In this modern-day twist on Washington Irving's classic, ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and only one of the many formidable foes that Ichabod must face to protect not only Sleepy Hollow, but the world.

As Ichabod finds himself in 2013's Sleepy Hollow, he discovers a town he no longer recognizes and grapples to understand. Teaming up with Lt. ABBIE MILLS (Nicole Beharie, “42,” “The Good Wife,” “Shame”), a young cop who has her own supernatural experiences, the two embark on a mission to stop the evil that has awoken along with Ichabod and that now is seeping into this once-sleepy town.

Clues from the past enlighten mysteries in the present, as each episode features a flashback to Ichabod's life in 1776. Ripe with untold stories from American history and cloaked in mythology, the divide between present and past becomes dangerously blurred. Lives are in the balance, including that of Ichabod's late wife, KATRINA (Katia Winter, “Dexter”), who is trapped in a mysterious netherworld. In his pursuit to save her, Ichabod uncovers secrets about her, leaving him with countless questions.

Not everyone believes Ichabod's tales of 1776 and supernatural evils, especially the new head of Abbie's police precinct, Captain FRANK IRVING (Orlando Jones, “The Chicago 8,” “Drumline”). When faced with bizarre events he can't explain, Capt. Irving reluctantly turns to Ichabod and Abbie to investigate.

Ichabod's extensive first-hand knowledge of our country's hidden history, coupled with Abbie's superior profiling and modern threat assessment skills, make them a formidable duo. The complex pasts of the pair, from Ichabod's inclusion in the powerful and secretive Freemasons Society to Abbie's childhood visions, will help them solve the intricate puzzles of Sleepy Hollow in order to protect its – and the world's – future. As history repeats itself, the oddly-linked pair will draw on the real stories and secrets this nation was founded on in their quest to stop an increasingly vicious cycle of evil."  (source)

That is the write-up of Fox's new show Sleepy Hollow on their website.  Frankly, I love the idea of taking a story that everyone knows (Ichabod Crane and The Headless Horseman) and incorporating historical events like the American Revolution for context.  Then, throw in Biblical events as described in Revelations.  Now, throw in supernatural stuff to bring those Biblical events about and you have a thrill ride.  Sleepy Hollow might be the best new show of the fall.  I am undecided, but it is in the running...

The trailer:

And one of my favorite scenes:

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Vampires, Zombies, Supernatural Stuff, and Superheroes

I was reading a blog on writing the other day (shocking!) and a question was raised about vampires: would they ever go out of vogue???   I commented at length over there, but I find myself still thinking about it.  I believe that the truth is many people are fascinated by the supernatural, including me.  That encompasses all sorts of phenomena, up to and including vampires.

Let's talk vamps for just a minute.  I do believe that Dracula was the first story.  I know that it has been made into a movie several times and I have seen at least one of those.  I remember being fascinated by Dark Shadows as a KID.

The Anne Rice series on vampires reignited vampire love among readers.  The movie Interview With The Vampire was one of the best book adaptations I have seen.

Joss Whedon created a successful TV series from a fairly dreadful movie (both by the same name), Buffy The Vampire Slayer that ran seven seasons.  It generated a spin-off, Angel,  that ran five seasons.

And then Twilight scored big for Stephanie Meyers.  Four books and five movies.  As usual, the books were better than the movies and struck a chord with youth (the target audience).

Some would say it was the success of Twilight that made The Vampire Diaries on the CW a success.  I am not one of those people.  I think people are fascinated by vampires and I would watch Ian Sommerhaulder, who plays Damon Salvatore, in ANYTHING.

The CW decided to spin off a show from that series this season aptly called The Originals.

Do I think people are tired of vampires?  Nope.

However, it isn't just limited to vampires.  The Walking Dead is HUGE, even though I don't watch it.  Zombies are possibly the only element of the supernatural world that has no appeal for me.  But, I am a lone voice in this wilderness.  It is so popular that I even kinda sorta know who this guy is:

Zombie Killer Badass, though I couldn't tell you his name...

Do you remember Fringe?  That show was science meets the supernatural.  Crazy good show.

And Lost?  That show contained supernatural elements.  It most certainly wasn't just a plane crash.

The show that covers everything supernatural is, of course, called Supernatural (CW).  I think this is the tenth season of Dean and Sam out there saving the world from supernatural calamity.

Most people who like supernatural stuff also like superheroes.  It is a bit supernatural, after all.  Marvel has been huge at the box office.  The Avengers was so popular that Joss Whedon is back on the small screen with Agents of SHIELD.

Other superhero TV shows currently on the air:  Arrow and The Tomorrow People.  Both on the CW.

Do I know what the next Big Thing will be?  Nope.  But, I don't see interest in the supernatural or superheroes falling by the wayside anytime soon.

Are any of those shows YOUR favorites?  What do you think about vampires and supernatural stories?  Is it flash in the pan or here to stay?  Did I miss anything supernatural or superhero currently running on TV?  If so, let me know in the comments...

Monday, October 7, 2013

Jack Is Back

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Many of you might know this already, because this isn't NEW NEW news.  However, I just read about it a few days ago... JACK IS BACK.

If you just said, "Jack who?" then imagine me shaking my head and muttering under my breath.  Jack Bauer.  The wonderful, ground-breaking, amazing thrill ride of a show 24 is back for 12 episodes in the summer of 2014.

It starts on location in London with Jack as a fugitive and on the run.  When the series ended a few years ago Jack was a fugitive here in the States.  Apparently, he has been traveling the world since then.

I have no idea how they are going to work the core of the show into 12 episodes, but I don't even care.  Jack Is Back!  Will each episode be two hours so that it still encompasses 24 hours in real time?  I don't know.

I just hope that it is a blazing success for Fox and it kickstarts the series to become a part of the regular line-up again.

I have all of the previous seasons on DVD (shocking) and have written more posts about this show on this blog than any other. Can you tell that I am a fan???

Until then, I am on the edge of my seat until Summer 2014!!!