A Short Review and Info on the Mythology of Sleep Hollow

Sleepy Hollow (FOX 9pm EST Monday)

IN THIS POST I GIVE A MINI REVIEW OF SLEEPY HOLLOW AND DISCUSS THE MYTHOLOGY BEHIND IT with WITCHES, SECRET SOCIETIES, AND REVELATION (BIBLE VS SHOW)

Sleepy Hollow TV series mini review

Most of the critics think this show is either really good or really bad.  I guess I agree.  We jump from one interesting plot device to another with lots of action and little time to slow down and think.  In other words it’s kinda crazy.  If you like crazy shows I would recommend it.  If you want something you can follow without too much trouble then you might just hate it.  Even if you do watch week to week it might still be impossible to follow, because the mythology jumps from one thing to the next.  I liked the fact that main characters realize they are in serious danger and have been maybe (probably)  prepared for these world-changing events through their past experiences.

Mythology of Sleepy Hollow

To put it in it’s simplest terms, the show seems like a cross between the movies Van Helsing (with Hugh Jackman), and National Treasure (Nicholas Cage), mixed with the TV shows Fringe (on FOX) and LOST (on ABC).

  • In Van Helsing (2004) – Jackman portrayed a monster hunter whose life’s pursuit was killing off the famous monsters of cinema (Dracula, Wolfman, Dr. Jekyll, and Frankenstein’s monster).  He teams up with a beautiful countess who has already started the battle to protect her brother from the evil forces.
  • In National Treasure (2007) – Nick Cage is a historian and archaeologist who pursues historical clues that lead him to ancient secrets.  He is forced to be outside of society because no one believes these old clues are really clues at all.  For instance he believes the Declaration of Independence may have a hidden map contained therein.  He teams up with a beautiful archivist who reluctantly agrees to help him solve the mysteries.

Both Fringe and LOST employed mysteries (the former with science and technology, and the latter with the island’s geophysical properties) that compelled the characters to understand and overcome their obstacles to find a better world.

Now what makes Sleepy Hollow unique is it uses the time of witches and Puritan culture as a backdrop for its drama.  The show starts off in 1781 during the Revolutionary war.  Ichabod Crane fights off the headless horseman and is killed but returns to our time only to find the horseman alive and happy to kill everyone in sight.  He brings with him a type of puritan colonial culture with superstitions, witch covens (both good and bad), and references to the bible’s Book of Revelation.

  • The Book of Revelation is the last book in the bible and was written around AD 60 although scholars debate that point.
  • It foretells the return of Christ to save his people from the wicked Roman culture that would entice them to worship man over God.
  • Specifically the early Christians were being told to worship the emperor of Rome as the supreme power on earth and to trust him for all the good things in their life (mainly peace and prosperity).  But Rome secured the peace through force of arms and intimidation.
  • The Book of Revelation is written in a style known as Apocalyptic which was a genre akin to our sci-fi.  It told a dramatic story with narrative elements as well as symbolic elements.  It was written like a plot with characters, settings, and plot.  The two main settings were heaven and earth.  The main characters were the Beast (Rome) and the Woman (God’s people).  The plot involved God’s people standing firm in their faith until the Beast could be killed.
  • Here is where the Four Horseman come in.  Only the Pale Horse is given the name of Death. On the show the Headless Horseman is Death.
  • The other three horses carry out vengeance on the Earth.  The White Horse symbolized victory or conquest.  The Red Horse rider is given a sword and takes away peace from the earth.  The Black Horse rider is given scales (of judgement for wickedness) and notes the prices of certain goods are really expensive due to famine or inflation.
  • We will have to see how these horses are used on the show.  The show also mentions of a seven-year tribulation period.  But the Bible actually talks about two periods of three and a half years.

I would really recommend reading the Book of Revelation. You can read it free at biblegateway.com.  You don’t have to worry because the book was written during the first century for first century readers.  Although we can all learn quite a lot from what they went through.

Summer 2013 TV – My Best and Worst Rating Scores

Breaking Bad, The Killing, Broadchurch, Under the Dome

Here is my view of the best Summer TV for 2013 by ranking.

Under the Dome: Score B-

Cool things about the show

  • Crazy scenario:  We got people trapped under an invisible (but now visible) dome.  That’s cool.  Much like LOST,  people need to learn to live together to survive while at the same time try to solve the mystery of the dome.  Strangers need to become friends in a big hurry.
  • Good production:  With Spielberg, Bender, Vaughn, and CBS producing the series, the show is usually top-notch in terms of quality and the last episode had a lot of momentum and big twists.
  • Ratings:  This show has the ratings to sustain itself as a Fall or Spring series.  However since its working well in the summer, I think CBS will still air the show in the summertime. 

Annoying things about the show

  • The dialog and some of the character’s choices can be a bit dumb.  However if the show is targeting teens I think this is not a big problem.  My problem is I am not a teen. 
  • The characters seem to fit their stereotypes a bit too much.  Couldn’t Barbie not do something heroic every week?
  • Where is the danger?  It seems to have taken a bomb explosion, a meningitis outbreak, and now the dark dome for people to really begin to bond together.  Shouldn’t this have happened when they were all trapped and couldn’t get out?

The Killing – Score B

Cool things about the show

  • The brother – sister relationship between Holder and Linden.  They cut each down and build each other up really effectively on the show.  I credit the smart writing and great acting.
  • Atmosphere:  The dark and beautiful scenes of cold rivers, cities and rain.  Wonderful cinematography.

Annoying things about the show

  • The writers make the characters look dumb way too much.  The ending of season 3 had our main characters interacting with the killer throughout the show, but they didn’t figure it his/her murderous ways until the last episode.  This after having tracked down lead, after dead-end lead, going nowhere most of the time.
  • AMC’s decision to not renew the show just as they started to work out some of the problems.  Unfortunately AMC seems to have decided on the easy route of sequels, for their upcoming shows next year.

Broadchurch – Score B+

Cool things about the show

  • Excellent acting, direction, and writing.
  • It’s like an Agatha Christie novel in that the town of Broadchurch has a darker side that is hidden under the surface.  Watching the characters begin to realize this is fascinating.
  • Having the main detective be a bit unstable is interesting too.  This is a bit like our heroine in The Killing, but I like that our Broadchurch detective has (so far) not undermined the investigation (yet) with really bad choices.  But he is more than a jerk sometimes.

Annoying things about the show

  • The plot line with the old newspaper and shop owner seemed a bit too predictable.
  • I would like to give this show and score of A- but I need to see how it ends first.

Breaking Bad – Score A+

Cool things about the show

  • Excellent acting, direction, and writing.
  • The twists on this show are riveting and sometimes unbearable to contemplate.
  • It looks like the show has already stuck the landing in the way that LOST and (sorry) The Sopranos did not.  I realize we still have a couple of episodes yet, but the TV watching nation has really caught on with this final season.

Annoying things about the show

  • Jessie figuring out Walt’s complicity in Brock’s poisoning right before he heads out-of-town seemed both coincidental and even accidental.

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog during the Summer 2013 season.  I think I might do a few blog posts on the mythology behind the show Sleepy Hollow next.  You might want to try to catch the pilot of that show so you know what I am referring to.

Under the Dome Season 1 Finale Wrap Up

Under the Dome Barbie and Julia

In my last Under the Dome post, I made some predictions.  What came true, and what didn’t is recounted below.

Here are my predictions about the end of this season.

1) Plot Predictions for Under the Dome:

No one is going to die

  • That’s right not one of the stars of the show are going to die.  Not Angie for sure.  Not Big Jim or even little Jim.  Not Barbie or Julia.  The only one who might die is Norrie’s surviving mom.  Not sure why I think that, but even so her death is only remotely possible.
  • No big names died at all.  So I was right.  Did anyone die?  I don’t think so.  There is one possible death but we never saw it and it would be a spoiler to say who it was.

The egg

  • It will “super energize” releasing the butterfly who will mutate into the monarch.  Hopefully it will be something scary, but I doubt it.
  • Again I was pretty close on this one.  The egg did super energize (first it started with the high pitch squealing noise, then the butterfly hatched into a monarch or visa versa, then the butterfly started flying into the mini dome making dark patches.

The mini dome and the dome

  • Will disappear somehow (the kids might do something wrong) to release the monarch.  Once it dies the big dome (super dome?) will start to act very strange.  Maybe it will turn dark red or purple like when someone hits your arm and you are bruised.  Hopefully it will start snowing and then everyone will yell “We are trapped in a bloody snow globe!”.
  • Again I was pretty close.  The mini dome exploded into dust after the kids touched it.  By then the big dome had turned totally dark, blocking out the sun.  The egg was left behind along with the monarch.  The monarch may have crowned Julia (or maybe she just believes it did).

2) Character Predictions

  • Angie will mock marry Junior or Barbie.  Nope.
  • Julia will suffer amnesia or slip into a coma from her wound.  Nope.
  • Big Jim will kill somebody (this prediction has to come true!).  Maybe he will kill Phil the DJ.  Sadly nope.
  • Barbie will heroically save someone (also must come true!).  Of course!  He saved them all by “sacrificing” himself to Jim.
  • Dodee will rise from the dead to seek revenge (probably a long shot).  Nope, but someone else rose from the dead.
  • Junior will start to act cray cray (I mean really crazy) and yell at his dad before hugging him.  Yep, but he didn’t really yell.
  • The kids will go after Big Jim but Jim will survive and get even more meglomaniacal (this has to be a word!).  Jim did get more mega power mad, but the kids never got a chance to get him.

This was an interesting episode, but I won’t be thinking about the show until it returns next year.  If I cared more about the characters I have would probably thought differently.

Under the Dome Season 1 Finale Predictions

Under the Dome Barbie and Julia

The first season of Under the Dome ends this Monday.  There will be second season starting next summer.

Here are my predictions about the end of this season.

1) Plot Predictions for Under the Dome:

No one is going to die

  • That’s right not one of the stars of the show are going to die.  Not Angie for sure.  Not Big Jim or even little Jim.  Not Barbie or Julia.  The only one who might die is Norrie’s surviving mom.  Not sure why I think that, but even so her death is only remotely possible.

The egg

  • It will “super energize” releasing the butterfly who will mutate into the monarch.  Hopefully it will be something scary, but I doubt it.

The mini dome and the dome

  • Will disappear somehow (the kids might do something wrong) to release the monarch.  Once it dies the big dome (super dome?) will start to act very strange.  Maybe it will turn dark red or purple like when someone hits your arm and you are bruised.  Hopefully it will start snowing and then everyone will yell “We are trapped in a bloody snow globe!”.

2) Character Predictions

  • Angie will mock marry Junior or Barbie
  • Julia will suffer amnesia or slip into a coma from her wound
  • Big Jim will kill somebody (this prediction has to come true!).  Maybe he will kill Phil the DJ.
  • Barbie will heroically save someone (also must come true!)
  • Dodee will rise from the dead to seek revenge (probably a long shot)
  • Junior will start to act cray cray (I mean really crazy) and yell at his dad before hugging him
  • The kids will go after Big Jim but Jim will survive and get even more meglomaniacal (this has to be a word!)

I hope you can watch the final episode this Monday and then let’s see how many of my predictions come true.

Breaking Bad – The Ending No One Saw Coming

AMC’s Breaking Bad will be ending in a couple of weeks.  Here are some of my suggestions on how to end the series.

Crazy Endings to Breaking Bad

A. The Usual Suspects

Just like in the movie The Usual Suspects, the least suspected person turns out to be the genius behind it all.  Yes, I mean Walt Jr.  All this time he has played the innocent with his family when in reality he was masterminding it all using psychic brain control.

B. Marie Goes Ballistic

Marie uses her shoplifting skills to “appropriate” enough evidence to send Walter to the slammer for good.  Let’s start with that taped confession that Jessie made.  She goes on national TV to declare WW enemy number one.  Actually I think this might really happen.

C. Zombieland

Gus Fring is not dead, he is undead and returns to exact revenge on his former employee.  Just when Walter thinks he is free from justice he begins hearing “brains” and “chicken” as Gus attacks him.  Since he only has half a face he really can’t bite him to death so he throws him in the chicken fryer instead creating a new product, Heisenwings.

D. Better Call Saul

Saul Goodman goes crazy from all the stress that Walt has put him under.  One day he breaks bad and starts screaming “Who you gonna call?”  And answers “Saul Goodman” right before he “crosses the streams” and sends the entire show into another dimension of space and time.

E. Jessie Rules

Speaking of another time and dimension Jessie encounters the dudes from Bill and Ted’s excellent adventure and they try to out slang each other.  Whoa, cool, narly, and beatch!  They go back in time to before the RV cooking adventure and change Walter’s formula.  Blue Meth becomes Mentos and they all become filthy rich without the nasty side effects.

The Killing is Dead for Now and Maybe Forever

AMC announced that they have decided not to air a Season 4 of The Killing.

What Killed The Killing?

A. The ratings

Season 3 of The Killing was better than the previous seasons, but the ratings just did not reflect improvement.

B. AMC’s Low Winter Sun and BBCA’s Broadchurch

I have only seen the trailers for Low Winter Sun but it seems very gritty and dark, a bit like The Killing.  (Although TK had some really great cinematography as well).  Broadchurch has a similar story line to seasons 1 and 2 of TK.  I think the days of the “dark” foreboding stories “trend” may be ending.  Read my earlier post on TK where I talk about its influences, like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

C. The Stars

I bet the stars would come back to show but they are both involved in A list movies with Enos in World War Z and Joel K in the upcoming Robocop.  So scheduling and salary might be an issue for them to come back.

Anyway if you are a fan of the show I would strongly suggest you read the comments below the story at Deadline.com.  There is a bunch of fans there that would have loved to get another season of The Killing.

THE KILLING CANCELED BY AMC: NO SEASON 4.

S111 – Under the Dome Review – Speak of the Devil

Under the Dome S111 – Speak of the Devil

This episode started out great with the angry dome showing itself in all its cloudiness.  But then it became a bit too much of a soap opera for my liking.

“Speak of the Devil” – Big Jim turns the town against Barbie when the truth about his past comes to light. Meanwhile, Maxine makes it personal when she confronts Barbie’s closest ally.

1) Plot Overview for Speak of the Devil, S111 of Under the Dome:

Joe and Norrie and Angie and JR

The gang is all here at the dome.  With the four teens lying in a cross pattern, this reminded me of the game Hungry Hungry Hippo for some reason, with all the players flayed out like hippos around the mini dome.  Angie believes they all have to stay together to keep the dome happy so she reluctantly agrees to bring JR back to the fold after he professes his love to her (again) which she really hates.  They end up going to the big dome for a four-way seance which reveals something urgent the dome needs them to do.

JR and Big Jim

Big Jim explains himself to Linda as savior of the town (for stealing propane and giving it to Max) and blames Barbie as the bad guy outsider.  Linda buys his story when at the end of the show she tries to arrest Barbie for killing Max and her henchman.  But really it was Big Jim’s plan all along to shoot Max and goon (which he did when Barbie wasn’t looking.)

Julia and Barbie

Along the lines of a soap opera, Julia wants “closure” the only way she knows how by visiting the corpse of her dead husband.  But she is rudely interrupted when Max drops by to borrow some sugar and shoots Julia in the chest.  Barbie again goes into hero mode.  I am sorry TV producers but Barbie can’t be the hero every time can he?  He again saves the day this time by pulling a Jack Shephard triage using a pen (or some sort of tube) to relieve air pressure in Julia’s lower lung with Joe playing the part of Boone.  While Julia is still barely clinging to life, Barbie decides to take revenge on Max by bringing her to trial.  Hey wouldn’t Barbie be questioned under oath about his nefarious dealings too?  Instead he teams up with Big Jim and well you know the rest.

2) New Characters

  • Hospital nurse – Apparently she is the only person working at the hospital because she leaves a dying woman to attend to man hit by a tree branch.  Luckily Barbie is a great surgeon so he takes over to save Julia.  Well he saves her when the dome abates its storm.

3) Recurring Characters

  • The Dome -  Is really the star of this show.  It gets real angry when JR leaves the dome team of four.  Then it gets even angrier when Julia is shot.  I don’t know why, but if the Dome wanted to save Julia why would it put storm impediments in the way of her getting help at the hospital?  Or did the dome relent from its wrath after Angie and JR come in contact?
  • Big Jim – He claims to want to save the town, but Barbie says Jim only wants the power and he will stop him but first he teams up with him to get Max (killed).  Nice going Barbie.
  • Julia – Is dead for a second or two.  Joe thinks Barbie saved her and is the Monarch to be crowned.  I thought the dome had something to do with her recovery.
  • Barbie – He is now on the run when Linda tries to arrest him for killing Max, Barbie runs off (maybe to the cabin?).
  • Junior – He tells Angie they were meant to be a couple and Angie finally agrees with him (lying) when the dome goes berserk.
  • Linda – She is still a terrible cop.  She tries to arrest the wrong person, but Barbie gets away.
  • Deaths – Max was evil but it was a fun kind of evil.  I am going to miss her wild and selfish personality on the show.

4) Thoughts Theories and Observations

There is only two episodes left this season!  So the dome wants the 4 amigos to kill Big Jim with daggers.  Cool.  But do we really think that is going to happen?  Isn’t Big Jim the star of the show.  Has Dean Norris decided to leave TV to do movies?  I don’t think Barbie can carry the show by himself.  So if Big Jim doesn’t die what is dome really up to?  Maybe it’s a character test to see if the kids would be that brazen.  Why did Big Jim look happy with four stab wounds to his body?

Will Barbie show up at the cabin (in the woods)?  Will the writers have Barbie save some woodland creatures from a bear or a lion?  Stay tuned for next week’s episode.

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