I risk sounding like a terribly unhip person when I say I own a television set. Once in a while, when it’s not being used for video games, I do the old-fashioned thing and actually watch TV shows broadcast on it.
I usually just do “appointment TV” with Survivor but wrapping up Sunday night with the new Fox line up isn’t so bad. Last Sunday, they started Sleepy Hollow, The Walking Dead Season 4, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Sleepy Hollow the TV series has three main elements of the classic Washington Irving tale: a headless horseman, a scholarly type named Ichadbod Crane and a sleepy little town. It also borrows a few elements from the 1999 Tim Burton film: a series of murders by way of beheading and a mystery surrounding the motives of the killer.
The twist here is we see both Ichabod and the Headless Horseman on the battlefield in the Hudson Valley in 1781and in the present day—fighting on opposite sides. I at least want to see how the next episode goes before deciding if I want to commit to it.
The team of Orci and Kurtzman (Star Trek) and Len Wiseman (Underworld) worked on the show while John Cho (Capt. Sulu) joins the cast as a police officer. It also stars comedian Orlando Jones (Evolution) in what is a serious role so far, and Clancy Brown who I last saw in Carnivale.
Being a big fan of The Walking Dead and finding myself getting really excited by the first episodes of all the seasons, I have to say, I was a tad underwhelmed by the season 4 opening—nothing terribly freaky happened to any of the lead characters. Freaky always happens but I’m talking things that really get me on the edge of my seat. Team Prison has now adopted refugees from Woodbury and they’ve got a system going—but we all know how short-lived any kind of stability is in this world. Hopefully some real shaking up happens tonight in episode two.
The Walking Dead is now on its third showrunner: Scott M. Gimple who follows in the footsteps of Frank Darabont and Glen Mazzara. For me, the best thing about it continues to be Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus).
Finally there’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which tries to cash in on the success of the Marvel superhero movies. It was great to see Agent Coulson again but I just couldn’t sink my teeth into the plot surrounding the investigation of superhumans—which sort of made it a bit like those other shows trying to unravel mysteries about superhumans: Heroes, Alphas and Misfits—just with the advantage of a Marvel universe.
It’s one way to wind down before the workweek.
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Always good to re-check the schedules but as of last Sunday it was Sleepy Hollow at 6:10 p.m., Walking Dead at 7:05 p.m. and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 9:50 p.m. via Fox.