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I haven’t watched Sleepy hollow since it returned from the winter break, but I know for sure I am not going to ever. It’s just… so annoying when the creators have no idea what they made and why it worked.

I loved the first season of it – everyone did. It had amazing cast, and cheerful insanity that was incredible contagious. I could watch the nonsensical premise because of how much fun the characters had with it and with each other, their relationship felt real even if the problems they faced had demons and apocalyptic battles. Of course, the best was watching incredible chemistry between Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills, to see their friendship grow, to see their attitudes colliding and ...sniff. Then there was a great story of Abbie Mills and Jenny Mills, and Orlando Jones being awesome and John Cho who brought creepy and pathetic on a new level…

There was too much man-pain of Ichabod, and his witch wife Katrina had nothing to do, and John Noble, why always great and effective and sudden villain, didn’t make sense as a son of the Cranes. But it was easy to believe that those were minor bugs, easy to fix, easy to forgive in the first season when a show is finding its footing. Except it wasn’t bug, it was a feature. And yes, I know that the original show runners left after season one, but while it might contributed to some drop on writing quality, the main problem was that they just wanted to make a different show – from what we saw and loved. They wanted a show about a Rip Van Winkle and his family, and we wanted a show about Abbie and Jenny Mills fighting the forces of evil and their own problems. But we could settle for the show of Abbie Mills and Crane being cute together, Crane being annoyed with the present, Abbie rolling eyes at him with Jenny and Orlando Jones’s chief showing up every now and then.. Alas! We got the ever-growing list of Ichabod’s relations, and the ever-dwindling role of Abbie Mills in the story. Orlando Jones was wasted in the second season, Katrina was wasted (I think I loved one episode with her – the one with evil painting and Michele Trachtenberg), Jenny just went away for no good reason, Abbie had no storyline of her own… And then everything was supposed to be better in season three, but they still were making a series about Ichabod being cool, not about Abbie. And so she sacrificed her life for him twice in the season. ::facepalm::
ok. I guess I just have to pretend there is season one, and two tiny seasons after that. Like three-four episodes each.

Another thing – the original creators were the same as Fringe once – and my annoyance with Fringe was a similar one: I wanted to watch a show about agent Dunham being awesome and they were making a show about father and son Bishops with Olivia Dunham being a colorful love interest for Peter, a stabilizing agent.

Now I need to watch Penny Dreadful and hope they won’t screw up too much.
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finally watched.

somehow I cannot think of serious meta about this show. my brain just considers it a mindless fun. what's up, brain?

but one question does bug me a lot:

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I know, everyone has moved on, but I wrote it earlier and forgot to post. Still need to get it out.

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We finished Fringe, and here I try to sum my thoughts and feelings about the whole three seasons. Peter and I started watching it in March, and we done in three months. Impressive – for us these days. I knew some spoilers that picked up by osmosis from my friends and stuff I read. But spoilers don't matter until you really care about stuff that is going on. I didn't have much expectations, beyond the fact that it is supposed to be crazy and awesome. Well, it was. Mostly. The main thing, it was always entertaining, even when it was scary and creepy and sad.

I very much enjoyed their self-aware resemblance to X-files. Even the score reminding me the days of yore and the truth that was out there. One of the major factors in my enjoyment of the show was that I liked all the major characters. Olivia, Walter, Peter, Broyles, Nina Sharp, Astrid, Charlie...

The story itself - I knew to expect more later, so the earlier MoTW, crazy-science type episodes were all good enough for me. And I did like the crazy. I could suspend my disbelieve high enough to worry about plausibility – I love the shows about vampires, right? They only pretend that science here is in any way more realistic than demons of Whedon-verse.

Watching the whole thing at once is very different – I don't ask many questions, or don't dwell on them, as I knew there will be answers soon enough.

Of course, now, that I watched all that is so far, I can see, that many questions are left without answers for good, since the story went too far away in a completely different directions.

The change of direction didn't look sudden or completely unexplicable, but when I look back now I see how different the show was then, and I am not certain Fringe season 1 connects well with the Fringe season 3. And even if, overall the show got better, I am not sure I prefer the show where only three people int the Universe (both of them) matter.

Let me think back:
at first we had a show about random mysterious “pattern” events, which were loosely connected to William Bell and Walter and their experiments back then. Massive Dynamic was a menacing presence, doing mysterious menacing things under control of terrifyingly effective Nina Sharp.

There are groups of children Bell Experimented on in Iowa and Florida. And someone who awakes their talents that lead to terrifying events.

There is Jones who just wants to see Bell and ready to move the world and kill everyone to do it.

Then we have a show about menacing Other Universe. With Newton and the shapeshifters being all kinds of evil.

Then we learn the truth about Peter, and the impact that Walter had on the Other Universe, and the show turns into “It's all about the Bishops” show. Which is kind of lacking, by definition. Lots of things gets dropped off in order to fit in the character metaphor.
I generally like a story that is character-driven, and I can suspend my disbelieve very high and forgive a lot of plot holes for a satisfying character story. I mean, I am a Buffy fan, remember? I don't mind any hiding in the bushes wise folk with magical weapons as long it made sense on the larger scale.

But in the case of Fringe I felt very differently. Maybe because Buffy from the very beginning was the show about a girl to me, and Fringe was the show about people who work with weird stuff.

Which brings me to the end of the season 3. It kind of felt like the story has eaten itself – and the time loop was the perfect in this sense – except that it didn't make any sense plot-wise.

I listed all the stuff from season 1 that went nowhere. (the group of Cortexifan children is dying out horribly, and for no good reason – and whom they will protect us from?) But maybe it will. Maybe some stuff will pop up later and it all suddenly will make a perfect sense. But so far, it doesn't. There is no big picture. The story changed – maybe not suddenly and unexpectedly, but irreversibly. Most of the questions will never have answers, because no one will bother to think of answers that would connect all the dots.

I am not bothered much by it, really. I am just along for the ride and having a lot of fun. But seeing the fate of two Universes depending on which Olivia Peter chooses is actually boring.

ok. I thought that waiting a week would help me to gather all my thoughts and arrange them in a sensible order, but it's only getting worse. So I am posting this, and thinking in small chunks.

Like these ones: Lincoln Lee. Love him. A lot.

Generally, I want more of everyone's story.

Is it me, or is Our Universe People are much dorkier than their Other Universe counterparts?


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