Sleepy Hollow: “Sanctuary”
Sleepy Hollow: "Sanctuary"The best thing about Sleepy Hollow this week was the person who used Cillian Murphy as the base for their photomanip of Lachlan Fredericks: The rest of the episode was a bit of a rocky ride; the haunted-house setup turned into another attempt to shoehorn Katrina into the narrative, this time to channel Ichabod’s rage about the weekly plot twist in time to save the day.…
Reign Report: “Chosen”
Reign Report: "Chosen"This week on Reign, pagans from the woods threatened to kill Mary, and Madysyn took up an entire subplot being the worst courtier in the entire world. (I actually got a chance to sub in on this episode at the AV Club, for which I had to look up Madysyn’s real name.) I laughed out loud twice this week purely because of everyone’s inability to read a room, and once because I was wrong.…
Reign Report: “A Chill in the Air”
Reign Report: "A Chill in the Air"At last, REIGN holds a party so spectacular they release official promotional stills! And that party? A Harvest Festival. (Or, as it was known in the Tudor era, Basically Every Day You Could Get to a Market Town.) The Harvest Festival is taking place in one of France’s greatest architectural treasures of the era, Barely a Barn Studios: This show is a gift.…
Boardwalk, Sleepy Hollow, and the East Coast
Boardwalk, Sleepy Hollow, and the East CoastLast thing first: I’m back on the East Coast! End of thing. (The usual blurry travelogue photos are still to come; after using three cameras of decent make over the last several years, this was the trip where I finally gave up and admitted I just have terribly unsteady hands. Nobody give me your nice glassware when I come visit.) Sample photos, from the V&A and Cornwall (we can chalk the bad bodice photo up to glass cases and low light, I guess; this is one of the few in-focus shots of Cornwall of the entire trip and if you think I am joking you are mistaken): Second thing: Boardwalk Empire!…
Reign Report: “Hearts and Minds”
Reign Report: "Hearts and Minds"The show that cares the least of any show returns with an episode out to churn some plot, get some couples into bed (Mary and Francis get to second base, Greer makes out with that kitchen guy with the same CW looks as the British envoy who may or may not be the same as the other envoy, Madysyn gets down with the king at last, amid fevered gasps and the sensual sound of unzipping), get Bash out of bed, and put Nostradamus in a modest leather dress for reasons as yet unexplained.…
Miss Universe 2013
Miss Universe 2013Miss Universe is back! It’s time for everyone involved to pretend this is a contest about various national costumes for thirty seconds until we all just admit it’s a tacky-off and settle in for a global backscatter of spangles. After a while tracking this particular costume competition event, you start to feel the general shape of it: the undersea themers, the feather-wearers, those few brave souls who didn’t understand the memo and actually showed up in a national costume, and my secret favorites, the ones who didn’t get a memo of any kind and started their costumes the night before, and the ones who are also completely over this component and make it deliciously clear.…