11.27.2013

Monday Night Blues

So I finally took the time to get caught up with Michael Ealy's new show Almost Human.  Let's just shuck right down to the cob; Michael Ealy is pretty much the only reason - thus far - to watch this show.  Don't get me wrong, I love Karl Urban to death.  I've followed his career since he played the villainous Julius Caesar on Xena: Warrior Princess, and I loved him as Eomer in Lord of the Rings.  He's an excellent, hard-working actor, but I tire of hearing him do an American accent and the Alpha White Male Lead just doesn't suit him (please refer to the train wreck that was Pathfinder).

Michael Ealy, on the other hand, continues to shine in whatever role is handed to him (and it doesn't hurt that he just...so...damn...sexy).  To be honest, I wished we could've have seen at least 2-3 more seasons of Sleeper Cell (with Oded Fehr) or Common Law, but I'm glad he landed his current role of Dorian, the law enforcement android with a synthetic soul.

Sound familiar?  It should.  I've recently been rewatching episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation due to my unrelenting crush on Brent Spiner as Data.  While watching Almost Human, I recognized the name of the executive producer, Naren Shankar.  Guess who worked on TNG over two decades ago?  Mm-hm.  That's right.

Dorian is the new Data, except he's achieved Data's dream of being able to feel and understand humanity.  Dorian even psychoanalyzes his partner (Urban) at times, commenting on his "negative energy" and inability to properly interact with children and cats (yes...cats).

Alas, the show's plots so far are uninteresting, unoriginal, and I doubt it will be long-lived despite Ealy's mesmerizing presence.

Moving on to Monday's second disappointment....

Last week on Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane uttered the ultimate words of doom: "Now more than ever, we need Katrina."  The moment he said that, I knew the next episode would take a dive.

First, the black dude gets taken out right away.  The episode opened with a white billionaire socialite and her black bodyguard who wander into a haunted house.  After a few seconds of the socialite, I was ready for her to get got.  And for a moment, it seemed like she did.  Nope.  Her bodyguard bites it, of course.

Smiling servants everywhere.  Then, when Ichabod and Abbie track her down, Abbie starts having visions of the past.  Ichabod explains the haunted house used to be a sanctuary for freed people, where they could finally live out their long-held dreams of being paid servants rather enslaved servants.  So there we are, witnessing an army of smiling Negroes opening doors, serving drinks, and lovingly helping Katrina giving birth and escape with what the writers want us to believe is Ichabod's son.

*retch*

The White Alpha Male returns to the haunted house to avenge his "wife and child."  *double retch*  Armed with an axe, Ichabod puts some extra bass in his voice and starts hacking away at a demon in a self-indulgent display of testosterone.

All in favor of getting witty, nerdy Ichabod back, say "I."

Yay!  My great-great-great-great-grandmama was an ex-slave who tended Katrina!!!  Guess what Abbie finds out about herself?

*hurls*

See Also

Sleepy Hollow's haunted-house episode traps us in a maze of plot twists

7 comments:

  1. I'm so tired of watching rude, annoying white girls with modern day slaves that they abuse. She was insulting to the bodyguard and I dislike that dynamic (esp. since his instincts about the place were right, and his only reward was getting killed and leaving Katrina and Abbie to risk their lives saving her spoiled ass).
    Yeah, I was rolling my eyes at what a privilege it was for the Negroes to get to open the door and serve white people for money. Oh, one can only imagine what a joyous privilege that was.
    Frankly, if it wasn't for the sexual chemistry between the characters, it would have made a lot more sense for Icahabod's son to be Abbie's great, great, great, great grandad...

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  2. I'm so tired of watching rude, annoying white girls with modern day slaves that they abuse. She was insulting to the bodyguard and I dislike that dynamic (esp. since his instincts about the place were right, and his only reward was getting killed and leaving Katrina and Abbie to risk their lives saving her spoiled ass).

    THANK YOU!!!!

    Yeah, I was rolling my eyes at what a privilege it was for the Negroes to get to open the door and serve white people for money. Oh, one can only imagine what a joyous privilege that was.

    Girl, preach.

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    1. *leaving Ichabod and Abbie

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    2. Thanks for the correction. I think I had just read the other post on Katrina the useless witch when I typed that.
      Why is it she is head of a coven but seems so limited in her powers? What can they really do considering she had to run to that other witch (a man, who got killed for his troubles as well) to "save" her. All white women seem good for is leaving an increasingly high body count behind the people who are so obsessing with protecting their delicate and useless bodies.
      It's like my mom always rolls her eyes at in movies...she says, ugh, white women are so useless, anytime there is a fight, the white women just stands there screaming, doesn't try to help, and if a gun gets kicked their way they still just stand their screaming. Plus, the other thing my mom cannot stand is that they never try to even run away. My mom doesn't swear, but I know we've watched so many movies where she is thinking "Run bitch. Stop screaming and run."
      It's like participating in the fight and actually risking their own lives is not something they are good at in film, TV, or real life.

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  3. I definitely found myself screaming at the television, "That ain't your baby, Ichabod! Let's be real. " Glad I wasn't the only one thinking the same.

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  4. "I". Where is the show going with all this? It started off good now it's looks like it's starting to become business as usual. I see in this show's future all the poc gradually being killed of or becoming background characters, except for maybe Abbie, then being replaced with white characters. One step forward, ten steps back.

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    1. And then the show will crash and burn, and POC will be blamed for its failure.

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