The Art of Halves and Trick Bait (#CancelSleepyHollow)
As someone on Twitter noted, Sleepy Hollow is currently being dragged left and right, and in multiple languages. For real. I'm seeing tweets in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and the one thing they all have in common is that damn hashtag. I didn't know Nicole Beharie had fans like that, but damn...she's proving to be every bit the goddess I always knew she was, and the epic backlash going on right now is going to have ripple effects for a long, long time.
Like many commenters and critics, I stopped watching a while back, but every so often I'd be drawn back, not just because of the legendary Mison/Beharie chemistry, but simply because of Beharie's face. That is a beautiful woman, y'all, and one hell of an actress.
The wound of her death is so raw and so fresh right now that it's got people talking about everything from discrimination in TV, fridging, Dead Lesbian Syndrome, and oh yes...the practice of pretending that the shows we like only have a Season One (or, in the case of a show like Scandal, Season 2).Sad to think someone actually told Nicole Beharie she wasnt good enough. Guess the #SleepyHollow writers and FOX did pic.twitter.com/Oe3SNMaj8F— Flo (@phxfloaz) April 11, 2016
But then, this got me thinking...isn't it usually just the first half of Season One that's good? It's not always the whole Season. It's like once these shows come back from that first winter hiatus (and that first change in writers/showrunners), everything goes downhill from there.
Remember how FlashForward went and fucked itself? Remember Heroes? Remember Twisted? Remember Person of Interest? And to an extent, Once Upon a Time?
We didn't get a flawless introductory season from all these shows from beginning to end; most of the time we got the trick bait which whet our appetites just enough to keep us faithful through the winter hiatus until our shows returned and had us wondering WTF happened while we were away.
On the Black Girls Club I suggested that actresses like Nicole Beharie and Kat Graham voluntarily leaving their respective shows is not just a great sign of strength, and a great sign of the times, but it's a sort of movement which needs to go further. First off, kudos to Graham for just announcing her intent to leave straight to the press like your standard stone-cold, gives-no-fucks millennial. She didn't clear that shit with anybody, and she didn't wait to be told when she could leave. That is a telltale sign of having no dambs left.
Actors need to tame the thirst long enough to ask some deeply probing questions and get much needed assurances in writing BEFORE they sign on for a gig. And fans, we need to stay on these writers from hereon out. We need to mobilize at the very first whiff of bullshit and campaign for cancellation the split second we realize they are not playing ball. Sleepy Hollow was renewed twice, and that was two times too many.if Nicole was unhappy @SleepyHollowFOX shoulda fucking MADE HER HAPPY instead pulling this bullshit #CancelSleepyHollow #SleepyHollow— му ∂αяℓιиg gια (@taeserasera) April 9, 2016
We can no longer accept excuses like "the good stuffWill Abbie finally get her happy ending?? Will #ichabbie finally be canon?? Find out next week at BITCHYOUTHOUGHT!! #CancelSleepyHollow— Abigael Young (@abigael_young) April 11, 2016
Remember when Torchwood just started killing its characters left and right, and one writer had the cajones to tell off the fans and say he was "just doing his job"? That crock of shit shalt not flyeth in 2016. Let's not get it twisted: the job of these writers - and casting agents - is to please the audience who's paying the cable bills, and the Hulu and Netflix subscriptions. Do not fuck with us.Fox will renew #SleepyHollow with a white woman and all the platonic-ers will suddenly start shipping them like its brand new— Y Bush (@nurseya33) April 9, 2016
Y'all been put on notice.
How you gonna piss off your core fan base and then expect to be renewed. You gon learn today. #CancelSleepyHollow— Léonicka (@leonicka) April 10, 2016