Almost 24 hours after this week’s Downton Abbey has aired, I’ve been doing some thinking amid my rapid emailing and business-handling. Even though this season is shaping up to be one of the better seasons, there are still a few things that are not shaping up as well as it could. I’ll just down the bulleted points.
Let’s all root for Alejandro González Iñárritu. His film Birdman is nominated for an Oscar, and now he’s getting the auteur treatment for his next film, The Revenant. The first stills from the film, featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, have been released, and they look good. Check them out in the gallery below.
Selma is still going strong, and I couldn’t be happier, especially since the free student screenings have finally come to Birmingham (as well as Trenton, NJ)! I was waiting on this to happen, since Birmingham is one of the epicenters of the civil rights movement. I am surprised Mayor Bell, who always has something to say about something happening “for the good of the city,” didn’t have a quote in the press release.
Empire is a show that’s soapy, dramatic, and fun. Of course, with a show like this, the costuming is going to come into play. Thankfully, the show takes a pages from Dynasty and Mad Men, especially if go by Tom and Lorenzo’s expert analysis of those characters’ closets.
The Empire characters say a lot about themselves through their clothes, so let’s see just what they’re telling us.
Yes, I know there is a big glaring issue about Sleepy Hollow episode “Kali Yuga”— the non-Indian woman playing an Indian creature— but dare I say that this episode actually looks fun? Even more daring, may I say that this episode actually looks like a throwback to an S1 or even early S2 episode? And this is a Hawley episode I’m saying this about!
Every day, it seems like there’s more and more Sleepy Hollow news. The closer we get to that post-season, the more people will be giving their two cents on the possibility of a third season and just who is going to be dying in the finale. If I’m being honest, it seems like that death is being foisted on us pretty hard. Kinda makes you wonder if a certain witch is going to die, doesn’t it? I make no promises and neither do they, but the idea of a death coming is being teased with a wink and a nudge, it seems. Weird.
There is a lot to unpack about Loki. First, he’s a mythological character that has the ability to change from a man to a woman to an animal to anything else. He’s also advancing the LGBT cause in his own comic book, in which he’s bisexual (not to mention able to change gender, although this isn’t entirely knew; he spent many Marvel issues back in the day cavorting in Lady Sif’s body and in Norse mythology, he turned into a mare and gave birth to Slepnir, a horse with eight legs and proclaimed the best of all horses).
But the comic book also poses a bit of an issue: has Loki become a pro-LGBT character simply because he’s popular and could actually be a great way to diversify Marvel’s pantheon of characters? Or is has he been turned into an bisexual character because he’s a villain? In short, was he a character that suffered from queer coding before he was actually turned into an LGBT character?
The episodes keep getting more and more ridiculous, but in a good way. I’m not even sure how to rationalize some of what I saw, but I will say that I’m glad that Jamal, one of the few sane people in this family, has finally taken his tail from between his legs and is now going to fight for Lucious’ empire just to spite him.
The movie Selma has been making headlines for several of its actors and the director, Ava DuVernay, getting snubbed for Oscar nominations despite the film getting a Best Picture nomination, but the film has earned something much more valuable; the reward of teaching kids the importance of the Selma marches.
Since the TCA comments came out, people have either been freaking out, maintaining hope for a third season, or silently hoping for Sleepy Hollow to get its death throes on.
I think that even though the Cancellation Bear is right in saying that S3 isn’t a definite lock, I won’t say that the show is going to pull a complete Marie Antoinette (or Headless Horseman) and get its head chopped off. But, I will say that, like Marie Antoinette, the show pushed the buttons of its subjects one time too many, and the people are ready to storm Versailles and rob the show of its vestments.
With that said, here’s a rundown on all the theories and rumors I’ve come across.