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"Sleepy Hollow": Analyzing the “Deliverance” preview

The Examiner published this preview of “Deliverance,” and the mention of “Ichatrina” didn’t help the Ichabbie fans who seemed to have had a rough week, between the general concern of ratings, Katia Winter’s tweet, and other stuff.

TV Preview: Sleepy Hollow’s “Deliverance” A Turning Point and Test

Here are my two cents on what was discussed in the article, as well as some opinions on characterization.

Monique lists five reasons "black-ish" rocks at EW.com

I recap black-ish for Entertainment Weekly’s Community, and I thought it’d be neat to write a couple of reasons why I think everyone should be watching it. Here’s one reason why people should check it out.

The Goldbergs and Modern Family are two shows that showcase hilarious and entertaining families, but the last time I remember watching a sitcom specifically about a black family was in the late ’90s, with Moesha. Other shows like Sister, Sister, The Cosby Show, Family Matters, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, The Parent ‘Hood and several other shows about black families populated the airwaves in the ’80s and ’90s, but it would seem that after the year 2000, nearly all representation of black families ceased to exist. The service that these shows gave—taking the black experience out of the realm of stereotypes and humanizing it—was hampered.

Black-ish certainly is a throwback to a time when family sitcoms were popular, but it’s also a fantastic way to introduce viewers to certain aspects of the black experience, such as being the only black person in a mostly white office space or school setting (and how irritating that can be at times). It reminds us as viewers how we can learn more about society (and ourselves) from different representations of family in the media.

Read the rest at EW.com!

Latest "black-ish" EW.com recap: "The Prank King"

You might have celebrated Halloween with candy and costumes, but did you celebrate with horrible pranks like the Johnsons? This week on black-ish, Andre gets the shock of his life when his kids decide they don’t want to be a part of the pranking festivities anymore.

Here’s a snippet of my EW.com recap:

The oldest kids might have ruined the costume portion of the Johnson Halloween experience, but it’s the youngest ones who really drive the proverbial nail into the vampire coffin. Jack and Diane don’t want any Halloween candy after learning about diabetes in school. Neither of them want to lose their eyesight and feet to sugar! Dismayed and angry, Andre takes his frustrations out on the Halloween decorations he so lovingly filled his front yard with. Stapling an Air Dancer ghost in the head is probably one of the more macabre ways to say, “My family ruined Halloween.”

Want to know what else happens? Go to EW.com to find out!

"HTGAWM" recap: "Freakin’ Whack-A-Mole"

Thursday is such a long way from Saturday that I wasn’t even sure I remembered what happened in “Freakin’ Whack-A-Mole.” But There are some things I want to quickly touch on. In this episode, Annalise and her crew of kids have to save a wrongly-convicted man from Death Row.

The case: I am glad that more sympathetic cases are being portrayed. Last week’s was about physical abuse; this week’s is about America’s corrupt system that continues to thrive on the backs (and deaths) of black people. David, the Death Row inmate, didn’t commit murder, yet he was tried and convicted. Annalise had been working overtime to get him free and to show the courts just how racist America still is. I was actually surprised David got off, since it seemed like the justices weren’t having any of what Annalise was throwing at the senator. But I’m glad he was released.

Character-wise, I like how they nicely tied in the case to their spotlight-of-the-week pattern. Last week’s spotlight on Laurel didn’t do a great job of tying her to the case at hand. In fact, her story seemed to distract rather than help. Asher’s father being the man that put David in jail, however, brought Asher to a new level. Seeing him learn that his father—who was supposedly a judge who made his life on court decorum and ethics—went against everything he stood for to fix a case fueled by racism was extraordinary.

Asher’s my favorite character: If you had told me that Aflie Enoch wouldn’t be my favorite college kid in this show, I would have looked at you skeptically. But, in truth, he is not my favorite college kid. Asher is my favorite.

Asher seems like that guy that can fit in any circle despite his dudebro leanings. In fact, he makes dudebro seems cute. Asher also seems to be the one with his head mostly screwed on straight. The big reveal of him sleeping with Bonnie was a surprise, but if all he’s doing is sleeping with an older woman, then whatever. It’s not like he was out killing people, like his other colleagues. He’s just trying to live his life, focusing on actual college things like being irritated at not being invited to the bonfire by his “friends.”

I still don’t get Rebecca: I don’t think I need to belabor this point any further. Who is she? What is she? Why do we care about her apart from this Stangard case? Why in the world does Wes have the hots for her? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

Seeing Wes half-naked: It was a lot less enjoyable than I expected it would be. As I said on Twitter, Wes/Alfie Enoch just looks so young. It’s like seeing my teenage brother or something. Not cool.

Nate getting back at Annalise: I had forgotten about Nate, actually, so I’m excited to see him work at taking down Annalise, who cost him his job and prestige. Of course, one can say that he did that himself by sleeping with her while his dying wife is at home by herself, so there’s that.

In any case, I’m intrigued to see how far Nate will go and if Annalise will catch him. And if she does, how far will she go to cover her tracks? We know she can employ Frank to cover up evidence, but now that Nate knows that secret, Annalise might be out of options.

What did you think of this week’s episode?

Photo credit: ABC

Chadwick Boseman's The Black Panther!

It’s been literal years since fans started the call for Marvel to make a Black Panther film, and the call has finally been answered! Though Marvel might act like it’s all their idea, it would seem that the film would never have gotten made if Stan Lee didn’t pressure them into it, what with his public statements about it being on the film schedule and all.

Either way, we’ve got our film coming Nov. 3, 2017 and our lead is played by Chadwick Boseman! You probably already know about Boseman; he’s played Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get on Up, and also had a small, little advertised role in Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner. He’s had such acclaim with the first two roles, and now he’s adding “First Black Marvel Studios Lead” to his already-illustrious resume.

We’ll get to see Chadwick “T’Challa” Boseman in Black Panther, of course, but he’ll also have a role in Captain America: Civil War and many other films that probably weren’t announced during Marvel’s Phase 3 Event; Boseman’s signed on for five years. A lot of films can be made in that time, as Marvel’s slate proves.

What do you think about this news? Give your opinions in the comments section below!

"Sleepy Hollow" recap: "And the Abyss Gazes Back"

Another day, another monster, am I right? There were a lot of fun (and surprisingly deep) moments in “And the Abyss Gases Back,” but it would seem that the most horrific moment happened in the last few moments. That moment would be Katrina getting impregnated by her own son via a demon spider. ICK.

As a quick synopsis: Abbie and Ichabod have to save Joe Corbin, Sherriff Corbin’s son, from his curse as a Wendigo—a curse put on him by Henry Parrish via the crushed Pied Piper’s bone. Now, that that’s out of the way, let’s break down the episode point by point.