Until now. Sleepy Hollow (along with the dear departed Ugly Betty) has ushered in a new era in which POC TV protagonists are allowed to head the most ridiculous, campy shows out there. Sleepy Hollow’s Abbie is not a bland token, a symbol of black victimization, a mockable ethnic caricature, or a lesson for white people. She is the kickass action hero of an absurd, campy mess of a show that has little educational or moral value.
And ain’t that fab? Most TV writers still treat POC characters too seriously or not seriously enough, but our wonderful Abbie lives in a show that operates between those two poles. To be camp, a text must make audiences feel a mix of love and detached amusement, and Abbie is a character human enough to love even if she lives in a hilariously nonsensical universe.
The entire thing is really worth a read. Go check it out!
OMFG someone who gets it! Gets it! It is FUN! Less of the moralizing and woe is me shit! Fun!
Great article. Especially about the magical negro bit. *sighs*
"why do you love elementary so much?"
because for one, the misunderstood, eccentric, and acidic genius white guy has real and serious consequences for his actions and deals with them in realistic ways and depends on help from his friends, the main one in question a wonderful strong woman who cuts through all of his bullshit manpain and puts him in his place and gets him on the right track to make amends
and even when misunderstood eccentric acidic genius white guy apologizes and tries to fix things, people don’t automatically forgive him for the things that he’s done just because of how genius-y he is, and also deal with their anger realistically
You are my son
From the moment Odin saw Loki, he saw an instrument to end a war. From the moment Loki saw Odin, he saw someone he could love. Loki wanted Odin’s approval so much he changed his form to look like an Asgardian. Even as a newborn.
If that’s all you see in Odin’s face when he looks at this baby, then you and I are watching different movies.
But let’s not forget the reason Odin has only one eye is NOT the Jotum battle. Odin went to the Well of Mimir to ask for the gift of immense knowledge, granted through drinking the well-water. Mimir agreed - if Odin was willing to sacrifice an eye in exchange. Odin chose to do that.
The moral of this story: Odin’s ruthless ambition for success includes everyone and extends even to himself. He saw his own physical mutilation as an acceptable price for possessing knowledge beyond all others: he sacrificed literal sight for metaphysical ‘sight’, insight & wisdom.
Odin might be regarding this baby with some kind of squishy compassion, but if you think that’s all that’s going through his big, cunning, strategic, pragmatic and ruthless mind right there, then you and I definitely watched different movies.
Not least because he admitted as much outright when Loki challenged him.
I don’t think that’s all that’s going through his mind. I think both can be equally present. Not simply one or the other, which is what I was objecting to above.
Also, is that true of the MCU, that that’s how Odin lost his eye? I always took it that he lost it in battle, seeing as how that scene, with his eye freshly ripped out, is occuring during the battle on Jotunheim. Though often things happened in the comics that people consider canon but I don’t know about it.
Agreed, definitely both imo too.
Not sure about the comicsverse? The original story is part of Odin’s original mythos. I assumed it was something he did as a stratagem to win the war, that his ‘great cost’ was choosing to find out how to ensure victory by losing his eye. Making it simply a battle-wound without the mythic reason feels, idk, a bit cheap? The film leaves it open at least.
That would be really cool. I like how there are nods to mythology without much explanation in the films—I’m thinking in particular of Huginn and Muninn, whose presence is obvious but unexplained—and it does leave it open to interpretation. (I have no clue of comics canon either.)
I’m sure we’ve talked before about the complex relationship between Loki and Odin, two clever, cunning people. Both make mistakes, both feel betrayed for different reasons. At least, that’s my take on it and it’s one I love. And I when I look at Odin’s face in that first gif, it seems to me there’s unmistakable emotion and fondness there. It would be a shame if Sir Anthony’s performance were lost in an oversimplification of the scene, imo.