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08 October 2013 @ 12:54 pm
Gravity & Sleepy Hollow  
Over the weekend i watched both Gravity and the first two episodes of Sleepy Hollow. Both of them were pretty awesome.


Gravity is very pretty, and actually pretty well done scientifically, which i believe they've made a big point of in some of the advertising.

However there were 2.5 major "errors" that i noticed, both of which are covered by the Bad Astronomy review.

One of the problems is rather spoilery, so i won't go into it. The other 1.5 is basically that orbital mechanics say that the objects they needed to travel between in the movie wouldn't be that close together, and even if they were, you couldn't get there the way they did. At least as it was portrayed by the movie they simply pointed at where they wanted to go and fired off some thrusters. As any veteran of Kerbal Space Program, or hard SF lit in general, knows you can't get to a different specific point in orbit without doing some complicated maneuvers. If you squint really hard and pretend that they actually had much stronger thrusters than were actually available and that they did the proper orbital matching without going into details about the exact maneuvers required in a way that the audience could hear, it could sorta work. Sorta.

But as i said at the start, except for those two points it was an excellent movie.

Sleepy Hollow:

Sleepy Hollow on the other hand doesn't really pretend to make any sense, and that's okay. There's magic and witches and demons and the apocalypse and secret histories and conspiracies by the founding fathers and Rip van Winkle style "time travel" all mixed up.

The female protagonist is cute and kicks at least a moderate amount of ass. Under other circumstances i might say she kicks lots of ass, but she's somewhat overshadowed by past Ichabod Crane, who instead of a meek school teacher was apparently a kind of 18th century James Bond under the direct command of General Washington. On the other hand, 21st century Ichabod Crane is also kind of overshadowed by past Ichabod Crane. He's obviously supposed to be a fish out of water at this point, what with the waking up a couple centuries later and not knowing what's going on with anything. Presumably as the series progresses the Lieutenant will step up her game and Ichabod will get his shit together and they'll both end up kicking ass.

It is a horror series, but it's not _that_ scary. At least not so far. There's only been a couple "jump out and go boo" type things so far, and hopefully that will remain to be the case as things progress.
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squee is a universal language: cat by kurt halseynaye on October 8th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
I really hope you keep enjoying Sleepy Hollow! It's been tons of fun to watch, and Orlando Jones has jumped into the deep end of the fandom which I find far more hilarious than I should. (He's, like. Making memes and reccing slash fic on his Tumblr. So. Yeah. Deep end!)

Speaking of Tumblr, saw this about Gravity there and figured I should link you. :D
受け継がれる意志doctorskuld on October 9th, 2013 10:04 am (UTC)
Word! Sleepy Hollow isn't pretending to be amazing TV, it's fun and entertaining TV. Both Ichabod and Abbie are adorably snarky, and it's just a mixture of things that make for good times right now. Really enjoying the show, definitely will keep watching this over things like, you know, SHIELD.
DonAithnen: OmgPonies!donaithnen on October 9th, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)

Yeah, i started watching Sleepy Hollow instead of SHIELD because i heard pretty much the same thing about both of them from you, and naye, and avalyn, and io9, and pretty much anyone else who had anything to say about either of them :)

So thank you for the recommendation and anti-recommendation ! ;)
DonAithnendonaithnen on October 9th, 2013 08:00 pm (UTC)
Ha, he seems quite a bit more upset with the flaws in the movie than i was, but that's understandable. He's a real scientist and i'm not :)

I'm definitely planning on keeping up! We almost watched the third episode sunday night, but decided we were both too tired. It would have been the first time i was totally up to date with a current series in years! :)

Is Orlando Jones Ichabod Crane? Or one of the other people?
squee is a universal languagenaye on October 9th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, yeah, there is that.

He is Captain Irving and this is his Tumblr. XD
DonAithnendonaithnen on October 10th, 2013 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh! You mean Captain "Clearly I know more than I let on, but you can't tell if I'm a reservedly paranoid good guy or a maliciously plotting bad guy"? :) (Or least as of episode 2 in any case.)
Kirin: Gankutsuou-SDcountkirinn on October 9th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
We're watching Sleepy Hollow too, and it's good silly fun. This week, with its Hessians and Boston Tea Party as diversion and so on really reinforced that this is the prime-time version of Assassin's Creed's cracktastic conspiracy-filled version of history, which... yeah, I'll watch that. :)
DonAithnendonaithnen on October 9th, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
One of these days i should really get around to playing at least some of the Assassin's Creed games =P