Crane’s personality seems inconsistent. His relationship with the ghost of his wife Katrina is so dark and 18th century-ish (as it should be), how is it he can be so lighthearted and, dare I say, flirtatious with Abbie? Granted, Tom Mison is adorable when he lets Crane’s lighter side out. The way he skipped a step as he teased Abbie about her ex-boyfriend (“There was no betrothment!”) was comic timing genius.
There’s been some concern that Crane should be a bit more freaked with the 21st century. Perhaps. But we still get some nice moments of wonder. The Post-it® Notes scattered around his motel room to help Crane cope with modern technology were cute. But if I were Ichabod, I’d be just as fascinated with the stickies as with electricity and modern water pressure. (After all, Post-it Notes are one of the great inventions of the 20th century—along with zip-lock baggies.)
Color me confused when the cable guide synopsis said “Andy returns to the force and undertakes a questionable mission.” Of course, we’re dealing with the supernatural here, so anything is possible. John Cho did a great job of changing his personality just enough to bring out the sinister. And the extra neck skin after he repositioned his head was a nice, if icky, touch. (It’s interesting to note that fans are having a hard time seeing “Harold/Sulu” as a bad guy.)
I try not to let small inconsistencies bother me. Yet when Crane and Abbie were in the supposedly hidden Revolutionary War era tunnel, the steel staircase and walkway took me out of the moment. How difficult would it have been difficult to build a wooden set?
So, the demon speaks Greek. (Didn’t catch that from last week.) Is that because the New Testament (and thus, the Book of Revelations) was originally written in Greek? And Ichabod knows Greek because he has an eidetic memory. What other prime time character has one? (Hint: the actor just won [another] Emmy.)
Last week Suzanne commented on the show’s similarities to Supernatural. Agreed. The overall dark tone is tempered with humor and camaraderie. Now there’s even a motel room! And the Apocalypse, of course. Except here we’re dealing with Death, War, Famine, and Conquest (vice Pestilence). It turns out Conquest is the “correct” horseman. So why did Supernatural use Pestilence instead of Conflict? Either 1) Conflict is too similar to War; 2) Pestilence was easier to personify, or 3) Matt Frewer would have made a dull Conflict. Oh great. Wikipedia now tells me Conflict rides a white horse (Death rides a pale horse) and carries a bow. My head hurts.
[Between Crane’s 18th century footwear and Abbie’s cool shoes, the show’s wardrobe department is doing a great job. I want both.]