A&E Officially Renews Longmire

LongmireGood news, Longmire fans! This news had been rumored for a while, but it’s finally official: according to TVLine, A&E has renewed the show for a third season of ten episodes to air next summer.

“Longmire has become one of the most compelling dramas on television with a devoted audience and we are so proud of the show,” A&E GM David McKillop said in announcing the pick-up. “We are thrilled to continue our wonderful partnership with Warner Horizon Television, the production team, and the talented cast and crew led by the exceptional Robert Taylor.”

Are you happy about this news? Will you watch the new season?

Sleepy Hollow Thoughts & Open Thread: Sanctuary

Sleepy Hollow[SPOILERS BELOW FOR THE MOST RECENT EPISODE OF SLEEPY HOLLOW]

Ichabod and Abbie come across the monster of the week in “Sanctuary” when they’re sent to find Lena Gilbert, a billionaire philanthropist who has recently purchased her ancestors’ home in Sleepy Hollow – and who left behind notes involving “Katrina C.” before she vanished. When they get to the house, they discover that it’s the manor once owned by Lachlan Fredericks, who was both an important player in the Revolutionary War and a powerful warlock who used his home as a sanctuary for people needing protection from supernatural forces. Ichabod and Katrina once visited him there, which sparks some nice flashbacks for Ichabod, but it’s not until they find the last letter that Ichabod wrote Katrina that they realize the root monster attacking Lena has a connection to the Cranes.

It turns out that Katrina was the last person to come to the manor for sanctuary, but while Fredericks tried to help her, Moloch had found a way around his protections by growing a root monster within the manor grounds. And in a vision, Abbie sees that the monster attacked as soon as Katrina gave birth in the house to a son – a son Ichabod never knew he had. Ichabod is distraught over this news, of course, especially because he can’t know for sure whether Moloch got the newborn or not. This grief and rage helps him kill the monster and save Lena, but he’s left searching for answers. And the plot thickens when Lena later sends Abbie and Ichabod records from the manor – records that include a family tree that shows Abbie is descended from Grace Dickson, Fredericks’s associate/servant/slave(?) who assisted in the birth of Ichabod’s son. “It seems that you and I… our paths were entwined from the very start.” Indeed.

We also learn more about Irving’s family this week, as his ex-wife Cynthia and his daughter Macy (played by The Hunger Games‘s Amandla Stenberg) appear in Sleepy Hollow with an ultimatum: If Irving puts off one more weekend visit with Macy, Cynthia will seek full custody. It’s a tough situation, because obviously Irving is doing important work that he has to hide from his family, but at the same time, it’s clear he is using it as a cover to keep from having to face things in his personal life. Macy is in a wheelchair, and cryptic comments from Cynthia and Irving suggest that this is a relatively recent development and that Irving may feel responsible for whatever happened that landed her there.

The recently reunited Mills family gets in on the action too, as Jenny claims to be planning a Thanksgiving dinner to thank Abbie for getting her out of the asylum. I say “claims” because from the start I wondered whether there was more going on with whatever Jenny was planning, but we never actually see the dinner and never have proof either way. Ichabod, missing his family and shattered by the revelation about his son, resists the invitation, but Abbie, herself no stranger to broken and separated families, drops some Thanksgiving wisdom: “You see what you have now, and you embrace what’s in front of you.” At the end of the episode, Ichabod toasts “to finding family,” and while he’s literally talking about finding out what happened to Katrina and their son, I’d like to think he also means the found family he’s constructing with Abbie, Jenny, and Irving.

Other items of note:

  • The writers have stated that Lena Gilbert’s name’s similarity to Elena Gilbert of The Vampire Diaries was inadvertent, but it still made me smile. Especially when a death was then explained as “It looks like some kind of animal attack.”
  • “Not to be an alarmist . . .” “But we are in a damn haunted house.” I love them.
  • Things Ichabod discovers this episode: drive throughs; modern anachronistic Thanksgiving traditions; “treasures from the Amazon,” a.k.a. Amazon.com.
  • I love that Jenny “accidentally” stole guns from Irving, and their dynamic is really interesting. I’m curious to see where it goes.
  • No episode next week, but John Noble is back in two weeks! Yay!

We’re back up!

As you may have noticed, we had technical issues and the site was down for most of the day yesterday. Sorry for the inconvenience! All of yesterday’s posts posted early this morning when things came back up, so I’ll be posting them on social media gradually as the day progresses as though they were posting today. We’ll have a few new posts today or tomorrow – I’ll try to at least get the Sleepy Hollow post up – and then we’re off the rest of the week for Thanksgiving. Things should get back to normal on Monday! Thanks for understanding!

Bones Thoughts & Open Thread: The Mystery in the Meat

Bones[SPOILERS BELOW FOR THE MOST RECENT EPISODE OF BONES]

“The Mystery in the Meat” was a gross, gross episode even by usual Bones standards. Sheesh. I hope you were’t eating while you watched! I liked the case, though: it was a decent mystery and also tied in a lot of current controversies surrounding food science and school lunches.

I did not like the whole bachelorette party storyline and especially the way Angela behaved. I think it’s perfectly reasonable that Angela and Booth have been having problems: he hurt her best friend, and even though she now knows why, that doesn’t mean she can just instantaneously let those feelings go. But the way Angela was written here seemed to be missing the point. By objecting to no longer being number one in Brennan’s life, it seemed to imply that Angela’s own husband and son weren’t her priorities. And when she said she’d hit on Booth if he wasn’t married, there was no mention of the fact that she is married. I know she’s supposed to be a free spirit who has trouble with commitments, but not even mentioning those commitments in these scenes, even in a “sometimes I wish I didn’t” sense, seemed sloppy.

Other thoughts:

  • Did Booth have a bachelor party? Am I just forgetting some mention of this?
  • Oh hey, a mention of Hodgins’s lost money!
  • I continue to adore Daisy and found the storyline with Oliver interesting. “She is one of us, and you are not yet.”

Elementary Thoughts & Open Thread: On the Line

Elementary[SPOILERS BELOW FOR THE MOST RECENT EPISODE OF ELEMENTARY]

In “On the Line,” Holmes and Watson are called to the case of what looks like a murder, but Holmes immediately sees that it’s a suicide intended to frame someone for murder. The audience (but of course not any of the cops) actually saw the shooting occur in the cold open, which was a little disappointing – since we know Holmes is right, there’s less tension. But the question quickly becomes not one of whodunnit, but of how to prove it, as Holmes suspects that the person framed is in fact a serial killer. And this is a particularly reprehensible one, even as serial killers go, as he uses a catfishing scheme in an online support group to try to fool the cops.

The case itself was interesting, but more interesting was the way the episode dealt with Sherlock’s personality and the way that affects his working relationships. The detective whose case Holmes is taking over is (understandably) upset and resistant, and Watson also becomes upset when she realizes just how widely disliked she and Holmes are by the cops they work with. But Gregson, to his credit, supports them throughout and gives the precinct a nice lecture at the end to remind everyone that he’s the one in charge and that he’ll use Holmes and Watson, like any other tool (like the coffee maker!) however he wants. I liked that he defended Holmes while also making it clear that he, not Holmes, was running things.

Holmes, of course, is concerned that Joan might be losing sight of the real him: “I am not a nice man. It’s important that you understand that. . . . There is not a warmer, kinder me waiting to be coaxed out.” I think that’s completely true, but I also think that Holmes is innately a more decent – if not more polite – person than he gives himself credit for. When Joan protests that he’s changed in the time she’s known him, Sherlock insists that he’s only changed in his treatment of her. “I consider you to be exceptional, so I make an exceptional effort to accommodate you.” Awwww. The episode ends with the suggestion that someone like Sherlock would be impossible for even Joan to deal with indefinitely, and the part of me caught up in the story protested this before I remembered that yes, this is a TV show, and they are not going to get rid of one of the main characters.

Other items of note:

  • Joan again/still seems to be noticing some things before Sherlock – this time the unseasonable Uggs.
  • “Walls are a bit thin. They’d never hold back our blood-curdling screams, but we call it home.”
  • “Actually, I think you showed great restraint by not beating him to death.” That’s a line I suspect will be useful in my daily life.
  • Sherlock’s impulse to frame the killer if they can’t legitimately catch him is a nice reminder of how dangerous the temptation is for someone like him to play God.