In the mid-1960s I used to run home from school every afternoon. Not only to get away from bullies, but to see my favorite TV show. Broadcast right after General Hospital and One Life To Live was Dark Shadows.
NOTE: The fact that I knew when these soap operas were on may give you some indication why I was usually being chased by bullies.
I realize most of you probably never saw, or even heard of, this
|Wrong character. |
Oh, seriously, does it matter?
|Let's never speak of this again|
|Yeah, Ludden, I'm talking to you. |
Yes, I'm bitter.
Keep an eye on the creepy dude
with the cape.
|Clearly shoulda cut back |
on those pretzel nuggets.
NOTE: That Gladys used to do this was a topic of a post from last month.
Then, seeing if the coast was clear of the Zowine brothers (memories of being hung from a STOP sign by my underwear still fresh), I'd rush home.
For the next half hour, I'd happily munch my snacks while
Johnny Depp has Helena Bonham-Carter!
Look what I got!"
Since I was a child, I never noticed the dreadful acting, simplistic story lines, ridiculous plot twists, cheesy special effects, or the fact that one day in Collinsport equalled one month everywhere else. It was escapist fare whose horrors were make-believe. Unlike the horrors we saw on the evening news.
|"Women cops? |
Yeah, they think this show is way out there!"
So, yes, I was sad when it was cancelled. To this day, though, I still remember the names of the actors and the characters they portrayed. Most of them disappeared into obscurity, however. Only a few of them actually starred in anything else. HINT: One of them was in Charlie's Angels. A FURTHER HINT: I don't mean Bosley.
But, life went on for me. I discovered girls, the Zowines were arrested, I joined the Navy, married, remarried when the first didn't take, and settled down to write Penwasser Place. How 'bout that? Forty-three years in two sentences.
The Johnny Depp movie notwithstanding, Dark Shadows became a part of my childhood. Sometimes I miss it (I can still find pretzel nuggets, though), but I stopped writing hate mail to ABC years ago.
Then, Sleepy Hollow premiered on FOX this fall. Sleepy Hollow, based loosely on the Washington Irving story (by loosely, I mean there's an Ichabod Crane and a headless horseman), has filled a void to an extent. It is poorly written, historically suspect (e.g., I strongly suspect George Washington did not fight demons. Although, Lincoln was a vampire hunter. So...), and chockfull of ridiculous plot points. A middle-school boy could write this story.
|But, Ichabod hasn't changed his clothes in two months. |
I think they've got bigger problems than headless horsemen.
But, I love it. Supposedly, it is somewhat of a hit which is stunning to me, given how ridiculous it is. Apparently, a viewing public which follows the antics of the Kardashians as if they were the British royal family doesn't see much wrong with demons, tree creatures, sin-eaters, and witches raising mayhem in a small New York town.
I'm not holding my breath, though. I check TMZ every night to see if there's a new version of Password in the works.
|It had Christopher Walken in it, too. |
So normal is a relative term.
Playing a more normal role, Depp portrayed schoolteacher Ichabod Crane who visits a small New York town to defeat the headless horseman and get a peek at Christina Ricci's boobies.