I’m late to this train, I know, but I’ve just finished the first 2 seasons. (So spoilers ahead for anyone else later to the train than I.) And I have thoughts on this show. Lots of thoughts. But I’ll pick one.
Can I just share with you guys my absolute favorite thing about this show?
It’s not the way they integrate aspects of history with their magical/mystical/lore and fairy tale reimaginings. Although those are superb.
It’s not the glorious WOC main character, (and the generally diverse cast) although THAT. IS. AMAZING.
It’s not the hilarious scenes where Ichabod is learning something new to him and adjusting to our modern world. Although those are adorbs.
It’s not even the deliciousness that is Ichabod Crane and his VOCABULARY. Although that is UNF.
It’s the honesty between the two main characters. Seriously. That is my absolute favorite part of this show. When Abbie saw Katrina giving birth, she didn’t keep it from Ichabod. She told him. IMMEDIATELY. Not at the end of the episode. Not when they escaped the haunted house of doom. She didn’t keep it from him because of how much she knew it would hurt him. She didn’t make the executive decision to “spare” him.
Cause that isn’t her decision to make.
She told him. Immediately. Even though he kept talking over her at first and was totally distracted and she could have let it slide and tried again later, she pushed through and was like, bro, bro there’s something you need to know.
And it’s not one-sided!
When Moloch told Ichabod that one Witness would betray another, that he’d give up Abbie, HE TOLD HER. IMMEDIATELY. He didn’t wait. He didn’t “spare” her. He didn’t hold off until he could figure out some magical way to solve the problem on his own. And he didn’t tell her half-truths either. He told her, flat out, Moloch said he’d get yer soul and that I’d be the one to give it to him.
And I just think that is a gorgeous thing. I’m so, SO TIRED of these shows or movies or books even, where you have partners or a team and they keep things from one another with this misguided notion of sparing them or some such nonsense. Not only is it so tiresome to look at it, it’s just lazy writing. Because we KNOW it’s going to come out eventually, now we’re just waiting for it to happen. We’re supposed to be on the edge of our seats, waiting for this truth to be revealed and Oh-no, how will the other person react? But I much rather the unapologetic honesty and let them take on the world together.
And yes, there is one instance, with the map of purgatory, but you know what?
A) Him re-drawing the map was revealed to Abbie THE VERY NEXT EPISODE.
B) He didn’t lie to her. He burned the map and I believe he intended it to stay that way. But c’mon, the man is lonely and depressed and in a moment of weakness, redrew it.
But he didn’t use it. He didn’t try to figure it out on his own. And that plot point wasn’t dragged out over several episodes before revealed to Abbie.
Even in the season 2 finale, Benjamin TOLD Abbs not to tell Crane about Katrina, but she does anyway cause that’s just how they roll and it worked.
The honesty between these two characters is one of the reasons this show is one of my favorites. Ever. Add on that there’s no forced romance between them! That’s another pitfall many stories fall into. Can’t have a male and female team kick ass and take names together and ONLY BE BEST FRIENDS. No, they MUST fall in love. And I’m just like, really, guys? Really? I’ve been waiting so long for a BFF ass-kicking team!
Yeah there were times they hinted at Katrina feeling insecure about his and Abbie’s bond, but that was on Katrina.
The silliness and the trust and honesty and Crane opening up to Abbie to share what’s on his mind and I just, GUH, they’re amazing and it all boils down to their honesty. (Also, Katrina, you done fucked up, girl. That whole Mary Wells thing was the last straw. You seriously had no right to keep that from him, it ruined everything and I’m just SO MAD. But I guess that’s why you’re DEAD. Ha!)
End of the day, Abbs and Ichabod are really amazing friends, strengthened by the honesty between them and I think it’s just the best thing ever.
And I will fight you on that.
Coming Soon: Thoughts on Age of Ultron, specifically in regards to Black Widow and her being a “monster” and why everyone needs to slow their damn roll.