Ranks in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Era:
Young gentlemen aspiring to be officers of the Royal Navy. To be promoted into a lieutenant, these young gentlemen are required to spend at least three years as a midshipman or master’s mate, with a total of six years of sea time.
he seeks it here, he seeks it there the Horseman seeks it everywhere
SLEEPY HOLLOW AU: THIS TIME IT’S THE FRENCH REVOLUTION THAT WAS SECRETLY A FIGHT AGAINST THE APOCALYPSE
Nicole Beharie as Parisian cop Arielle Moulin, the French Abby Mills.
Oona Chaplin as Marguerite St. Just, THE CLEVEREST WOMAN IN EUROPE, valiant revolutionary in the good fight against DEMONIC MONARCHIST EVIL, who grew disillusioned when it seemed like HEAD-CHOPPING EVIL was triumphing over the ideals she cherished and fled the country, abandoning her responsibilities. Her penalty: sleep through 230 years and wake up in the modern era to FINISH THE FIGHT SHE BEGAN. Her mission: fight supernatural crime with Arielle to build their mysterical evil-fighting soulbond, do everything possible to prevent the Apocalypse, and dress in as much avant-garde modern fashion as humanly possible.
Lyndie Greenwood as Arielle’s sister Juliette Moulin, this time billed as a regular from the start, because I said so.
William Beck as Percy Blakeney, Marguerite’s husband, secretly a member of a witch coven known as the LEAGUE OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL. Eventually banished to Purgatory as leverage against Marguerite, where he has spent the last 230 years really dedicated to playing the harmless buffoon and keeping his identity secret from EVIL. As a result, he can only communicate dire warnings to his beloved Marguerite or her new partner through ANNOYINGLY OBTUSE BAD JOKES or CHEERFULLY TERRIBLE DOGGEREL VERSE.
Alexander Siddig as Edgard Elmahdi, French-Sudanese police captain and Arielle’s boss, who is NOT IN FAVOR of supernatural shenanigans taking over the major Parisian metropolis and spends most of his time really irritated with a.) the universe, b.) Marguerite, c.) Percy’s awful doggerel verse as relayed by Marguerite, or d.) ALL OF THE ABOVE.
AND SPECIAL HISTORICAL FLASHBACK GUEST STAR:
Orlando Jones as General Alex Dumas, illustrious revolutionary general, SECRET COMMANDER in the battle against the forces of evil and the apocalypse, DEAR FRIEND AND LEADER of the evil-fighting efforts of Marguerite St. Just … and, of course, in a huge backstory reveal, ARIELLE AND JULIETTE’S ANCESTOR.
Other key points about this show: even though it’s French, everyone speaks with British accents. The Eiffel Tower is metaphysically significant even though it wasn’t built until a hundred years after the revolution. There’s an episode in which Zombie Ben Franklin guest stars. There are important secret codes hidden in The Count of Monte Cristo and a treasure map written in invisible ink on the back of the Déclaration des Droits de l'homme et du citoyen.
HEADS WILL ROLL. And did roll. And will roll again. Probably.
No blood or scruff, but here’s one of my favorite little characters from a 2004 gem of a movie that not a lot of people know about, “Master and Commander.” His name is William Blakeney and here he is, looking adorably untidy.