Black Girls' Night Out: Abbie Mills
Here's some homework: I challenge you right now to Google "John Cho". Narrow your search to "News." Now, narrow it further to anything from the past week to the past month.
Don't worry. I'll wait.
If you've had my experience, you'll notice there's next to nothing to write home about. Why's this so odd? Sleepy Hollow debuted two weeks ago on FOX and, to quote another site, it decapitated the competition, instantly becoming the network's highest-rated premiere in twelve years. John Cho is on the show, has appeared in all two of its episodes so far, and yet according to Google, he might as well have not bothered.
Why aren't more people talking about his role?
Mind you, the question is mainly rhetorical; after all this is moi you're reading. Years ago, while drafting Folklore, and Other Stories, I discovered what I immediately dubbed the Skip-Over-the-Asian-Guy Effect. It happens any time an Asian male is not only present in media, but he's relevant in some way - a main character, writer, director, composer, rapper, what have you - but he's immediately glossed over...just 'cause. Mind you, folks don't always go out of their way to insult him. They just tend to not even notice that he friggin' exists.
In the first episode, John Cho is introduced as Andy Brooks, an officer in the Sleepy Hollow police department (or Sheriff's office, whatever). When the Headless Horseman is raised and starts his rampage, you briefly wonder if Cho just showed up to the set as a favor to the writers (kinda like he did for them in the last two Trek films). Then you find out he's in league with the Horseman and the demon who raised him.
And then he dies (in a pretty fucked up-looking way), and you figure, yeah...he was just doing them a favor.
But then in the second episode, Cho's character is brought back to life by his patron demon and sent on an assignment to unleash the Monster of the Week. Meanwhile no one - and I do mean no one - seems to notice his body's up and vanished from the morgue (go figure).
Okay now, right when he was raised from the dead, near the beginning of the episode, I figured Cho was a hell of a lot more relevant to the show than I initially figured (which is awesome; he was one of my main reasons for watching in the first place). Then he continued to appear throughout the episode, in the kind of role I've never seen him in before. It's so weird!!!! And since as of this last episode, he hasn't been killed off (permanently, anyway), I'm assuming we'll see him yet again and he may even become a member of the main cast.
My point? Where this show is concerned, dude matters, and since we're not used to seeing John Cho in a role quite like this one, there should be a hell of a lot more chatter than the crickets we're hearing now.