Who: “Sleepy Hollow” currently airs on network TV, specifically on FOX, Mondays at 9:00 PM.
What: “Sleepy Hollow,” part supernatural thriller, part historical fiction, part revisionist fiction, part cop drama. It’s got a little something for everyone.
When: The series premiered on FOX, Monday, September 16, 2013, at 9:00 PM.
Where: The show is set in what is now known to be Sleepy Hollow, New York (formerly North Tarrytown).
Why: Sleepy Hollow – Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, in their colonial times regalia and context, thrust into the present? That premise alone doesn’t fascinate you?
How – as in How’s It Going? (THOUGHTS…at present)
According to this article from TVLine, Sleepy Hollow has been not only ordered for a full season but has been automatically renewed for a second season, and this was after only three episodes. It’s a well reasoned gamble; the show is enjoying some steady and decent ratings because it’s a quality show. Fox is no doubt banking on Sleepy Hollow to become its next X-Files, or at least its next Fringe, and this is for good reason: the story just keeps getting better. The scope of the program is truly Biblical, combining Revelations-based apocalypse lore with a supernatural crime procedural and a highly witty, deliciously handsome, and deliciously British Ichabod Crane. Each new episode raises questions and twists that no viewer could really expect to see coming, and the writers are weaving a fascinating tale filled with supernatural thrill and horror.
Nicole Beharie still leaves something to be desired in the role of Abbie Mills, but as her character learns to relax around Ichabod, she might become more tolerable. The “Sandman” episode, which felt like an episode from Supernatural on the CW to some extent, was centered well around her confession that she selfishly lied about the demon she saw for self-protection while her sister Jenny spoke the truth and suffered committal to an insane asylum. Plus, the Mills sisters have been identified as “witnesses” to the oncoming arrival of the Four Horsemen along with Ichabod. The whole story is truly intriguing, and each new hour has some chills and twists to enjoy.
I initially rated the pilot four stars, but with each new episode, my initial reservations dissipate. The pilot may not have been convincing, but the story itself is so tantalizing that the show’s longevity will owe much to the creativity of the concept married to deservedly high ratings that the program currently enjoys.
Questions, Impressions, and Future Considerations
1) I have so many questions right now, that i can’t even begin to list them. To the credit of this show, I want to keep watching to have them answered. My biggest question right now is what the demon in the woods is…is it another horseman? Does it control the horsemen, including the now headless one?
2) What is so special about Abbie and Jenny?
3) I think there is more to Orlando Jones’ captain character than meets the eye. He seems too copacetic lately with Ichabod and Abbie’s supernatural investigation and gave them the key so easily to the abandoned office under the police station.
4) Will we encounter more witches? What happened to Mr. Headless?
These are the biggest, most general queries rolling around in my brain right now, but each new episode usually offers a new detail or concept that sparks additional mystery.
Sleepy Hollow deserves the gamble that Fox is taking on it. It is a highly original concept or, at least, an original new mixture of old concepts but with a very specific, if broad, focus. It’s well written, well performed, and there is both horror and humor in each episode so far. Plus, it’s fun to watch out-of-time Ichabod struggle with current technology, like the rewind button on a VCR remote control. This show is highly recommended and may well become “must see” appointment television in the near future.
Sleepy Hollow is guaranteed a full two seasons. Take advantage of the confidence that the network extends to it, if it all interests you, and take a look!