Sleepy Hollow – Surprisingly Good

Three weeks ago Fox debuted the new mystery-adventure drama Sleepy Hollow.  I had my doubts about this program but the first three episodes have been thoroughly enjoyable.

Sleepy Hollow is a new interpretation of Irving Washington’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (full disclosure that I’ve never read the book and have only a basic knowledge of the story).  Ichabod Crane is resurrected 250 years after his death and is tossed into an investigation of the headless horseman, who just happens to be part of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.  To quote a fellow blogger “the premise is preposterous” (Sidekick Reviews).  True, however, the writers have done a great job and the show is entertaining, enjoyable, and has a good pace.

Ichabod Crane, played by Tom Mison and his modern-day partner, Detective Abbie Mills, played by Nicole Beharie have great chemistry and their stories link up fairly well.  Abbie Mills and her sister had a scary encounter when they were younger which caused Abbie’s sister to be institutionalized and Abbie to pursue a path in law enforcement. This encounter is linked to Ichabod’s past along with his wife.  Orlando Jones, who plays Captain Frank Irving, also has great chemistry and fits well.  The series deals with the occult and has religious tones to it, which lends it to a nice creepy vibe.

My favorite thing so far is how the writers deal with Ichabod’s assimilation to the modern-day – they don’t dwell on it or make it a major plot line.  Ichabod in the car moving the automatic window up and down; Abbie leaving post-it notes on the various items in the hotel room so Ichabod knows what they are and what they will do.  All done very well, not dwelling on this topic and avoid dragging the show down.

I thought the most recent episode “For The Triumph of Evil” really had a The X-Files vibe about it.  Abbie and Ichabod were in the basement and the Captain finds them there.  Both Abbie and Ichabod say they like the basement and think it would be a great place to have an office and the Captain agrees.  X-Files fans will know that Mulder’s office was in the basement and that he and Scully investigated alien and paranormal cases, with Mulder steadfastly wanting “to believe.”  Sleepy Hollow deals instead with the occult and religion in place of the paranormal, and Ichabod and Abbie being a new, fresh version of Mulder and Scully.

After three episodes I’m a fan of Sleepy Hollow.  It’s been excellent viewing so far and Fox just announced that it’s already been given a second season.  Good news for those who are attached to the show already.  I think this is one of the Falls new hit shows and I’m looking forward to future episodes.  If you haven’t watched the show yet, catch-up on-line and then watch the rest weekly.  If you like the occult and enjoy mystery dramas, this show is one to watch.


5 responses to “Sleepy Hollow – Surprisingly Good

  1. I also get an X-file vibe and there are aspects of Abbie that remind me of Scully. I think Abbie and her sister are much stronger characters than Crane at this point. Not all of the fish out of water humor works for me like the Starbucks reference. Sounds like you are enjoying this show a lot more than me. 🙂 I do think the demon in the mirror is very cool and I like it’s tied to Abbie’s childhood as well as the headless horsemen.

    • Agree about Abbie and her sister – they seem much more developed right now. Have to say I don’t recall the Starbucks reference. Hopefully they will tune down the fish out of water references in future episodes. The writers have Crane living in the modern world and he’s gotten used to things fairly quick. I loved the demon and thought the Sandman character was really cool (I believe the Sandman was played by a real person and not CGI generated). Hope it will get more interesting for you in the future. Otherwise, there’s always Almost Human to look forward to (and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) 🙂

      • In the pilot, Crane was asking Abbie if there is law for there to be a Starbucks on every block or something like that. 🙂 When the eyes popped with sand that was freaky cool Yeah, Almost Human is coming up next month, I look forward to checking it out!

  2. I love the movie Sleepy Hollow, so this will be a good compliment for late-night viewing. It also has a great premise, which I’m eager to find out how it translates on the screen!

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