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.


Liebster Nomination!

A great blog that I follow – Sidekick Reviews – was nominated to receive the Liebster Award.  The Liebster Award is given to a blog who has less than 200 followers and is a way to help connect new or growing blogs with others out there in the realm.  It’s also serves as a way find out about other new, great, blogs that are out there.  Sidekick Reviews posts great reviews as well as general comments about T.V. shows, sci-fi movies, and comics.  I highly recommend taking the time to check the site out – great content and visuals can be found.  Sidekick Reviews was kind enough to nominate my blog for the Liebster award – which is greatly appreciated! Rules for Liebster Award recipients are as follows:

1. List 11 random facts about yourself

2. Answer the questions that were asked of you by the nominating blogger

3. Nominate 11 other blogs for the Liebster Blog Award and include a link to their blog

4. Notify the blogger of their award

5. Ask the award winners 11 questions to answer one they accept the award

So – here are 11 random facts about me:

1. I’m a huge soccer fan – mostly the EPL, but love the US Men’s National Team (who won a Gold Cup game today, yay!), and live for watching international matches

2. I’m an F1 fan – Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button are two of my favorite drivers

3. I’m a dog nerd

4. Love dark chocolate

5. Addicted to Cherry Coke – only allow myself 1 a day and am trying to stop, but it’s so hard

6.  Love to drive on the expressway on a warm summer night with great music.

7.  I had horses when I was a kid

8.  I can’t throw away things that have meaning.  Had a blanket my grandma made and it was in tatters.  My husband had to throw it away for me because I just couldn’t

9.  I met Ann Rice at a book signing many years ago and she said she loved my shirt.  Made my day.

10.  Right now navy is my favorite color

11.  I love taking my dog for a walk when it’s snowing.  Usually the temp is perfect and walking in the snow is relaxing.

And here are the questions from Sidekick Reviews and my answers:

  1. What’s your initial reaction to receiving the blogger nomination? Shocked and very flattered that someone would nominate me.

  2. What motivates you to keep blogging?  The creative outlet it provides for me.  I like to write and blogging helps when I feel inspired about something.  Also, finding other great posts/blogs to read/follow.

  3. Do you collect anything, if so what is your most beloved possession?  I would say I collect books – nothing antique or rare, but love to hang onto any book I like.  Most beloved possession is Sandman #1 by Neil Gaiman (a comic book rather than a book).

  4. What’s a movie or song that made you cry?  Movie – anything with dogs: Eight Below, Marley and Me.  I’m pathetic when it comes to dogs and cry easily.

  5. Do you have any siblings? Yes – One sister who is a year older than me.

  6. What do you love to eat?  My mom’s goulash

  7. Which comic book or novel would you recommend me to read? I would recommend The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon – set in the late ’30s and 40s about two cousins who create a comic book and what happens in their lives after that.  Loved it and a great read.

  8. What are your favorite television shows that have gone off the air? For a T.V. junkie that’s a hard question!  I would say Veronica Mars.  Great show with a positive female main character who was smart, sassy, and took charge.  Another would be 24 – Jack Bauer is great and love things about spies.

  9. Do you play sports?  No.  Wish I was a runner but was not made for that.

  10. If you could give one piece of advice to other writers/bloggers, what would it be?  Write about what you love.  If you care about it, makes it so much easier to write and the ideas will come fast and easy.  Who cares what the topic is – if you like it/love it, write about it.  You’ll find it liberating and makes you feel good.

  11. Who is your favorite sidekick? (not a trick question).  Good question – for the literary world, I’d say Wolf from The Talisman (King/Straub).  Obviously my love of dogs comes through in this.  Who wouldn’t want a wolf to be their best friend in an alternate universe.  In the real world it’s my husband.  He makes me laugh when I’m in a bad mood.

As for nominating other blogs, at this time I don’t have any.  The ones I currently follow have more than 200 followers.  I don’t have a lot of time right now with being in school and working full-time to spend as much time as I’d like reading other blogs.  I will do my best to find ones in the future and will name some when I have a chance.  Thanks again to Sidekick Reviews for the nomination – greatly appreciated!   Take the time to check it out.