Sleepy Hollow Review: Ichabod is Back!

17 Sep

Sleepy Hollow

Fox has been promoting the heck out of it’s new fall show Sleepy Hollow. I’m sure at one time or another you’ve seen a preview this summer. After being inundated with SLEEPY HOLLOW SLEEPY HOLLOW SLEEPY HOLLOW, I felt compelled to tune in last night and give it a spin.

Quite a large segment of the media consuming population is probably familiar with the Legend of Sleepy Hollow in some shape or form. The pilot episode opens with a quick rehash of the legend with Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman.  And when I mean quick, I mean a whole two minutes. We quickly establish our “modern day” protagonist in Police Lieutenant/recently promoted Sheriff Abbie Mills.

Where things get interesting however is in the new elements that Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci weave into the show. Both of them have been responsible for some of my favorite viewing in the last few years — Fringe, Alias, Now You See Me. The Headless Horseman isn’t just some guy who got his head beheaded — he is the first of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Ichabod is the First Witness, with Abbie being the Second, and the two must work together to keep the Horseman from getting his head and then summoning the other three Horseman.

The acting felt stilted at times, but both leads had chemistry. Pilot episodes are sometimes filmed months ahead of the rest of the season so hopefully things will smooth out in the first few episodes. The one thing that really irked me was the police procedures. I definitely wouldn’t describe this show as a procedural. Abbie is almost laughable as a lieutenant. A person of interest who is being transferred for a psychiatric evaluation would never be allowed to ride shotgun. Even on the way to the car she does not have custody of Ichadbod’s person. Maybe they discussed that this was a way to show that she didn’t see Ichabod as a threat, but I found myself rolling my eyes. That being said, the Pilot kept me entertained enough that I will be sticking around for next week’s episode,  “Blood Moon.” TEN MILLION and counting have watched the pilot episode, so I think a few people would definitely have to agree with me.



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