Sleepy Hollow: Entertaining Craziness

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Katia Winter, Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, and Orlando Jones from ‘Sleepy Hollow’ (2013)

Monday night, FOX debuted the new show ‘Sleepy Hollow’. They bill it as a mystery-adventure drama but comes off as an entertaining crazy-fest mixing the supernatural and historical events. Don’t mistake this for anything more than a free-for-all rather than a serious alternative history show. I don’t normally watch or enjoy supernatural based shows but this one I could watch again just to see how off the rails it gets. It isn’t a waste of time, yet.

Welcome to SLEEPY HOLLOW, the thrilling new mystery-adventure drama from co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the “Star Trek” and “Transformers” franchises, “Fringe”).

In this modern-day twist on Washington Irving’s classic, ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and only one of the many formidable foes that Ichabod must face to protect not only Sleepy Hollow, but the world.

About the Show

The first episode finds Ichabod Crane, played by Tom Mison, who had died in 1781, coming back to life in 2013. The Headless Horseman also reappears and starts killing people. Crane meets up with Lt. Abbie Mills, played by Nicole Beharie, who believes his crazy story about his origin. The Horseman had killed the Sheriff, played by the great Clancy Brown, who was a good friend and mentor to Mills. She and Crane work together to try and stop the Horseman.

Besides the ridiculous resurrection of Crane and the Horseman, we learn there is dark magic at work. Two covens, one good and one evil, battling over the world but some reason focused on the “village” of Sleepy Hollow. Throw in some Book of Revelation then you wonder when the kitchen sink will arrive.

We also find out that some people in town are part of the covens although, like in FOX’s “The Following” you don’t know who is in them unless and until they do something. John Cho guest starred in the episode and we find out he is member of the evil coven. He is killed at the end by the evil leader who looked like the classic image of Satan with the hooves and ram’s horns – so you know he was evil.

I liked the banter between Crane and Mills and they have some chemistry but a lot of the plot and dialog was just ridiculous. Also I thought Crane was a bit too nonplussed about waking up 250 years into the future. It was probably just to serve the story. They didn’t want to waste time with Crane walking around in amazement or fear with what the world had become.

It was also good to see Orlando Jones in a dramatic role as Captain Frank Irving (I’m guessing a nod to the author of the original Sleepy Hollow story, Washington Irving).

The show was created by the people behind the cult hit “Fringe” and I think this show also is similar in style with the CW’s “Supernatural“. The difference between those shows and this one is it doesn’t take itself seriously. It is a just a wild ride for an hour. It doesn’t matter what the big mystery is.

I’m not sure if the show will last the season but I plan on checking out more episodes.

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