FOX’s ‘Sleepy Hollow’ leaves viewer looking for more episodes
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 22:10
It’s that time of the year again, when FOX and the other TV networks bust out their newest shows and compete for the highest ratings. This year, FOX is bringing “Sleepy Hollow” to the table, one of four new dramas that they’re premiering.
The show is a modern take on the nearly 200-year-old short story, starring Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie.
In this incarnation, the show begins in 1776 with Ichabod Crane (Mison) as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. During the war, Ichabod is killed after beheading a fearsome British mercenary, and is awoken in the twenty-first century, where he meets Abbie Mills (Beharie), a lieutenant in the local police force.
Of course, who follows poor Ichabod but the Headless Horseman himself, who we soon find out is actually “Death,” one of the four riders of the apocalypse. The weight of the world now rests upon the shoulders of Ichabod and Lieutenant Mills to unravel the mystery behind the Horseman and the mysterious demon pulling the strings, in order to prevent the end of the world.
Now I understand this might sound a little silly, but stay with me on this because, the show is actually really enjoyable. I’m not really big on supernatural type shows, and when I first read the plot synopsis, it seemed somewhat campy. But after sitting down and watching it, I’ve found myself hooked, and looking for access to the rest of the currently released episodes. The show is a lot of fun, and a very interesting take on the classic tale of Ichabod and the Horseman. The special effects budget does leave something to be desired, but I never found it to be a significant problem during the action sequences, and I’m willing to forgive, considering I only watched the pilot.
Although I only had access to the first episode, looking ahead it seems that each week, Ichabod and Lieutenant Mills will face a new supernatural enemy, all tied in to the overall battle between Ichabod and the Horseman. Some will be well known to most, such as the Sandman, while others will be original characters designed for the series.
The acting is excellent too. Tom Mison, a British born actor is fantastic as Ichabod, and perfectly paired with Nicole Beharie. The show also features Orlando Jones (Evolution, Runaway Jury), and John Cho (Harold and Kumar, Star Trek), in a surprisingly minor role for his level of stardom.
Truth be told, I am a bit worried the show will not really catch on. It may have piqued my interest, but I’m not sure how much demand there really is for a show like this, especially when it doesn’t have the greatest special effects in the world. It can come off as cheesy at times, and I’m a bit worried this might turn some off of this otherwise fantastic show. If you have an opportunity to watch this show, give it a chance!
Catch it Monday night at 9 p.m., on FOX.