Sleepy Hollow is the show where Ichabod Crane dies and awakens in a modern Sleepy Hollow along with the Headless Horseman. Who is revealed to be Death, of the 4 Horsemen (wooo?). It’s revealed that during the Revolutionary War, George Washington made deals with a coven of witches and was also involved in a war for the fate of the world against an evil coven of witches. Along with a bunch of other mystical mumbo jumbo that will be discounted quicker than Han Solo can talk about the necessities of a good blaster. All of which will be revealed through a monster of the week format. Sleepy Hollow, the show from such bastions of quality and creativity as Len Wisemen Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman premiered last week and was actually kinda good. Still, the pilot for a show should be good or else it wouldn’t have been picked up.
“Blood Moon” moves the show into it’s more procedural mode as Ichabod and Abbie must battle an “army of darkness” set to clear the path and ready the arrival of all four horsemen. The first dark spirit,Serilda of Abadon, will arrive with a blood moon and she’s one of us is what the ghostly (maybe) projection of Katrina warns/informs Icabod. But you know not really explicitly or perfectly because that would just be easy. The ghostly form of Sheriff Corbin is another not so helpful ghost, who pushes pupil Abbie into discovering herself and what her role is in this eternal struggle between good and evil. As far as the procedural aspect goes,Sleepy Hollow is watchable. Plenty of secret tunnels and other occult themed imagery to drape around the well worn formula. Heck if this is able to get into a Supernatural style vibe that could be the best possible outcome for the show.
Forgetting the idea that the town of Sleepy Hollow isn’t far smaller than it is imagined in the show, it still isn’t that big. So I’m not sure how much rope the show really has to play with. Discovering all these little secrets is a lot of fun to watch and the utter lack of knowledge from the protagonists gives everything a fun seat of their pants sense of pace. For how much of a badass Ichabod was on the battlefield he is not a Slayer. Abbie even less so.
Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie have a nice chemistry. Having them both battle their own skepticism is a nice change of pace for a show like this. There is also plenty of little in jokes on Crane’s out of time nature, such as putting sticky notes to explain how everything works. Watching him watch the remake of Planet of the Apes is brief but excellent.
Right now Sleepy Hollow has enough interesting creature effects to make up for well worn formula. There is a well kept tone that lets them play up the camp imagery of Andy Dunn(John Cho) dealing with his undead and elongated status while being scary and moody with the burnt visage of Serilda of Abadon. I don’t know if this show is something I can/want to write about on a weekly basis. I love a good genre romp but for me the best ones get at human ideas while showing us cool stuff. Sleepy Hollow doesn't seem to be hitting deep insights on the human condition. However this is appears worth watching given what there is chose from on Monday nights and like I said it’s entertaining enough. Maybe we’ll check in with this in a couple of weeks.