Sleepy Hollow (FOX)
Created by: Alex Kurtsman (Fringe), Roberto Orci (Fringe), Phillip Iscove, Len Wiseman (Underworld)
Starring: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, and Orlando Jones
The legend of Sleepy Hollow with the headless horseman, Ichabod Crane, the Von Tussles, and many more characters has been told in a variety of manners from cartoon to a film version from Tim Burton in 1999. This television series takes on the lore in a present day setting with a hole new twist.
After Ichabod Crane (Mison) 'dies' on a mission for George Washington in 1781 he is transported to present day 2013. When Ichabod is transported to the present day so is the Headless Horsemen and he goes on a murderous rage in order to find his head. Crane teams up with police office Abbie Mills (Beharie) in order to track down the Horseman to try and stop him, and figure out why and how both men ended up in the present day.
This show was surprisingly entertaining, the only reason I ended up watching the show was because my friend reminded me it was airing, and not other broadcast networks were airing new scripted television shows. This became more of a happy accident, the episode went by quickly, was action packed and entertaining.
One of the flaws in the show was the quick pace of the the connection between Crane, and Abbie things moved about as quickly as they would or should move within at least three episodes or more to build that connection. While this can also be seen as the show not wasting any time with the pleasantries I think taking time to develop the show a little more would have worked better.
With that said the preview for the upcoming episodes looked solid, and I am excited with change of direction with the myth the show is exploring. I am not going to spoil the show because i liked stumbling upon it as the show unfolded, but this horsemen. I think the strength behind this show is that it has two co-creators of Fringe, whose lore became one of the strongest aspects of the series. I trust Alex Kurtsman and Roberto Orci to take this show to a level similar to that of Fringe, which will be a great achievement.
Hollow already has success on its side, the ratings (without DVR) were the highest FOX has had for a a Pilot of a scripted shows since K-Ville in 2006 with 10 million viewers. If the show continues to carve out the niche lore genre of the supernatural then I feel that this show can be a massive success. The show does have to be mindful of of its acting, and being too fast paced or too "out there."
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