Sleepy Hollow: My Thoughts

Credit: FOX

Credit: FOX

It’s the show that everyone is talking about tonight. FOX debuted it’s new supernatural drama tonight, Sleepy Hollow, and as the first show I’ve actually watched live and from the beginning in quite awhile, I can honestly say that I can’t remember the last time I was as excited about a show after the first episode. Let’s see if I can talk about it without getting too spoilery.

Sleepy Hollow tells the story of Ichabod Crane, who was one of George Washington’s soldiers during the Revolutionary War. The show begins with Crane waking up in a cave, 250 years after he is wounded during a fight with another unidentified soldier. At the same time, a Headless Horseman appears to enter the town of Sleepy Hollow and begins a killing spree. During the course of the show we come to find that the unidentified soldier/Headless Horseman are the same person – Death, as in one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and that Crane’s destiny is intertwined with Death’s. In the midst of all of this, a local Sheriff’s lieutenant, Abbie Mills, is pulled into the mix after witnessing the death of her partner, at the hands of the Headless Horseman. Abbie’s disbelief at what she has witnessed soon starts to fade as she crosses paths with Crane and begins to realize that her fate is also intertwined with those of Crane and the Horseman.

Very quickly, the story incorporates aspects of the supernatural, witchcraft, and the Book of Revelations to make the tale of Sleepy Hollow intriguing, with a modern day twist. It gives a very different take on the Headless Horseman stories that have been told over the years. Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie are strong leads as Ichabod and Abbie, respectively; Orlando Jones and John Cho also make strong appearances in the first episode.

It’s been quite awhile since I have been compelled to blog about a show I’m watching, and Sleepy Hollow seems to be the catalyst for me to dust off my keyboard and get back to it.

Here’s a look at next week’s episode:

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