Sleepy Hollow has taken prime-time by storm with fans who have latched on to this eerie yet intriguing series, clearly showing their fervor. TV By Numbers reported a 68% increase in viewership after same day+ 7-day DVR assessments. While some critics whine about the fact the series has strayed far from its' original version by William Irving, the short story penned 193 years ago, fans interested in mythology Science Fiction with a twist are thrilled.
In my opinion the show echos X-Files meets Fringe, two shows FOX Network had the courage to produce when other mainstream networks shied away from such a notion. Interestingly other networks like The CW, who have major thriller-other worldly shows like Supernatural (who also had the 4 Horsemen storyline), Beauty and the Beast, The Vampire Diaries and the new hit spin-off from TVD The Originals, are paving the way in demonstrating how the genre has exploded into mainstream television.
For those of you who haven't heard the original Legend of Sleepy Hollow or have forgotten, a little reminder...
"The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" was written by Washington Irving, published in 1820 as one of several short stories entitled “The Sketch Book of Geffrey Canyon, Gent.” Set in 1790, Sleepy Hollow is known for paranormal occurrences, specifically a Hessian soldier whose head was shot off by a cannonball during battle. Katrina whose father was a wealthy farmer, had more than one suitor vying for her hand in marriage. Icabod Crane wanted Katrina, however he had competition with Abraham ‘Brom Bones’ Van Brunt. Crane went to the Harvest party with every intention of asking Katrina to marry him, and it was during this gathering VanBrunt told the story of a ghostly horseman searching for his head! Unfortunately Crane leaves the party without securing a promise to marry from Katrina and upon passing through an area of the woods supposedly haunted by the ghost of British spy Major Andre, Crane encounters a cloaked rider without a head! Crane recalls the legend states the Hessian will vanish in a flash of fire upon crossing the Old Dutch Bridge, so he races over it as fast as he can. But to his horror the headless rider also crosses! The next morning all that remains is Crane’s wandering horse, a smashed pumpkin and his hat- he’s vanished!
While FOX's version of Sleepy Hollow greatly differs, the writers have certainly come up with a mythology that captivates the audience and definitely keeps fans tuning in.
In this version of the classic tale Crane and one of the 4 Horseman from the "Book of Revelations" Death, fought in the Revolutionary War. Although originally a British spy for her majesty the Queen of England, Crane defected and worked under George Washington’s command. During combat the Horseman killed Crane with a swift slice of his axe, but not before Crane in turn, delivered the ultimate beheading! Both fell to the ground, their blood mixing, linking them forever.
Fast forward 250 years...now it is time for the demon MOLOCH to gather his minions to bring about the apocalypse. In preparation of the End of Days the demon resurrects the Horseman, however not only has he risen but so has Crane. A nurse on the battlefield, Crane's Wiccan wife Katrina, cast a spell in the hopes he can stop the apocalypse should the Horseman arise. Crane awakens in a cave, unaware what century he’s in and is immediately arrested on suspicion of murdering Sheriff Corbin of Sleepy Hollow.
As the story unfolds, it is learned that the Sheriff’s partner Abbie Mills and her sister Jenny had a vision as teenagers of four white trees and a demon while in the woods sneaking beer after school. Although her sister Jenny told authorities what they saw, Abbie refused and continued to deny it. As a result, Jenny is thrust into numerous mental institutions. Unbeknownst to Abbie, Sheriff Corbin had been investigating supernatural and unexplained murders tracking the progress in anticipation that one day the Horsemen would arrive. Corbin kept secret files which Abbie found after his death that date back to the Revolutionary War. Now it appears Abbie and Crane are the two witnesses prophecised in "The Book of Revelations" that can save the world from the apocalypse. Another crinkle is that the demon MULOCH has trapped Crane's wife in Purgatory, with other souls he's collected, though the reason has yet to be revealed.
Of course you can't have a show like this without some sort of romantic entanglements. Before Crane showed up, Abbie was leaving Sleepy Hollow for a job as a Profiler for the FBI in Washington D.C. Although she'd been involved with Detective Morales, Abbie broke things off upon accepting her new position. After her mentor Sheriff Corbin dies and Crane arrives on the scene, it is clear to Abbie she must stay to fight against the forces of evil. However, she has yet to rekindle her relationship with the detective. Meanwhile jealousy has reared its' ugly head as Morales can't understand why Crane is getting special treatment and is allowed to work with Abbie on these investigations. Will he be a danger to Crane and Abbie's investigation or try to get in the way? Only time will tell.
Then there's the sort of Gothic romance of Crane and his wife Katrina, torn apart by time and death. Trapped in Purgatory by the demon, what happens if Crane and Abbie successfully release her from that prison? Will she stay in the beyond or can she return to present day as Crane has? What about Cranes partnership with Abbie? Fans are asking is it possible we'll see Crane and Abbie get together? In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter Tom Mison who plays Icabod Crane teased it could happen and would be fiery! As an avid fan, I'm anxious to see how their relationship progresses and would love to see them romantically entangled!
Sleepy Hollow is set to return after a 3 week hiatus due to the World Series. Fans are hungry for more and FOX released the first 8 minutes of episode six titled "The Sin Eater". What is a Sin Eater? Simply put it is an individual who can take on the sins of a person as a way of purification. In an exciting turn of events, Fringe star John Noble guest stars in the first of four episodes this season and is set to return for more in Season 2. In an interview with John Noble by Ian Cullen from SciFi Pulse, the Fringe alum previewed a little bit about his character.
"Its interesting that the episode is called ‘The Sin Eater’ and that it introduces this character of Henry Parrish who seems to be a reluctant sort of savior, but he has the ability to in a sense remove evil from a person. So I’ll tease you that much, but even though he doesn’t want to he’s called in to basically save Ichabod’s life. So that’s his first introduction and we establish that there is some sort of chemistry between him and Ichabod."
Noble further added that this new character is much like Walter Bishop as there are many layers which will allow him latitude in playing those elements.
What is in store for the rest of season? Garth Franklin from Dark Horizons spoke to Executive Producers Len Wiseman and Alex Kurtzman who previewed Sleepy Hollow has a new version of a Scarecrow, as well as a fascinating take on the mythologies of Gollum. How did the Headless Horsemen end up one of the 4 Horsemen of the apocalypse? It will be revealed as the season progresses.
By the huge jump in ratings and the promise of a Season 2, fans are hooked, looking forward to the rest of the season. Be sure to tune in Monday November 4 at 9pm on FOX and beware...don't lose your head!
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