Sleepy Hollow on Fox, which aired on Sept. 16, 2013, started off very fast paced, considering that it was only an hour vs. two to develop the story.
But with that said, Sleepy Hollow delivered on substance even if it was small. By no means does this mean it was not enjoyable, it was just a lot happening in an hours time.
While the story of Sleepy Hollow and Ichabod Crane is not a new tale, the way it is being presented as a re-imagined story, has given it a new life. Does it work? With one episode, this reviewer certainly like it well enough.
Because so far the characters are likable, and also pleasantly funny, even though this is clearly a dark story being told.
Abby Mills is the main character, who already has a mysterious past that may explain why she saw something when she was a child. It makes this reviewer curious to find out more about her and why she is special.
Ichabod Crane is definitely not the wimpy character from that old Disney story. He is in fact the hero of the story, one who is tied to the headless horsemen, that he... well beheaded in the first few minutes of the show. Will this bond have consequences and will it make him immortal? Very curious to find out as the story progresses along.
Sheriff August Corbin, who died early on, knew something wasn't right in the town of Sleepy Hollow, and though he is dead, it sounds like he will still be a character on the series, though it seems as if it will be done in flashback scenes and voice-overs, but time will tell. It doesn't make sense that he was killed early on, unless he too has something to do with the overall mystery of the town.
FBI Agent Irving, well he has to believe that something is going on, even if he can only deal in facts. It will be interesting to see how far his character will go, though so far he seems one dimensional.
There were some funny scenes like the Starbucks comment from Ichabod, asking if it was a law that so many of the coffee shops were so close together. That question makes sense if you were a man from the 1700's. The other funny situation was Ichabod's question to Abby about enslavement and her reaction to said question.
Overall Sleepy Hollow has real potential to be a hit. So far it is a dark fantasy tale, that is being re-imagined in a modern setting. While it has started out the gate very fast, (which can be assumed it was done this way to try and tell the audience all the relevant and pertinent data as to how and why Crane is in the modern world), this reviewer is looking forward to an interesting run.
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