I just finished watching Sleepy Hollow and am completely convinced it is the greatest show ever made. Screw The Wire and Breaking Bad and Spongebob Squarepants. I am putting my money on the plucky Revolutionary War turncoat and his sassy yet perceptive partner.
Just take X-Files and cram it into National Treasure and add a sprinkle of Hellboy and you have the basic premise of the show. Ichabod Crane comes back to life in modern times after being buried in a pretty sweet cave and happens to run into the same Horseman whose head he had cut off 230 years earlier. And from there, hijinks ensue. Important hijinks. World threatening hijinks. And George Washington is mixed up in it. Yeah. You never hear anything about him, do you? Bout time we see what he was up to when he wasn’t country-fathering.
As for the show itself, it hits some of the usual tropes. You know how in TV shows people always know who the Sheriff is? I have NEVER lived in a town where I knew who the Sheriff is even in towns where I actually voted for one. But Sleepy Hollow (population 144,000 which I assume will mean something at some point) is the kind of TV town where the lady in the diner knows the Sheriff and the Sheriff knows the town priest (he called him “Reverend”). And what’s so special about the Reverend? Well, you can find out in the BULLET POINT SPOILERS OF AWESOME after the jump.
Oh, and in case you didn’t get my drift, I love the show. The humor is light, the action is not overly graphic and it already has HUGE stakes exposed. It took a whole season to find out there were other people on the island on Lost but we are one eppy into Sleepy Hollow and they are already getting demons thrown at them.
- The guy who played the Sheriff (Kurgan from The Highlander) got killed in the first scene. Head chopped right off! But don’t worry – he isn’t out of the story yet.
- Crane gets caught by the cops right off the bat but is out and Abby (the girl who was the Sheriff’s partner who was supposed to leave for Quantico in a week) decides to stay to figure out the mystery.
- The Reverend spoke like…German or something and tried to fight the Horseman by whipping chains at him like Pinhead in Hellraiser. Didn’t work, though. Got his head chopped right off!
- The Horseman is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. And if he gets his head back there will be big trouble.
- There is also some demon that lives in a mirror that killed the guy from Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. They don’t seem to have a problem killing people off.
- Orlando Jones is the boss cop. Which now that I think about it makes no sense. Abby worked for the Sheriff but she was a Lieutenant. But Orlando Jones is her boss? How does that work? I thought the Sheriff was the tip top? Meh, not too worried about it.
- Orlando Jones looked really suspicious at one point and I assume he is a bad guy, or at least knows more than he is telling!
- Ichabod’s wife was a witch. And she is trapped in some kind of limbo. And there might be a witch war at some point in the future. I have never seen a witch war that didn’t involve unlikely weapons like houses and buckets of water.
- The previews showed some pretty sweet ways to keep the story moving in the X-Files vein. Or maybe more like Buffy. Saving the world and all that.
At the end of the day I have not been this excited about a show in a long time. I have suspended the crap out of my disbelief and am happy to jump into witchcraft, secret files the dead Sheriff was researching (told you he would come back up) and mirror demons. I like the banter between Crane and Abby and there hasn’t been a better treatment of “guy from the past brought to the future” since Time after Time. Well, maybe Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer but that doesn’t count.
Seriously. I know I usually kill shows with my love but this time if you guys watch it too maybe it can live. Help me general public. Watch Sleepy Hollow. The Headless Horseman can’t come out in the daytime! That’s a twist! ARE YOU NOT INTRIGUED!
I totally loved it!!!!!!!!!
These are words…but they don’t seem to make any sense. Someone science this for me!
Stop worrying about science!
Damn, I forgot to record it.
I’m so confused o.O
I stole it off the series of Tubez. I’ll give it a look. I have very little hope, but the first episode of Supernatural sucked donkey dong and I ended up getting sucked right into that vortex of awesome.
You will LOVE it
Also, it’s Orlando Jones, not the very white Orlando Bloom playing the “hardass at every turn trope who may or may not be involved in the whole affair.” I give a show 5 eps before I give it the ultimate judgement and things aren’t starting out so well, even if (I think I saw Damon Lindeloff and Roberto Orci’s names) former writers from LOST and JJ Abrams collaborators are a part of it. As with all pilots, however, we get endless dialogue and exposition to set up who’s who. And the banter “oh, are you emancipated? You know George Washington?” Come on, did a five year old write this? There was some cool imagery with demons and white creepy trees in the woods, so I’ll give it a chance…5 episodes. If they don’t do something unique and interesting by then, given the talent behind this show, I’m outies. But then again, I hold network television to Hannibal standards now, so it’s a rough row to hoe. Also, when the Horseman began using assault weapons…come the fuck on. I thought I was watching a syfy original there for a moment. His deal is his demon axe, not assault weapons which, I mean, how would he even know how to use ’em? Demon cognition? I think a show like this would’ve also been better served on a cable network like FX, AMC, ShowTime, etc. where they could get away with more and create a darker story instead of the glossy FOX “we have to hit the demographic” issues. But like you said and like I said, we’re only the first episode in, so we’ll see. NBC did a fantastic job with Hannibal. Ball’s in your court, FOX.
Oh, I see you fixed the Jones, Bloom issue whilst I wrote my comment. Nevermind that bit then.
The demon is driving the horseman so he prolly knows about guns and stuff
Also, is he a vampire? Why can’t he come out in the daylight? Nothing in the Book of Revelation (NOT Revelation(s) as they continually, irksomely stated…hate that shit, says anything about the horsemen’s aversion to sunlight. So…vampire herald of the coming apocalypse? I hate pilots. Trying to cram too much in all at once is always a mistake. Thus I’m back to the 5 ep rule, as Pilots generally suck. Exposition city. The Supernatural Pilot blew chunks. The entire first season of Buffy blew chunks. Actors and writers need the time to develop the story and characters so Pilots are always a hassle as so much exposition has to be just shouted out continuously to get the ball rolling. Ok, I’m done ranting on this. I’ve got updates to do.