Sleepy Hollow (2013)
Complete or Ongoing: Two seasons complete, third season pending.
Length: 31 episodes (13 in season one, 18 in season two.)
Where I’m at in the series: Caught up.
Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), a British expatriate who dies in the American Revolution, is revived in upstate New York during the time of the cell phone – as is the evil Headless Horseman, who plans to annihilate mankind! Teaming with a feisty police lieutenant (Nicole Beharie, playing Abbie Mills), Crane races to vanquish the newly unearthed dark forces – or face the impending apocalypse.
Plot & Pacing: The plot of this series is what first caught my attention when I saw a trailer for it before a showing of Pacific Rim a couple of years ago. I would describe it as Supernatural meets the American Revolution meets Rip Van Winkle. Sort of.
The basic premise is that the Apocalypse is nigh. Crane and Mills are the two witnesses foretold in Revelation (there is a hefty amount of artistic license in this show, especially in terms of Scripture), and the Headless Horseman is the horseman of Death spoken of in Revelation 6:8.
From a historical standpoint, this show is not the most accurate, especially since it takes so many liberties with, well, everything. But there’s just enough historical accuracy woven through it to make it masterfully alternate-history, if you get my drift.
There are several twists and turns, plot-wise, especially through the first season, and one character in particular grated on my nerves from the very beginning, and I’m pleased that plotline was resolved in the season two finale.
That said, I can’t think of any other characters that I dislike. Just the one. And I especially love the chemistry – platonic as it is for the time being, though I could see something more coming of it later in season three (if there is a season three) – between Abby and Ichabod.
Highlight between asterisks to view (minor) spoilers, if desired.
*****If there is a season three, I would be willing to put money down on the fact that the major plotline will likely be the Headless Horseman seeking vengeance for the death of the woman he loved. If I was a betting woman. Which I’m not.*****
There is something to be said for shows with shorter seasons – the pacing can’t afford to be slack, and Sleepy Hollow certainly delivers. In season one, every episode is back-to-back suspense, and looking back at episode summaries I’m actually amazed at how much they managed to fit into the first season.
Season two suffers just a bit with a more ‘lax’ schedule – there’s definitely a few episodes that are straight up filler, but the characters more than make up for it.
Casting: Perfect. Really, really perfect. And if you watch this show and need more of Tom Mison and his wonderful voice, you can get The Legend of Sleepy Hollow narrated by him for free on Audible.
Nicole Beharie and Lyndie Greenwood are amazing acting together as sisters – and their storyline is done fantastically well. Not quite enemies at the start, but as close as any sisters could be by the end of season two, their growth and development in their relationship is believable. And it’s refreshing to see siblings on tv that are trying to be closer to each other.
Animation/Special Effects: Sometimes really cheesy, but not terrible.
Favorite Episode: Tempus Fugit (Season 2, Episode 18)
Why it is my favorite, with slight spoilers, between the asterisks below. Just highlight. 😀
*****I like this episode because it really puts Abbie and Ichabod on even footing – she is the one displaced in time. But I also like it because it’s very reminiscent of the first few episodes of the series, where they hadn’t quite established their relationship and their repertoire, but are still feeling out the potential of it, and it’s a beautiful thing to watch.*****
Would I watch it again: Yes.