Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Episode 01-02 Review

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Sometimes, I love not knowing anything about a series, not watching a trailer, reading a tidbit online because just sometimes when you don’t look at something to closely you might just stumble onto an idea which has great potential.

The new Sleepy Hollow series is one that caught my attention rather early in the first couple of minutes of the first episode and managed to hold my interest until the end of the second episode.  Not an easy feat I can assure you.

For those of you who don’t know, Sleepy Hollow is a fictional town plagued by witchcraft, demons, spirits, haunted forests and lest I forget The Headless Horseman.  Find the movie Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp and you’ll get a crash course on the lore in no time.  Fun fact is that Sleepy Hollow was originally written as a short story by Washington Irving a long, long time ago.

Anyway, Sleepy Hollow starts with a battle during the American Revolution in the 1800’s.  An epic war rages and one man with a shaved head and wearing a mask over his face enters the battle and makes a direct line to our main protagonist Ichabod Crane played by Tom Mison.  A clash of steel between them and the masked man makes one swift clean cut across Ichabod’s chest but before he falls to the ground he manages to behead this stranger and they both collapse dead…

Fast forward two hundred plus years and Ichabod awakens in a cave totally confused.  He manages to free himself and upon exiting the cave Ichabod finds that he is standing, slap, bang in the 21st century and thanks to a certain lieutenant, discovers that the Headless Horseman has also coincidentally returned at the same time. Lieutenant Abbie Mills played by Nicole Beharie witnesses the murder of her partner by the Headless Horseman and obviously can’t explain it.  However, having Ichabod arrested at the same time provides a great opportunity for these two to get together and do some detective work.  Since when can a American revolutionary war soldier not team up with a 21st century detective?  During their investigation, Ichabod gets strange visions or dreams from his dead, ex-wife who happened to be a witch and explains that there is far more going on than meets the eye and no…’s not a transformer.  Que awesome judgement day drama and we are ready to party.  That’s all I’m saying.

I’m not going to spoil anything more.  The actors were good, the script was decent, the pacing was perfect and the general feel of the first two episodes were surprisingly captivating. It almost has a Supernatural vibe to it which I really enjoy.   The plot is very interesting and I’m quite curious to see how this whole thing pans out.

There were a few little things that I had problems with though. The most obvious is that everybody seems rather accepting of Ichabod being over two hundred years old, hardly any detective work is done to prove him wrong or right and seeing the headless horseman with a shotgun and an assault rifle is going to take some getting used to.

If you enjoyed Supernatural, I would recommend this as it isn’t to hard to imagine Sam and Dean Winchester rocking up on the porch of Sleepy Hollow wanting to put a bullet in the Headless Horseman’s ass.




2 comments on “Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Episode 01-02 Review

    • i guess for me it also did sting a bit, but then i completely forgot about it when the plot started coming together. I like the idea of ancient things happening long ago reawakening in modern times. But i think it does loose it’s creepyness factor being set in modern times

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