My mailbox and email inbox have become full of pilot episodes of the new shows that networks are releasing in the Fall for the 2013/2014 season.
While the majority of the pilots are “not for review”, it doesn’t mean I can’t offer up some early opinions on the overall concepts of these shows.
Is my opinion usually one to note? Well, that’s up to you, however, I did say that after the pilot, The Big Bang Theory was a show that would NEVER take off. So, yeah, maybe take what I have to say with a large grain of salt. Hopefully you’ll enjoy anyway.
Today, let’s check out FOX’s drama, Sleepy Hollow.
What’s It Called? Sleep Hollow
When’s It On? FOX, Mondays at 9pm
Who’s In It? Tom Mison (relative unknown), Orlando Jones (Drumline), Headless Dude
Fighting for DVR Space With: 2 Broke Girls, Beauty & The Beast, Dancing With The Stars
What’s It About? From FOX: What if you suddenly woke up from the throes of death 250 years in the future to find the world is on the brink of destruction, caused by unimaginable events, and you are humanity’s last hope? Welcome to SLEEPY HOLLOW.
In this modern-day retelling of Washington Irving’s classic, ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Bound to the Headless Horseman by a blood spell cast on the battlefield of the American Revolution, Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. As this re-invented Ichabod finds himself in present-day Sleepy Hollow, he discovers a town and a world he no longer recognizes. All that is brutally familiar are Headless and Ichabod’s determination to annihilate this immortal being.
It’s a mission he must complete quickly, as Headless already has viciously slain Sheriff AUGUST CORBIN (guest star Clancy Brown, “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Carnivale”). Grey served both as mentor and father figure to Detective ABBIE MILLS (Nicole Beharie, “Shame,” “American Violet”), a young cop whose own supernatural experiences help her form an unlikely bond with Ichabod. But Sleepy Hollow’s head of police, Captain FRANK IRVING (Orlando Jones, “The Chicago 8,” “Drumline”), isn’t buying any of this. In fact, the only person who is on Abbie’s side is Ichabod. His extensive first-hand knowledge of our secret American history, coupled with her superior profiling and modern threat assessment skills, will make them a formidable duo as they work together to triumph over evil. The complex pasts of Ichabod and Abbie, from Ichabod’s inclusion in the powerful and secretive Freemasons Society and the ghostly appearance of his late wife, KATRINA (Katia Winter, “Dexter”), to Abbie’s childhood visions, will help them solve the intricate puzzles of Sleepy Hollow in order to protect its future. As history repeats itself, the oddly-linked pair will draw on the real stories and hallowed secrets this nation was founded on in their quest to stop an increasingly vicious cycle of evil.
KP’s TwoCents: FOX is really good at thrillers – just check out last year’s The Following. This show will keep you on the edge of the couch – you may even watch some of it through your fanned fingers over your eyes.
I’m a big guy. I wasn’t scared at all. Of course, I watched it in the middle of the day with every light on in the house and sang nursery rhymes to myself when I was falling asleep that night.
We’ve seen the ‘fish out of water’ thing before – this time someone from Revolutionary War time suddenly wakes up in 2013 – but this works. He seems to really pick up how to navigate yet needs to know “what are these fancy carriages?” from time to time. Tom Mison is great. He may just be from 1776!
The opening scenes depicting a Revolutionary War battle were stunning. We haven’t seen the HD swivel camera type thing for the Red Coats in a while (if at all) and it looks great!
We’ve got witchcraft, solving crimes, and oh yeah, a headless sign of the apocalypse beheading people.
My only reservation is the question of how they would continue on beyond this season if they stop the horseman and save the world. Maybe an armless horseman next and Ichabod is helped by Tommy Lee Jones to hunt him down in every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse.
Also, John Cho is in the pilot (you know, either Harold or Kumar?) – I think he has to be in every show too. Lots of rules about those kind of actors.
Will it make it to my DVR? YES! However, due to the movie-like action of it, it may be better for a binge watch on Netflix or DVD.
TV Cliche Meter: Witches, Fish out of Water, Crime Solving with a Twist, Guest Star John Cho
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