Its my favorite time of year. The leaves are just starting their conversion to pretty, then moldy; the temperature is beginning to fall and the rain is encroaching ever so slightly. The time has come for scarves and boots and, best of all, new TV shows. I doubt I’m going to be able to watch them all (what with starting grad school and everything), but I’m going to do my darnedest. First up, we’ve got Sleepy Hollow. Now, I’m a fan of the story. The old animated cartoon was a favorite in my family for as long as I can remember. And the Johnny Depp version was one of the first movies where I actually noticed the actor. So, Sleepy Hollow is something I’m pretty familiar with. I was not sure what to even think when I heard that there was going to be a tv show. There was one thing that gave me hope: it was being created by the guys behind Fringe. And I love Fringe.
So, Let’s talk about the show itself. Its the story of Ichabod Crane who seems to die during the Revolutionary War, after cutting off the head of a British soldier. He wakes up in the 21st century with no knowledge of how he got there. At the same time he is crawling out of his grave, the sherriff of Sleepy Hollow gets his head chopped off, while a lieutenant watches. The lieutenant becomes our protagonist. She is the one who realizes that what Ichabod is claiming is real. She also has some connection with the Headless Horseman, its just not yet clear what role she’s destined to play. Ichabod has been sent to the future by his witch wife, Katrina, who is, apparently, trapped somewhere. The HH is actually the 1st Horseman of the Apocalypse. It is Ichabod’s job to save Katrina and prevent the HH from being reunited with his head, thereby beginning the Apocalypse.
This show seems like its going to be very convoluted. This is something the Fringe guys do pretty well, but, to be honest, season 1 of Fringe did not gel very well with the rest of the series, mythologically speaking. Here’s hoping, then, that they’ve planned this version out a little more clearly. I think Ichabod said something about 7 years. Was that some kind of timeline for the show? If so, that’s very optimistic. Fringe only lasted 5 years. I’ve not got a good handle on this show yet. It doesn’t seem overtly cheesy, along the lines of something like Once Upon A Time, but it may be more of a Grimm type show – something that just couldn’t make me care a whole lot after the first couple episodes. We’ll have to wait and see. I’ll watch next week, but after that, its really going to have to make me turn the TV on again.
One thing I might watch for – to see this dude who’s playing Ichabod’s reactions to the 21st century. I hope they don’t suddenly have him understanding life. One of the best moments of the episode was when he was fascinated by the automatic window.
Also – personal note – my tv apparently doesn’t receive Fox very well, so I watched the whole thing through wobbly lines. It may have distorted some of the effects and images. Its not a good way to watch something new.