Sleepy Hollow had its debut episode last night, and thankfully it lives up to the promise of its trailer. The show is based on the 1820s novella The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, but is a modern retelling with plenty of twists.
Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) wakes up after his “death” in 1780 in the current world of Sleepy Hollow, but he doesn't come back alone. His nemesis, the Headless Horseman, is in the present as well. The Horseman quickly begins his killing spree in a bid to find his lost head, the very head that Ichabod took off his shoulders before he died. Long story short, the Horseman is a demon, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
Lieutenant Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) is on a call with her partner, the sheriff of Sleepy Hollow, when she gets her first sighting of the Horseman—who promptly cuts off the sheriff’s head. Abbie teams up with Ichabod to find the Horseman’s head and finds out a lot more paranormal activity has been happening in Sleepy Hollow for many years.
I was pretty sure that Sleepy Hollow was going to either be amazing or be really bad, thankfully it was the former. I really enjoyed watching it all play out and want to know more about Ichabod. It also doesn’t hurt that Ichabod (Tom Mison) is easy on the eyes, has some snarky wit, and a great accent.
It didn't seem that there would be any romance, as the show seemed to lean more towards the darker urban fantasy side, while OUAT leans more to the paranormal romance side. But rest assured romance fans, there is a spark between Abbie and Ichy. Plus, we meet Katrina, Ichabod’s long dead wife who also happens to have been a witch burnt at the stake.
I loved that Ichabod made cracks about things he was seeing for the first time, like Starbucks, for example. He was like a little kid playing with the cop car window, which added more realism to his character. I adored the snarky back and forth between the two main characters; they share an undeniable chemistry that I can see blooming into something else. At least I hope it does. I mean the man's wife has been dead for 250 years, he needs a little something something.
There are a few familiar actors in the show. Orlando Jones plays Captain Frank Irving (notice his last name plays tribute to the author), and John Cho (Harold from Harold and Kumar) is also in the first episode.
Visually the show was very appealing and for the life of me, I wouldn’t want to be the actor playing the Horseman—can you say claustrophobic? I will for sure be tuning in next Monday night for episode two, “Blue Moon.”
Did you watch the premiere of Sleepy Hollow? Did you like it? Hate it?
Natasha Carty reviews Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy on her website Wicked Little Pixie and lives in Toronto, Canada, with her cat, Seamus.