Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thoughts on Sleepy Hollow


I wasn’t blown away, but the premiere was pretty solid. The tone and execution is very different from Orci and Kurtzman’s previous work on Fringe. Sleepy Hollow is a fun B-movie premise squeezed into a TV show. Having someone like Len Wiseman direct the pilot also helped create a cinematic atmosphere.

Pilots tend to have a lot of exposition, but this was bursting at the seams! While I love the idea of connecting the Headless Horseman to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, there was too much info to digest. All that stuff about demons, dueling covens, conspiracy theories -- the story desperately needed time to breathe. It made me long for the days of two hour pilots or limited commercial interruptions. Unfortunately, most TV series can no longer afford that luxury. I do think a few deaths would have had a bigger impact if they occurred in future episodes. John Cho and Clancy Brown needed more to do...

The two leads, Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, seem likable enough and had good chemistry. Ichabod Crane isn’t quite the fish-out-of-water I was expecting. He seems to be adjusting rather well for a guy dropped smack into 21st century. We’ll probably see him struggle as the season progresses. I suspect Abby will discover that she has a connection to one of the covens.

Finally, I was surprised how well Sleepy Hollow fared in the ratings. The highest FOX debut in 6 years -- 10 million viewers. My quick unscientific survey of the internets indicated most folks seemed to like what they saw. We’ll see if they come back next week...


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