Preview: Sleepy Hollow (FOX) – About a million shows and plots combined
By Robin Oatley on July 13, 2013
FOX’s upcoming supernatural thriller series Sleepy Hollow is the story of the resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison, One Day), who wakes up again more than two centuries after he died, only to find out the world is on the verge of destruction. The man he had killed by cutting of his head all those years ago has awakened, and he is out for blood. Due to her supernatural experiences, police officer (Nicole Beharie The Good Wife) bonds with Crane instantly. He is the only one who is on her side when she tries to prove the murder on the sheriff, who was like a father figure to her, was committed by the Headless Horseman. Who also happens to be the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. They will have to team up and combine their skills to unravel a mystery that goes back to the Founding Fathers, and save humanity.
Sleepy Hollow will air in the same timeslot as CBS’ Two Broke Girls and Mom, as well as The CW’s Beauty and the Beast. Non-scripted series it will be up against are ABC’s Dancing With The Stars and NBC’s The Voice, which will start a week after Sleepy Hollow‘s premiere. Out of all these shows, Beauty and the Beast may provide some competition for Sleepy Hollow, because it aims at roughly the same demographic.
From what I gather from the preview, this series will be a mash-up of time-travel and religious supernatural elements and ancient secret orders and mysterious maps and crime solving and… No wait, that’s it. So basically, Doctor Who meets Supernatural meets Dan Brown meets any police procedural currently on the air. It may be a bit much, but from what I’ve seen right now I’m not too worried about that. What I am worried about is how they will make Crane react to modern day technologies. There are some jokes in the trailer about that, quite a few actually, but I suspect these have been edited in the trailer in such a way that it becomes a joke, when in actuality it isn’t even remotely as funny in the episode the scene came from. This is exactly what got me disappointed with the movie that follows the same ‘person from the past is thrown into the future’-idea: Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp. (Who actually also played in a movie called Sleepy Hollow, where he portrayed Ichabod Crane. Coincidence?) I don’t like it when the trailer promises me funny moments, and the series doesn’t deliver. But hey, that’s just me, and who knows if this is actually the case? Apart from that, I think this series will prove to be very interesting for those who have a thing for supernatural series. The question is; will that be enough?
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