Late in Sleepy Hollow’s pilot episode, Ichabod Crane mentions there are enough mysterious cases to keep he and his newly found partner Abbie Mills busy for the next seven years.
You can’t help but admire the audacity of the production team in making the bold prediction that the series will not only catch on with viewers but that it will have a full life span of seven years.
I don’t know if the show will last seven year – or seven episodes. All I do know is that, so far, I was extremely entertained by the pilot episode of this new series and am curious enough to stick around an episode or three to see how things unfold. Certainly the writing staff and producers have put a lot of plates into the air – and it will be interesting to see if and how they can or will keep them all spinning.
It’s interesting that Sleepy Hollow should debut close to twenty years after another little show debuted on FOX. That one was The X-Files and I can bet a lot of people were asking the same questions of that show that I was asking after viewing Sleepy Hollow. Namely that while there is a fascinating premise here, how exactly it can or will sustain itself week to week remains to seen.
I’m not as familiar with the original story of the Headless Horseman (well, beyond the Disney cartoon, mind you) so how much or how little of the backstory is true to the Washington Irving original is something I can’t really comment on just yet.* Back during the days of the Revolutionary War, Crane was tasked by George Washington to take out a certain redcoat with a unique tattoo on his hand. Crane succeeded but also got himself killed.
*It does, however, make me want to head out to the local library and pick up a copy of the original.
Turns out that the redcoat in question is the headless horseman and because the two died taking each other out, they are now linked. Fast forward two hundred and twenty five years and Crane is rising from his grave because so is the Headless Horseman.
Turns out said Horseman is one of the four horseman of the apocalypse and there are far more sinister forces at work both then and now. And Crane’s beloved wife may be part of it was well since she was a part of a group of witches working both then and now. There are even huge hints dropped that he beloved may still be alive somewhere.
Mills is somehow connected to the supernatural elements unfolding by an incident from her childhood in which she and her sister saw four white trees in the forest. Mills is ready to take the next step in her career and leave Sleepy Hollow for the FBI, but as you can guess those plans are put on hold by the end of the pilot.
The pilot is so intent on throwing out as much exposition as possible that is barely gives you time to blink. Crane takes waking up in modern times fairly well and even makes a few cracks about the sheer numbers of Starbucks out there today. He also makes some comments other less politically correct comments about Abbie, but those seem more as a let’s get this moment out of the way rather than being a source of tension for the duo as the series progresses.
The speed of exposition doesn’t give you much time to let things sink in that much or to ask too many questions. That includes why Abbie’s captain is willing to let Crane become part of the team investigating these occurrences ** and how easily Abbie gets Crane out of the mental institution to which he’s assigned in the episode.
**We do get hints that he knows more than he’s telling, though.
Of course, when you’ve got to get the image of the Headless Horsemen firing a machine gun, you don’t have time for silly things like logic or full delving into the repercussions of certain actions.
But for all of that, Sleepy Hollow still entertained me and I’m still intrigued enough by the Mulder/Scully vibe of Crane and Abbie and the mysteries surrounding the Horseman to keep tuning into the show for at least a few more episodes.