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FOX's Sleepy Hollow is good fun
September 19, 2013 - Andrea Johnson
I may have to add one more new show to my fall TV watching. FOX's "Sleepy Hollow", which first aired on Monday evening and will encore Friday night, is a heck of a lot of fun.
It starts out when Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) wakes up in a cave near Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., after 250 odd years of sleep. The last thing he remembers is being on the field of battle during the Revolutionary War and cutting off the head of a man who just refused to die. Crane stumbles out of his dark lair and right into the path of an oncoming car, which narrowly misses him, and soon becomes a suspect in the beheading of the local sheriff. Luckily, the dead sheriff's partner, Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), had some pretty spooky experiences of her own as a young girl and is willing to give Crane the benefit of the doubt.
It isn't long before the two become partners in arms, trying to track down the fiendish Headless Horseman, who just might be one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Along the way, they trade wisecracks about why the Civil War failed to wake up Crane and just when women started wearing trousers. There is a lot of mumbo jumbo about witchcraft and the Book of Revelation, but the pilot episode doesn't seem to dwell too long on any of it before it gets back into the action. It also bears very little resemblance to the short story by Washington Irving, but that wouldn't have made much of a science fiction show.
This looks like a great replacement for "Fringe" and some of the other sci-fi shows I've been missing since they went off the air. A lot of other people apparently liked it, since it got very good ratings, and that might mean it will not be canceled prematurely.
"Sleepy Hollow" airs at 8 p.m. Mondays on FOX , with encores on Friday evenings.
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