I ranked Sleepy Hollow as one of the best new series of 2013 at the end of the year and I believe it is fully justified in being up there with the likes of Orphan Black, House of Cards, Peaky Blinders and The Blacklist. It's just a great piece of TV entertainment that blends action, conspiracy thriller, horror and even odd moments of comedy together pretty well with a great overarching mystery that keeps the show very entertaining to watch. It's fast moving and with the thirteen episodes that we have on offer there never feels like any episode that's a waste of time - despite the occasional slip into monster of the week formula that plagues most shows in its early seasons.
Tom Mison's Ichabod Crane is a turncoat in the Revolutionary War, fighting alongside the Americans after abandoning the British. This leads Crane to a direct confrontation with a British Mercenary whilst on a mission for George Washington, where he and the Mercenary are wounded in mortal combat. Crane wakes up several hundred years in the present day - in a town named Sleepy Hollow. It's a modern day take on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and sees Crane teaming up with Nicole Behari's Abbie Mills, a Police Officer with a buried past, as they work together to stop the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse including the return of the Mercenary, who is essentially Death. The premise alone is what makes Sleepy Hollow very risky for mainstream TV audience - but as it's been renewed for a second season people who are catching up on the series do not have to worry about losing another awesome show on FOX when they canned Firefly too early.
|Ichabod Crane prepares to confront Death on the Battlefields of the Revolutionary War|
As well as Behari, Jones and Mison, there are several other actors who play a key role in Sleepy Hollow. Katie Winter is unfortunately reduced to a damsel in distress for most of the series as Ichabod Crane's wife, but then there isn't much Katrina can do when she's trapped in Purgatory. Lyndie Greenwood also puts on a strong performance as Abbie's sister, Jenny Mills - whose character arc is great to watch as we learn that the sisters have a hidden past with a subplot that is explored a lot over the show as it continues. Two other major standouts who don't crop up every episode unlike the majority of the actors who I've already mentioned are Clancy Brown as Abbie's mentor Augustus Corbin, and the fantastic John Noble as Henry Parish, the Sin Eater, who gets a fantastic role in the show and delivers some of the greatest moments.
|Abbie introduces Ichabod to a modern-day baseball game.|
Witty, funny and incredibly exciting with some great moments of horror in the entire series, Sleepy Hollow should be you must watch fantasy series from 2013. In fact, it's probably the best new Fantasy series that I've seen this year - and is a modernization of a classic that actually works thanks to some great casting choices and a great overall plot, with a memorable cliffhanger to boot. You can certainly count me in for Season 2 and I'm really looking forward to seeing where this show goes.