A Review of Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow”

Sleepy Hollow

A Review of Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” by Tiffany A. White

Today I’m jumping in with one of the most anticipated shows of the season—Sleepy Hollow.

After 250 years in a “dead” slumber, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) returns to the town of Sleepy Hollow. During an interrogation by local authorities, he remembers last working for General George Washington. He reveals Washington ordered him to kill a man, a mission he accomplished by beheading the target.

Not really knowing what to think, the local police department partners Ichabod with Detective Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), hoping the two will work together to solve a series of bizarre events. After all, Ichabod isn’t the only one to rise from the dead in Sleepy Hollow…

But in order to succeed, the two must first uncover all of the clues left behind by our country’s founding fathers, unlocking a century’s old mystery.

Here are a few story “facts” for those who have maybe missed the early episodes and want to start watching…

Not long after rejoining society, Ichabod learns that his civilian nurse wife, Katrina, was actually a witch back in the day. She was burned at the stake in 1782, after his death, but she continues to help him through visions. It’s these visions, plus the Bible buried with Ichabod, that help he and Abbie realize exactly what evil is coming to Sleepy Hollow. It’s also these visions that explain to Ichabod why he’s tied to the headless horseman and tell him exactly what he needs to do—protect the skull of the horseman buried at Katrina’s grave or all hell will break loose… literally.

Before Ichabod decapitated the horseman, the horseman managed to get in a fatal blow himself. When the two fell, their blood lines merged, binding them together by blood. The only way to stop the horseman was to cast a spell on them both, so Katrina and her coven did just that, burying the horseman deep in the river and Ichabod in a cave. Now resurrected, if the horseman retrieves his skull and becomes one again, evil will come and the three horseman will follow… bringing forth the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse.

Light is the horseman’s weakness… therefore, daylight is also Ichabod and Abbie’s strength. Plus, the duo also has all of the research and files kept by Abbie’s mentor, the recently deceased sheriff.

Ichabod and Abbie are tied together, two witnesses as predicted in the Bible. It took a few run-ins with crazy cases for the partners to believe in this, but they do now… and they have a tough road ahead of them.

From the writers and producers of Star Trek (2009 and 2013), the series also stars Orlando Jones (the 7 UP guy) and John Cho (Harold from the Harold and Kumar movies).

All in all, Sleepy Hollow is enjoyable and I love the character of Ichabod. However, I don’t feel the need to immediately watch the new episodes every Monday… but they do keep my attention once I start them.


Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery “Football Sweetheart” series. She blogs at The Ooo Factor and is available for contact via Twitter at @Tiffany_A_White, Facebook at Tiffany A. White, or by email at tiffany@tiffanyawhite.com.

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