In 1820, Washington Irving publishes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. Designed as a horror story, it tells the tale of the Headless Horseman who has lost his head in battle and wakes every night to search for it. In 1999, one of the most popular adaptation was created by Tim Burton. In both cases, the set is terrifying and the Horseman not to be messed with but it lacks a certain humor which is found in Sleepy Hollow (TV series).
In this most recent version, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is a man on a mission. Fighting the British, he is given the mighty task to kill a powerful Horseman by George Washington. When they finally come face to face and the Horseman inflicts Ichabod a deadly wound. He will certainly die but wants to take this evil with him in the grave and manages to chop off his head.
250 years later, Ichabod rises from his tomb. He is resurrected and so is the Horseman (this time headless). To help him unravel a mystery that dates back to the founding fathers, he will have to rally with Sleepy Hollow police Lieutenant Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie). Together, they will discover many intriguing and interesting secrets.
I believe that this show really has something that the movie was missing: a bit of humor. Tom Mison does a marvelous job as Ichabod Crane. He reenacts perfectly the 18th century gentleman lost in the modern world. Yes it is supposed to be terrifying, the actions and the special effects all lead in this direction but it is nice to see a different side to the story as well and a Headless Horseman wielding automatic weapons is always nice.
Another trait that I particularly liked is that the Headless Horseman is not here killing every night whomever just for the kick of it. In Sleepy Hollow, it has reason and purpose. Indeed, he is one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He his driven by vengeance of course but mostly by the idea of bringing the end of times on Earth. In this show, the mythology is fun as well as the mysteries and the story. I love that the main character wakes up in the 21st century. It gives opportunities to critic the modern world as well as admire it. It is clever.
I will end by saying that, as you must have understood, I enjoyed it. However, I enjoy shows about the paranormal such as Supernatural and True Blood as well as normal detective series like Elementary or NCIS. If none of that interest you then you’d better stay away.
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