Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Sleepy Hollow

Welcome back to Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday!

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

Sleepy HollowFOX Summary: Ichabod Crane and Detective Abbie Mills battle forces, including the Four Horseman, brought back to life in the town of 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 today via 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 Katrina’s 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, like I do Bones, but the episodes do keep my attention once I start them.  Therefore, I must award Sleepy Hollow with the JFTV rating.  I would still rank Fox’s other hits (Bones, obviously from my comment above, and The Following) ahead of Ichabod and Abbie.

What do you think—have you watched Sleepy Hollow?  I’d love to hear from you!

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV):It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (NyQuil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech
Inedible TV: Exactly how it sounds…

*****

Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

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11 Responses to Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Sleepy Hollow

  1. I think I would agree with your rating. I like it, but it wouldn’t kill me to miss an episode if I had to.

    It’s funny, you think of Orlando Jones as the 7-Up guy. I always think of him as the guy in Evolution. LOL

  2. tomwisk says:

    I lie t but it doesn’t grab onto me. I’ve missed an episode but really don’t care.

  3. I actually enjoy the series quite a bit. Like you guys, I don’t have to watch it immediately, but the only ones I really feel that way about lately are The Voice & Blacklist.

  4. Emma says:

    I have only seen the first 2 episodes, but I like it.

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