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Jan 4, 2014

Show N' Read Saturday #27: SLEEPY HOLLOW


A weekly meme hosted by Diantha Jones where we share and rate TV shows and movies we've seen, and the books that we have read or have now been inspired to read.

I've watched:

Sleepy Hollow (2013–) on Fox

In this modern-day twist on Washington Irving's classic, ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and only one of the many formidable foes that Ichabod must face to protect not only Sleepy Hollow, but the world.

As Ichabod finds himself in 2013's Sleepy Hollow, he discovers a town he no longer recognizes and grapples to understand. Teaming up with Lt. ABBIE MILLS (Nicole Beharie, “42,” “The Good Wife,” “Shame”), a young cop who has her own supernatural experiences, the two embark on a mission to stop the evil that has awoken along with Ichabod and that now is seeping into this once-sleepy town.

Clues from the past enlighten mysteries in the present, as each episode features a flashback to Ichabod's life in 1776. Ripe with untold stories from American history and cloaked in mythology, the divide between present and past becomes dangerously blurred. Lives are in the balance, including that of Ichabod's late wife, KATRINA (Katia Winter, “Dexter”), who is trapped in a mysterious netherworld. In his pursuit to save her, Ichabod uncovers secrets about her, leaving him with countless questions. 

Not everyone believes Ichabod's tales of 1776 and supernatural evils, especially the new head of Abbie's police precinct, Captain FRANK IRVING (Orlando Jones, “The Chicago 8,” “Drumline”). When faced with bizarre events he can't explain, Capt. Irving reluctantly turns to Ichabod and Abbie to investigate. 

Ichabod's extensive first-hand knowledge of our country's hidden history, coupled with Abbie's superior profiling and modern threat assessment skills, make them a formidable duo. The complex pasts of the pair, from Ichabod's inclusion in the powerful and secretive Freemasons Society to Abbie's childhood visions, will help them solve the intricate puzzles of Sleepy Hollow in order to protect its – and the world's – future. As history repeats itself, the oddly-linked pair will draw on the real stories and secrets this nation was founded on in their quest to stop an increasingly vicious cycle of evil. (


 I watched the first episode on a plane to Chicago, and I was pretty much hooked because I'm a dork like that. As most fantasy/paranormal shows nowadays, Sleepy Hollow started off a bit cheesy. But it slowly morphed into a show that is intriguing with a plot that twists you up every show. Those are the best. I love the actors, especially the leading lady, Nicole Beharie who plays "Lieutenant Abbie Mills". She is BEAUTIFUL and I will admit, it's nice to see another black woman leading a successful show. (SH was renewed for season two! YES!)

For fantasy lovers, this show has all the things we love. Creatures from other dimensions, monsters, impossible romance, a looming apocalypse, and a headless horseman. I loved finding out how the horseman was created. Never read any of the Sleepy Hollow tales so I don't know how true it is, but don't really care. It's a pretty nice twist. Tim Mison who plays "Ichabod Crane" is a gem. Honestly, they couldn't have picked a better actor to play him. Ichabod's ignorance of the modern world is great and his commentary is even better. Hilarious!

This is such a fun show and I recommend it to those are already fans of the Sleepy Hollow tales. Mind you, it's not as creepy as you might like it to be, but it has its moments. Definitely worth checking out an episode or two.


What to Read?

Of course, now I want to compare the show to the actual tales written by Washington Irving. They're classics so I'm wary of them, but that won't stop me from checking it out.

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  1. I love this show. I watched the first episode online but I wasn't really into it right away. I decided to watch the whole show when it was announced it would be on tv here in Belgium and now we've gotten a few episodes and I love it. Ichabod is hilarious! xD

    1. Well, luckily there's only 9 episodes so far so you're not that far behind! Ichabod really is quite funny. I love his little rants about how much things costs now versus his time. I'm so glad the holidays are over so all my shows can come back on, including this one!


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