Fox kicked off what may just be its craziest new show with the premiere of "Sleepy Hollow." The new drama takes the classic tale by Washington Irving and gives it a modern, apocalyptic twist. After a fatal confrontation in the 1700s, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and the Headless Horseman are revived in the 21st Century, where Crane is overwhelmed by all that has changed around him.
The Horseman seems to be taking things more in stride, driven as he is to recover his lost head. What makes him even more dangerous is the fact that this Horseman is apparently one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, meaning this is a story about the End Times. Ichabod finds himself partnered with Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), a local cop who just lost her partner to the Horseman. Their only defense against this unstoppable foe appears to be the sun, meaning nighttime just got a whole lot scarier in Sleepy Hollow.
Add to this two different covens of witches, a dead sheriff who apparently knew a lot about the supernatural history of this sleepy village, and "Sleepy Hollow" has a wild recipe for some crazy storytelling. Or, as Rolling Stone's Scott Neumyer called it, the show is "batsh*t crazy," but it's also "more fun than most shows out there."
At HuffPost TV, Mo Ryan agreed that the show is crazy, but she still found herself enjoying it. "It may be nutty, but ‘Sleepy Hollow’ is able to create genuinely atmospheric moments and a few jolting scares in its pilot, which is more than I can say for most other new dramas," she wrote. "In its pilot, it achieved its modest goals without leaning too far into pompousness ...or slicing off too much ham.”
Can "Sleepy Hollow" continue the fun tone set with its wacky premiere? Tune in every Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Fox to find out.
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