Now that the final episode aired of Sleepy Hollow’s season one has aired it’s time to recap this a bit. Sleepy Hollow started the fall season as the biggest underdog. I’d dare anyone to tell me that they had high hopes of the show based off the premise. It sounded ridiculous. The whole idea was that Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman were thrown from the past into the future. There he would pair with a black female cop and together they would fight evil.
The premise may have sounded crazy, but the show ended up being well executed and by far my favorite freshman show of the season. The two major saving graces came from the writing team’s treatment of the material and the chemistry on screen between Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie).
The writing team could have easily brushed off how ridiculous the situation was and just went with it. Instead, the writers embraced how ludicrous some of the aspects of the show could have been and they brought it down to earth. Where lesser shows would have ignored what actually happens in reality, Sleepy Hollow made sure to acknowledge realistic situations. When something unexplicable happened, there were consequences for the world not intuned to demons and evil.
I’ve previously talked about how important chemistry is on a show and Sleepy Hollow is one of those shows that does it well. Abbie and Ichabod play well off each other and you never doubt how much they care for one another. Together they are a wonderful team. There is a lightness to their relationship that only grew over time. They would do anything to help the other. One of the better things about their relationship is that it didn’t rely on a romantic relationship. It’s refreshing to see a platonic relationship play out without any signs of romantic tension.
The show did stumble a bit as it found its footing with supporting characters. In the beginning Captain Frank Irving and Jenny Mills, in particular were pushed off to the side and weren’t developed well. It is clear that they were trying to make sure we cared about Abbie and Ichabod, but it would have been nice if they still gave a bit more substance to the others in the early stages. That said, the characters were eventually well developed and quite interesting. Captain Irving transformed from a man who refused to believe and only having a couple of lines, to a central character. Jenny, initially was more interesting than Irving, but she grew into her role as the two sisters began to bond.
The story of the season followed the struggle of the two Witnesses (Abbie and Ichabod) as they face their first year of trials as they try to stop the apocalypse led by the Four Horsemen. We were introduced to the big bad of Moloch and his creepy looking minions. Along the way, we learned just how devastating evil’s power was through demon’s and characters like Andy. We saw Jenny and Abbie go from having a toxic nearly non-existent relationship to it beginning to mend and restore the bond they once had. Captain Irving went from a non-believer to witnessing his daughter be possessed by a terrible demon. Ichabod awoke more than 200 years in the future only to find that the horseman that killed him returned with him and was still a threat. While Abbie went from shunning her past encounter with Moloch to fully embracing her role as a Witness. Moloch has reigned terror in Sleepy Hollow.
Where the show will go next?
At the end of season one, every one of the main cast of characters has been left in a precarious situation of some sorts. Not just one character, but every last one of them. It was one hell of a cliffhanger, but it was done well. Shit did hit the fan in the last episode and it will be interesting to see how the characters are going to crawl out of next. It’s hard to imagine what the show will continue to do, but provided it stays as tight as the first season the next season will go well. There is a lot of material they can draw from and make the Four Horsemen plot really engaging. I’m looking forward to seeing John Noble flex his wings as one of the big bads of the upcoming seeing as he portrays Jeremy/Henry. I can imagine there will be some sort of plot line of Ichabod and Katrina attempting to mend their broken relationship (Jeremy is overly mad at Ichabod, considering he died before his birth). Choosing to keep this show capped at 13 episodes a season has been a major benefit. It forces Sleepy Hollow to make every episode dense and filled with information, even when it takes an aside from the over arching plot.
All I can say is that I can’t wait until Sleepy Hollow returns in the fall. What was your favorite moment of the season?
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