Abbie: "Yes, I do."
What I mostly wanted was for this one to be as good as the pilot. And maybe it wasn't.
I still got a kick out of it, though. Although I'll amend that to say, I mostly got a kick out of Tom Mison's Ichabod Crane, on whom I already have a power crush. I especially loved him with the crib post-its for all of the gadgets he didn't yet understand. Loved his artfully tousled and clubbed back hair, too, and it didn't change, even though he now has a shower and a blow dryer.
Ichabod and Abbie already have the will-they-won't-they romantic banter about the outrageous tax on donut holes down pat, too. They make a fun couple already, and that's a good thing to say about the leads in a new series.
I like the way the show looks, too. The cinematography is terrific, and so are the effects. It may be going a little heavy on the misty horror movie vibe and the Revolutionary War flashbacks, though, and I'm a little worried that this show is going to turn into a supernatural procedural. Serilda the witch rises, the Serilda the witch kills someone (but not the kid, because they never kill the kid), and Serilda the witch is defeated. It would have been a little more interesting if she had gotten away and become a much bigger problem.
One thing they did right was retain the services of the wonderful Clancy Brown, who did indeed return as I had hoped -- both in a touching flashback where he and Abbie met for the first time, and as a ghost, which was even better. The wonderful John Cho returned as well as a risen-from-the-dead agent of evil. I absolutely loved the wrinkles around his previously broken neck. Great shuddery but funny detail.
I also liked the introduction of Abbie's bad ass sister Jenny, who was outwitting her keepers in a Sarah Connor sort of way and seeing all sorts of disappearing scary stuff. And Abbie works with her ex, Luke. Could be interesting. The idea that Ichabod's wife might still exist, that she's trapped on another plane of existence, adds some relationship interest, too. Maybe that was the point of Serilda, who also came back from the dead. And is now dead again. Maybe.
Just keep the Ichabod/Abbie stuff going. Keep bringing back Clancy Brown, too. And John Noble and James Frain are a'coming. I'll keep watching.
Bits and pieces:
-- The credit sequence did not thrill me. I thought the music wasn't very good. Maybe it will grow on me.
-- Ichabod now has a "cover" as a history professor at Oxford who is consulting for the sheriff's department, of course.
-- And Ichabod has an eidetic memory. That could be fun. He probably won't need post-its for long. And he now knows that guns carry more than one bullet now.
-- In this week's hair report, did you notice that Ichabod and Abbie had pretty much the same hair style?
Abbie: "He's my ex. We weren't 'betrothed'. There was no 'betrothing'."
Ichabod: "Then theoretically, you could rekindle the relationship?"
Abbie: "I will literally pay you to stop talking."
Ichabod: "I would happily accept because I am in need of currency."
What do you think? Two out of four rats? Is Sleepy Hollow a keeper, or is it too soon to tell?
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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