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Sleepy Hollow: Season 1 [Blu-ray] 
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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 recognises and grapples to understand. Teaming up with Lieutenant 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.
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It is a splendid hodgepodge of nonsense but it really works well thanks to good casting, excellent writing and, I suspect, a generous budget. Tom Mison makes a superb Ichabod Crane; turncoat spy for George Washington, killed in 1781 by the headless horseman only to be resurrected in the present day. His essential Englishness, bearing, and antiquated language lend the show a light yet classy feel. It’s nice to see a real Englishman playing the part too, so often we have Antipodean accents pretending to be British on American TV (I suspect they’re cheaper and that Americans can’t tell the difference). While on the subject of Antipodeans, it’s great to see Walter Bishop crop up as sin eater Henry Parish.
Set, like Grimm, in a police department, this Season sees Crane slowly make sense of Modern America while he and police lieutenant (delightfully pronounced ‘leftenant’ by Crane) Abbie Mills investigate many strange goings-on in and around Sleepy Hollow. It could easily have been repetitively episodic were it not for the development of a strong underlying plot holding the whole thing together. The dialogue is light and witty, there’s plenty of character development without the usual slackening of pace and it’s, well, just great fun. The traditional double episode season finale is suitably suspenseful and not without a few surprises: “Always leave them wanting more “as Walt Disney or PT Barnham so wisely said.
Sleepy Hollow is, of course, all very silly but is very well put together, there is never a dull moment and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Excellent stuff and Season two (due for release in October 2015) is already on our wish list.
My main criticism here is after I watched the first and half of the second episodes of this show, I just didn't care what happened next, so I turned off, which is annoying as I have been sent the first two discs.
I just couldn't buy into the premise that Ichabod Crane wakes up and hardly questions anything around him. He rides around in car in a modern city with a modern lady cop, where he seems oblivious to the enormity of what he has, and is experiencing.
For example in one scene Abbey Mills Crane's police partner is taken by Crane underneath the Police station to find a a burnt body of a long dead witch rematerialize as a flesh and blood woman, she reacts as if she was watching pasta boil. I know you need to suspend belief with fantasy shows, but the ability to do so is very much down to the director and the actors to convince us to do so, but not so much here.
As I continued to watch, I just kept thinking I was seeing story elements thrown in rather than intricately plotted, such as the four horseman of the apocalypse. I wasn't impressed by the acting, and CGI scenes such as the policeman who is bent over backwards and then reassembled looked ridiculous and unnecessary.
I was really disappointed by this as I loved the film which was so well acted, and the director Tim Burton managed to produce tension which was palpable each time the headless horseman came into view. The film was also humorous at times due to Johnny Depp's brilliant interpretation of Ichabod Crane, I have watched and re-watched it many times.
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