Airs: Mondays on FOX at 9:00 EST
Timeslot Competition: Two Broke Girls/Mom (CBS), Dancing with the Stars (ABC), The Voice (NBC), Beauty and the Beast (CW)
Premise: Icabod Crane (Tom Milson) wakes up in 2013 after “dying” in service of General George Washington to find out that the Headless Horseman is also in the present-day with him and has begun a kiling spree. In order to stop him and prevent a supernatual disaster, Icabod must work with the local sheriff – Abby Mills (Nicole Beharie), whose gender and race causes friction with 18th century Icabod.
Pre-show Thoughts: Honestly, the show summary sounds fairly cheesy and the potential for this show to be a mess is fairly high, but I don’t care. This show is right up my alley, mostly for the supernatural and legend-based nature of it. I’m less interested in how Icabod Crane adapts to the modern day and I don’t anticipate liking his interactions with Sheriff Mills for at least the first few episodes. This looks like a fun show and as long as it is relatively well-plotted and doesn’t take itself too seriously, I think I could really enjoy it. Also, the presence of John Cho is always a plus for me.
Post-show Thoughts: To start things off, the Headless Horseman with an automatic weapon was cheesy. I found it more distracting than cool. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the shadowy beast in the end, the CGI could use a little work. They mostly just took me out of the story, but I am hopeful that will be fixed in later episodes.
I was so wrong about Icabod and Abby! I was afraid he would be both racist and sexist, but he seemed to adjust to her quite well. I am looking forward to seeing them work together and develop a friendship. I just have one request with them – I want their relationship to be more like Joan and Sherlock on Elementary instead of the typical will they/won’t they tension that comes with many procedurals.
While the plot tries to throw together two very big concepts (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the book of Revelations), I thought it was pretty well done. It definitely has the potential to lose itself in the mythology but until then, I think I’m gonna enjoy the ride. It was fun to watch, the leads work well together, and it’s a nice blend of conspiracy and crime-solving. I’ll definitely be tuning in this season.