Happy 4th of July to all my fellow Americans out there! I hope you are all enjoying your day off work and will be enjoying some good food and fireworks at some point today. In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d give a little love to a show that features a character in the modern world who experienced a fictionalized version of the American Revolution – Sleepy Hollow.
This show probably shouldn’t work as well as it does. It’s rooted in a religiously-based, supernatural retelling of the American Revolution but it takes place in modern times. The mythology can be convoluted and characters are often more connected than they probably should be (unless you’re an OUaT fan, in which case connections between all the characters come as no surprise). But it does and a large part of that is because of the wonderful chemistry between Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison.
As the central duo of the show, Sleepy Hollow would not work without the chemistry that these two bring to their roles of Abbie and Ichabod. They were destined to meet and against all the odds, they did. They are destined to save the world together and they believe that they can so long as they have each other. While I love the moments when Abbie teachers Ichabod something about the modern world (the baseball scene is still one of my favorites), I love the moments where their partnership is the focus.
That sort of destined partnership creates this deeply intimate and beautiful relationship that I am so drawn to in fiction. It’s a bond that can stand on its own without romantic overtures but at the same time, physical intimacy seems like the most natural step after all the emotional intimacy they share. It’s a hard dynamic to portray, especially because Ichabod is married and loves his wife even though they can’t be together, but Sleepy Hollow really makes it work. I know I can’t wait to see how the relationships between Abbie, Ichabod, and Katrina grow and evolve next season.
I also love Sleepy Hollow because it introduced me to Orlando Jones. I’m sure some people don’t love the fact that he breaks the fourth wall ALL THE TIME. It really no longer exists with him. He is an actor on the show who loves fandom (both his own and Supernatural’s) and is more than willing to engage with it. He is always happy to promote the work of talented individuals and has even connected with Henry Jenkins (professor, author, and creator of the term “acafan”) to speak at a lecture. It’s a special bond that he is able to share with the fans of his show and it makes me love both him and the show all the more.
I’ll give you two different options for questions today. If you have one, what is your favorite show based around the American Revolution or the 4th of July (episodes count too!). If not, what show you do love that probably shouldn’t work based on its description but does anyway?