WARNING: DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD OVER POSSIBLE SPOILERS!!
We all know the story of “Sleepy Hollow” and the characters Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. Executive Producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Transformers Prime) bring the story into the modern day. Ichabod Crane awakens in a cave to find the world changed from the one he remembers. He has to contend with the modern devices of 2013 Sleepy Hollow. It was intriguing watching Ichabod struggling with the adjustment and discovering the marvels that have been achieved over the last two centuries. Watching him repetitively open and close a car window with the curiousness of child is truly played well with the “fish out of water” scenario the character has been given. I couldn’t help but be reminded of Thor and how he had to adjust to the modern world after exile from Asgard. It’s the same deal here. Also, given that Crane is from the 18th century, he’s got to make adjustments to modern society as well. One aspect of this is illustrated when he meets Abbie Mills, the new sheriff of Sleepy Hollow, who is African-American and a woman. No doubt that this will put tension between them. Crane is already to a bad start when he asks Abbie if she is enslaved. Abbie, whose partner the former Sheriff was killed by the Headless Horseman, plays along and informs Crane that slavery has been abolished after seeing how Crane was offended when she indicated him of being a slave owner. The focus character of this series is going to be Ichabod Crane mainly because of his connection to the Horseman, his adjustment to both this world full of strange devices and that everyone he knew and cared about are long dead.
The Horseman has gone through little change. He is still headless and he takes the heads of other while in search of his own. However, rather than him being a Hessian soldier, he is a soldier of the British Army. When he first appears, the Horseman is wearing a black mask until Ichabod cuts off his head. Now the Horseman is awake and terrorizing Sleepy Hollow in search of his head. Unlike Crane, the Horseman has no trouble adapting to the 21st century, namely in the weapons department as he shows up for the pilot’s climax toting a shotgun and machinegun, both of which he uses with little effort.The one thing about the Book of Revelations is that it can be interoperated in many ways be it TV shows, movies or books. Just like with other shows such as Supernatural, Sleepy Hollow has its own take on the forthcoming Apocalypse. The identity of the Horseman has not been given in the original Washington Irving short story, but there have been back stories created for the ghost rider through numerous adaptions. The Headless Horseman in this series is given the identity of the eldest and most feared of the Four Horseman—Death. It is a nice concept since it does ease my concern of about the show’s longevity; however, this does raise new concerns. Other than the Ten Commandments, the Book of Revelations has been interoperated more times than any other section of the Bible so I can’t help but wonder if this adaption will be able to stay interesting enough to keep viewers watching. Perhaps the inclusion of witches and demons will keep things moving along and add depth to the storyline. Guess I’ll have to see with the next episode so until then…I won’t lose my head over it.
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