Do you feel that crispness in the air? It is an indicator of the new fall season of television potential. Sure, after a few weeks of giddy anticipation, pilot after pilot will pile up on your DVR’s “to watch” list and you will delete, sadly and with disappointment, over half of those shows with capable actors and a good premise. Ah, well. It’s all part of the fun. Is it not?
(A word of advice, don’t even start watching Dads.)
But for now the new fall season shines with promise and there’s one show that could even surprise you.
Based on the trailer, Fox’s Sleepy Hollow might not have even made it on your initial watch list. It’s basically a re-imagined Ichabod Crane in present day teaming up with a buddy cop and participating in a supernatural X-Files procedural that foretells of the apocalypse National Treasure-style and takes place kind of on a Hell Mouth.
There’s a lot going on. The surprising thing is that it kind of works. It’s kind of fun. Yes there is a headless horseman. Yes there are witches. Yes there may even be a demon or two. (Sorry, spoiler!) But you go with it. And with Tom Mison slightly under-playing the lead, you’ll find yourself saying, “OK. I’ll buy that.”
He says, “. . . A 10% levy on baked goods… How is the public not flocking to the streets in outrage? We must do something.” Ah. The frugality of a post-revolutionary time traveler. The jokes write themselves.
Will they go too far into the realm of what is palatable in terms of camp? Perhaps. Will the premise of 2 witnesses on a 7-year journey to fight evil, as the four horsemen of the apocalypse attempt to usher it in, grow tiresome? Maybe.
It’s not the best show on TV, but it’s not half bad and that is rare. It seems like it would be crazy. Just crazy enough to work? I’m in for another episode. You can watch this show with older kids, even though it’s pretty scary—Like Halloween is scary. No swearing or sexual content. Just good clean demonic head-bending fun. Wheeee!
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