The Shows I’m Watching and You Should Too: Sleepy Hollow

Welcome to a new series on this blog! As I said in my last post, I would be doing a little something with TV reviews and going over some of the shows I watch. I figured I would post about the shows in the order they air during the week. This is also a convenient time to write about Sleepy Hollow, since it has been on hiatus for the last couple of weeks but will be returning this coming Monday. There aren’t that many episodes, so you have the whole weekend to catch up!

I have to say, I think this is probably the best of the new shows I have started following this fall season. I am, of course, a big fan of Joss Whedon’s works, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and this show is similar is several respects. It does not focus solely on a battle against the Headless Horseman but instead pits our heroes, Police Lt. Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane, against a variety of different demonic villains who rise up in the Upstate New York town. It also adds the comedic element of temporal displacement, as Crane attempts to navigate the modern world after being suspended in time since the American Revolution, when he initially defeated the Horseman.

Unrelated to the plot, this is also the second show I have started watching that features a strong, minority, female lead. The first prominent show I saw of this kind was Elementary, where Lucy Liu takes on the role of Watson. Both Elementary and Sleepy Hollow allow play with the idea of minority but create strong characters that defy expectations and stereotypes and can stand up to their male counterparts.

The show is well written, both in plot construction and dialogue, and the chemistry between actors Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison is quite good, making the show fun to watch. It is dramatic and action-packed, and it does have a darker feel to it than shows like Buffy, but it also doesn’t take itself too seriously and has a lot of great humor as well. If you are a fan of the supernatural sleuth genre, I would definitely recommend watching this show.

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