Fall TV Pilot Review: Sleepy Hollow

Fall TV Pilot Review: Sleepy Hollow

SLEEPY HOLLOW

Airs: Mondays at 9/8c on Fox

Premise: Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) wakes up from frozen slumber over 200 years later to team up with a young police officer (Nicole Beharie) and track the second coming of the Headless Horseman, who may just be one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Behind the Scenes: Co-written and co-created by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Phillip Iscove & Len Wiseman.  Orci and Kurtzman are the screenwriters of Transformers and Star Trek.  Wiseman, who also directed the pilot, is married to Kate Beckinsale and previously helmed Live Free or Die Hard, Underworld and the Total Recall remake.

The Good: High production values for a network TV show.  The Headless Horseman looks great - visual effects have come a long way since Tim Burton's '99 Sleepy Hollow.  Beharie has a lot of spunk and, on any other show, would probably make for an engaging lead character.

The Bad: The story is ridiculous, asking too much of the viewer to swallow in too little time.  The pilot races through its set-up, never taking time to establish any character or tone.  The mix of genres (horror, thriller, comedy, police procedural) doesn't gel.  Mison is a bland, "hunky" Ichabod Crane, who has no comedic timing but is asked to play a fair amount of fish-out-of-water comedy (e.g., Crane staring delightedly at rolling his car window up and down).  That kind of humor gets old real fast.  Jon Cho (c'mon, dude - you're Sulu!) and Clancy Brown are wasted in thankless supporting roles.

Stick Around for Next Week?:  No.  This is the first new show of the season and it's a dud.

Grade: C-

 

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