Sleepy Hollow #1

Our story begins during the revolutionary war during a battle, a red coat rides up on a horse with an axe and starts destroying everyone. A patriot starts slashing at him and it’s to no avail until he takes off the horsemans head. The two collapse, and the American soldier wakes up… some time later in a cave…

It proves to be much later than expected as a modern car comes down a paved road.

Abbie is having a meal with her crotchety old partner when they get a call. She finds a weapon on the ground and then… a decapitated body. a fight ensues in which her partner gets decapitated and she sees a headless horseman ride out of a barn. She reports the details saying that he was wearing an old military uniform. She leaves out the part where he has no head.

Is that Harold from Harold and Kumar? It is!!!! John Cho (of Star Trek and Harold and Kumar) sees a man, looking confused and freaked out and assumes it’s the murderer.

Now in custody, Abbie sees Ichabod in the cell and says it’s not him. that she saw, but how many people could be running around Sleepy Hollow in colonial style military uniforms?

Ichabod asks, “Did he carry a broad axe?”

Ichabod Crane was a defector from the Queen’s army and a history professor. Proved accurate by a lie detector. Regardless, no one knows how this could be possible and the lieutenant gets orders to send Ichabod to a mental institution.

“You’ve been emancipated I take it?”

“Do you see this gun. I’m authorized to use it on you.”

“If you’re thinking I advocate slavery, I’m offended.”

“You’re offended?”

They also bicker about women wearing trousers. Then she heads off with him to check out the cave where he woke up. Ichabod tells a tale that he was sent to stop one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The Headless Horseman is death itself and somehow he has returned to Sleepy Hollow to finish what he started.

The horseman goes after a priest who says, “I’ll never tell you where it is, I’m prepared to die.” …and he does.

Even the men on the street signs get decapitated.

During the live tweet we were discussing similarities between Ichabod and Sherlock. I wasn’t quite on board til this gem of a line:

“I am insane and therefore impervious to simple commands”

But he’s more like Johnny Lee Miller than Cumberpatch. 

He goes the see his wife’s grave. Abbie admits that she’s leaving Sleepy Hollow and this is messing up her career. She confesses that when she was young her and her sister saw four white trees and a creature in the woods and then blacked out, everyone thought they were crazy. Her sister, after being labelled crazy, ended up in and out of institutions.

Abbie finds recording of an investigation into colonial times deaths of  witches in Sleepy Hollow and discovers that her partner was privately investigating strange murders that are connected, and someone else who saw a creature near four white trees believing that it symbolized the four horsemen.

The captain, Irving, seems to want to keep her off the trail

Ichabod’s wife comes to her in a dream and says that she was never buried in that grave, it’s where the horseman’s skull is. She says the answers are in Washington’s Bible. He wakes up being held down by the medical staff at the institution.

Abbie tells the staff not to sedate him and that he’s back under her custody. She tricks them with phony paperwork and they tear off. Abbie explains what she found and calls Andy (John Cho) and asks him to meet her at the church. Only, when Andy Stops home, the horseman is waiting for him. Andy confesses that he knows where to find what the horseman is after (COWARD!) Abbie and Ichabod are digging in his wife’s grave and find the horseman’s skull. The horseman shows up and goes after Ichabod and Abbie shoots him to no avail. Andy hits Abbie over the head and stuffs her in the trunk. She bites him, gets free and reinforcements show up to take aim.

“Put your hands on your… what the hell?”

The Headless Horseman runs off at dawn and Andy is taken into custody.

Andy is in a holding cell when a demon shows up. He is pleading for his life, trying to get another chance and gets….




I don’t actually know official Headless Horseman lore (Ohhh, do I have more nerd homework this week?) but this whole “We need a true American Patriot to save the world from an evil demon plot from Hell” seems… concerning.

I like Abbie, she’s sassy and savvy, but she’s believable, too. She thinks quick, but her impulsive decisions keep her at odds with her status as a police officer. No one just “lets her get away with this stuff” but she doesn’t exactly ask for permission, either.

And Ichabod, even as a History professor and a military man: I don’t buy how smart he is. I think it’s overdone. But there were some really choice lines.

Some of the effects were… silly. But eyecatching enough.

Certainly tuning in next week for more.


6 thoughts on “Sleepy Hollow #1

  1. What a wacky show I hope its this good week after week

  2. Reblogged this on Radio of Horror Blog and commented:
    My co-host Pam reviews the new adaptation of the classic Washington Irving Classic tale. I can think of five other versions of this tale. Jeff Goldblum’s 1980 Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The Disney Version with narraator Bing Crosby. The Tim Burton film staring Johnny Depp. The Hollow which costared Kaley Chocolate from The Big Bang Theory. Ahhh but the fifth is my favorite from an episode of The Real Ghostbusters where the horse man was on a bike and looked like Ghost Rider.

  3. I enjoyed the first episode. For several of the reasons you mentioned, such as Ichabod’s wit. I also think there’s genuine chemistry between he and Abbie.

    I only got to see this episode because my Intro to Criminal Investigation class let out early. It was still on my mind when I saw the way the police handled Ichabod. My roommate and I ripped the polygraph scene apart.

    In the end, I’m not sure about the mixing the Legend of Sleepy Hollow (folklore?) with the Biblical apocalypse. That’s some scary stuff.

    Oh, and as a black man, I was hoping the black male character (played by Orlando Jones) would die. Guess he’ll be around a while.

    • I don’t know what to make of him. At first it seemed like he would cause problems for Abbie, or that he’d be at odds with the weird goings on. I don’t know. I was bummed about John Cho, I was surprised to see him there and then he got

      • I think he’ll remain the strict supervisor who refuses to believe any supernatural “mumbo-jumbo.” Which I’m fine with, as long as they continue to do it right. Such a character is meant to be annoying and he certainly achieved this.

        Yeah, having Harold was just too good to be true. I would have loved to see a reference to White Castle.

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