I didn’t except this new series called Sleepy Hollow to be about how the legend came to be or what it takes in these modern times to deal with such things as headless horsemen, demons, the Masons, Ichabod Crane and two beautiful young African American sisters who are all so pulled into the legend they don’t live for anything else. Originally, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” was derived from a short story by American author Washington Irving. It consisted of 34 essays and short stories entitled “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent” and was first published in the year 1820.
Each week the essays are torn down from book form into episodes depicting this famous novel’s stories that make up this popular folktale. The twist and turns are pretty interesting and Ichabod Crane, played by Tom Mison, who was resurrected after 250 years, has joined forces with Lt. Abbie Mills played by Nicole Beharie to continue the good fight between good and evil. This is a complicated series since it’s mainly based on some scripture and fictional documentation which is presented on a weekly basis. The original story is set in 1790 in the countryside around the Dutch settlement of Tarrytown, New York, in a secluded glen called Sleepy Hollow, which is renowned for its ghosts and the haunting atmosphere that pervades the imaginations of its inhabitants and visitors. The most infamous spectre in the Hollow is the Headless Horseman, said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper who had his head shot off by a stray cannonball during “some nameless battle” of the American Revolutionary War, and who “rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head”.
Since Sleep Hollow is fiction, this modern time version has been embellished and “Hollywooded” to the max. I tried not to like it at first but soon became addicted. Season 2 is due to begin in the fall of 2014, and I for one, cannot wait. Sleepy Hollow currently airs on FOX TV.