Sleepy Hollow Episode 1.01 Review

Sleepy Hollow Episode 1.01

Sleepy Hollow Episode 1.01

Written By: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove
Directed By: Len Wiseman
Original Airdate: September 16, 2013

Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow” pilot episode, directed by Len Wiseman of “Underworld” fame and written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, co-creators of “Fringe,” comes to us as a fantasy/horror series attempting to capitalize on the success ABC found with “Once Upon a Time” and NBC found with “Grimm.”

The series begins by dropping the fan into the center of a Revolutionary War battle in 1781 where Ichabod Crane, played capably by Tom Mison, meets the Headless Horseman. After shooting the horseman down, we see him rise and continue his assault. After being wounded, Crane beheads the horseman and we are fast-forwarded to today as Crane wakes up in a cave. With that brief opening, the show is off and running.

Very soon into the show, police officer Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) is introduced with a little baggage (to be learned later in the series). The entire police force is up in arms from a rash of beheadings and Mills is one week away from leaving Sleepy Hollow.

To begin the series, we see much promise in “Sleepy Hollow” especially with the duo of Abbie and Ichabod. Their interplay is done very nicely and the little interjections of humor make for a nice break.

In addition to the acting, the musical score added another dimension to the episode providing the suspense that will be needed for the series to become a mainstay for horror fans. In one of the final scenes when the Headless Horseman pops into sight, the tension from the score is so intense and we are treated to a nice twist, one of many to come I am sure.

Add to all of these positives the direction of Len Wiseman, who handles the action and suspense as we would expect from this maestro. So much happens within this pilot episode, but the viewer is never left in the dust. With so much going on, it should be very difficult to maintain order in what is happening on the screen, but Wiseman’s work makes it enjoyable and simple.

After viewing the pilot episode, we know that the show has so much more to offer with many open subplots needing explanation. The short action scenes are something that we should come to expect because of budget limitations to a television episode, but the little things are what matter the most and there are so many scenes that make the show visually impressive as well as very intriguing.

With the start of “Sleepy Hollow,” it looks like we have an intense series that I am really looking forward to.