Tuesday, December 02, 2014

"Sleepy Hollow" on Fox brings back high school American lit -- with a resurrection


Remember studying American literature in junior English in high school?  Remember the reading quizzes?   We took them on 5x7 cards.  But modern television looks back to those good old days, on Fox, with “Sleepy Hollow”, directed by Dwight Little, starting in 2013, on Monday nights on Fox.
  
The concept recalls Washington Irving’s story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” (which was also a 1999 film by Tim Burton, which I saw in Minneapolis).  But now professor Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) has answered the call of a stomper, and having switched sides after emigrating from England to spy for George Washington (a touch of James Fenimore Cooper, about whom I wrote term paper in junior English, about the treatment of women in the novels).  That’s an idea in my own “Angel’s Brother” – you can have a full career as a history teacher and work for the CIA on the side.
Crane and the Headless Horseman simultaneously killed one another in 1781.  Because their “sangria” mixed, they can resurrect at the same time in present day (sounds a bit like a notorious ABC series, doesn’t it.) A modern day battle between good and evil will ensue, based on the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”. 
  
Nicole Beharie plays police Lieutenant Abbie Mills in the modern day setting.  Crane still thinks he is living in the 18th century, and would be happier there.

The episode Dec. 1 was “The Akeda”. The horseman is a rather conventional golem-type monster. 

The series concept effectively combines the short story with “Rip Van Winkle.”

  

The official site for the show is here. Although taking place along the Hudson River in New York State, it is filmed around Charlotte, NC.  

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