Okay, if you haven’t watched the first episode of Sleepy Hollow yet, you really really should. Here’s my breakdown of the pilot, and predictions for what the future of the show will be like.
1) The characters. Tom Mison is gonna be the next hot British actor on tumblr, just take my word for it. Ichabod is tragic, graceful, and a total lost puppy. Plus, absolutely gorgeous. Abbie is kickass, smarter than everyone she works for, and takes none of Ichabod’s shit. They’ve got a Joan/Sherlock vibe from Elementary going on, but with lots of supernatural stuff in the background. (I think the creators of Sleepy Hollow must’ve had a checklist of “things tumblr likes” to work from when they made this show or something).
2) The plot. There’s only one episode so far, but they’ve managed to at least hint at all the quiet New England town horror tropes I can think of (plus Freemasons). And there are benefits to that: it gives the writers a lot of scope to work with. But, it’s a lot to tackle at once, and they’re going to run out of ideas fast. Not to mention, I don’t know what there is to build up to when the literal incarnation of Death is walking around town from episode one. But, although I think this show might burn out in a season or two, it’s going to be pretty fun while it lasts.
3) So far, the writers aren’t racist, sexist, or any other brand of asshole that I can detect. Hooray! It would be nice to see some other female characters, but Abbie is awesome, and a WOC in a lead role is good to see. I’m not looking forward to the fandom reaction to her, though. Sexy British Ichabod with the tragic backstory is guaranteed to get most of the fanbase, and since Abbie is his love interest, she’s probably going to crucified for getting in the way of some slash pairing or other.
I thought it was absolutely hilarious. High camp (Headless Horseman WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE bahahaha) meets all the tropes. If this can keep being that goofy? I will definitely watch it again.