The other night, my wife and I watched the new Fox series, Sleepy Hollow. After watching the first episode, I have mixed feelings. This is not the Sleepy Hollow we grew up with. Content warning: Spoilers after the jump.
The episode opens during a battle of the Revolutionary War. Ichabod Crane is fighting on the side of the American Continental Army. During the battle, a British soldier, wearing an iron mask, gets off of a white horse and heads toward Crane. During the ensuing fight, the British soldier is shot, Crane is mortally wounded, but not before beheading the British soldier. The two soldiers collapse on the field. After a brief flash, Crane wakes up and drags himself out of the grave only to find himself in present day Sleepy Hollow.
During the course of the episode, we find out a few things:
- The Revolutionary War wasn’t just about independence. It was also about Armageddon.
- Crane, was originally a British citizen…an Oxford professor no less, but defected to the American Army and served as a spy during the war. Oh, and he married a witch.
- The British soldier/Headless Horseman is actually Death, one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
- Everyone in this bloody series gets the name of the last book of the Bible wrong. It’s Revelation, not Revelations.
It will be interesting to see what direction the series takes from here.