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Debuting this week is Sleepy Hollow's pilot episode. Of all the dramas debuting this year, I think I am correct in saying that this is the show with the potentially highest ceiling and lowest low. In other words every other new drama is fairly safe with a very clear premise that we have seen in some form before. Sleepy Hollow on the other hand has been very murky on what exactly this show is going to be about. With that being said, I have been on board with checking this show out from day one. So let's get started.
Starting off with a flashback we are introduced to our first hero Ichabod Crane fighting in the midst of a battle in the Revolutionary War. Unfortunately he comes to a bloody end due to the battle prowess of this fellow:


However, Ichabod was able to match the Horseman's blow before he "died?/coma-d" and sliced off the Horseman's head.

We then cut forward into time to present day Sleepy Hollow where Ichabod rises from his grave and then wanders out into the woods and eventually into traffic.

After Ichabod gets hit by a car, he spots a hawk of some kind sitting on a road sign - and he makes the immediate correct conclusion:

And then makes the immediate correct call, leading me to have high hopes for him:

But, on a more serious note - I very much appreciated not having a 5 minute montage of Ichabod wandering the forest and making the long slow painful discovery that he was in a different time zone. Also how AMAZING was the pullback to the Sleepy Hollow shot with "Sympathy for the Devil" playing, and I thought it was pure gold before I even found out what the actual title of the song was.
We were then introduced to the heroine of our series Abbie. She was hanging out with her Sheriff partner in a diner. I think there was some back story that we may have missed regarding their relationship that got cut later in the episode, but there was definitely a mentor-mentee kind of thing going on here. For the first time in television history a cop was actually being hassled about joining the FBI.
Anyway, this pair of partners was sent out to investigate a disturbance on a farm, where they ran into the Horseman - who immediately killed the Sheriff - leading to my first worry about the Horseman as a bad guy. Immortal villains are kind of difficult to work with storywise and believability wise in a week to week scenario in terms of him not just killing everyone easily because they can't do anything effective to stop him, but I will give Sleepy Hollow the benefit of the doubt for now.
Abbie spotted the Horseman as he made his escape and from a distance of 50 feet in a pitch black storm was able to make out a distinctive brand on the Horseman's hand.

On the other end of the believability spectrum was the completely accurate reaction I would expect from someone in Ichabod's position. He was freaking the F out. Thank you Sleepy Hollow for making this part of the experience real.

We then spent a goodly amount of time in the police station where Abbie was brought in to identify the Sheriff's killer as Ichabod. Once she denied that Ichabod killed the Sheriff, she began describing the Horseman and Ichabod chimed in that he knew the man as well and that he had chopped off his head.

The show then spent a decent amount of time establishing that there is going to be a good amount of humor in addition to storyline courtesy of Tom Mison. The police department hooked up Ichabod to a lie detector and began interrogating him about his past and the Horseman. This involved the as expected disbelief from the police department and Ichabod's unpleasant surprise at being in the 21st century. This is what I imagine Ichabod was thinking when he saw the dollar bill for his buddy General Washington.
Anyway, it filled us in on a little more backstory (after Ichabod's run in with the Horseman he went to the medic tent) and gave us some more Tom Mison banter. Knowing that something weird was up with Ichabod and the whole situation Abbie managed to get the Captain to allow her to transfer Ichabod to the mental hospital. This allowed us to establish some witty banter scenarios between Ichabod and Abbie.
It also allowed Abbie to take Ichabod to his gravesite to show her proof that he wasn't crazy. Once in the tomb our heroic duo discovered a bible. Ichabod revealed that Washington had tasked him with specifically finding the Horseman and killing him as part of a bigger unknown plan on which the fate of the world rested. Ichabod extrapolated that the Horseman was one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and more specifically Death. This really rattled Abbie's chains - which will be a joke in just a minute (foreshadowing).
We then cut to a priest who had earlier been giving both Ichabod and Abbie side eye in two different scenes. He was intending to dig something up before the Horseman arrived. The priest, was not the feeble old man he appeared to be:

Unfortunately the priest's magic was not strong enough and the Horseman dispatched him with ease. Abbie and Ichabod arrived on the scene of the crime later as it was crawling with other cops leading Abbie to lock Ichabod in the car:

The hawk from earlier in the episode then arrived on the hood of Abbie's car and Ichabod decided to follow it (not sure how he got out). The Captain spotted Ichabod wandering around and was not a happy camper. Abbie was in trouble once again. The hawk lead Ichabod to the grave of his wife, where I became really focused on one particular feature:

What the hell is a duft? Even Websters didn't know.

It turns out that Ichabod's wife, Katrina, was a witch. At this point Abbie and Ichabod got into it a little bit, as Ichabod began to get frustrated that Abbie still didn't believe in everything that was going on. She, in turn, took him to the mental hospital for the night where she revealed the hidden secret from her past. When she was in high school she and her sister were walking through the forest one day when they came upon a set of four, white, creepy as hell, trees:

At this point, she believed that she saw some "thing" and that was all she remembered. She and her sister woke up hours later on the side of a road. Her sister never truly recovered and neither does it seem did Abbie.
Abbie then did a little investigating into the Sheriff's office where she found the data dump of a life time:

The Sheriff has been investigating hundreds of murders and disappearances in the northeast that had not been solved or even looked into. He had even traced these same occurrences back to the 17 and 1800s. He believed that they were linked to the hidden presence of two covens (a good one and a bad one). He had even found an identical case to Abbie's blackout. He believed that the four trees represented the Four Horsemen and that the "thing" was a demon. Abbie snaked a map made by George Washington before slipping out.
Ichabod then had an incredibly vivid dream starting off with a mirror (creepy things - might be a long running idea as we'll see later):

It turns out that the Hawk was being controlled by Katrina and that she had been trying to aid Ichabod. When Ichabod and the Horseman fought against one another they became linked:

Using this link Katrina and the rest of her coven (the priest was a member) used a spell to put both men to sleep. Katrina and her coven hid the Horseman's head in her empty grave and buried his body in the river. According to Katrina, the "thing/demon" that Abbie saw when she was a child, is responsible for raising the Horseman and inadvertently Ichabod. He also has Katrina trapped in the dream/alternate reality where the trees exist which I took to mean that she is also still actually alive.....so

The thing/demon sense Ichabod was there and came after him, which led to Ichabod waking in a panic to a team in the mental hospital about to sedate him. However, Abbie put her foot down:

Abbie filled Ichabod in on what she had found in the Sheriff's office and Ichabod in turn filled her in on his dream and the location of the Horseman's head. According to Katrina they had to keep it away from the Horseman at all costs or he would regain all of his powers/strength. Also he had just one weakness - sunlight. One thing he also had:

The Horseman interrupted Abbie and Ichabod as they retrieved the Horseman's head and Abbie ineffectively (see what I mean about the immortality thing) shot the Horseman to save Ichabod. Then Abbie's night took a turn for the even worse as the guy (Brooks?) she called for backup turned out to be on the side of the Horseman. The Horseman then had a firefight with top two policemen in the world who should have their guns taken away as they almost shot Abbie and then did fire at Ichabod.

The Horseman was driven off by the sunlight. Now with two other policeman backing up her story, the Captain tentatively agreed that something was up and put Abbie in charge and ok'd the use of Ichabod. Abbie also put the kibosh on her future as an FBI agent to hang out with Ichabod and get to the bottom of this mess with Ichabod looking on approvingly. Ichabod then filled Abbie in on their purpose as Katrina put it - Ichabod is the First Witness and Ichabod believed that Abbie is the Second Witness, but they forget:

Anyway, Ichabod believes that for the next 7 years (fingers crossed) they will be linked together and battle the forces of evil to determine the outcome of Judgement Day. Even their ne'er do well cop buddy Brooks said that a war was coming. Unfortunately for Brooks he wouldn't be there to see it:

Ichabod and Abbie walked in right afterward and caught a glimpse of the demon thing in the mirror (see I told you).

This left us all with one question that Tom Mison pointedly asked in the final shot: Are you in?

YES, well YEs I'm about 80% in on this one everybody. I'm still super unsure what this show will be like as a week to week show, however this made way way more sense than the trailer did. Tom Mison and his witty banter will keep this show on it's toes a bit. A few of the other characters were a bit wooden, but I am on the crazy train for this one - and I will do my best to photo recap as many as I can. Here are some food for thought questions:
Is the demon controlling the Horseman or are they completely separate entities?
Will we see another Horseman this season?
What will this show look like from week to week?
Will they only operate in Sleepy Hollow?
Did the demon/thing make Abbie an evil "second witness" when he took her or maybe her sister?














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I would love to see the Headless Horseman's (Steve's) underwater lair. Is he like, one of the villains from SpongeBob Squarepants?
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Well done theguylafayette! Anybody who knows Discworld characters (proof of exquisite taste) can't go wrong! ;-)
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great summing up. yes i`m in, i njoyed this, it was a lot of fun, even though it probably shouldnt be :) . nice recap too!
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Nope, guys - neither German nor Dutch. What is written on the tombstone is "Dust". What you read as an "f" is actually an ancient form of writing the letter "s". Therefore: "Dust", i.e. "remains" - as in "ashes to ashes, du.. to du..". ;)
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I read it as "Dust" myself. And yes, exactly, it is definitely the font. If you check some old fonts in some good ole books that is how it looks like... :-)
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I think you are correct that it was meant to read "dust", but it is definitely an "f". I'm gonna chalk it up to a typo by the props department, as the "f" is identical to the one seen in the word "of" immediately after.
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You're right. I didn't notice that. - The difference is marginal, depending on the font used, but you can see it in this "dust of" example I created. (Even though we probably are spending too much time on such a tiny detail. ;) ) - Cheers!

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Love your recap! I was cracking up. I was also really glad that we didn't sit through a long while of Ichabod bumbling around in the woods. I thought the execution of his adaptation to the 21st century was very good actually - he was definitely freaking out, but he kept it together, too. He could've played it very wide-eyed, bumbling around, and I'm glad it wasn't done that way.

I also loved the pullback to the Sleepy Hollow sign. I'm really liking the spooky scenery and the eerie music in this show. I had been a little worried that Sleepy Hollow in modern times would love some of its eeriness, but they've definitely done that well, too.

I actually had not realized that Katrina might still be alive, but I like that idea - she seemed like a cool character and I want to see more of the witches.

Is the demon controlling the horseman? I think they must be linked somehow, for sure. I hadn't thought that til the end, when the Horseman cut of John Cho's head but Abbie spotted the demon leaving.
Will we see another horseman this season? I was thinking about this, and I was thinking probably not this season, but definitely somewhere down the line in future seasons (if, you know, the show doesn't get cancelled).
What will this show look like from week to week? I'm not sure. I thought that, from here on out if might get a little more procedural, but the previews for the rest of the season had me wondering. I think even if it is procedural, they would have to keep the supernatural/Horseman link to their cases somehow. At the same time, the Horseman surely can't be what they're hunting every week. So I don't know. I know a lot people hate when shows like this go more episodic, but I don't really mind.
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Anyone manage to download the episode and look at the mirror scene closely? The "demon" has a close up only 1 frame long, but he looks exactly like "The Beast" in Doctor Who's episode "The Satan Pit." Did the Beast survive his planet getting sucked into a black hole?
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A very good start. Ridiculous without being silly.

They are certainly confident. 'A seven year period of tribulation'. Seven seasons. It seems unlikely that the premise can carry 7 full seasons, but if they do have seven seasonal arcs and a full show arc lined up, then I, for one, am looking forward to it. But I kind of doubt it.

Shame the Sheriff had to die. I would have liked to have seen more of Clancy Brown.

Officer Brooks on patrol in town hears that the sheriff has been killed in a barn outside of town, and immediately jumps out of his car and arrests the nearest homeless looking guy. WTF?
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I think he arrested him because he knew that was Ichabod Crane and that he is probably the one who can ultimately kill the Horseman, since he turns out to be on his side. But that's just a thought.
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This was great how many people lost their heads again:) ichabod is a very likeable and charming character. Love this show already and will defenitly stay with this one.
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Hmmm...

I imagine they are separate entities, but I have to reup my Revelations knowledge since I put it away once Sam and Dean saved the world that time.

I am a little thrown off by the witness expression...that word witness there is something in the back of my head that makes me think Ichabod is reading it wrong.

I wouldn't be terribly surprised to find out that Abbie and her sister are perhaps descendants of both covens and, duh, Abbie is the good one.

I imagine we will see all the Horsemen at one point or another this season, and each week we will be dealing with the army that is supposed to cull the herd for them. Plus, it will be interesting to see, technically, the Horsemen aren't actually evil (this dude may be, but that could be because he was stuck here without his head for so freaking long) or good, they are just personifications of the things that could destroy the world.

Each week will probably be a demon or something, but I am going to take a wild guess that Irving makes them do regular civic things occasionally just for his own shits and giggles. Like they have to do the police safety day at the local kindergarten.

Here is a poll: Is Irving a bad guy or a good guy or is he just an actual good police detective who has nothing to do with any of this.
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Immortal villains ARE difficult. Clancy Brown would know.
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"Get your hands off my crazy hobo!" I love it! Nice work once again!
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More outstanding work, Mr. Lafayette!
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Loved this! Although I must say I'd much rather ship Ichabod and Abbie lol
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I kind of hope they don't get there. I'd like to see them remain platonic.
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"what the hell is a duft"

It's actually a valiant try to write "dust" in gothic-something lettering. Since she was burned, and that "ashes" is way too pedestrian, you know...
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It is actual an old German "Fraktalschrift" which was introduced in the Repbulic of Weimar, but was still used during the Third Reich, which is why most people thank it's a nazi font, when it is not. I even have bible with that font, which is very difficult to read, but blame it one god....he put all the Ss in that book!
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I assume you mean frakturschrift, but it's not really that either, since the lines are smooth and serif-ed (instead of clubbed). The relevant letter is the remnant of the long or snaky "s" letter form popular in early print texts, which lingered in epigraphic and monumental designs for a few centuries after it had been almost universally replaced with a short or terminal "s". It's actually a poor version of this form, since the cross stroke, when present at all, rarely follows through to the right side of the vertical stroke (unlike "f"). When applicable (as here), it is also almost always ligatured to an immediately subsequent "t". By contrast, Crane's tombstone shows no difference between the "s" is "dust" and the "f" in "for," and the cross stroke doesn't begin until the right of the vertical stoke.
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exactly what I wanted to write. If you do a picture search for "Kleist Fraktur" you should find a good example.
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And there are no other S's on the stone to compare it to, so I guess...Afhef to afhef, duft to duft.
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Good call! Still bugs me though
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