Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are geniuses. There, I said it. I have enjoyed their work on the big and small screens. But their with latest project, the Fox series Sleepy Hollow, they have outdone themselves. Check out the trailer for this ground breaking series:
Sleepy Hollow takes Washington Irving’s classic story and brings it (and its pivotal characters) into the 21st Century. The premise, as published on Wikipedia, is:
After Ichabod Crane “dies” during a mission for General George Washington in 1781, he awakens in 2013 Sleepy Hollow, New York. But so does the Headless Horseman, whose head Ichabod chopped off before his perceived death. The horseman begins his nightly killing spree, and Ichabod must partner with Lt. Abbie Mills.
Abbie investigates the horseman after the latter kills the sheriff (Clancy Brown). While hunting the horseman, Abbie looks into the old case files her old partner (the former sheriff) was investigating and learns of two types of occult groups—one for good, the other evil—which may have summoned the horseman again. If the horseman is not stopped, dark supernatural forces will affect the Earth. This becomes more difficult as the Horseman discovers modern weaponry, which he assimilates into his ritualistic hunt. Ichabod must also adjust to the societal and technological differences of the 21st century.
The headless horseman is revealed to be Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse described in the Book of Revelation.
As Abbie is a black woman, Crane’s worldview from 18th century Colonial America may cause some friction with her, and also the people he must now work with. Given the fact that he is, and states he is from, the time of the American Revolution, local law enforcement see him as a madman but useful in hunting the horseman.
One notable thing about this program is in its diverse casting. Two lead characters, Nicole Beharie and MadtV’s Orlando Jones, are African-American. Additionally, there is also the casting of recurring cast members:
- Nikita’s Lyndie Greenwood, African-American
- Harold & Kumar’s John Cho, South Korean
- Resurrection Boulevard’s Nicholas Gonzales, Mexican-American
The Hollywood Reporter cites strong ratings for this Fox series, revealing how quickly audiences have accepted this series. Granted, not everybody loves this. You may have read how Fox Nexs seems to see this as anti-Tea Party propaganda. You can watch it and make your own conclusions.
If you missed the episodes on Fox, you can catch them on Hulu: Sleepy Hollow.
Meanwhile, here is a little insight on the genius of Kurtzman and Orci: