Sleepy Hol­low Sea­son One

Cit­i­zen Crane

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2013- 2014 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD Cre­ators: Alex Kurtz­man, Roberto Orci Cast: Tom Mi­son, Ni­cole Be­harie, Or­lando Jones, Ka­tia Win­ter, John Noble, Lyn­die Green­wood

Given the pen­chant for su­per­nat­u­ral hor­ror on TV over the last few years, it’s no sur­prise that this up­date of Wash­ing­ton Irv­ing’s iconic 1820 short story “The Legend Of Sleepy Hol­low” has been such a suc­cess. But while some of Sleepy Hol­low’s charm lies in the way it brings to life Irv­ing ’s tale ( the Head­less Horse­man here is truly creepy) and cheek­ily weaves its lore into Amer­i­can his­tory ( George Wash­ing­ton was a zom­bie!), there’s also a lot to be said for the chem­istry be­tween its two leads: Tom Mi­son’s gal­lant English­man Ich­a­bod Crane, res­ur­rected in the present day 230 years out of his time, and mod­ern- day Lieu­tenant Ab­bie Mills, played by Ni­cole Be­harie.

When we say “chem­istry”, we don’t mean it in a ro­man­tic way – re­fresh­ingly, th­ese two are sim­ply friends – and most of the show’s joy comes from their cul­ture- clash ban­ter as they strug­gle to fend off the Four Horse­men of the Apoc­a­lypse.

On the down­side, the se­ries does suf­fer con­sid­er­ably from rat­tling through its plots so quickly, fran­ti­cally and il­log­i­cally that you’re left daz­zled by the end of each episode – and not in a good way. Still, if you’re in the mood for hel­ter- skel­ter, de­mon- filled chaos, you’ll love it.

Ex­tras: A de­cent se­lec­tion, in­clud­ing two com­men­taries, a gag reel, a dozen deleted scenes and six fea­turettes ( to­talling 50 min­utes). Jayne Nel­son

In Irv­ing’s story, the Horse­man him­self is open to in­ter­pre­ta­tion. He could be a prankster with a pump­kin for a head.

“But se­ri­ously, I look dash­ing in this shirt, right?”

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