Monday, September 29, 2014

Sleepy Hollow

“A dead guy, a mental patient, and a time traveller from the Revolution…” “That’s our team…”

And this is the season 1 of Sleepy Hollow, a maddeningly entertaining TV series, if tad over the top.

As you can guess, the story is a rip-off from Washington Irving’s beloved story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, about a headless horseman and a bumbling suitor, Icabod Crane. And this re-imagines the whole thing in our time, and does it better than the Tim Burton movie starring Johnny Depp.

The time is now and apparently, some guy called Moloch, the guardian of the purgatory, wants to occupy our world with the help of the Biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. So, the headless horseman rides again, and so is Icabod, who too comes to life after more than 200 years, thanks to his wife Katrina, who was a witch and now a prisoner in purgatory. Icabod teams up with a plucky police officer in the shape of Nichole Behari, and it is soon revealed that they are the two witnesses of the Bible who must stop the four horsemen. So, the mayhem begins.

The whole premise is absurd, but it is so much fun, especially when Icabod criticizes the modern world and how he subverts the known history, and how the writers of the show include well known myths and legends and twist them to suit their purpose.

It’s brilliant in a very silly way.

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