I’ve enjoyed Sleepy Hollow since it began, but due to other obligations I never had the time to write individual reviews for each episode. With season 2 coming to an end and my other responsibilities about to soon dominate my time, I want to take a moment to discuss my thoughts on Sleepy Hollow second season. Specifically, I want to highlight why this show has become a success through subtle progressive casting, character development, and organic story telling.
Diversity that Matters
While Tom Mison’s Ichabod Crane is the driving force of the show’s narrative, it is Nicole Behaire’s Abbie Mills that I see as the heart of the show. No matter how much mysticism or myth building the show delves into it is Abbie that keeps Sleepy Hollow grounded in such a way that viewers are willing to suspend disbelief and go for the ride.
Just as important, is how the show has approached race in regards to Abbie and the other minority characters in the show. As someone who is technically a minority – I’m a light-skinned Cuban with cousins who are Dominican and family that is half-Haitian – I want to see more minorities in television shows and movies. Moreover, I want to see them depicted as well rounded people, not token stereotypes. And few shows have done a better job of starring an African-American woman than Sleepy Hollow.
Smart Character Evolution
Few actors are as consistently fantastic as John Noble. Noble first appeared in Sleepy Hollow as the sin eater Henry Parrish. It was later revealed that Noble’s character was really the lost son of Crane and Katrina, Jeremy Crane, he was also the Horseman of the Apocalypse, War. While many shows often depict this type of information for the sole purpose of shocking viewers, the writers for Sleepy Hollow have made sure that there was a reason for this character’s actions and decisions. From his introduction in season 1 to his continued growth in season 2, Noble’s Crane/Parrish has quickly become one of the most dynamic and interesting villains on television.
Wrapping Things Up
Sleepy Hollow started off with the near impossible goal of modernizing Washington Irving’s classic story, connecting it to a Biblical Apocalypse narrative, and winning over audiences that so often feel like they have seen it all. And season one of this show succeeded in every way possible. Season 2 began with one character buried alive and another in Purgatory. The characters not only returned to the land of the living, they began the season with such momentum that every episode has been better then the last. It is a sign of not only the talent behind its production, but a sign that those producing the so have a deep understanding of their fans and the story they want to tell.
Simply put, Sleepy Hollow is only getting better – and it’s setting the standard for supernatural dramas!