We're reviewing six new 2013 pilots this Fall TV season! We'll be dishing about the good, the bad, and the hotties on the small screen. Twin Takedown style, of course ;)
Premiere Date: September 16th
Air Date: Mondays 9/8c
Air Date: Mondays 9/8c
Becca: 3 episodes of Sleepy Hallow have already aired, but we're going to dissect the pilot for you in case you haven't started the series yet. Or you just want to discuss! Also, if you haven't already heard, Sleepy Hollow was renewed very early for the second season on October 3rd, which means if you're the type of person who wants to be assured that the series is going to stick around before you watch -- then you have no fear for this one.
Krista: I was incredibly surprised that FOX went ahead and already renewed this series based on 3 episodes. That takes lots of confidence on the network's part.
Becca: Also we'll tell you how far we've watched into the series near the bottom of the post. So let's enter the creepy town of Sleepy Hollow!
Becca: The show alters between the past and the present, and I'm definitely along for the ride at this point. I love a good period piece, and the sets are done nicely.
Becca: Ichabod Crane is resurrected from the past. And he helps Lt. Abbie Mills solve supernatural crime surrounding the headless horseman (and perhaps the four horsemen, as was teased at the end of the episode.) What are your feelings on the season's storyline, Krista? Do you think it can hold up?
Krista: I think the storyline itself is actually pretty interesting. It has a cohesive arc with a direct big bad (the four horseman and the devil/demon controlling them). As a storyline, I actually liked it.
Becca: The present is what is hanging me up. I really love the past. I think it elicits that creepy feel, and the headless horseman actually looks scary in a setting where guns take ages to reload and people look frightened by talk of "witchcraft."
In the present, however, the headless horseman is hokey and not at all scary. It's kind of laughable.
Krista: I agree, the headless horseman isn't the scary. A severed head is actually more frightening than just a body.
Becca: The only good part about the present, in my opinion, involves Crane's humor. He's the fish out of water -- the bumbling time traveler who is stuck in the present. The Leopold to Abbie Mills' Kate. But still, the headless man as a big bad is kind of... lame:
Are you scared by that? I'm not.
Krista: I'm definitely not scared of the headless horseman, which was why I was glad they introduced another villain by the end of the episode. That thing, I am terrified of.
Becca: Crane is the highlight of the show. He's the reason why I would watch again. He's not only pretty to look at, but his humor draws me into an otherwise ho-hum plot (that can grow overtime, I realize).
Becca: I'm going to be honest about Abbie Mills. She's like Scandal's Olivia Pope without that spark and spunk. I'm not rooting for her. I find her a little bland, and I think the casting choice is just off. Who would have been better suited for this role? Meagan Good from the short-lived Deception last year.
Krista: Abbie Mills. No. She is the sole reason I probably won't be watching the show. I don't believe her panic or her badassery. And the chemistry between her and Crane is just so off.
Becca: As with most crime shows, the romance is slow-burning. There's more of a building of chemistry, and I suppose the endgame will be Abbie with Crane. I think Crane has a better connection with his redheaded ex-wife, who's a bit witchy. (I really liked her by the way. She made me believe in magic whereas Abbie made me think the horseman and the creepy town was lame.)
Krista: No. Just no.
Becca: The best part of the show, by far, was the ending. It made me believe that there was room for the show to grow. That demon thing in the mirror (another horseman or something?) was just plain scary. I was looking for that spooky fear the entire time, and I was so, so glad that it showed up at the end. That is something that I can get behind as a real threat.
Krista: I agree. The best part of the show is definitely that ending, and it does leave room for a stellar season. But my problem isn't so much with the story line as it is with the dialogue/characters/acting. I didn't really fall in love with anyone but Crane.
WHO SHOULD WATCH IT?
Becca: Any crime show fans. Specifically Grimm (which I love by they way), Beauty and the Beast (my love isn't as strong for this one, but you won't believe how many people go crazy over this show), and maybe CSI.
Krista: Crime show fans. I think Grimm is a good comparison, but don't expect as great characters on Sleepy Hollow. Or maybe Bones with less humor.
WILL WE WATCH IT?
Becca: We watched the first episode. And we haven't seen any more since. We're more apt to watch something like Hannibal which is not episodic. Krista and I gravitate towards serialized shows, and I can tell that this is heading towards the Bones route. Just not my cup of tea. The plot was decent and Crane was perfect, but Abbie Mills and the present-day, unspooky village was a little bit of a downer. So I'm giving the show a C+
Krista: The first episode left me a little curious but my eyes rolled too much by the awful dialogue and...well Abbie Mills. Like Becca mentioned, we don't really watch crime shows unless they're serialized. Crane was great, Abbie sucked, and the plot was decent. Obviously people like it if it's already renewed, but as a pilot -- it wasn't perfect, not even close. C
Becca: Like I said, it's already been given a second season, which is really early in my opinion. But fans should be happy. If it can hold momentum, I think FOX will try to replace Sleepy with the tired and long-lived Bones.
Krista: I agree. I see it replacing a staple show in FOX's lineup in the future.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
It's time for your voices to be heard! Have you watched the episode? Are you planning on seeing it? Sound off below!