After taking a break for post-season baseball, Fox’s freshman hit “Sleepy Hollow” is back on Fox Monday with the first new episode in three weeks.
For the uninitiated, the fantasy adventure series has Revolutionary War soldier Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) crawling out of his grave some 250 years later. He finds himself in present-day Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., partnering with police Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) to battle the Headless Horseman and other supernatural threats that could be the beginning of end times.
The Sandman, another soldier in the army of evil, haunts residents’ dreams in “Sleepy Hollow.”
The show, running 13 episodes this season and already renewed for a second, fires on a lot of different cylinders. It’s spooky, clever, long on special effects and plain old good fun as it messes with time and puts fish-out-of-water Crane in 21st century America. “Any room he walks into he’s probably the most intelligent person in that room but no one will allow him to show that because everyone thinks he’s insane,” Mison said.
The British actor makes the most of the role, trying to figure out indoor plumbing, electric coffee makers and why we pay so much for pastries while grappling with centuries-old grudges and visits from his purgatory-bound wife.
He does all this while wearing his 18th century clothing — a point that hasn’t gone unnoticed in social media. People want to know when he’s going to visit the Gap already and buy a pair of jeans.
Mison likened his character’s unchanging wardrobe to “a big stinking security blanket.”
“He’s a long way from home – 250 years from home — so anything he can hold onto from his time, I think he will.”
Viewers will be getting more of 18th century Ichabod in upcoming episodes.
Future episodes will have more of Crane in his 18th century environs, Mison said. They’ll also feature a new guest star: John Noble from the former Fox drama
“Fringe.” Monday’s new “Sin Eaters” episode has Abbie turning to the mysterious Henry Parrish (Noble) for help after Crane goes MIA.“John Noble will become a very important character in the series,” Mison said. “He’s a savior.”
John Noble (“Fringe”) joins “Sleepy Hollow” as a guest star on Monday’s new episode.
The Headless Horseman may be out of the gate, but it’s not too late to catch up with the series before the new episodes kick in Monday. For this week only, all five episodes that have already aired are available on the FOX NOW app, FOX.com, Hulu and participating TV provider sites. The episodes will also be available on FOX On Demand for customers of AT&T U-Verse, Cox, Verizon FiOS, Time Warner Cable and XFINITY, among other providers.The show returns to Fox’s Monday line-up at 8 p.m. on WFLD-Channel 32.