Sleepy Hollow Ep. 5 “John Doe”
- Tom Mison, Alex Kurtzman
A couple years ago I worked at a summer camp in Pasadena that featured these guerrilla theater moments for the kids. The basic premise of this theatre was that the camp had the power to imbue the spirits of Native American warriors in people and that they were in a war with the prospectors for some mystical arrowheads blah blah blah… It was a fairly racist and overly complicated american fantasia that featured some exciting moments with Eskimo queens and a time travelling Davy Crocket. Sleepy Hollow reminds me a lot of that summer camp (minus the racism.) I guess what I’m trying to say is this show is really weird and complex in a very american way. Unfortunately, much like my summer camp, it’s not quite good yet, and it isn’t bad enough to be fun in a campy b horror style.
This show is about a time traveling Ichabod Crane whose trying to stop the four horsemen of the apocalypse- one of which is a samurai. Sounds pretty awesome, and this show almost get’s by on it’s ridiculous moments and some solid special effects. However, the relationship between Ichabod and his sexy female partner feels a little too much like Mulder and Scully, and none of the acting performances are quite bad enough to make this show a really great guilty pleasure… I thought that the 7up Yours guy as the police chief would at least illicit a chuckle from me but no such luck. I do really enjoy shows that use God as a plot device and the inclusion of the very real lost colony of Roanoke- a colony in Virginia that mysteriously disappeared back in the pre-colonial era, was nice to see. Perhaps even weirder than Sleepy Hollow: according to a reliable source of mine, the Roanoke re-enactment plays that happen as a tourist attraction in the south are actually just a front for massive gay orgies. You don’t have to believe me, but it’s true! I have a friend who went to one! Anyway, I applaud Sleepy Hollow for it’s ridiculous premise but I don’t actually like it quite yet.
- Johnnie JungleGuts