(Scored out of ten; below 5 = not worth seeing, 6 = ok, 7 = good, 8 = great, 9 = fantastic, 10 = next to perfect)
Sleepy Hollow has managed to maintain its impressive run all the way to its climax. I am happy to say that my expectations were definitely exceeded in a number of categories. While not the perfect show, it manages to strike a fantastic balance between humour, wit and drama. However there were a few things I believe could have used some improvement.
In the final episodes of the season Crane’s “fish out of water” deal begins to wear thin. Either the writers ran out of ideas of things to do with him or the shtick just isn’t working anymore. His inability to work a cell phone was funny the first time, maybe even the second, but not the fifth. Though his stumbling upon a military reenactment and the call back to Yolanda were appreciated.
The acting continued with its usual level of quality. Nicole Beharie is still the weak link in the cast though her exaggerated facial expressions are becoming less frequent. There is nothing much more to say on this front, solid work all around. The supporting cast could have used a bit more work as well (Morales) but they all did a serviceable job that led to an enjoyable season of television. The continued appearances of John Noble were of note however, his character becomes a pretty big deal and he nails the performance at every turn! Also, John Cho was great as super zombie necromancer Cho, I hope he finds his way back next season. I am now done with this section, sorry.
The overall story line continued to keep me engaged and caring about what was happening on screen. All of the main characters had meaningful arcs and satisfying payoffs by seasons end. The “lost son” plot thread is of particular significance and was handled extremely well.
Frank Irving’s (Orlando Jones) was quite interesting. Throughout most of the season I viewed him as sort of throwaway character. He was well acted but he wasn’t involved all that much. By the end that completely changed. How he went from suspicious bystander, to reluctant ally and ending up as a valued member of the team was a pleasure to watch. The tough choices he had to make in one particular episode were especially impactful.
On a less stellar note, the relationship between the sisters was not as focused as I would have liked. It was by no means a dropped plot thread but one that I believe could have benefitted from a bit more attention.
The general lack of Death (the horseman, not the action) was a little disappointing as well. He does play a major role but I would have enjoyed more consistent appearances. However, his absence did allow for other creatures to take the spotlight. The golem, tree thing and Moloch were very scary yet they sucked me in. The prosthetics in this show are so well done they can’t be talked about enough. Even the CG was great, the doorway to purgatory looked realistic and magical at the same time.
The twists and turns along the way were handled with perfection. I was never completely sure of what would happen next. The turns and revelations in episode 8 and the finale blew my mind. How season 2 will follow that ending is beyond me. I applaud the writers for keeping such twists hidden and surprising. The way they resurrected old plot threads I believed were one and done for a terrific cliffhanger was commendable. With that bring on season 2!
Overall I would give the series 8.5 out of ten.