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The mystical and adventure television series Sleepy Hollow is a modernized adaptation of W. Irving's short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. A creative tandem consisting of Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Philip Iskov and Len Wiseman worked on the creation of the project. The pilot episode aired on September 16, 2013 on Fox. After a successful four seasons, the show was officially canceled in 2017. At the same time, the reviews of the Sleepy Hollow series are positive, its rating is quite high - IMDb: 7.40. By the way, this project is considered almost the only one in the history of the American television industry without "racial orientation." In the first season, there were no white American males and no white women among the key characters. And almost no one noticed this, although in America they are very sensitive to such nuances.
Many authors of reviews of the series "Sleepy Hollow" admitted that, when they started watching the project, they expectedfrom the TV version of the style and atmosphere of Tim Burton's gothic horror film. But it was not there! The protagonist Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) has little in common with the literary prototype. With the light hand of the writers, he makes a time jump for 250 years, wakes up in modern New York, where, having teamed up with police officer Abby Mills (Nicole Bahari), he confronts the headless horseman, terrifying civilians. And he, in turn, concurrently becomes one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
The description of the joint project of one of the most successful filmmakers of our time looks at least wild, but in fact, according to critics and viewers, the Sleepy Hollow series is the most exciting project of the fall of 2013.
Even during the first season, it becomes clear that the clash of Ichabod Crane with the demon is a small episode of a colossal confrontation with the forces of darkness. Indeed, later two warring orders of witches, all the horsemen of the Apocalypse and the devil himself, pulled up to Sleepy Hollow. The plot constantly returns to its origins in the 18th century, hinting that George Washington was not against the British, but fought the forces of darkness. If we take into account that Len Wiseman, the creator of the Underworld film epic, had a hand in creating the show, then there will be vampires, werewolves, and gypsies in the story. According to the scenario prophecy, the war between good and evil will last for seven years, but the project was closed after four seasons. Although fans in the reviews of the seriesSleepy Hollow expressed strong dissatisfaction with the fait accompli.
Gothic and thrash beyond
Critics in reviews of the series "Sleepy Hollow" tried to explain the decision of the creators and the reasons for closing the show. In the first season of the project, the authors mixed more events and characters than in the five seasons of the Supernatural series. And this flow of fantasies, mystical delirium enchants and delights. After all, in such shows, no one is looking for realism, and "Sleepy Hollow" looks advantageous against the backdrop of series that give out trash beyond a teaspoon per hour. But as a result, there was less and less sense in the story, by the fourth season the ratings began to decline, so the decision of the authors was correct and justified.
The meaning may have become less, but the gothic has not gone anywhere. Sleepy Hollow seems to be frozen in the 80s, mysticism suits her very well. The provincial town is similar to the scenery for “Before Midnight” or “Rambo”: the same police cars, uniforms and eateries. Even the suspense is pumped up by outdated Hollywood tricks: creeping shadows, reflection in mirrors, gloomy twilight.
Reviewers in reviews of the series "Sleepy Hollow" to the merits of the project include very funny jokes from the series "from the 19th century to the 21st", which are not boring, the chemistry between the main characters. Crane and Mills are a really bright "opposites attract" duo. All attention of the audience is riveted tolittle-known, but good performers, a more famous movie star is killed in the very first episodes, but most importantly - the Horseman. The shootout between the Headless Horseman in the uniform of a British Revolutionary War soldier but armed with a machine gun and the police is the best moment in the history of American over-the-air television in the early 2000s.
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