<p>FOX’s "Sleepy Hollow" surprised the hell out of me.</p> <p>I say hell, because I had no idea the classic tale of the fated Hudson Valley schoolteacher Ichabod Crane would artfully detour into a reimagined thrillride that sources the new testament of the Bible for its dramatic fuel.</p> <p>Fox’s Sleepy Hollow is the story of Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) who somehow wakes up in present day Sleepy Hollow, New York. He has traveled over time and now is the charge of the local police department – specifically sheriff Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and her new boss Capt. Frank Irving (Orlando Jones).</p> <p>Mills has dreams of a bigger career, and Irving’s eyes reveal a bit of cryptic intent. Meanwhile, their police bretheren are fielding crime scenes that involve sightings of a headless horseman wielding a sword. Crane believes the cursed Hessian soldier has followed him in time, and he is not just a mercenary from the revolutionary war, but death himself.</p> <p>Cue the prophetic song of Revelations that Johnny Cash did so well:</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/k9IfHDi-2EA" width="480" height="360" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p> </p> <p>Sleepy Hollow’s Headless Horsemen is death incarnate, and the cypher of one of the four horseman, and how we come to this realization is a cleverly constructed series of events that ends up in a final scene that’s pretty darn shocking for broadcast TV. Hair raising, in fact.</p> <p>What is perfectly honed by the writers and the actors is the natural chemistry that Abbie and Ichabod have together. Both are slightly outcast, as Abby had a supernatural moment happen as a child, yet she has suppressed the memory. The area is rife with history and witch covens (this is the year of the witch on TV) and the Headless Horsemen is just part of this series’ mystery.</p> <p>The writers employ flashbacks that tie to modern times and underscore the scene’s importance, explaining the context of what we are witnessing. More importantly, the entire town is full of supernatural secrets, and like NBC’s excellent "Grimm," we find out slowly, as the true nature of each character is revealed.</p> <p>This town holds many secret societies and families that harbor all sorts of history with biblical elements loosely woven into the adept storytelling.</p> <p>Based on one episode seen, this is a no miss series you must watch.</p> <p>Sleepy Hollow premieres Monday at 9/8c on Fox.</p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/1hFg9qS_u3w" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p>Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.