Shows — especially cop shows — love to portray rule-breakers. Search warrants? Search warrants are for protocol-followers. We’re renegades. We don’t need ’em. Luckily, the show ends when the serial killer gets put in the cop car and not when he’s found not guilty because the crucial evidence was gathered without a search warrant. So, BOOM RENEGADES. HIGH FIVE.
I’m OK with a little light rule breaking. It’s a crucial ingredient for many good shows. But seriously, Sleepy Hollow. Your rule breaking is getting way out of hand.
The second episode, “Blood Moon,” starts off with Ichabod Crane waking up in a cheap motel room guarded by a police officer. Why is Crane being imprisoned here against his will?
“It’s the law,” says Abbie, his cop companion. Yes, friends, it’s the law that police witnesses like Crane must be locked away in hotel rooms until needed. Abbie alone has the power to release him from her custody. When Crane protests, she argues, “It’s a little early in the morning for a constitutional debate.” But she needs one! Desperately!
Not only does Abbie refuse to release Crane, she also drives him to crime scenes. At one, he literally pokes a dead corpse. Oh no, it’s fine. Let the strange Revolutionary War reenactor touch the homicide victim. No wonder there are so many unsolved crimes in your town!
Lest you sense antagonism between Crane and Abbie, fear not. They’re a committed team. She even marvels at his ability to speak multiple languages (His explanation? He has a photographic memory. But … that’s not how language learning works.). FOX is banking on their chemistry, as we learn. According to prophesy, Crane and Abbie will team up for seven years to save the world. Seven years?!?! FOX thinks they can milk this concept for seven seasons?! It’s the world’s most optimistic variation of leaving the door open for a sequel.
2 stars out of 5
Major docking of points for the incredibly disappointing revelation that John Cho isn’t dead. He gets resurrected by Satan to be his evil minion (reason why not given). Let this be a lesson to you stoner teenagers: White Castle is the gateway drug to eternal damnation and perpetual servitude to the Lord of the Flies.