31 Days of Reviews: Sleepy Hollow (3.01)

This review will focus on the premiere episode for season 3 of FOX’s Sleepy Hollow which aired on October 1st.

The second season of Sleepy Hollow left viewers with a good shock, a loss of some key characters, and a question of where the show would go moving forward. I was definitely interested to see what would become of one of my favorite shows at the moment, and I was not disappointed.

Taking place nine months after the events in the second season finale, viewers reconnect with Abby Mills (Nicole Beharie), who is now a budding agent in the FBI, and Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who has been off on a soul searching journey of solitude. Just as the viewer is adjusting to these changes, the characters are as well, spending the episode “catching up” and talking about their future as witnesses.

The episode brings back Jenny Mills (Lyndie Greenwood) as a regular cast member and briefly explains the exit of Captain Irving (Orlando Jones). It’s very apparent that this new season will be boxing up the events of season two, chalking it up to the end of a chapter, the first of their seven tribulations.

In addition, this particular episode introduces two new female characters to the series, both of which are featured in the updated title sequence. The first to be introduced is a mysterious, hooded sorceress (played by Shannyn Sossamon). It’s evident that this powerful character will be the new ultimate bad of the series. Her identity is revealed at the end of the episode, and I’m pretty excited to see more from her character. The second character introduced is Betsy Ross (Nikki Reed), who is revealed to have been much more than “just the flag lady” to history. This character will hopefully bring more of that colonial flare to the series, as well as some new romance for Crane due to their history together.

Overall, this season premiere episode harkens back to what we all loved about season one. Whether it continues this way is yet to be seen. Personally, I’m glad to see the themes of season two being over and done with. I felt it became a bit of a mess. There will still be some additional characters who have yet to be introduced, but I’m not sure when they’ll come into play.

If you’ve been a fan of the series thus far, I’d definitely give it a shot.

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