Meet the Fan: Sleepy Hollow Fan Donna
We are six episodes into Sleepy Hollow and Pop Culture Nexus wants to know how this new show is doing so we asked the experts. YOU! The fans.
Read what Sleepy Hollow super fan, Donna, had to say about the show’s season so far. Follow her on Twitter @oconnellaboo
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Sleepy Hollow is in its first season. How do you think it is doing? Is it living up to your expectations or is it a disappointment?
It’s doing extremely well. It was on my list of shows to watch in the new season, but I wasn’t sure if it was going to live up to the hype. I’m a big fan of the original Washington Irving story, and honestly, I was skeptical they would be able to pull it off. It has exceeded my expectations by leaps and bounds – the writing is intelligent, the mythology moves at a nice pace, and the leads are cast perfectly. It has become, to my happy surprise, an appointment viewing.
What has been your favorite moment this season?
I enjoyed the Sandman episode (“For the Triumph of Evil”) quite a lot – that was one of the scarier villains I’ve seen on TV in a while! And the episode on November 4 has really turned up the heat on the mythology, plus added one of my favorite actors, John Noble, in an intriguing new role. But I think my absolute favorite moment has to be Ichabod’s conversation with Yolanda, the “NorthStar” lady. It was hilarious, enriching and it built on the character of Ichabod; he’s a fish out of water, but he also has to be unbelievably lonely. That scene showed us that side without beating us over the head about it. Very clever, and beautifully played by the find of the new TV season, Tom Mison.
If you could tell the producers and writers to include or change one thing, what would it be?
It’s probably a little early to be truly dissatisfied with any aspect of the show, but I do think they need to dig a little deeper into the character of Katrina. The episode on November 4 was a step in the right direction, but she still seems a bit of a cypher – and right now, the actress isn’t quite strong enough to hold my interest as a “mystery.” Her chemistry with Mison isn’t on the same level as his with Nicole Beharie, so it kind of messes with what they seem to be trying to accomplish. I don’t feel Ichabod’s yearning for Katrina as strongly as I should. As I said, it’s still in its early days, so I’m willing to follow along with the mythology, trusting that the writers know what they’re doing, and where they’re going with Katrina.
What do think is most appealing about Sleepy Hollow?
There’s a sense of lightness to the show, despite the creepy, dark tone it also takes. If it was nothing but constant menace, and scariness, and apocalyptic mumbo-jumbo, the show would sink under its own weight. But it has fun with the history – their take on Revolutionary history is flat-out bonkers and they know it – and they have two of the most attractive, and talented, new stars to spin their tales with. Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison are absolutely terrific in their roles. Mison is creating such a sympathetic, human character out of what could have been a total cliché. The fact that he’s easy on the eyes doesn’t hurt, but it’s the slightly goofy heart he brings to Ichabod that I find really attractive.
The diversity of the cast is also a wonderful thing. The Sleepy Hollow police department on TV is actually MORE diverse than the real one!
Does the show have a strong following online? If so, where do fans typically gather to talk about it?
It has an incredibly strong presence online – I was a participant in the Fringe live tweets, and I’m detecting a similar vibe – and a similar devotion – from the “SleepyHeads,” as they’ve been dubbed. Orlando Jones, who plays Capt. Irving, is a regular live-tweeting presence on broadcast nights, and Nicole Beharie has joined in as well. Both the East and West Coast tweets are rollicking occasions, with lots of puns flying, and of course, the requisite swooning over Tom Mison – who can blame them?
Facebook is also a very active place for Sleepy Hollow fans. I’m kind of amazed at how quickly such a large and devoted fan base has coalesced. The show just seems to have touched a place in people’s hearts right away. This is no slow-build fandom. With a few exceptions, SleepyHeads have fallen, and fallen hard. It’s going to be a lot fun following the fandom online.