Ichabod crane is all of us in Sleepy Hollow's Season 4 premiere (ie. a bit sad and lost without Nicole Beharie's Abbie Mills).
The new season, comprising 13 episodes, kicks off on January 6th, but is it the show's final curtain call? Speaking at an Upfront press call back in may, FOX boss Dana Walden commented “We are not announcing a final season. We are not sure if it’s a final season.”
Clearly the Network is testing the waters with these new episodes, an unsurprising move given the strong fan backlash following Beharie's departure from the show earlier this year. Will fans continue to tune in to a show minus its co-lead? Will Ichabod vanquish the forces of evil or will Abbie's death prove one tribulation too many?
Much may depend on how familiar (or different) the format looks and feels to fans this season. With the additional exits of Zach Appleman and Nikki Reed, accompanied by season 3's villains Shannyn Sossamon and Peter Mensah, a soft reboot was necessary, if only to give Ichabod someone to talk to this Winter.
What does this reboot mean for the theme and tone of show and its characters going forward? Let's break down what's different vs what remains the same.
Ichabod Crane is Still the Same
It almost feels like Tom Mison is pulling double overtime as Ichabod Crane this season.
With the spotlight now focused on a single show lead, Mison’s Ichabod-ness (Ichabodery? Ichabodishness?) shines all the more brightly, which may come as a relief to Mison’s many fans.
What can the Mison collective expect from the season ahead? We hold these following truths to be self-evident: Ichabod will be cranky. He’ll be selflessly brave. He’ll get giddy at the sight of anything related to George Washington. He’ll be confounded by modernity. He’ll be quintessentially English (just listen to him pronounce the word “Superman” in the premiere ep.), and he’ll do it all in knee-high brown leather boots.