Some things should be allowed to die. Last season, Sleepy Hollow co-star Nicole Beharie decided to leave the show and they should have just killed the series. Unfortunately, they decided to keep going, trading in the majority of the cast and the iconic location to move to Washington D.C. What a mistake that was! Once a really great series, it has largely fallen apart and only got 13 episodes this season. So was it worthwhile? Read on to find out.Following the disappearance of Abbie Mills, Ichabod moves to Washington D.C. to search for the next Witness. He finds her in the child of FBI agent Diana Malhotra, who he convinces to be his partner against the forces of darkness, along with a secret government agency created by George Washington.
So yeah… it sucked. The whole setup was bad. I can’t complain too much about the casting of the new characters, but to throw everyone out the window and reboot the show at this stage was a bad idea. Only Crane and Jenny Mills come back, otherwise it’s new people who you have no attachment to and that’s a serious issue.
The idea of making the new Witness a child might have been interesting, but they did it very badly. The problem was that the new Witness couldn’t actually do much. She was little more than a bystander that existed to get into peril so that her mother and Crane could rescue her. In fact, they realized this in the end so they kicked her out and introduced her time-traveling future self to the mix, but it was too little, too late. I hate to criticize child actors, but Oona Yaffee was completely flat the whole season.
The protagonist was pointless too. Super-rich tech mogul sells his soul to the devil for power and tricks the devil by gaining eternal life so he won’t ever have to keep his side of the deal. Now he wants to change the world by bringing back the 4 Horsemen and frankly, we’ve seen it all before so why bother?
The Vault, the headquarters of the secret government Department 355, is pointless. It’s just a substitute for Crane’s old library and I never found anything worthwhile about Jake and Alex and even Jenny Mills, who I have generally liked throughout the series, was wasted. They gave her an “out” so she could go off and follow her dreams and then dropped it. Perhaps worst of all, they made the team semi-public, known to the President and now a quasi-part of the government. I can’t find anything positive in any of this.
We don’t know for sure that the series has been cancelled, but since it was moved to Friday night, the place shows go to die, and the ratings have been horrible. Between the end of season 3 and the beginning of season 4, they lost 41% of their viewers among the all-important 18-49 demo. It isn’t looking good for the show and they need to get rid of it. The ratings weren’t great for season 3, but they weren’t as dismal as they became. These shows need to go out at the top of their game, not when they’ve been driven completely into the ground.