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‘Sleepy Hollow’: The mythology gums up the works

Nicole Beharie as police officer Abbie Mills and Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane in Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow.’’
Nicole Beharie as police officer Abbie Mills and Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane in Fox’s “Sleepy Hollow.’’Brownie Harris/Fox

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Sleepy Hollow” is a new Fox series, Monday at 9, that borrows very loosely from the Washington Irving story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The creators use only a few Irving ingredients – the name Ichabod Crane, the New York state setting, the headless horseman, the object of desire named Katrina. Then they add them to a mixing bowl of disparate but familiar supernatural tropes – one cup of Salem-styled witchery, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and one magical skull, whole. Then they fold in a crusty entombment, bake for 232 years, and voila!

You have one of the most complex and mixed-up and irritating mythology soufflés ever to be delivered in a single pilot.

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