Everything and the kitchen sink.
Apparently time traveling Ichabod Crane (excellently acted by Tom Mison) forward to the present day and bringing the Headless Horseman with him just wasn’t a high enough High-concept for this show.
So on top of that we have two covens of witches and the four horsemen of the apocalypse. And hey this is episode one, so who knows where we’ll have got to by the end of the season.
Fortunately they’re not taking themselves too seriously with this show and it moves so fast you don’t fully realize the stupendous absurdity of what you’ve just watched (The headless horseman using an automatic rifle to strafe a police car and two shotgun toting cops) until afterwards.
Less fortunately the Headless Horseman is actually one of the weakest elements of this episode. He just looks… silly… instead of the unstoppable scary killing machine he is clearly supposed to be.
And while I have no issue with any of the actors only Mison’s Ichabod really gets any good lines.
Nicole Beharie as our other protagonist is stuck doing the I don’t believe you lines for a big chunk of the episode. Hopefully now we’re past that she gets some more substance.
Meanwhile Orlando Jones is just grumpy chief cop #5257 and all Katia Winter got to do in the first episode was look alternately busty and scared.
It’s early days. If they just totally buy into the ridiculous premise and can build up some more cast chemistry this could be really fun.
Or a train wreck…