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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.