What Sleepy Hollow Could’ve Been

Yesterday, I read that Sleepy Hollow was canceled. Like a lot of people, I was excited when this show first came out. I loved the concept and the characters.

Then it got kind of old and played out.

And then they killed off Abbie Mills.

Seriously? She was one of the two main characters.


The show has killed off characters, added new characters, etc, and yet, they could never quite recover the initial spark that made the show popular in the first place. I have a theory on why.


Too many episodes.


Any story, any TV show, is going to get old and stale if you try to drag it out too long. Our culture has a very short attention span, less than that of a goldfish.


Let’s look at the number of episodes per season for Sleepy Hollow.


Season 1: 13

Season 2: 18

Season 3: 18

Season 4: 13


Keeping up with that and everything else I want to watch could seriously be a part-time job.


My suggestion to the TV network people is shorter seasons. Seriously, a short season or a mini-series is an event. I make an effort to tune in for stuff I perceive as special.


18 episodes is not an event. It’s a freakin’ marathon.


Imagine if Sleepy Hollow scheduled their season during September-October and only made like 8 episodes. The story would be less diluted because they didn’t have to stretch the thing out over 18 episodes. Because of the span of time between seasons and the scarcity of episodes, more people might even get excited when it finally returns.


Not only that, shorter seasons would mean more open time slots at the network, which makes room for, I don’t know, new shows? More room for experimentation. More chances to find the next big hit.


So, yeah, I’m sad Sleepy Hollow was canceled. I did like it. Was I able to keep up with it? Honestly, no.

Thoughts on the How I Met Your Mother Finale

In lieu of movie post this week, I’m doing a TV show post.

No matter how you end a beloved series, someone is going to complain, probably a lot of someones. I watched the How I Met Your Mother finale on Monday and I’ve read many complaints.

I actually liked the finale just fine. It made sense to me. Maybe I’m the only one? I don’t know.

There’s a saying that applies to writing: the end is the beginning or maybe it’s the beginning is the end. I can’t remember for sure. Basically, the idea is that stories should come full circle. That is what the show did, pretty much. I mean, look at this synopsis from season 1, episode 2.

“After telling Robin that “He loves her”, things fall apart for she and Ted and he figures that it’s all over for the two of them, but not for long as Ted finds out from Lily after she met Robin that she (Robin) likes him and Ted tries once again…” It goes on.

So, yes. The series really was more about Ted and Robin than it was about Ted and Tracy.

I did have a couple of complaints about the finale. I thought Barney’s character did a 180 that didn’t make all that much sense. He had grown as a person. All the romantic sincerity he’d picked up just flew out the window.

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They tried to redeem him at the very end, but it was too little, too late. He should’ve at least ended up becoming a more sophisticated version of his previous self or something. The devolution felt cheap and forced.

I also didn’t really like the cliché that Robin became toward the end. Lonely spinster with too many dogs? Girl, please. How boring is that? How one-dimensional? It sucked every bit of her cool out of the room.

As for the rest of the story, I was okay with it. Marshall and Lily – good, Ted – fine. The kids were funny. Fast-forwarding through everyone’s lives was a little jarring, especially when the mother died. That was sad. Apparently there was some foreshadowing to this but I totally missed it.

Those are my thoughts. Did you watch it? What did you think?