Saturday, 18 May 2013

Trailers: Showtime's DEXTER (season 8) and Fox's SLEEPY HOLLOW

Saturday, 18 May 2013

After yesterday's blog about an effective 'Masterpiece' promo I enjoyed, Showtime have released the official trailer for Dexter's final season. It's a little bit spoiler-y and suggests some avenues the show may ultimately take to resolve itself. There appears to be a lot of character-based content for Dex and Deb this year, following the climax of season 7 (which is both appropriate and great to see), but not a lot else to get excited about... beyond the fact this show is building towards a definite ending, which is exciting in itself.

Of all the trailers that have been released for US network Upfronts presentations, I feel like I have to write about the one for Fox's Sleepy Hollow. God, this looks insane! Adapting Washington Irving's famous ghost story for television struck me as a difficult task, but the ways in which they've "broadened" the idea are plain ludicrous...

Ichabod Crane now travels 250-years into the future, to fight a resurrected Headless Horseman, who may actually be one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Oh, and Ichabod's now part of a mystery/prophecy that can be explained by reading President Washington's diary, National Treasure-style? I don't know what to say.

Only, here's the thing: the production on Sleepy Hollow looks first-rate, I already like Tom Mison as the English-accented hero, and he appears to have a nice rapport with Nicole Beharie as the town's modern-day black Sheriff. So there are positives here, based on the trailer. I've always liked the idea of historical characters finding themselves in the future too, because the reverse happens far too often to remain interesting. (It's just a worry this trailer already suggests Ichabod quickly adjusts to the extreme culture shock.)

I guess what I'm trying to say is that Sleepy Hollow looks like stupid fun, but will likely struggle to keep going past a dozen episodes. I have a funny feeling I'm going to enjoy Mison/Beharie together as a potential romantic pairing and 'ghostbusters', but wish they were in a TV show with a concept that makes more sense, that you can visualize lasting five seasons or more.