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Rapid TV Review: FOX’s “Bones” and “Sleepy Hollow”

Rapid TV Review: FOX’s “Bones” and “Sleepy Hollow”

Rapid TV Review: FOX’s “Bones” and “Sleepy Hollow”
September 16
16:26 2013

Preston Barta / Film Critic

It’s that time of the year again, when networks showcase their new fall television shows to the public. Luckily, the North Texas Daily was able to view some of the upcoming and returning fall shows to help students with their quick assessments and let them know which shows are worth pursuing.

FOX is adding nine new shows to their lineup, including Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci’s “Sleepy Hollow”; former “Fringe” showrunner J.H. Wyman’s futuristic drama “Almost Human,” starring Karl Urban (“Star Trek,” 2009); Andy Samberg’s detective comedy series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and Seth MacFarlane’s first live-action series “Dads,” starring Seth Green (“Family Guy”) and Giovanni Ribisi (“Ted,” 2012), among many other shows with grand potential.

Check out our reviews of tonight’s premieres of “Bones” and “Sleepy Hollow,” and be sure to keep checking NTDaily.com for more upcoming television show reviews and interviews.

“Bones”

Cast: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz and John Francis Daley

Run-time: 40 min.

Rating: 4/5

It was at the end of its eighth season, when “Bones” left viewers with a frustratingly cold finale. The evil tech genius that was introduced in season seven, Christopher Pelant (Andrew Leeds), returned to toy with Dr. Temperance ‘Bones’ Brennan (Deschanel), Special Agent Seeley Booth (Boreanaz) and the rest of their Jeffersonian team. Just when viewers were feeling all warm and toasty over Booth accepting Brennan’s proposal, there was a heartbreaking twist, where Pelant threatened to whack five random strangers if Booth didn’t end his engagement. On top of this wound, Pelant threw in a little more salt: Booth wasn’t allowed to tell Brennan why he was calling it off. [Cue to a bewildered and distraught Brennan. End Scene. Closing credits.]

After five long and torturous months, “Bones” is back and continues to be television entertainment of the highest form. Heading into its ninth season, the show finds the team investigating the murder of an accountant for the state department, whose remains were found in an air conditioning unit. Meanwhile, Brennan has to decide whether to have faith in Booth or end her relationship with him.

Here is a show that remains refreshingly real, from characters to plots, while intellectually stimulating and willing to tickle your funny bone with its occasional humor. With its incredible performances and sharp writing, it all adds up to a television show that you cannot wait to see again next week.

“Bones” premieres tonight at 7 p.m. on FOX.

“Sleepy Hollow”

Cast: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie and Orlando Jones

Run-time: 40 min.

Rating: 3/5

In 1999, filmmaker Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp proved to be quite the appropriate recipe for recreating Washington Irving’s classic. Now, series co-creators and writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the duo that penned J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek” films, have steered “Sleepy Hollow” into a more modern and amusing direction.

After being resurrected and pulled 250 years through time, Ichabod Crane (a terrific Mison) finds himself in the modern-day town of Sleepy Hollow, where he realizes that evil has awoken him. While trying to make sense of a world filled with cell phones, cars and Starbucks, Crane forms an unlikely bond with Detective Abbie Mills (an entertaining Beharie) to embark on a mission to stop the evil that is stalking their town.

Once you get past the show’s absurdity, such as a man jumping forth in time and a colonial soldier without a head knowing how to operate an automatic weapon, the show is a blast to watch. I’m eager to see where this show will go in its upcoming episodes. So hopefully FOX viewers decide to extend their stay in “Sleepy Hollow” and don’t ride off to another show.

“Sleepy Hollow” premieres tonight at 8 p.m. on FOX.

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