Sep. 16, 2013
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60 min.
FOX TV Network

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Sleepy Hollow

Ichabod Crane is resurrected and transported two and a half centuries into the future where he discovers a world on the brink of destruction. As humanity's last hope, Ichabod joins forces with a modern-day police officer to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers.

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Tom Mison (born July 23, 1982) is an English theatre actor and writer. Known for his work in the ...

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Ichabod Crane is very much a duty-driven man, except when it comes to his wife. Ichabod's love for his wife is a driving force in his motovation. Crane is also very loyal to his friends, and values honor of all. He also loves his son and, despite him becoming War, will never lose hope in him.

Ichabod has an eidetic memory which allows him to easily remember things he sees and hears, even tastes and smells, with perfect accuracy. Ichabod is highly knowledgeable in regards to the occult.Ichabod is fluent in a number languages which include English (Modern and Middle), German, and Greek. Ichabod is in excellent physical condition.Ichabod is very observant and is skilled at reading peoples' expressions. Ichabod is an experienced swordsman, marksman, and hand-to-hand combatant.

Crane was once a professor of history in Oxford, who was enlisted to fight in the British army. One of his early duties while in the British army was to capture Arthur Benard, a freed slave, suspected for treason. That's when Ichabod first met Arthur's nurse, Katrina, who was against his interrogation. Once alone, Arthur told Crane about demons who were disguised as soldiers and offered him a chance to fight alongside him. Afterward, the British lynched traitors in public as an example for the community. Ichabod opposed his colonel and thought executing people in public was wrong. His colonel accused him of being a traitor, which made Ichabod submit. However, within a brief second, he spotted his colonel's face change into something demonic. Katrina spoke of him being a true witness and a good man after this claim.

Arriving late to resume Arthur's interrogation, the colonel gave Ichabod the only option to redeem himself by taking Arthur to the forest and murdering him. Crane released him, and Arthur told him to repeat the words "Ordo Ab Chao" to Katrina and she shall bring him to George Washington. As Arthur escaped, he was murdered by the Colonel, who revealed himself to be a demon. After a unfair fight, it fled from the forest while Ichabod was taken back to Katrina for aid.

Being enlisted in the Queen's Royal Regiment, he was sent to America to fight off soldiers. He grew weary of the tyranny in America through British rule and defected to the Continental Army, serving under General George Washington.

In 1773, Ichabod was also a part of the Boston Tea Party movement (known at the time as 'The Destruction of the Tea'). It was a political movement that he claimed to invent. The natural intent of the movement was so that Ichabod, Samuel Adams, and the Virginia militia could stop a British shipment in order to retrieve a special weapon. The weapon, encased in a stone box, was guarded by a Hessian. The Hessian lit a bomb, sparing only Ichabod. Therefore, he took the box, and shipped it to Washington via ferry.

Before the war started, during a night of the blood moon, Ichabod's camp had been completely destroyed by overwhelming power, incomparable to average artillery. Tales told of Serilda of Abaddon. Washington claimed the redcoats foaming an alliance with the witch. Overtime, similar ambushes began to happen.

In 1775, Crane guarded a safe house where Samuel Adams and John Hancock were avoiding arrest. Ichabod was on lookout and was alerted by a lantern, lit by Paul Revere, that the crown had arrived in American colonies. Just before he was going to tell Samuel Adams of the alert, he spotted Adam's giving a Paul a freemason manuscript that contained secrets.

He even told Abbie that he had fought alongside with the Mohawk people, and utilized espionage. He mentioned that they were great spies and could go untraced. He had also spoken in favor of abolishing slavery as he claimed he was part of the New York Abolitionist movement. During the war, he accepted an invitation to Lanchlan Fredricks' manor with Katrina. Fredrick's manor was basically a coven, and had many freed slaves that willingly worked at the residence.

Crane rose through the ranks and during a discussion with Washington it was revealed that the Revolution was being fought not just for the freedom of the Thirteen Colonies, but also for the fate of all mankind. In 1781, Crane was also given a special task from Washington: to defeat a very specific Hessian soldier in battle, one who would be branded with the symbol of a bow on the back of his hand. When he faced the towering Redcoat in the field, Crane shot him, though his enemy arose nearly instantaneously. After being sliced in the chest by the enemy's broadaxe, Crane used his sword to decapitate the Redcoat. The two became linked by blood, and he seemingly died thereafter in triage, with his wife, Katrina, by his side, talking of a secret that he must know.

Crane awoke in a cave in what he found to be 21st century Sleepy Hollow. Shocked and in awe by the strangeness of the time, Crane is indicted for the murder of police sheriff August Corbin, which was actually caused by the Headless Horseman. Crane plead for his case to the reluctant sheriff's deputy, Abbie Mills, who witnessed the murder herself. Crane is considered insane by the police and for the most part, Abbie, but she believed that Crane's knowledge could hold the key to solving the murder and finding the true killer. Abbie disobeyed orders and asked Crane to show her where he had awoken. Revisiting the cave, he came across a bible buried with him. The marked passage foretold the story of Revelation, which made Ichabod speculate that the Headless Horsemen is one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

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02x12 - Paradise Lost
Season 2, Episode 12
01x09 - Sanctuary
Season 1, Episode 09
01x06 - The Sin Eater
Season 1, Episode 06
01x03 - For the Triumph of Evil...
Season 1, Episode 03
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Ichabod Crane Quotes

03x07 - The Art of War Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Art of War

Ichabod Crane: Nevins' important belongings were locked away, but I managed to retrieve this.

Ichabod Crane: The spell Nevins cast was from the Ynlinga saga, but he changed something. Whereas the Norse mystics called upon the power of Odin, Nevins invoked the power of Pandora. Presumably, the mystical source he was tapping was Pandora's box. It is slight, but a significant alteration.
Abbie Mills: And that's why the mistletoe didn't work. We have no way of figuring out their weakness. We're fighting an unbeatable enemy.
Ichabod Crane: [something she says clicks] "When faced with an unbeatable enemy, you must make the enemy beat themselves."
Abbie Mills: More Sun Tzu?
Ichabod Crane: No. A thinker of a more Western ilk. Daniel Boone.
03x07 - The Art of War Season 3 / Episode 7: - The Art of War

Ichabod Crane: When I pledged my allegiance to this country in 1776, I had a very clear vision of what my future would hold. Nowhere in that vision did I imagine waking in the 21st century, and yet... More and more, I feel this desire to acculturate. But the idea of losing the archives, of losing my fight for citizenship for a country that I, in part, founded, the idea of losing you... to some wretched federal promotion to... I don't know, Dallas or to Los Angeles or... Sometimes, it seems as though the unbeatable enemy is the 21st century.
Abbie Mills: Yeah, but the thing is, Crane... Joe, me, Jenny... we are the 21st century. And every day, we take you a step further in that direction. That is the unbeatable enemy beating itself. And we ain't going nowhere.
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