Sleepy Hollow Begins
Based on the previews, it looked like it had the potential to be a huge wreck. And it could have been! It's certainly as cheeseball as it looked. It could, let's be honest, still turn into a total mess at any second. But the pilot knows its formula and manages to have fun with it without being careless, which is probably all anyone could have asked from a show that is trying to sell you seven seasons on the idea that a coven of witches is looking out for the good of this tiny hamlet and George Washington's Bible is full of hints about how to defeat the Headless Horseman.
There are, despite the last sentence, even moments where it's smart: it has some genre-loving visual wit (the Horseman sitting in an easy chair undetected for obvious reasons was probably my favorite), it knows better than to rely on the Horseman for any of its scares, it allows for the time-travel thing to be a source of a little genuine friction rather than just marveling at tech, and everyone was wise enough to cast leads who could sell it all.
Spoilers: one of those leads will be standing on a lot of boxes for close two-shots this fall.
The other person we'll be seeing a lot of is this headless dummy who, if the pilot is any indicator, will be hastily redressed about eight times an episode to stand in for the swathes of beheaded bodies that will soon line the streets of Sleepy Hollow.
Other spoilers: Though I'm sure we'll be talking about things here as they develop, the pilot is sort of wonderfully self-explanatory (though there's admittedly quite a bit of explanatory), I'm actually recapping the entire season over at io9! If you're curious, the recap (and another Orlando Jones moustache, I'M NOT MADE OF STONE), head over and check it out!