Sleepy Hollow: Down The Rabbit Hole.
This blog's faithful reader, Lynne aka "Duckyislost" commented in our last blog entry that Abbie Mills is "further down the rabbit hole" than Dana Scully was in her iteration for the X-Files. Lynne, you don't know how close you came!
Fox TV just released a promo poster for the return of Sleepy Hollow once the World Series is over. (And Boston wins.) In it, we have our two main protagonists in Ichabod Crane and "Leftenant" Abbie Mills and down the rabbit hole they look.
There has been some chatter already on the internet that the two maybe looking into a grave but I think not. It is too rough hewn and obviously rounded with rocks much like a well. (What do you think of that Lynne?) Let's hope for our two heroes this isn't a dry well.
The above image is evocative on many fronts. Starting with the allusion to Alice and her Wonderland. (Hmm, trying to subconsciously lure some of the "Once Upon A Time audience?) Will our heroes, fated to be witnesses, travel down that rabbit hole? What awaits them there?
The poster is colored in greys and greens, something that is very Gothic in nature and is thematic to the mood of Sleepy Hollow. The sky is grey behind Ichy and Abbie which foretells stormy weather or at least gloomy times to come. Note how the moss ends at the rim of the rocks that defines our "well". It's as if it forms the border where life ends and things of a more maligmant nature begins.
The trees behind Crane and Mills are also lifeless as they have no leaves. What's the name of that show where they say, "Winter is coming"? Indeed it is and the walkers beyond the wall, at least for this show, are closer than our heroes know.
Let's take a look at Ichabod's posture. Note how he is closer to the hole entrance than Abbie. Ever the detective, he strains for a closer look and is willing to take the risk by getting closer to the entrance. In contrast, Abbie is a bit more guarded in her posture. She stands a bit further from the hole and with gun drawn she exhibits a temperament that is more cautious than her partner.
I'm not sure what that stone structure is behind the two. It stands above and behind them and certainly adds to the perspective of the scene. Something that adds depth to the tableau and a vanishing point of sorts. Could it be an ancient altar? When I think of altars I think of Indiana Jones and when I think of that series I think of the Well of Souls from "The Last Crusade". Is that what Crane and Mills are staring into?
I think it is a bit clever that the two are looking down at us, the viewing audience, and in turn we are looking back up at them. Are we further along the adventure and Mills and Crane? It's a bit chilling to think that we are somehow trapped inside the well or portal/doorway to another place or time. The way this show is going our personal journey may be a purgatory of sorts, or worse, or own personal hell. (In a storytelling sense of course!) It's fun that is poster make us part of the fable.
Let's hope our intrepid duo can get to us in time and save us from our doom. At least until the next episode that is!
Your thoughts on this poster. Did I miss something hidden? Pity I couldn't find a hi-res image but I will keep looking!
Spontaneous update! I was just about to close this piece when I took one last look at the Well. My mind flashed to a similar image.
What do you think?
(And don't say, "Of what?" Tell me I don't need to explain the above image.)