Granted my expectations were no higher than 'Please don't suck", but I really enjoyed the premiere. I read a blurb somewhere that mentioned the show was "rollicking" and I can't argue with that. The episode rollicked like sugar-high kids at recess. It was straight-up fun and the time passed too quickly. I'm usually a watch-and-delete viewer but I've saved this one for rewatch because I enjoyed it so much.
The characters really worked for me. I like Abbie a lot. She held onto her doubts and skepticism without edging into blind denial, and then just rolled with it. She didn't tolerate disrespect from anyone, showed balls and ingenuity in using a sheet of paper to spring Crane from the psych ward and she has a creepy, interesting backstory. I liked Crane too. The height difference between the actors didn't bother me because I saw an animated version of the story that had a very tall, very lean Ichabod Crane so I like the callback of Ichabod towering over his new partner. I hope the writers continue to include small scenes of Ichabod reacting to the strangeness of 2013/14. His confusion with the car door locks and his fascination with the flashlight were cute, funny moments that didn't derail the action at all. He seemed like an intelligent, pragmatic man so I expect him to adapt quickly. I'd spend a week just freaking out about rising from the dead so he's way ahead of me! I did enjoy the discussion about why the Headless Horseman was headless. Cutting off the head because it was the next logical step is my new survival mantra, equally applicable to demons and zombies.
I was disappointed to see Clancy Brown exit so quickly but it looks like his character will influence further developments because of his files and voice recording. I enjoyed Orlando Jones too and the show caught me there. He had a moment, a look on his face in the hallway, when I thought Orlando Jones's character had to be a member of the evil coven but then the show revealed that the mole was John Cho. Now I'm not sure what to think. In this case, I guess, there may be more than one! Supporting characters like the priest/witch and Katrina did good work, and the Headless Horseman was appropriately creepy. The axe was cool but I enjoyed his switch to modern weapons too. Death doesn't screw around when there's killing to be done.
The only fail for me was the CGI of the demon. I hope that improves if they continue to use the image. Keeping it out-of-focus was a good choice and the mirror cracking made me jump. I admired the seven years of trials and tribulations remark. I hope that works out for you, Show, and I think more shows should start with a Best Before date rather than dragging on with kudzu plots and loose threads all over the place. I'm in for the season if they continue to entertain like this.