Well, I know this is a very exciting night. Last season’s direction is mostly closed, with the deaths of Parrish and Katrina, so this leaves Ichabod free and clear of those primary anchors to his past. Abbie has moved on to a new job, there will be new villains and new challenges.
Awww hell! I’m just excited to see Abbie and Ichabod again and now that Katrina is out of the way, this opens the door to a possible romance for Crane and Abbie.
I really did enjoy the episode, though. I didn’t fall in love with it, but I laughed a few times, rolled my eyes a couple of times. It was nice to see Ichabod getting some love from strange women, flashing gang signs with Jesus, and once again, talking smack about Ben Franklin.
Abbie is now an FBI Agent. She’s got a lot more superpowers now, including the ability to invite Ichabod along on her cases and into her office, (she has an office!) without having to justify it to anyone. The young lab tech, that was so entranced by Crane, was kind of cute. I know some people will object to that scene but, what the hell! some people object to everything and it was a cute scene. I do recall encouraging the young woman to “focus” but yeah, that’s difficult when facing Crane’s level of prettiness, I know!
When we first see Abbie, she’s chasing down an informant. Her partner reminds her that she has to stop thinking like she’s still in the Sheriff’s dept. He sounds harsh but I think he’s right. She’s in the big leagues now and has to stop thinking small-time.
She gets a call from Ichabod to come bail him out of jail, because he tried to bring some semi-unauthorized items into the country. I say semi because he was able to get them back with Abbie’s help later. Ichabod wants to jump right into fighting some evil that’s in town, with lots of portentous speechifying, but Abbie is her usual acerbic self, and takes him to task for not talking to her for nine months, as she should. Ichabod, to his credit, at least, looks chagrined.
We meet Pandora, who uses her little Box O’ Sin to eat The Horseman, I think. Ichabod is aware of his disappearance because he was wearing Katrina’s pendant, at the time. Abbie is reluctant to believe that “evil is afoot in Sleepy Hollow”, but she gets called on the case of two men, killed by a large animal that terrorized them first. Ichabod works out that it was a demon. Later he rails against the demolition of The Archives, where he spent so much of his time.
Jenny arrives and we find out from her that Irving has left the building. Actually, he just left Sleepy Hollow, saying that it was to keep his family safe. The Three Musketeers do some sleuthing that involves Ichabod giving them the lowdown on Betsy “Bad Ass” Ross. I like her. (So did Ichabod!) I don’t know if she’ll play a bigger part on the show, though. The creators seem to have a thing for dark haired women, with certain facial features. Katrina, Betsy, Pandora. If they don’t add a blonde to this show, people are going to start getting confused. I was already giving Betsy the side-eye because she looks like Pandora.
The demon, called a Yao-Guai, paralyzes its victims with fear and is attracted to gunpowder. It decides to tag along on one of Abbie’s cases. When the shooting begins, the demon ( which looks awesome, btw!) attacks and kills Abbie’s partner, just before she manages to damage it, while it was exercising its powers. The trio decide to set a trap to get it to use its powers on one of them, while Jenny shoots it, but of course things do not go as planned, even as they still go as planned, and the demon is killed.
Afterwards, they manage to get Crane’s artifacts from Homeland Security, one of which is a tablet with etchings of the two of them hunting/protecting something. This reassures them that they are still Witnesses, that they still have purpose. They have drinks in the bar where Jenny works, and Abbie and Crane reaffirm their friendship/family status.
Most of the discussions, on the show, involve everyone trying to determine their purpose. Ichabod left for nine months, to figure out where he fits in the modern world and came back with a case. Abbie declares her re-commission to her purpose during a hostage situation. Jenny informs Ichabod that she was looking for legitimate employment during his absence. I suppose all this information acts as a heads-up for people who are new to the show or checked out after the first season.
The episode doesn’t completely capture the magic of season one, and probably never will, but it’s close enough and hopefully won’t be as rocky as season two. If the writers can keep the momentum and not stint on the plot and pacing and monsters, this season might turn out alright.
As for Abbie and Ichabod, I did notice some significantly heavy eyeballing. A lot of fans are all over the map when it comes to the idea of her and Crane having a romance. Some object to her having any kind romance, with anyone. Some object to her having a romance with a White man, saying that a Man of Color should be her love interest because it’s not a pairing that’s often presented on TV. I am leaning towards the Abbie/Crane camp, mostly because it reminds me of the dynamic from The X-Files, and I liked that show, a lot.
The coming weeks look like fun as Crane moves in with Abbie and ogles her underwear. I didn’t know this was a thing, but this will be the second show I’ve watched (We’re looking at you Minority Report!) where the primary (White) male protagonist, gets to sexily eyeball his (WoC) partner, or just her undies. I hope that doesn’t become a trend, cuz that’s just ewww!