Sleepy Hollow: Dawn’s Early Light

Okay! Great!

This week was a bit more like old times.  Things happened on the show, plots were advanced, people made decisions, got chased by fire , had proper discussions about stuff.

Now, in the interests of full disclosure, I have to admit I’m still not completely sure about the details of the plot this week. Something about Betsy Ross’ flag being guarded by something unkillable called The Eternal Soldier, (because everyone must have a title), because it contains a roadmap to the Catacombs, the only place where The Witnesses can regenerate Pandora’s box.

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While this is going on, Abbie’s and Jenny’s father decides he wants to have a closer relationship with his daughters, although Jenny keeps giving him the side-eye, as she probably should, because I’m suspicious of his motives, too. We did not get any Jenny and Joe action this time, although there was some Abbie/Daniel kissage, which is about time, I say.

On the Hidden One/Pandora front, Pandora has finally had enough of the Hidden’s  shit and decided to leave him. Yep! Called it! I knew that sooner or later that selfish git was gonna push his luck with her. At the first opportunity, after he finished torturing her for making a very human mistake, (which she then tried to rectify and make amends for), she ran away. Discovering some backbone, she then sent her astral form to him to let him know what’s what.

Good on her! I knew he wasn’t as devoted to her as he claimed.And of course, torturing your girlfriend for making a dumb mistake several thousand years ago (or a few weeks ago) is a deal-breaker in my book.

Abbie decided Daniel needed to know what shenanigans she and Crane were getting up to, but  didn’t get the chance when The Eternal Soldier chased her and Crane into his orbit, and he discovers all this crazy, Witnessy stuff, the hard way.

Pandora goes to Crane to get him to get help restoring her power, warning him that The Hidden One will be reaching peak annoyance soon. This will require that Abbie go back to the Catacombs and she’s still in recovery from having been in such profound isolation for so long. Naturally, she’s reluctant to return there, but she’ll do it to save the world.

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SLEEPY HOLLOW: L-R: Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie in the “Dawn’s Early Light”

Crane figures out how to get back to the Catacombs using Betsy Ross’ flag, the song The Star Spangled Banner, (which I now can’t get out of my brain. Thanx show!), all while being chased by The Eternal Soldier, a huge, skeletal, slimy looking creature, that throws fireballs, although later, Jenny and Joe, nip that stuff with a fire extinguisher. So, it’s nice to see the band back together again.

Okay, there’s some extra stuff with Crane and Abbie having to chase down Ross’ real flag, when they find out that the one in Paul Revere’s house is a fake, which doesn’t seem to matter much to the Soldier. Chasing people down is his job and he’s gonna do it. He’s like The Terminator. With fire.

Daniel encounters The Eternal Soldier and  is more than a bit discombobulated by the whole idea that supernatural forces exist, and that Abbie, and even Foster, is involved with them.

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In the last episodes of the season, the show has gotten a little more back to its roots, mixing, the occult and history, with some  mystery and humor, and that’s a good thing. Most of the latter half of the season has been pretty boring (aka. awful).

Crane is his usual cranky self, dishing on respected historical figures, while Abbie doesn’t even try and to make excuse for his statements like she used to do. She’s just given up trying to explain his weirdnesses to regular folk.

This review wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t gush about Crane’s prettiness. That said, I do not like his new, shorter hairstyle, but maybe his ponytail was a bit too metrosexual, or hipster, or something.

Oh, did I forget about to mention that Abbie/Daniel kiss? Yeah, that happened. Black love on TV is a thang, people!

Sleepy Hollow: Incommunicado

I know it seems like it’s been a while since I did a Sleepy Hollow review, but its only been one, (okay, maybe two), episodes. See…what happened was, I was sort of waiting for something to happen on the show. Don’t get me wrong. The show is enjoyable as far as character relations but plot-wise, its been kind of, well…boring. Its hard to write about a show when nothing in particular happened on it other than, Hey!… the characters were friendly with each other, things are moving apace.

There! I said it. The plot has  been boooorring!

This week something happened on the show. (By something, I mean somebody made some decisions, and there was some physical movement that didn’t involve Jenny and Joe kissing.)

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The  Hidden One comes out of hiding to take care of his Witness problem once and for all and  invades Crane’s sanctuary, trapping  them both  inside. In trying to kill Ichabod, He Who Needs to Remain Hidden activated that little sigil that Abbie had been worshiping, and Crane had been investigating.

Not being the brightest penny inside the Archive, The Slightly Less Hidden One, keeps pouring his powers into it, thereby setting up an imminent explosive event. It’s up to Abbie and Pandora to set aside their differences and rescue their beloved (and only semi-beloved-getting on my damn nerves-Hidden One, on the part of Pandora).

In the meantime, a banshee has been attracted to Sleepy Hollow by Pandora’s invitational spell, and started screaming at people. Pandora claims she needs the creature alive, in order to rescue the menfolk, but Abbie doesn’t like it. Jenny doesn’t like it either because she and Joe are the ones to have to capture it.

So, once again the group gets split up as they have different tasks. Joe, Jenny, and Foster have to capture the banshee and have a good plan, but Joe  kills it, “accidentally on purpose”, when it goes after Jenny.

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Pandora still needs a monster to work her spell, though. Joe, who has had his monstership, as a Wendigo, re-instated last episode, is drafted to participate in the spell. It looks painful for Joe but Jenny seems to hurt the most just watching it. I’m still not sure how I feel about their relationship. I kinda wanna be happy for them because they are cute together and have good chemistry, but aren’t they like brother and sister? Didn’t they grow up together? If someone wants to chime in and tell me what to think about the two of them, I will happily adopt your stance, cuz I got nothing.

Anyway, using Joe isn’t enough. Pandora, conveniently, needs a piece of the box that used to be a repository for her power but got destroyed in one of the last episodes. Needless to say, Abbie is not buying this bushwa, but gives the pieces to her anyway and the day is saved. The Now Yet Again Hidden One goes back into hiding.

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Along the way, the Semi-Hidden One and Pandora give up some secrets, so its not like Abbie and Crane got nothing out of this event. The Post-Hidden One reveals that being a Witness involves blood-lines and that Crane had no choice about whether or not he’d be one. I thought we already knew this? Anyway, this is a major event for Crane, who evinces surprise that he is ,in fact, a special snowflake, after all.

Crane and The Contemptuous  One have arguments about the nature of god and man. Mr. Hidden is thoroughly dismissive of all human achievement. I wanted to know what he, The  One Formerly In  Hiding, had ever contributed to the world in his overlong existence, in comparison to say… The Artist Formerly known as Prince,   but the writers and directors didn’t ask me, and chickened out on asking the question themselves. And oh, yeah, the sigil is from Thura or something. Was that important?

Pandora confesses to Abbie that she was the one who got the Her Hidden Man  imprisoned in the first place, which HO conveniently overhears, because Ichabod’s sigil is capable of spying on Abbie.

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SLEEPY HOLLOW: Nicole Beharie in the ÒDark MirrorÓ episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Friday, March 4 (8:00-9:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Tina Rowden/FOX

At the end of the episode things look bleak for Pandora as HO decides he’s going to give her what for, for getting him locked up. Hopefully, this will put the final nail in the coffin of their relationship, and Pandora will team up with Abbie and Crane, to kick The Once Again Hidden One’s ass back to the Catacombs.

I kind of liked this episode. It wasn’t too bad but it wasn’t spectacular either. I liked the banter between Crane and Abbie, which is always charming, and Crane got to eat some pastries and give good speech. (I just enjoy looking at him. I know I’m shallow.)

Hopefully, this Friday, something important will happen on the show, so we can have something to talk about.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleepy Hollow : Sins of the Father

 

I didn’t really like tonight’s episode. It felt a little sad.A little downbeat. Abbie is not herself. She seems dejected. This could be a result of her ordeal  or a result of later plot points in this episode. At any rate, I cant say I liked this episode, although there was a bit of plot advancement and a couple of interesting revelations.

The story opens with Pandora and The Hidden One sitting around, moping about their powers. You can tell that Pandora is not having any more of this shit as, once again, we witness some heavy eyeballing at her boyfriend, when he declines to give her back any of her powers. Se shouldn’t have offered. She should’ve known she wasn’t getting any of that back. Rather than give some of her power back , he would rather gloat that she now knows what he feels. Boyfriend is being an ass.

Ichabod has been spoiling Abbie for the past several days/weeks, cooking dinners for her and otherwise catering to her and trying, I think, to just cheer her up. Everyone can tell she’s not herself. She’s very quiet and doesn’t smile as much as she used to and seems tired, like she’s not sleeping enough. I think this is breaking Ichabod’s heart a little to see her like this.

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Jenny goes to see their dad. It sort of ends in emotional detente. He wanted to meet her to explain his side of the issue and that his leaving his family was not their fault but his. The Mills’ backstory is pretty tragic. Their mother, a Witness, starts to go insane and their father, unable to handle it, leaves. The mother dies, sending the girls into foster care, and  one of them is locked in a mental institution. The Sisters Mills have had a lot to overcome and I like that this narrative is slightly different from the stereotypical narrative of the poor, unwed mother, living in the ‘hood, “throw in some gangs”, type of backstory.

Daniel is still trying to get close to Abbie but she explains shes still dealing with what happened to her. She makes it clear to him, that when she’s ready to talk to him about their relationship, she’ll let him know

Atticus Nevins returns and contacts Abbie. He’s set some kind of creature loose in Sleepy Hollow and wants her to stop it. This is all really just a ploy by Nevins to get close to her so he can grab August Corbin’s occult files. He wants to negotiate safe passage to Canada in exchange for finding tonight’s monster. The Scooby Gang take him prisoner and Nevins gives them  background on how the creature got to America in exchange for some of Icabod’s home cooking but even this bit of humor wasnt enough to make me like this episode very much. Nevins says the creature is called a ghallu  and it can only be stopped by a golden scarab, which will allow the holder to control it.

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The creature is hunting Nevins crew.  He came to them for help because one of his cronies, seeking  to take over Nevins operations, has procured the scarab and will send the creature after him, or so he claims The crew end up leading  the creature right to Randall and the monster kills him.

Jenny tells Abbie about her meeting with their father. Abbie’s attitude towards this information is somewhat lackluster.Abbie is having visions of her time in the catacombs and a golden symbol.

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Nevins is the person controlling the creature, after implanting the scarab in his chest. He found the scarab in a cave in Afghanistan and his first act was to order the creature to kill his team mates.  He summons the creature to free him and kill Abbie and Crane. Crane and Abbie fight the monster and win but Nevins takes Jenny hostage,

Nevins  releases Jenny when Joe confronts him with some hard truths, which I think is weird and kind of arbitrary but the show had sort of written itself into a corner and its not ready to kill off Jenny yet ,so he kind of had to let her go no mattter what Joe said to him. Joe could have  started singing “That’s Not My Baby” or speaking in tongues and Nevins  still would’ve had to let her go, for the purposes of the plot.

Abbie meets with her father. She’s afraid she’ll die the way her mother did but he reassures her that won’t happen.

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Wallers, Daniels boss, contacts Daniel and asks questions about Abbie’s emotional state. He orders Daniel to downgrade the search for Nevins, which puzzles him. In exchange Nevins gives  Wallers Corbin’s case  files, which contain special information on nine sacred sites. Wallers kills Nevins afterwards,who should really have seen that coming. The betrayer is oft himself betrayed, as Ichabod would have said.

Later, Abbie sneaks  into the tool shed in the backyard and we can see she has become obsessed with a symbol, drawing it over and over again in her journal, like Jack from The Shining,  and worshiping a version of it, painted on the wall of the shed.

Creepy.

 

 

 

Sleepy Hollow : Kindred Spirits

This episode was very campy and not exactly bad but not enjoyable as it should have been. I had a hard time taking it seriously. I thought it was silly and kind of unnecessary for this season. What was the point in bringing back The Kindred, a villain we barely remember, from season 2?

I was much more interested in the character and relationship storylines, than the plot, which was just serviceable. Abbie is still having trouble dealing with her year of isolation in the Catacombs. Ichabod let all her plants die, along with his relationship with Ms. Corinth, who we also barely remember, from the beginning of the season. Jenny is still trying to hate on her deadbeat dad, despite Joe’s admonishments.

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The Kindred, a villain who was brought to life by being given the head of the Horseman, is back in town, ruining people’s love lives because he can’t get any. This is toxic masculinity in its highest form, so congratulations MRA guys. First Jessica Jones and now this. You are all now famous film and television villains, like Vader, only less logical.

The plot is pretty basic until we get to the part where the Kindred wants a bride and kidnaps Ms. Corinth, after which I totally lost it, because that is so Mars Needs Women. It turns out, just like that Ray Charles song: He Gotta Woman, wayover town… Ben Frankiln was kind enough to take into account that his masculine construct would be interested in women and built him a Bride of Frankenstein, and the two of them walk off into the sunset to together.

This really pisses off The Hidden One, who doesn’t think his henchman deserves happiness, I guess. You can tell that because of the things he says about The Kindred’s relationship, and love in general, that Pandora is starting to rethink the nature of their personal arrangements. It’s not explicit, but everytime he opens his mouth, she keeps giving him “the hairy eyeball.” At one point, she asks for her powers back, but they get distracted by what’s going on in The Hidden One’s crystal ball, and he never answers her request.

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Ms. Corinth shows up just long enough to break it off with Ichabod and get kidnapped, leaving Ichabod free to pursue Abbie, if that’s what he wants. Sophie doesn’t do much at all this episode, other than get beat up and advise Daniel to hook up with Abbie. Abbie lets him down easy after she has some kind of panic attack at the first crime scene. But she gets her mojo back later, and jumps into the investigation with the others more wholeheartedly.

I don’t like to see my favorite characters suffering emotional issues, but it’s important to show that even the strongest people can be vulnerable, and that it’s okay (For WoC, especially) not to be the “Strong Black Woman” stereotype, all the time.

The most ridiculous part of the show was discovering that The Kindred has a girlfriend (I guess a boyfriend would’ve been just too much, huh?) and she apparently has no free will in accepting this guy. It would’ve been a much more interesting show if she’d rejected him, but I guess that’s not the focus of the story.

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SLEEPY HOLLOW: Tom Mison (L) and Nicole Beharie (R) 

Their facial expressions are utterly priceless.

 

I liked Joe calling Jenny about her treatment of her father. It was a nice callback to his relationship with his dad. I’m glad the show doesn’t pretend like the past didn’t happen even though we, the viewers, would like to do that.

I’m also glad to see that Abbie is  keeping her natural hair.

This week’s episode gets a C+ . The plot was totally pedestrian but then gets points off for that hokey-ass, dead people in love, wrap up. On the other hand I’m glad we won’t be seeing anymore of Ms. Corinth, and I’m especially looking forward to Pandora turning tail on her boyfriend, as it seems that’s what the writers are setting us up for.

I also liked Ichabod deciding that cacti was definitely the route they needed to take as far as house plants. (I’m a person famous for killing greenery too, so  I love cacti.) And it was nice seeing Abbie snarking  back at Ichabod again. That never gets old.

 

 

 

Sleepy Hollow: Incident at Stone Manor


There are a lot of aspects of this episode I thoroughly enjoyed and a few I had no patience with. I love how Ichabod and the others refuse to give up on the idea that Abbie is alive and must be saved. In fact, Ichabod is  desperate to save her and will do almost anything to get it done.

I’m not averse to a relationship between Ichabod and Abbie. I’m a lot more comfortable now with the two of them expressing their devotion to each other, now that Katrina is gone. I just think it’s a bit soon after her loss. On the other hand, it is a long time coming. I think Ichabod was dealing with his feelings for Abbie long before Katrina died.

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We’re back with Abbie, picking up where the last episode left off. It’s been awhile because we can see that her hair has gone back to its natural state. I hope she keeps it that way. I like it. It seems like  her isolation is making her  stir crazy but actually it’s pretty common for people who spend a lot of time alone to amuse themselves by talking out loud. The problem comes when they can’t stop doing it.

The show highlights Abbie’s resourcefulness, which I enjoyed. She’s smart enough to make fire, and create a chess game, but there’s no Wilson, no night time, no other life forms, and she doesn’t seem to need food or drink, so life is very, very boring.

Jenny, Joe, and Ichabod hit on the idea of sending Ichabod’s astral form to look for her. I like the way this team is working. I’ve got some drawbacks with the addition of Sophie, just like Jenny seems to. I hope she’s on the up and up and not just a bad guy in disguise.

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Ichabod is successful in finding Abbie, who has  been missing him terribly. Since he’s non-corporeal, he can’t effect the environment, but he can keep her company and talk through ideas with her, to help her find an escape.

Pandora and her boyfriend, The Hidden One, wish to come out of hiding and take over the world. My eyeballs were rolling fast and deep at their level of reasoning for that. They really don’t have any lofty goals. Be evil and try to take over the world seems to be it. The only way they could accomplish such a thing would be to plunge the world into a new Dark Ages of some kind, because on their own, they’re like those Trailer Park couples who plan to be rich some day. The Hidden One can lift castles out of the ground so maybe he could try a job in construction.

Pandora sends her astral form to see Abbie in the Catacombs. She can’t do anything to Abbie, so mostly succeeds in pissing Abbie off enough, to destroy the little stone she came to get. Angry about that, she severs Ichabod’s astral cord. But it’s cool. Abbie is smart enough to figure things out.

Earlier, during one of her walking tours, she discovered Betsy Ross’ sword stuck in a pile of rocks and figures out how Betsy managed to escape. She ends up saving herself and Ichabod, and that’s some beautiful shit, if you ask me.

Back with our ‘Vaders of the story, the Hidden One is pining for his lost position,  and upset that his power-stone is broken, thanks to his girlfriend. He seems more than happy to take Pandora’s life energy for himself, and leave her laying on the ground in a weakened state, but that’s the kind of thing that happens when you follow power hungry, narcissistic, wanna-be despots. They’re happy to use you for their own ends because that’s  what you’re there for.

Maybe Pandora will get a clue, change her mind, and turn on him. I actually want to like her, but she’s fallen in with a bad crowd, so  I despair for her future. She’ll probably suffer whatever fate he’s going to suffer when he’s defeated.

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Simultaneously, we get to watch Joe, Jenny and Sophie use their big brains to defeat one of the monsters, who has shown up early to Pandoras summoning, a gargoyle from a French church, restored to Sleepy Hollow, brick by brick, whose history I remember from Art School. This time I was totally squicked out by the monster. I hate inanimate objects with a mind of their own and was hoping, when I first saw the gargoyles, that they wouldn’t be doing any extracurricular activities.

Jenny and Joe want to do things the long way around, using spells and books and stuff. They do a pretty good spoof of Ichabod and Abbie’s methods of crime solving and that got a good laugh out of me. Sophie comes up with the more pragmatic approach of using construction equipment, and who doesn’t want to kill a gargoyle, by covering it in concrete, which is all kinds of awesome.

One monster down, about bajillion more to go, maybe.

The Scooby Gang return to The Archives, just in time for Jenny’s happy reunion with Abbie, and to wake up Ichabod.

This ain’t one of my favorite episodes but it’s alright. I liked seeing Abbie’s return because what kind of show is it without her snarking on Ichabod. I have to give a letter grade slightly below last week’s episode because there were a few moments that felt “by the numbers” and Jenny had a couple of “Afterschool Special” speeches, that I had no patience for. Also, the villains need better reasons to be villainous, other than liking being evil.

Otherwise, it’s not a bad episode. I’ve resigned myself to the idea that the show will never be as good as that first season, but we what have now is close enough, and I can live with close enough.

 

Sleepy Hollow : One Life

In the last episode of Sleepy Hollow, Pandora unleashed her evil boyfriend from Hell or  limbo or whatever, and Abbie sacrificed herself, saving Jenny’s life by going through  the a portal to close it and  taking a much needed artifact with her. Good news: Abbie is still alive. Bad news: No one knows where she is, except maybe the bad guys..

I really enjoyed the return of Sleepy Hollow. I almost missed it because I hadn’t programmed my DVR to record all my shows. I did enjoy this episode but the enjoyment was bittersweet. There was no Abbie and all the characters are hurting and missing her.

Ichabod is having motorcycle escape adventures without Abbie and that’s just all kinds of wrong, (but still kinda sexy). He, Jenny and the Joe are gathering the artifacts they think they need to communicate or save Abbie, wherever she may be.

Danny is fretting over her disappearance, too. He blames Ichabod. He’s been having Ichabod spied on by Sophie Foster. I’ve decided I really like her, not least because she got broken in on  the  supernatural/occult  front and held her own. Foster has to talk Danny down from his witchhunt on Crane and deal with a mirror wraith that’s trying to kill her and Ichabod, which he inadvertently summoned in a desperate  attempt to reach Abbie.

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Jenny and Joe finally kiss. I’m for this particular pairing and the show has had some fun teasing us about it. I just kept wanting the two of them to just KISS ALREADY! Sheesh! The two of them have been running around gathering up artifacts, too. Joe gets beat up again, but he also gets to come to Jenny’s rescue. Jenny gets to show her love for her sister and her vulnerable side. She doesn’t have to be a “strong, black woman”, 24/7.

There are some flashbacks to Crane’s adventures n the past, with Betsy Ross, witnessing the capture and hanging of Nathan Hale, but I didn’t pay closer attention to this part, so I got nothing.

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Crane’s life is a little sadder, a little duller, without Abbie there to tease him about being him. He misses her. (We all do.) Plus he needs someone to be there to teach him how to use a microwave. I don’t know why its funny to see him walking around Abbie’s  house in his stockinged feet. Did they do that in Colonial times? Walk around the house barefoot?

Foster and Danny have history. I like the way she talks to Danny. She doesn’t actually treat him like he’s her boss or supervisor and I generally like her attitude. She had a little trouble mentally dealing with supernatural but she caught on quickly and came through in the clutch, helping to defeat the monster.

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According to Jenny’s psychic map reading,  there’s going to be a Hell of a lot more monsters in the future as there seems to be some kind of grand convergence in the monster-world, thanks to Pandora’s summoning. Okay, that’s some suitably evil stuff to do. Bad Girl! Pandora’s boyfirend is being a pissy, little snot though, and he’s unlikable, but I guess that’s a feature, not a bug.

At the end of the episode, we find Abbie waking up on the ground in some sunlit cave in the middle of gob-knows-where. I hadn’t really thought she was dead. No one else acts as if she is. They all seem pretty hopeful that Abbie is okay.

This wasn’t actually a great episode. It was just okay. I think I just missed these characters and I’m glad to see them all again.

Now I’ve got one show to watch every night of the week. I can’t possibly do recaps for all of them but I can do these shorter reviews, highlighting my thoughts about the episodes. The show Second Chance comes on right after Sleepy Hollow but I don’t think Sleepy Hollow is going to save it. You know how I know this. I turned the channel, anyway. I will continue to do this until whatever follows Sleepy hollow is a much better show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleepy Hollow : The Sisters Mills

Okay, okay, I know. I’ve been lax in my duties towards the show. I did not review last week’s episode as I should have and now I’m late. But I’m going to make up for this horrible lapse in my duties by…just reviewing this week’s show with some backstory from last week.

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Last week Pandora unleashed a weapon that recreated Jack the Ripper in a disgruntled young man who was angry because he was a creeper that conventionally pretty women wouldn’t sleep with. Boy, does that sound familiar. I bet those MRA ears were burning all evening. Naturally, Crane and Abbie prevailed but almost at the cost of Crane’s life. We got to see a little sword action from Crane, which was a rare treat. Joe and Jenny had an adventure, chasing after that same little black shard of rock that got stolen from her, in the first episode. One day we’ll find out why that little rock is so important that all these thieves are knocking each other over to get it. Pandora is growing a black tree, with flowers. I think she’s using these monsters to create fear to power the tree’s enchantment, but I still don’t know what her endgame is, and neither do the Witnesses.

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Pandora continues her trend of monster releasing when she summons a creature, an Abyzou, that draws out the life forces of children and puts them into comas. This is all tied to the tooth fairy, Paul Revere, silver, and well, Pandora. I didn’t pay that close attention to the lore because I’m easily distracted by disgusting monsters (and sweets in my house.)

Crane’s bid for citizenship is underway but he’s not studying because he “lived it”. He’d rather play video games and eat junk food. It’s hilarious to see him, essentially, nesting in Abbie’s house. Joe calls with a heads about a little girl who has gone into a coma and the sister who saw the monster that did it.

Crane, Abbie,and Jenny figure out what the creature is called, how to stop it from attacking and that only children can see it. So now they need to find and kill or capture it. During their detection phase Abbie brings up the subject of their father, to gauge how Jenny feels and if she should tell her that she found their dad.

Crane’s idea is to go to a classroom nearby, because the creature is territorial, and suss out which children have loose teeth, so they can stake out the child’s home, after giving the child a silver coin to ward it off. Actually, Crane gets a lot of kid time during this episode when he interviews the first little girl who saw the monster and makes her laugh, despite herself.

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Actually, this is Crane’s night as he  is wonderfully charming and funny for the entire episode. He has, however, picked up a lot of bad habits in his time in the twentieth century, like lying, eating too much sugar, and using monkey emojis with the young lady tutoring him in American history. Jenny finds all of this hilarious and is usually filming his antics.

Abbie finally tells Jenny that she found their dad but Jenny has known for five years, and didn’t tell Abbie because she thought Abbie hated him, which is what Abbie taught her. They hear a scream, encounter the monster and try to fight it, but Abbie gets injured in the fight against it.

While Jenny sits with Abbie in the hospital, Crane goes back to the Archive to do some research. Jenny feels guilty about fighting about their dad and that she didn’t tell Abbie. She’s visited by the first little girl and Jenny gives her words of encouragement about their sisters, but it’s all undone when Pandora shows up later, and gives the little girl a strange pouch, to give to her sister.

Jenny goes to Crane at the Archive and discovers that Paul Revere’s dentist tools were used to stop the Abyzou, the last time it attacked. They determine that silver makes it possible to see the creature in order to hit its weak point.

Pandora, roaming free in the hospital, wakes Abbie from her coma and tries to suss out her greatest weakness. She calls her a Napalutu and threatens Abbie’s father. She doesn’t act like your stereotypical laughing villain who explains all their plans. She acts as if she’s sorry about she’s doing which is very…different. And a little weird because you want to like her, even though she is unremittingly evil. After all, she is killing children.

The little girl gives her sister the tooth in the pouch Pandora gave her, which attracts the monster. Crane and Jenny, show up and attack it but almost lose it in the woods surrounding the house, before killing it. (As far as I’m concerned, “monsters” are yet another reason, not to visit the woods.) The little girl wakes up from her coma.

Crane visits the dentist and we get to watch him be high as a kite and dreaming about kissing Betsy Ross and making bitmojis to his tutor. Abbie is having far too much fun quietly laughing at her partner.Jenny apologizes for not telling Abbie about their dad, and confesses that she was wrong to blame Abbie, for her issues with him. Crane discovers the Napalutu means Destroyers, and according to the prophetic tablets that Crane tried to smuggle into the country, the two of them will destroy the world.

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Another flower blooms on Pandoras tree as we briefly glimpse her real monster face.

This particular episode has come the closest this season to the dynamic of the first season. It was fun, and funny,with some touching moments between The Sisters Mills, and Crane and I really enjoyed this one. Once again, it wasn’t great, but it had a lot of great moments and is my favorite of the season, so far.

Sleepy Hollow: Whispers in the Dark

I did watch last weeks episode. In fact, I watched it a couple of times. I thought it was very enjoyable, although, once again, the case the Witnesses were working on was less than compelling.

So it’s official, Ichabod has moved in with Abbie and he seems content to be close to her, cooking, cleaning house, and doing laundry (oh, he’s adorable! And what the Hell is Clanger?), but I still sense that all is not well in paradise. Abbie talks about her future and Ichabod keeps giving her significant glances. I have no idea what those glances mean, but he keeps making them, and she keeps ignoring them.

SLEEPY HOLLOW: Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) in the “Whispers In The Dark” episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Tina Rowden/FOX
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) in the “Whispers In The Dark” episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Tina Rowden/FOX

I sense that Ichabod would love nothing but to return to the dynamic they had before but he’s a bit discomfited by how well Abbie has moved on and how happy and confident she seems. There’s also the introduction of a fine Black brotha, named Danny, who Is now Abbie’s boss. Does Ichabod have some competition for her attention? I don’t even care as long as Abbie is happy. Choose somebody, choose nobody, as long as the writers show her being happy with her whatever choice she makes.

Pandora, whose presence in Sleepy Hollow is still a mystery, unleashes a Shadow Whisper creature on the town. I’m thinking the monster’s jobs are to go out and collect fear and the fear gives her extra powers or grows a tree or..who knows! What is the purpose of this tree she’s grown underground? Is it actually a tree, at all? The  monster she summoned, this time, attacks people who have fearful secrets. It attacks Abbie and Ichabod, too. Ichabod’s secret is that he once almost betrayed some colleagues during the American Revolution and he’s been tearing himself up with guilt about it since.

Abbie’s secret is finding her and Jenny’s father. She’s deeply afraid, mostly because she doesn’t know what to do. So, for now, she’s just been stalking him and taking pictures, which can’t end well, because what is this man to think if he finds out that Federal agents are stalking him? I know I’d be in a total panic. She probably should think this through some more.

SLEEPY HOLLOW: Abbie (Nicole Beharie) in the ÒWhispers In The DarkÓ episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Tina Rowden/FOX
SLEEPY HOLLOW: Abbie (Nicole Beharie) in the ÒWhispers In The DarkÓ episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Thursday, Oct. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2015 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Tina Rowden/FOX

She also has not told Jenny, who she knows WOULD do something rash. Yeah, she needs to stop and think some more.

Jenny has been hanging out with Corbens son, Joe, who I’m glad to see again. The episode, where he turned into a demon lizard creature, was one of the better episodes of last season. Well, I enjoyed it and  I’m glad to see him again. He looks good and I like him. Most especially he looks and works well with Jenny and she needs friends. He gets kidnapped by an ex-colleague of Jenny’s who wants the fragment of black rock, we saw her playing with,  last episode. Jenny does give it to the guy, but why would I think this is going to come back and kick her in the ass later? I’m just  being cynical, yeah?

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Joe wants to join the team and get involved with Jenny and Abbie’s monster fighting. Jenny keeps trying to warn him away, but he convinces her to let him in, in memory of his dad. I think it’s nice to have this reminder of Corben, (the man who helped raise the girls to be so badass), on their team.

Once again, not a great episode but it was pretty good. Very solid. With some interesting revelations and promise of future storylines, like Ichabod trying to save the Archives by getting Natrualized, the issue of Abbie’s dad and the introduction of Danny, who had some kind of “thing” with Abbie, when they were students. What’s going to happen between the two of them, if he should get involved in the monster killing business, too?

The show looks really good. Lots of natural lighting makes everyone look warm and beautiful,

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especially the opening and closing scenes, which take place on Abbie’s front porch. She has a lovely house and you can see how proud she is. You can tell she’s making more money and she’s dressing better than last season and just looks more relaxed somehow. (And yeah, there’s more than a passing resemblance to Vega from Minority Report, too.) I’m uncertain if this is the same house from last season, as we were never given a very clear picture of her home then, but I like this. And there are a lot of outdoor shots of Jenny and Joe together. Jenny even gets to do a little buttkickin’. I love it when the writers show off her skills and we get some backstory about her. She’s not just Abbie’s angry sister. Like her sister, she has a whole other life.

I’m still kind of holding back from getting too close to the show, because…what if it turns bad? What if I don’t like it? What if it gets canceled? I’m still going to watch it, but with such a glut of genre shows on TV, Sleepy Hollow has too be better than okay or good.

It has to be great.

Oh, and this is for those people who are fans of the Isley Brothers and can’t help but sing this song, when they see the title of this episode.

Sleepy Hollow: I, Witness

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.

Maybe.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Sleepy Hollow: Tempus Fugit

Fugit Inreparabile Tempus (It escapes, irretrievable time.) – Virgil’s Georgics.

Tonight’s title is especially appropriate in the Season 2 finale of Sleepy Hollow.

Last week, Abbie Mills was trapped in the past, after Katrina Crane opened a portal to the 18th century. Katrina, driven insane by the death of her son Henry, has decided to “flip the script” by altering the past. If the title is anything to go by, she will fail because as the quote says, ” Time is not retrievable.” You can’t regain anything that’s already past. She can’t go back and have the life she thinks she wants.

And yes, too, time is flying for the two Witnesses. They must stop her before she does something that can never be repaired. Abbie is going to have to use all her wit and charm to reach Ichabod, who has no idea who she is or what she wants. Her best weapon is her knowledge of him, the war and their future, if she wants to stop Katrina.

When we last saw Abbie she was imprisoned and asking to see Ichabod, who appears to be fighting a one man war against the British and searching for The Hessian. He receives the report of Abbie. He deserts the battlefield to go see her and she tells him about The  Horseman and his female ally. She very carefully does not mention Katrina’s name.

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Katrina, while searching for Ichabod’s body, recieves the news of his disappearance and his meeting with Abigail Mills.

Crane and Abbie go back to the battlefield, while Abbie tries to convince him that she’s from the future. Because Crane didn’t die on the battlefield, when he went to see Abbie in prison, they have changed the future.

Crane stands accused of desertion and must convince his CO that Abbie is important and perhaps not a runaway slave. He is instructed to escort her to such an encampment. During their trip, Abbie is working hard to convince him of her credentials. She convinces him to consult with Ben Franklin to corroborate her story.

I have to also applaud the show for never shying away from a subject simply because it’s sensitive. When Crane first met Abbie, he got it all out of the way. Her race, the fact that she was wearing pants and her gender, he didn’t dwell. He mentions  it, and receiving answers, he accepts them and moves on. The show does the same tonight when mentioning the treatment of slaves. The show doesn’t dwell on it or try to make an Afterschool Special out of it. Slaves, auction blocks, hangings, were all  just a part of life back then, and no one would have remarked or exclaimed about any of it, because that’s not the point of the show because  it’s not a treatise on African-American History.  (But I do have to point out that the British would have been a lot less harsh in their treatment of Abbie. The British tried to actively recruit runaway slaves, to fight for their side, in exchange for their freedom and that may have played a part in her harsh treatment. The Americans would have been deeply suspicious that runaway slaves would go over to the British side.)

The Horseman shows up, at the battlefield, looking for Crane but is confronted by Katrina. She calls him by name and tells him she can help him find and kill Ichabod.

imageAt Franklin’s house, Abbie is the subject of much curiosity because …trousers. Her bemused and cheerful reaction to people’s stares, is hilarious.  But Franklin has no problem running with her story that she’s  from the future. He delights in learning that he’s on the hundred dollar bill and that Jefferson is only on the two. He calls Abbie an example of everything they’re all fighting for… The American Dream, and he’s absolutely delighted to meet her. Alone with Franklin, Abbie tells him about Katrina. It’s Franklin’s idea, that if they undo the time spell, the future will be restored.  Abbie’s ancestor, a woman named Grace Dickson, at Fredericks Manor, knows how to reverse the spell. The Horseman appears and Franklin is beheaded. The horseman escapes in the chaos.

Abbie is locked up again. Ichabod is angry. She has to tell him about Katrina and his son,  if she wants him to trust her. She also tells him to find her confiscated cellphone and look at the photos. His CO relieves him of his position, believing him to be responsible for Franklin’s death.

Crane goes home and Katrina is there. She confirms her pregnancy, while secretly levitating a knife behind his back. She tries to find out where Abbie has been taken but is interrupted by a request from Washington to see Crane.

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Crane goes to find Abbie’s personal effects. His CO plans to personally visit Abbie, so Crane better figure out the phone quickly. Which he does. Abbie works to free herself  just as the CO  arrives, intending to teach her a lesson or assault her or something. We never find out because  Abbie gives him the ass-kicking he richly deserves, (while I, fervently, plead with her, not to kill that fool.)

Crane is looking at his pictures and videos that he and Abbie took. Its got to be some exceptionally weird and mind blowing shit, to see photos of yourself doing things you don’t remember because they haven’t happened yet. To see images of yourself walking and talking, about things you know nothing about, with a complete stranger,cwho claims to know you.  The two of them head out to Frederick Manor, again. Katrina kills the CO, whose name I’m not even going to even try to remember, and she heads to Frederick Manor, too.

I’m just going to point out that Katrina sucks as a bad guy too. Is it the actress? Is it the writing? I don’t now. But her villainy is so over the top, that she needs nachos with it.

Abbie has a lovely, tearful meeting with Grace, who recognizes her as a Witness and is delighted to know she has such a descendent and they begin the counter spell.  The Horseman and Katrina arrive. Crane is discomfited by Abbie’s hug, when he goes out to distract them, confront them or just die. Who knows?

Crane battles the horseman, while Abbie, worriedly, watches.The spell is successful and Abbie and Katrina are  returned to the present.

When Katrina, in another fit of rage, tries to kill Abbie, Crane protects his partner, his closest friend, by killing his wife. I did not expect to be as touched by this moment as I was.

And when, Abbie tries to console him by saying he had no choice, I have to disagree.  He did have a choice and it was her. At every step along this road, throughout the entire two years of this series, whenever there was a choice to be made, he picked Abbie. For me, there was never any question or surprise at Katrina’s death. (Its definitely for the best, as the writers had no idea what to do with her anyway.)

When Irving and Jenny show up, Abbie gives an impassioned speech about how things were meant to be and that their fight isn’t over. I’m only surprised that the season didn’t end in the traditional cliffhanger.

Where will they go for Season three? Let’s  return, in the Fall, to find out.

ETA: I’ve  heard that the rreason the show ends without the typical cliffhanger, is because the writers were not sure if the show would be renewed for a third season and they wanted it to end on a positive note. This wouldn’t be the first time that I fell in love with a show only to have it canceled. Does anyone remember the show Now and Again? The Invisible Man?

If anyone has news that it’s been renewed, please notify the management.

Sleepy Hollow: Awakening

Wow! We’ve got betrayals and lying and turnabouts all over the place. First, Henry turns on Moloch, then Frank Irving comes back from the dead, with deceptions and a hidden agenda, and now Katrina has decided to throw her lot in with Henry. Or Hell, maybe she’ll have a whole new evil plan, that’s completely separate from all of the other evil plans running around on this show. And still no sign of Orion, The Angel of Death. Where’s he gotten himself off to?

Time for our obligatory scene of Crane’s bafflement with the current age. Discussing the non-uniqueness of his “man out of time” situation, with Abbie, in the local book store. Despite my misgivings every time they express they’re devotion to each other, I do enjoy seeing them together. Abbie and Crane just genuinely like each other and are true friends, something rarely depicted on mainstream TV, between men and women.

In the meantime, the ringing of the town  Liberty Bell causes several people to go haywire with magical abilities. And yes, Henry’s behind it.

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Jenny, breathlessly, tells Abbie about Frank and his confession to her, which I’m still having trouble buying into and  Abbie and Crane consider using the Gorgon’s head to freeze Frank, as some sort of nuclear option. They say they can attempt to restore him later, after Jenny expresses misgivings about such a plan.

Abbie and Crane investigate the supernatural attacks that happened in the square. Crane confesses to have caused the original crack in the Liberty Bell and that what Sleepy Hollow owns,  is just  a replica. He did that while creating a diversion to destroy the original bell, from which all the replicas were reproduced.

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Henry visits Katrina in person. He says he killed Moloch to save her life and that her destiny is to go Darkside. Can I just say…ick! He also says his destiny is to bring back the original Dark Coven, but he can’t do it because his blood is too diluted, but if she rings the giant  bell in the town center, she can accomplish The Awakening and together they can…TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD!

And he also throws in  some “we can be a family, again” stuff, for good measure.

The Awakening refers to the the development of magical powers in the descendants of the original Dark Coven that once existed in Sleepy Hollow. Crane, Abbie, Henry and Katrina are now all on the same page. All that remains is for  events to play out.

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But first…shopping at Home Depot! Crane discovers power tools, batteries and bobble-headed, garden gnomes, while they shop for supplies,  to blow up the bell, in the town center.

They begin their plans but Frank is there to stop them. He and Jenny engage in a running shootout. She shoots him several times, but  bullets don’t work on him. Henry and Katrina show up and it’s heartbreaking for Crane, to watch her act this way. She and Henry claim that the town was promised to the witches, for helping win the War of Independence. I still don’t trust that Katrina is fully in Henry’s pocket, either. She’s played both sides so often, it’s hard to know what the hell she thinks about anything. Also, this newfound interest in her old coven, comes completely out of left field. The writers are  desperately trying to give this useless third wheel some relevance.

Katrina drops some mojo on Crane and Abbie and then bricks them up behind a wall. Abbie and Ichabod are now trapped in the catacombs underneath the town. They deduce that the bell will be in the boarded up town hall, and make plans, as they make their way out.

Ichabod challenges Crane outside the hall, while Frank hunts down Jenny. Ichabod  tries to shoot Henry  but Henry’s magic stops him. Abbie tries to run him down with her truck but Katrina blows it up, seemingly with Abbie still in it.

But that was just a diversionary tactic. Abbie is about to blow up the bell, when Henry finds and stops her. Henry and Katrina tie the Witnesses to a stake and prepare to start The Awakening. Jenny, stuck in the catacombs,  plans to  use the Gorgon’s head on Frank, who demands to know where she sent his family.

As the bell starts to ring, the sleepers start to awaken. The Witnesses manage to shoot Henry, who dissolves into green embers, but his death seems to cure Frank. Katrina loses her shit over the death of her son and attacks Crane and Abbie. She opens a portal to somewhere and Abbie, in an effort to stop her, gets taken along for the ride.

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Ichabod is  alone.

Abbie wakes up alone in the forest. In 1781. She’s  in some deep shit now. She’s a  modern Black  woman stuck in an age where barbaric  attitudes towards Black people were openly displayed and she’s wearing tightpants. Attitude, will  just get her killed quicker. She needs to stay calm and use her head.

As she is locked in irons, she declares that the only person she can speak to, is Ichabod Crane.

Sleepy Hollow : What Lies Beneath

Tonight’s show is a lot more Mythology heavy, than last week. Last week, we were dealt a couple of enormous setbacks, such as: Frank Irving being a lying liar who lies and Henry Parrish coming back in the game. I’m sure the two of them will be up to menacing the Witnesses lives soon enough.

Oohhh! A sewer episode!

Three construction workers find a hidden tunnel system deep underground and are promptly snatched by some CHUDs for their trouble.

It’s  now time for Ichabod’s obligatory moment of culture shock. This time it’s Instagram, while he and Abbie tour a battleship. (Is he, or is he not, Captain America?) Abbie gets a message from Reyes about the missing men. At the crime scene, Abbie is approached by a strange man, a journalist, with some interesting information about his brother, who is one of the missing men. A very savvy man,  who is starting to put together all the oddities going on in Sleepy Hollow. I hope this guy is joining the cast. I like him, already. He’s smart, and he’s bold and reads Abbie’s face like a book.

Abbie and Crane go into the tunnels and find that and the claw marks of whatever pulled the men to their deaths. Crane drops some Thomas Jefferson history on us while we wait.

Irving meets with Jenny. He wants her to retrieve some wedding trinket from the police station for him. Jenny agrees to get him into the lockup to steal it. I’m going to make a wild guess and say he’s lying again.

Abbie and Crane theorize about what could be in the hidden chamber. I love it when Crane gossips about historical figures and Bonus! we get a flashback to his meeting with Jefferson, who subsequently unfriended him. Crane says they need to go back and be eaten…I mean, see for themselves, what’s down there.

imageIt turns out,  at least, one of the men is alive but Crane and Abbie encounter a room full of the deadly creatures that guard the hidden vault. Crane is nearly captured, but is saved by the unexpected entrance of the journalist, who uses his camera flash to drive the creatures away.

Calvin, the photographer, is determined to save his brother and demands information from them. They ask for his trust and Abbie tells him that his brother is alive. Crane doesn’t like that, but Abbie feels she can trust him and they should allow him limited access.

I know finding work is hard and it’s been a few years but those damn Firefly Reivers have gotten jobs as Reivers on this show! Abbie, Crane and Calvin go down to the tunnels, for a second time, to rescue Calvin’s brother.

Irving and Jenny crash the police station, where Irving searches for something that’s not a wedding trinket. Jenny was definitely suspicious of Irving, the moment she saw the Hellfire Club tattoo on his wrist, when they were in the bar. She pulls her weapon and they duke it out for about five seconds.

imageCrane’s magical trick, with Calvin’s camera, drives the creatures away again and conveniently destroys the camera. They fight their way into the vault, where they encounter Thomas Jefferson himself. Jefferson says thanks to science and witchcraft he’s still alive, or rather his holo-ghost is still present. He says their mission is the reason he exists.

Irving has a story to tell Jenny about how he’s possessed by an evil Irving. I’m still not buying it. I think he’s well aware of his evil. But he says he found a charm that would hide his true nature and that’s what he used during Katrina’s test. It’s a real sob story but he needs Jenny’s help because she’s the only one who would understand. I think we can all understand my skepticism.

imageSince Jefferson is Crane’s bestie, Abbie says it’s on him, to convince Jefferson to help. While the two men commiserate, Abbie follows a blood trail deeper under the vault, where she finds two of the survivors and a partially eaten corpse.

Jefferson says the men must die, because destroying the cannibal nest will also destroy the vault and all the information the Witnesses need to do their  work. He shows them some of the information and they are suitably impressed. He even explains why he unfriended Crane so many years ago and that he had no choice but to do that.

The two of them decide to destroy the nest. No matter what it costs them. They go back into the death chamber to save the men and barely make it out. They then decide to “nuke the sight from orbit” because it’s the only way to be sure that all the creatures die. Unfortunately,  it will also destroy all the information the Witnesses will need to fight, what Jefferson says is, the coming war.

imageIchabod goes back into the chamber with the explosives and has to convince Jeffersons ghost to allow it’s destruction. He finally agrees and Ichabod, blows it all up.

Yay, explosions!

Abbie convinces Calvin to shut up about what happened. I’m definitely noticing some chemistry between these two and hope we get to see him again in the future, especially after he sends her an e-mail asking her to trust him. I like how he challenges her, doesn’t back down from her and does it with a smile. Could this be a love interest for Abbie?

Katrina dreams that Henry comes to her and it must have been real because he left behind the black roses he brought for her.

Not my favorite episode but it goes somewhere near the top of my list because it’s Mythology heavy and there was only a sliver of Katrina in it.

Next week, it looks like Katrina goes full-on Darkside.

Sleepy Hollow : Spellcaster

Tonight’s episode involves a Warlock from the Salem Witch Trials, a subject which endlessly fascinated me when I was a teenager. I think   I was  more fascinated with the idea that people could make up outrageous lies about other people, and if the authorities in power are gullible enough, those lies will be believed. This show may not  address that particular issue tonight but should still be a fascinating glimpse into the Sleepy Hollow version of that time period. After all, in that universe, witches and magic actually exist.

A man in an archaic outfit (played by none other than one of my future ex-husbands, Jonathan Schaech) breaks into an auction house, steals a book from the archives and, casts a spell which Vaders the security guard and the archivist.

Ichabod is house hunting and calls Abbie for help. He seems to be coping well with the modern world. He is, however, just as perplexed by squeaky fruit as any rational person – wtf?  His outfits look a little more modern and I’m required to mention how lovely he is, at least once per episode. (I have a  quota to fill.) Abbie comes to him with the auction house case. The clues suggest magical interference, so Ichabod suggests they visit Katrina.

Henry Parrish is trying to find his identity and avoid the attentions of the landlady of the apartment complex, where he’s been hiding out, since he betrayed and killed Moloch.

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Abbie and Ichabod are  figuring out the magical clues behind  the deaths at the auction house and the theft of the book, which turns out to be a Grimoire of immense power. There is an interesting blend of magic from Katrina and Tech from Abbie to do all of this.

Katrina tells them that Solomon Kent has been freed from Purgatory. Apparently, he’s the Boogeyman for witches, which must mean he’s a total badass. I guess so, since we see him casting another spell using the book and his own blood, so …yeah.

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Katrina schools everyone on the real history of the  Salem Witch Trials, involving her own ancestor, Sarah Osbourn, Solomon Kent, unreciprocated love and accidental death. It turns out that Kent is the reason the trials occurred, as he goes darkside, in an attempt to avoid blame for killing the woman he loved. Eventually, the surviving coven members exile him to purgatory. Kent returns  from purgatory for the Grimoire, which is not whole. So now Katrina, Ichabod and Abbie have to hunt down the missing pages.

Irving confronts Abbie outside the archives, abut her not trusting him after his return and makes good with her.

Henry Parrish is feeling so disgusted with himself that he’s trying to avoid human contact. He’s not tying too hard or he’d be living in the woods and not in an apartment  in the city. The landlady’s son tries to talk to him and leaves him a figurine to play with. The writers are toying with the idea that Henry might come to care for this young man and decide to become heroic on his behalf, I guess.

Abbie tells Ichabod about meeting with Irving and how he plans to let go of the past. Ichabod connects that to Kent and susses out that Kent  wants to resurrect his lost love, but that would lead to the end of the world, as all the other souls with her, would be released.

imageAbbie and Ichabod, both armed and deadly, head out to get the rest of the Grimoire before Kent. They find  him in the warehouse. Katrina shows up and throws some mojo around before Kent tries to seduce her to the darkside. Kent then creates some blood demons- from a pool of his own blood which is ….AWESOME! The bloody, naked demons chase Abbie and Ichabod  through the warehouse, while Katrina and Kent face off.  She loses but not before going all Dark!Willow and Kent makes off with the book.

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Katrina is shaken after her fight with Kent, as she’s tapped into some primal dark power, that she’s now deeply afraid of and once again proceeds to lie to her husband about yet another thing. When will it end? Can they kill her off at the end of this season, or the next, if she becomes the Big Bad?

Abbie goes to Irving to get some tips on how to handle Kent but all he can offer is advice on how to keep living. A pointless scene but it gives us more opportunity to see Irving bonding with Abbie.

Henry Parrish witnesses his landlady’s  son being bullied by some apartment thugs. This is building to something. Will he come to the rescue? Will he find a reason to care? Will he find his purpose in whatever decision he makes?

Abbie and Ichabod figure out that Kent isn’t trying to resurrect anyone. He wants to time travel into the past and they have to stop him before he alters all of existence.

Irving shows up to offer more than useless advice against Kent, who is about to begin his time travel spell, while Abbie finalizes a plan.

They attack Kent with crossbows, flash bangs, darts filled with Atropine and electricity which puts him down. Ichabod loses his shit and is about to put a serious beat down on him, when Abbie stops him. So,  he’s tapped into something primal about himself, too. Only, he seems to be dealing with it better than Katrina. Abbie and Ichabod run off to find Irving. He shows up behind them, coldly breaks Kent’s neck and takes the Grimoire. Kent’s body dissolves. Irving congratulates all of them on a job well done.

Henry confronts the bullies at the apartment complex. He very easily kills the three of them with magic. I don’t think he’s doing that for any good reason, such as protecting the landlady’s son.

Irving and Henry meet in the forest. He hands Henry the book. So I guess Henry himself  wants to take over where Moloch left off  and Irving really is still his minion. Really Irving?

I am disappoint.

I’m going to count this as a good episode as it answered a lot of the questions I had in the last one, Kali Yuga. At the same time, I’ve got all new questions about Henry, Irving and Katrina. And oddly enough the show does address the idea of gullible people accepting the lies told to them by people they trust, exactly the thing that frustrated me about the Salem Witch Trials.

There’s only three episodes left til the end of the season on February 23rd, at which point I’ll have to find something new to talk about.

Sleepy Hollow: Kali Yuga

The Kali Yuga in reference to this show means the end of an age. In Hindu mythology it’s  the last stage of the four stages of the world, according to The Mahabharata, and set to end some time in 2025. The question tonight is what or who is this a reference to? Is it Captain Irving, now back from the dead? Henry, who has yet to put in an appearance, since his mid-season turnabout? Or Hawley, whose backstory we’ll be getting a sneak peek into, tonight . Like Ichabod, I’m not a huge Hawley fan and I’m thankful he’s been used in small doses, so far. Also, will Katrina continue to be less annoying and useful tonight?

Abbie sings! I had no idea. She’s no Whitney Houston, but she’s not too bad. The song is Crazy by Bruno Mars, which I have completely associated with the movie Kick Ass.

Nick Hawley isn’t going to be around to hear Jenny or Ichabod sing because he’s got a deal to broker for some throwing stars.  Actually, he’s gone to meet his mother, a beautiful woman who adopted him when he was very young.  Carmilla plans to rob Theodore Knox’s estate and wants Nick’s help. After she shows him her monster face, he changes his mind.

Ichabod sings! Well, yeah it’s some kind of sea shanty, but his voice isn’t that bad. He seriously needs to update his repertoire,though. Oh, and we’ve drifted into a conversation with two women, Abbie and Jenny, talking about a man, Nick.  I am disappoint.

When someone breaks into the Archives, the three of them run off to investigate. They find Hawley, who tries to warn them away. Jenny is attacked by Momma-monster, as Hawley escapes. What did they steal?

Irving is in court with his wife. We find that he’s not being charged with anything and is free to go. I wonder if Henry is behind that.

The trio discuss the monster they met last night. It’s called a vetala and it has acidic claws. Lovely! They visit the man who set up Hawley’s meeting but he’s not cooperative. He becomes much more helpful after Jenny kicks his ass. Yay, Jenny!

Katrina and Ichabod are discussing, of all things,  whether or not  Mary Poppins was a witch, as he seeks her help to defeat the vetala. He finds Abbie’s sigil, that she got from the Angel Orion and wonders why she kept it a secret. There’s an odd distance between the two of them this episode. Abbie says she’s trying to stay out of the way of his reconciliation with Katrina.

When Abbie returns they all figure out what Hawley’s plan is but still don’t know why. What artifact are they all chasing after now?

It turns out that Hawley doesn’t  actually know what Carmilla is. I thought he might. I was wrong. She claims that a Thuggee Death Cult cursed her to be a monster. C’mon guys, you have to be squeeing over the idea of a Thuggee Death Cult! Seriously!? She claims the “McGuffin” will make her human again. Hawley reluctantly agrees to her venture.

Ichabod has a lead foot, as they race through the city streets, in a cherry red sports car. They all plan to infiltrate Theodore Knox’s party, to stop Momma-monster.

Irving’s  at home with  his wife, who is tripping because her husband has  come back from the dead. That’s understandable. Trippin’ is the correct response to such a thing. She suggests he put her mind at ease by having Katrina test him for..life? evilness? A soul?

I don’t know.

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At the party the trio split up to track Hawley and Carmilla. Jenny finds Hawley  and confronts him and he locks her in a  closet. Abbie and Ichabod -with his crossbow, and his new jacket and air of determination- which is awesome!- find Carmilla stealing a small statue of Kali. She attacks Abbie and there’s a stalemate. If Ichabod shoots her, she’ll kill Abbie with her acid-claws, which sounds pretty stupid when I say it like that,image so I’ll stop now, even though that is so X-Men, it’s cool.

Hawley runs in and promises to stay with her if she lets them both go. Hawley turns on the two of them, locks them in the vault and runs off with his Mum. While locked in the vault, he and Abbie have it out about their miscommunications, especially Orion’s sigil, which Abbie  kept a secret from him.

Naturally, Carmilla doesn’t trust Nick and poisons his liquor, knocking him out.  She plans to turn him into a vetala, using the statue she stole, in some kind of dark ritual. (Hey I didn’t  call it that. Ichabod did.)

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Abbie and Ichabod try to figure out how to get out of the vault. Abbie apologizes for keeping the sigil a secret. Ichabod apologizes for running to save Abraham without consulting her. They both realize their bond is a bit frayed. This conversation is what gives him his idea to escape, but he’s  wrong and  we get some Indiana Jones type shit, which I hate because those movies always upset me.  Apparently, people being crushed to death in an enclosed space, by giant spikes, is one of my triggers of something. Like Abbie, I blame Star Wars for this particular trauma. Ichabod is on point with the clues tonight because his past knowledge of gossip gets them out of the vault.

Later, Abbie’s  knowledge of yoga and Ichabod’s lowdown on Hindu mythology is what  gives them the clues they need to fight the vetala and her gang/harem of male vetala.  There’s some butt kicking, magical floating statues and chanting. Did I mention that I don’t like it when inanimate objects start moving around.

Jenny frees Hawley by attacking Carmilla and he has a chance to kill her but let’s the vetala escape.

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The show ends with Hawley leaving town and Ichabod and Abbie duetting Proud Mary. A sight which is hilariously, horrifyingly bad, even if Ichabod has an incredibly sexy baritone. Their duet is a metaphor about the renewal and/or strengthening of their bond, but I do have to question the choice of Proud Mary, a song made famous by an egotistical domestic abuser and his victim. Or maybe, I’m just overthinking this.

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Katrina prepares to test Irving. She gives him a clean bill of health and the scene ends happily enough except Irving casts no reflection.

I got a least a couple of questions answered. The high notes were watching Ichabod sing and knowing that Hawley is going to be absent for a while. I don’t hate him but he’s annoying. Katrina was used sparingly and that’s to the good, too. The Kali Yuga  is a reference to the vetala and Hawley leaving and…I don’t know what. I’m sure it’ll come to me sometime in the middle of the week.

Stay tuned!

Sleepy Hollow: Pittura Infamante

The title of this weeks episode according to Wikipedia means  ” defaming portrait”.  A type of painting done in Renaissance Italy, used to shame people the public believed were criminals, thieves and traitors,  who went unpunished by the law.

Tonight’s  episode involves art restoration, the Sleepy Hollow Historical Society and watching Ichabod get dressed to party, so I’m probably not going to get my weekly helping of watching Abbie kick booty. Ichabod looks especially yummy in a new suit jacket, that looks very much like his old one, and a ponytail.

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I hope they show more of Captain Irving’s predicament tonight and Michelle Trachenberg,  from  Buffy:The Vampire Slayer, makes an appearance. It’ll be nice to see her again. Hopefully, her acting has gotten a lot better since that show.

We enter the show, with a man, Grant, restoring a painting. The painting starts bleeding. (I  don’t like that.)

We next visit Ichabod ranting about business casual dress and discussing a date with his wife, at the Historical Society. It turns out that Ichabod knew Betsy Ross and that he really shouldn’t talk about that.

The painting by James Coby is now on display at that evening’s gathering and Grant, appears to speak to Ichabod, flustered. His hands have red stains that he can’t remove. Katrina has a vision during the party and says she feels a dark presence.

Abbie, now on her own for the evening, is surprised when Irving shows up at the precinct.

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Okay, Michelle Trachtenberg is Abigail Adams. Her acting isn’t any better and she looks very different from the rather frail looking teen she was on Buffy. She looks …mature. Katrina and Ichabod discuss the passage of time and the loss of all they knew. One of the biggest drawbacks to moving forward in time and is almost never addressed in shows about people who are out of their own time. The extreme sense of dislocation people like that must feel. The dinner party is interrupted by the death of Grant, who is found hanging, upside down, from one of the chandeliers. He looks like the picture of the Hanged Man on Tarot cards.

Abbie and Ichabod discuss Irving’s return, whether or not Henry is involved and if Irving is evil. Lt. Reyes appears and meets Katrina and praises her husband. I guess she likes Ichabod, for now.  Ichabod makes the connection to the Hanged Man of the Tarot, which surprises Katrina, who  connects Grant’s murder to a series of killings she learned about from Abigail Adams, who was also a witch. Katrina suggests bringing in this time period’s Abbie but Ichabod says no. The two of them will solve the murder without her.

Abbie goes to interview Irving, who only partially remembers the events leading up to his death. Abbie informs him that he died,  that he was buried six weeks ago and that everyone is now in mourning for him. That his return may be a sign of the Horseman’s return and that she can’t take the risk of trusting him.

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Katrina and Ichabod examine the painting and find fresh blood and a new element in the painting. A knife. The two parse that the killer is the man in the painting and it scares the absolute shit out me when the man in the painting turns and looks at the two of them discussing him. Inanimate objects doing shit they’re not supposed to do is one of my things. Okay, now I need some defibrillators. Things that don’t move on their own, ain’t supposed to be moving on their own.

Everyone who comes in contact with the painting gets red stained fingers, including Miller, Grant’s boss, and Ichabod. It turns out that the man in the painting,James Coby,  is using the blood of his victims to finish the painting within the painting, so he can walk free. When he and Katrina return to the painting, the figure is gone.cueah, that’s pretty creepy. In an effort to keep people away from the painting she and Ichabod engage in some PDA. It works… to mostly discombobulate Ichabod.

Abbie informs Jenny of Irving’s return. They try to reason out why and what they must do to fight him, in case he turns out to be another monster. Abbie tasks Jenny with finding a mystical weapon to destroy Irving. Just in case. Abbie, then, informs Irving’s  wife of his return. She shows her a video of Irving, but also tells her that she and Irving  can’t see each other until they know if he’s a threat.

Ichabod interviews Grant’s boss, who says Grant was extremely attached to the painting and that it spoke to both of them. Katrina finds a secret drawer in Abigail Adams desk and then spots a blood covered Coby wandering the halls. So apparently, he’s  already partially free.

Jenny tracks down some creature killing bullets, still inside the corpse, of course. Should she be removing those? I hope those aren’t what’s keeping the creature dead.

I like being right.

When she removes the last bullet, the creature promptly wakes up, so Jenny has to put one of the three bullets back in it. Now, she only has two. What do you wanna bet, that she loses at least one more?

Miller gets pulled into the painting by Coby.  Ichabod and Katrina, though present, are powerless to prevent it. Katrina discovers that there is an entrapment hex. Runes carved into the painting’s frame are meant to keep Coby trapped in the painting. Abigail allowed herself to be captured and with the help of a local priest, imprisoned Coby and kept the painting safe. When Grant began to restore the painting, it woke up Coby.

Ichabod proposes entering the painting to rescue Miller. He and Katrina remove the painting to another location and Katrina decides to come with him. They enter the world of the painting and the mind of a murderer.

Jenny returns from her mission and encounters Irving. Abbie says Irving’s medical exam appears normal. He doesn’t seem like a monster and she assures Jenny that the bullet is a last resort. Jenny also suggests Katrina do a mystical exam of Irving. But since Ichabod isn’t answering his phone Abbie rides out to check on the two of them.

Coby has finished his painting but Miller isn’t dead so there’s still time. As they attempt to leave Coby steps forward and says it’s too late. The two of them make it out of the painting just in time. As Ichabod goes to the destroy the painting, Coby grabs him and pulls himself out.  Abbie shows up and shoots…the painting. So much for doing it all without her. Abbie rides in, in a white patrol car, and saves the day… and water is wet.

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Reyes is now mad at Abbie for disobeying a direct order to not speak to Irving. She’s okay with Ichabod for now, though. He suggests, that perhaps some vagrant killed Grant.

Ichabod and Katrina decide to mend their relationship.

Reyes surprises Abbie with the news that there might be evidence vindicating Irving and that he might go free.