Sleepy Hollow Analysis

This brilliant and beautiful analysis of Sleepy Hollow showed up in my feed again and I decided, if I didn’t want to lose it on my “Likes” page, I’d better save it here. It outlines why we cared so much about the future of this show, why we were so damn angry at what the showrunners chose to do with it, what went wrong, and  includes links to other reviews and critiques of the show. …

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Sleepy Hollow Analysis

This brilliant and beautiful analysis of Sleepy Hollow showed up in my feed again and I decided, if I didn’t want to lose it on my “Likes” page, I’d better save it here. It outlines why we cared so much about the future of this show, why we were so damn angry at what the showrunners chose to do with it, what went wrong, and  includes links to other reviews and critiques of the show. 

Post Mortem on Sleepy Hollow

Everyone is saying that the show had great potential, and that they screwed it up. But I haven’t seen anyone articulate what that potential was. Why was so resonant in season one? At this particular time, and in this particular climate?

I read the phrase “the chemistry between the two leads” and frankly that’s not enough for me. It’s not enough to explain what I saw in the show and why I am so mad. I deeply believe that the value of the fantasy/horror genre is how it lets us symbolically consider big issues of morality in ways that are fun.

American, this beautiful mess of a country, has a ton of moral thinking to do about race and history. Sleepy Hollow more than any show in decades, was perfectly set up to play with, and around, and through that tension. That was it’s potential. That is what we lost.

I’ve read some great things on Sleepy Hollow, the finale, and the death of Abbie Mills. These articles have all been explicit that the choice to kill and sideline Abbie was typical, uncreative, racist (consciously or not), and BAD FOR THE SHOW. Here are my favs:

http://blackgirlnerds.com/how-sleepy-hollow-single-handedly-destroyed-their-own-show/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

http://www.thevisibilityproject.com/2015/05/05/i-want-great-things-for-nicole-beharie-sleepy-hollow-isnt-one-of-them/

http://bibliodaze.com/2016/04/abbiemillsdeservesbetter-how-fox-ruined-sleepy-hollow/

Now let’s talk about the big issues.

America has always been two things. A place for enlightened ideals about the equality of man, and the bloody driving heart of chattel slavery. Those are both huge. They are also utterly irreconcilable. Even as this country led the Age of Revolution that brought down kings throughout Europe, we built the North Atlantic Slave Trade. That deadly triangle put millions of people into bloodline based suffering that was harsher than any caste system in Europe at the time.

If you study American history at all, slavery is three quarters of it. The struggle for racial inclusion and equity is the rest. More than class, more than ideas, more than geography, race is the single focal point that encompasses all of American history. There is no part of this country that wasn’t molded, or counter-molded, without the presence of it. From the very beginning we argued about it. We didn’t stop arguing. We went to war over it. Then we had a second proxy cold war about it during the civil rights movement. We are still arguing about it today with Black Lives Matter.

This is the biggest question of Good vs. Evil in our country. It’s so big, and so devastating, that millions of Americans still have trouble fully admitting that slavery was evil. That it did not have any upside for the salves. There are also millions of people who see the sacrifice that ending racism demands, and flip the fuck out. They do not want to deal with that.

Doesn’t that sound like a kind of unending apocalypse? A biblical level moral threat? And historically a few people have always fought and given witness in order to redeem the rest of us from that evil we would rather ignore, or let fester, or maybe join/sell-out-too in order to maintain our privilege. The metaphor works for me.

I should probably take a moment to give my personal P.O.V. I’m white. I’m a lawyer. I am into the American mythology. I really, deeply, believe that a nation of laws is better than a nation of men. I have in actively carried around a pocket constitution, and a pocket declaration of independance. I have read the federalist papers. I have read more than one biography of John Adams. I am a patriot. I know enough about the history of patriots to understand that the best ones were all critics of their societies.

There was a moment in season one that was painfully familiar. Ichabod is singing the praises of Thomas Jefferson, and sneering at the political foe that accused him of sleeping with his slaves. That was me, in my younger and more innocent days. Irving and Abby give each other a good long side-eye and then enlighten him. That was also me. And Crane, bless him, learned better. I remember watching that scene and thinking “I can’t believe Fox, Fox!, is letting them get away with that.” See, I also live in the South. Where you still aren’t often allowed to talk about that stuff. Where discussing actually, provable, documented history, like it’s actual documented provable history, will get you hissed at. Then they’ll call you ungodly. (Look it just popped up again!  http://www.vox.com/2016/4/8/11389556/thomas-jefferson-sally-hemings-book )

Is it any wonder that Sleepy Hollow was such a tempest in a teapot?

I haven’t talked about Abbie yet. Sorry. I needed to set the stage. I needed to be able to say that the chemistry that existed between Abbie and Ichabod existed because she was black and accomplished and he was white and ignorant. The desire to smoosh them together, to make them work as partners, was more than a desire to see an attractive man with an attractive woman, it was a desire to reconcile the entire American experiment.

Think back to the images in their first meeting. Ichabod, an 18th century man, locked in a cage because he cannot understand the modern world. He’s idealistic, he’s educated, he’s utterly incompetent at modern reality, he cannot understand why he’s not in charge, why all the cretins around him treat him like he’s crazy and refuse to follow his orders. I’m pretty sure I just restated the analysis of trump voters.

Maybe just this one: http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/i-was-pastor-trump-supporters-heres-why-thousands-are-flocking-his-rallies.

Or this one:http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/cover_story/2016/03/how_donald_trump_happened_racism_against_barack_obama.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_top

Or this one:http://www.salon.com/2016/03/14/the_payback_candidate_trumps_campaign_is_for_conservatives_seeking_revenge_on_everyone_they_think_disrespects_them/

So there is Ichabod waiting in his cage, and then Abbie shows up. A black woman. Not in a cage. Her freedom specifically addressed when Ichabod said the word “emancipated.”  She was someone he still saw in terms of slavery, but she was the one that literally held the keys to the modern world in her hand. (Of course, to screw with that, they shot it from his POV, so she looks like the one behind bars.)

Ichabod has to listen to her, he has to defer, before things start getting better for him. What is more real than that? Ichabod might have been the every-man (for a certain type of every-man) but Abbie was the arbiter, the judge, the leader. She was the character that decides what part of all that 18th century knowledge still matters, and what parts need to be chucked, like yesterday. And in season one at least, she judged from a place that was informed by her own personal morality and experiences. She was not all good and self-sacrificing. The unfairness she had experienced as a child, affected her. The central question was if she was going to reject Ichabod, and through him, symbolically at least, this whole American experiment.

Does any of that description make you uncomfortable? I hope so. Because that discomfort is what made the show so tense and riveting. Good horror works on our unconscious taboos. It materializes them, makes them literal, and once they are literal we are confronted with their grotesquerie. America, as a society, has rejected and oppressed black people from the beginning. The three fifths compromise is still in all those pocket constitutions.  But America, as a society, is also slowly, painfully, waking up to the fact that rejecting black people is unsustainable. It locks us out of the future. It ties us to evil. A not so secret demon that demands constant blood sacrifices. (Literally. Tamir Rice, Eric Harris,Walter Scott, Jonathan Ferrell, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose and Freddie Gray.) And whose hunger for destruction spills over and threatens everyone.

That’s what Sleepy Hollow had to work with. That’s what they stumbled into, and frankly I don’t think they could handle it. As a writer, I know that you can land in something topical accidentally. And I think that first round of folks just wrote what they thought was scary, a white man who is forced into depending on black people because he doesn’t understand the modern world. I don’t think they examined, in themselves, why those particular dynamics were so scary.

If you are white, like most of the Sleepy Hollow production team, and unconscious about that shit, you will inevitable try and move yourself to a more comfortable place. The process even has a name. It’s called white fragility.

So, when Sleepy Hollow did well, and production got crunched and probably even more unconscious, the production team moved themselves into stories that were more comfortable. Abbie’s power as arbiter and judge was sidelined. She was relied upon as a character who rejected nothing, who only sacrificed.  What little discussion of the founding fathers flaws there had been was dropped. After that first episode, nothing was said about the civil war. Nothing was said about the bulk of American history. Almost nothing was said about slavery even when Abbie went back in time.

And things could have been said. During the run of Sleepy Hollow we’ve had 12 Years a Slave, and Hamilton, and the new Birth of a Nation, and Underground. This isn’t just social justice plotting, it’s a thriving market. It’s also rich in all the tropes of horror. It’s everything you could need for a million different horror movies. Imagine how differently Season 2 could have played if Abraham or Henry approached Abbie at any point with this kind of offer:

Moloch is here, in America, in the 21st century because slavery brought him here. Ichabod’s great friends couldn’t fight him, because their sins were his fuel. So you could keep trying to help your partner’s romantic life, or you could let the whole thing burn. Let this America end. It’s cardinal sin is irredeemable. Let something new take its place. Join us, and you can even build it to your tastes.

Isn’t that tempting? If your white, isn’t that terrifying? Isn’t it real, despite all the layers of monsters and demons?  And isn’t it fun? And kampy, and hopeful too? Because nobody wants to listen to a lecture about this stuff head on. We want to all get together and slay the demon that lives on racism, and then make the improbable couple kiss. We want to love all of it. We want it to work out, history and the present to reconcile and make each other better.

Instead, we got monsters from Sumeria and ancient Greece.

Now with Abbie Mills dead, the chance for reconciliation is gone. That’s the potential that we lost.  Even when the show was at it’s worst, the mere presence of her dark skin was an indictment, a tension, a placeholder for the failings of the founding fathers. They got it wrong about her, about black people, so maybe none of their magical advice would work. At the very least it would all have to be updated. Abbie Mills as a black witness wasn’t just important because there aren’t enough women of color on TV. She was important because with this particular plot scenario information from the past must be both always necessary and always dubious. Abbie Mills, merely by existing in the frame with Ichabod crane, telegraphed that the founding fathers could have some major, and important, blind-spots.

It seems even that was intolerable.

So, History won. It didn’t compromise, it didn’t change. It didn’t admit it’s faults. It didn’t fall in love with Now. Ichabod did not offer up a part of his immortal soul to satisfy Pandora’s Box. He didn’t share the burden with Abbie. Then, to add insult, that cowardice was explained away as destiny. That’s not fun. That’s not challenging or exciting. It’s just bleak. It reduces rather than expands the story. The only thing I want to see now is Jenny Mills engaged in the long form assassination of Ichabod Crane.

And while this is just about character’s in a story, we all know, that it’s also something real. White people preferring to see black people lose everything then give up anything of themselves. That it’s something real that happens all the time. That it happened behind the scenes to Orlando Jones and then Nicole Baheri, when they were stripped of air-time and meaningful on screen stories and work.

Some of us might still be able to learn from the mistakes of history, but not Sleepy Hollow. It’s doomed.

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Reactions to Sleepy Hollow

It may make some of you feel better to know that you arent the only ones reeling from the loss of Abbie Mills on Sleepy Hollow:

1.)

http://www.people.com/article/sleepy-hollow-season-finale-abbie-mills-shocking-death

2.)

Sleepy Hollow fans are furious about this major character death

 

3.)ctron164:

baronessvondengler:

marsofbrooklyn:

iknowwhythesongbirdsings:

raptured-night:

dgcatanisiri:

Like, Abbie Mills wasn’t even the hero I needed – I’m a cis white guy, the importance of Abbie Mills, of a black woman in the lead of a TV show, wasn’t the representation that I personally needed – but I am still so pissed off about this. Because I fully get the importance that comes from seeing a person like you appear on your screen, not as the sidekick, not as a supporting character, but as the lead.

Because I watch the pilot, even most of the first season of Sleepy Hollow, and it’s clear that Abbie’s the one who is the central focus. She is meant to be the hero. She’s got all the makings of being the one who has the hero’s journey. Her mentor is killed, she is swept up in a bigger and greater destiny, she is chosen for something. And yet all that ended up happening with her was that Abbie was continually sidelined for the sake of her sidekick. They cast the absolutely gorgeous Nicole Beharie, but bizarrely try to make us the audience see her as not being deserving of romance, of having men falling over themselves trying to ask her out.

And I’m not even getting to the list of Nicole’s pedigree as an actress, which includes the only unanimous decision of Julliard’s drama board on giving her a scholarship. This woman deserved a series that would give her everything, and for a hot second, it seemed like that would be Sleepy Hollow.

And then they utterly waste the talents of this phenomenal actress. And I keep coming back to the fact that if Nicole Beharie’s skin had been white as snow, they would have banked on every last drop of her talent, that this show would have delivered on the promise of being Abbie’s hero’s journey.

And it pisses me off.

I wish Nicole Beharie the best, that she gets the recognition and accolades that are absolutely due to her. I wish for the producers and writers who decided to waste her talent, throw away Abbie’s heroic journey, in order to shove heaving bosoms in corsets at a white man, to never work in this business again.

Sadly, I’m sure the second wish won’t come true, but I desperately want to hope that the first will.

Originally posted by gifsee

@lynnandstuff @sale-aholic

I’m glad OP said that it was Abbie’s journey that was highjacked for an audience that never watched in the first place.

To the Sleepy Hollow writers & producers:

Originally posted by giphy

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: 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.

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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.