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: 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.