Sleepy Hollow S2E3 review: “Root of All Evil”



To Coin a Phrase…

This episode gives us a coin that brings out the worst in people as Henry grins his way through his latest machinations. There are some historical references, the usual flashback. Katrina and Parrish’s connection is advanced and explored a bit. We get more wit, and historical playfulness around Benedict Arnold, Samuel Adams. But this episode felt like the show was vamping (jazz definition, not horror). I would have liked to have seen Abbie go to the darkside instead of her sister.  I know that’s probably being saved for some future episode when she gets all demony just when Ichabod starts to get too close for comfort. I felt there was little or no tension when Jenny went hunting. You knew what was going to happen and how (even when).  Now, if she’d  had deeper sister issues and pulled the trigger and shot Abbie (to wound of course), THAT would’ve caught my attention. But really though, a little temporary rough and mean from Noble Abbie would have been welcome and refreshing.

Looking forward to seeing where they go with the Mother thing. And if the Blonde Hunk will be recurring. Ultimately, this was a setting-things-in-motion episode, and every show has them. As Ichabod said, it is important “now more than ever that you and I stay true. Trust is the only currency with any value.” Truer words were rarely said. It is necessary for the true fan to stay the course, and stay true to this show, for small treasures lead to greater rewards.

My Favorite Moments:

“I know about homosexuals, thank you.”

Ichabod in black. He works that shirt…no No NO, he’s putting that damned coat back on!

Uhm, blonde hunk.

All those close beards.

Nicole’s fresh phrasing and reactions. She’s not slouching.

The constant play on traditional history.

The model town (I love miniatures)

My Pet Peeves:

Ichabod’s jacket.  It has a life of its own.  As long as he keeps wearing it; I’ll keep complaining. Costume might be a way to establish character, but it’s not necessary to maintain it. WE’RE IN SEASON TWO. He has a British accent and speaks archaically. We won’t forget where he’s from or who he is. Let’s have some fun with modern versions of what he’s used to wearing.  And will he be wearing those tall boots in summer? (Note to writers: across that Tappan Zee bridge we keep seeing in the show, there is a big mall. Abbie could take Ichabod shopping, introduce him to the true new America and get him some NEW CLOTHES.)

Hey, folks, it’ll be Halloween before we know it. I drove through the actual Sleepy Hollow this past weekend and will be attending the annual Halloween event there, which pre-dates the show. And yes, there is a very cool and impressively scary Headless Horseman on an actual horse.  I wish I could figure out how to laser carve one of the creepier faces from the show onto a pumpkin:  A grinning Henry Parrish.

grinning henry


2 thoughts on “Sleepy Hollow S2E3 review: “Root of All Evil””

    1. Me too. She knows a lot more than she’s letting on. Also…have we ever SEEN Abbie and Jenny’s mother?? I can’t remember.

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