Sleepy Hollow S2E6: “And the Abyss Gazes Back”

Look Where You’re Going

An episode that starts with yoga, so we can see Abbie in a state of semi-undress and Ichabod in casual modern clothing as both sweat by candlelight???  Bestill my heart! Nicole looked like she knew what she was doing, so I’m guessing she brought her mat on set enough times for it to be incorporated into the show. Nice, fun touch.

ichabod Yoga

Sheriff Corbin’s son, Joe,  showed up, so I guess I was prescient last week. This time we get another son as monster (by curse) and the theme of Becoming Monsters by our actions. Joe is in town after an honorable discharge from the Army, and battles transforming into a Wendigo, which kind of put his platoon in Afghanistan in peril, and now threatens Sleepy Hollow. This is juxtaposed, briefly, with the storyline of Henry trying to turn  Captain Franklin into a monster by tempting him with the chance to kill the man who paralyzed his daughter. This episode gives us the power of will, the desire to be good and stay that way and the temptation of our baser instincts. I wish we’d gotten more of the Captain’s struggle, but I guess prison angst had to take a back seat to cool galloping antlered monster.

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This episode was in better form than the previous one. More cohesive, pulling together multiple key characters into the thread of the storyline and the general arc of the show. This is what the show needs. Episodes like this have drive and heart, examine the human condition, keep us caring about the characters, introduce new info and danger and move the story along. And we are once again asked one of the core Sleepy Hollow questions: Can you believe someone is not beyond saving as much as Abbie does? I wouldn’t quite call her Saint Abbie yet. But she takes her mission seriously. All the more fun it will be when the writers show us Evil Bitch Abbie, because you know, inevitably, they will.

By the end, Henry is up to some serious no good, setting in motion a new attack on Catrina, his mother. From the promos, it’s clear where that’s heading, but for those who turn away from spoilers of future eps, you will have none here.

My Favorite Moments

Ichabod’s hair is looking sexier (when not in that straggly ponytail)

“As much as i would love to debate the variety of rodent hats that existed in your days, can we please refocus?”

The way the Wendigo runs

The look Hawley drops on Abbie just before her sister walks in. (oh-oh)

Ichabod knew Daniel Boone TOO? I need to keep a running list of the famous he conveniently knew.

Ichabod online gaming.

My Pet Peeves

Veiled T&A: Abbie is giving more push up this season (because what female cop doesn’t want to wear scoop neck tees that show some cleavage?) I know, I know. It’s TV and the fan boys exert their influence. But her sister, Jenny, dresses more appropriately for battle.  It would be better and more believable to let Abbie give the sexy shorty occasionally. She’s a pretty and talented actress. Can we let that carry the day for most of the episode?

Captain Franklin’s soul bartered? Nope. Not buying it. I maintain that bartering requires mutual agreement. The Captain was, as he said, tricked.

Well, my friends, it’s THAT week. If you’re in NYC, I might see you at the famous Halloween Parade or at the annual Limelight party. Otherwise, enjoy yourselves out there. Be safe, have fun, and if you see the Abyss, look the other way.

 Henry in cave

 

Sleepy Hollow S2E4 review: “Go Where I Send Thee”

 

Ichabod drives

I Will Follow You

Follow me, if you will, down the winding road of the plot of episode four…

We start out with Ichabod taking the piss out of Abbie during a driving lesson that becomes a TV car commercial road test. Love it.

Then, while searching in the woods for a missing girl, Ichabod picks up a bone flute (yes, and we knew what was coming next). It sounds like a Carnegie Hall performance when he purses and blows, literally entrancing Abbie. And yet again our Ichabod takes the mundane to a heightened level.

Bone pipe

Blonde treasure hunter hunk, Nick Hawley , from this season’s second episode, is back. (No surprise there.) He joins Abbie and Ichabod in trying to find an Evil Piper.

Meanwhile, our fearless Captain Frank Irving gets a little Bible bonfire going with a not so happy End of Days vision of swords, fire, mayhem.

The Mod Squad (Ichabod, Hawley, Abbie) enters a cave home to find the little girl, and encounter a very cagey, zippy and demony Evil Pied Piper who practices parkour and can create some seriously annoying tones. Somehow, Hawley is well equipped with timed explosives.

 

Mod Squad

Sidebar: Don’t Abbie and Ichabod wonder why mercenary Hawley is seeking the particular artifacts that he hunts, and that he pops up wherever they are? Don’t they wonder who hires him?

They go after the Evil Piper to end the curse that’s killing a family. And end up facing off against a distraught mom who thinks sacrifice of her own child is maybe a good idea to end the curse. If I was that kid, after Mom dropped the gun and said “I’m sorry” and wanted a hug…after she had tried to make sure I was taken by the Evil Piper that I had JUST escaped from, to save my siblings who are just bunch of kids who I’m not even blood related to? Oh hell no.

Ichabod needs a little helping hand after lopping off the Evil Piper’s. Abbie to the rescue and channeling a wee bit of Michonne.

Henry Parrish makes a visit to Capt. Franklin, who, with a straight face says, “You are the biblical Horseman of War. You didn’t think that was relevant?”

Hawley hands over his work-for-hire acquired broken treasure to some guy.

Final moment:  Didn’t I TELL you we need to ask who people work for???

My Favorite Moments:

When Ichabod intones Abbie’s full name “Now hear me Grace Abigail Mills…” and her face is like, hot damn, did you just seriously say my full name?

The Evil Piper’s coat, speedy rotar blades and blonde samurai ‘do.

My Pet Peeve:

Signing over your soul by signing in blood should really be an act of volition, not a trick!

Next week, we creep closer to the 31st, when the veil thins between this world and the next, and we’ll see what SH Halloween week has in store for us!

 

 

 

 

Sleepy Hollow S2E2 review: “The Kindred”

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A New Sheriff And Monster Are In Town (and don’t mess with her/him)

While Sleepy Hollow settles into its procedural formula of consulting old texts for clues, flash backs and Abbie telling Ichabod something witty/funny about this wacky modern world, the show also surprises us with nice tidbits like prophetic nightmares, a new monster and the introduction of a woman as the new sheriff in town.  Sheriff Leena Reyes. Latina, thank you very much, and played by Sakina Jaffrey (from House of Cards). Here is one of the many ways Sleepy Hollow excels: it gives you one of the most diverse casts on television and allows them to be complex, vulnerable, tough, smart, faulty and funny. While the writers don’t shy away from dealing with race, they don’t let it define the characters. After my own heart.

This episode draws us deeper into Moloch’s plot to scorch the world. He’s got a plan that even Ichabod’s turned son doesn’t fully understand yet. As we descend deeper into more evil characters, The Kindred’s creature of parts, and War’s golem-like incarnation, we start to get some humanity on the part of the Headless Horseman.  He’s head over heels in love, and the writers wisely (and conveniently) allow him to transform into a deceptive human form as handsome Abraham, so that he can woo his true obsession, Katrina Crane.  You can see her resistance beginning to flag in tiny increments. It should be interesting to see where that goes.

Two black people are in jail in this episode. Hmmm.  But not for long and both went willingly, with ulterior motives to help others (Jenny aids Abbie, and Captain Frank Irving went behind bars for his daughter).

Raising The Kindred is a nice addition to the chess board. And I need to start keeping a running list of all the things that Ben Franklin(stein) is capable of!

A key recurring element on the show is Truth vs. Lies, often embodied as Good People vs. Evil Monsters.  We see it throughout this episode: Jenny fully admits she got caught with a gun. Capt. Franklin takes a lie detector test and tells the whole truth. Abraham lays it on the table. Uncovering The Truth Underneath It All is ostensibly what the show has been about, from the first moments of the unearthed truth of Ichabod Crane himself. But what happens when the people lie (What Katrina says to trick Abraham) and the Monsters are honest (Abraham letting Katrina come to him of her own free will)? When the lines begin to blur, things can become very interesting indeed. Also, we’re never quite sure what is true on this show.   Sheriff Leena Reyes might have known Abbie’s crazy mother. But is that all to the story? What part of the truth have we not learned yet?

My Favorite Moments:

Ichabod’s attack on U.S. Banks’ creation of a Credit Nation aka “An Insolvent Flock of Debtors” (could he lead another revolution?)

Abbie: “Shouldn’t we light candles or something?”   Ichabod:  “Only if you want to set a mood.”  The hallmark use of sharp humor during tense scenes.

Monster vs. Monster vs. Monster

The fact that Abbie and Ichabod both plan AND improvise.

One white man cogently arguing with two strong, sensible black women over an important plot point.

That fire in the eyes and snout of War’s horse

Katrina’s self sacrifice (so much is getting set up for some surprises there)

The mention of Dobbs Ferry. I happen to live in the Rivertowns and when towns like neighboring Dobbs Ferry get mentioned, I do a little happy dance.

My Pet Peeves:

How blase and jokey Ichabod was at the end after that last scene with Katrina. He only conveyed mini sorrow. I know the show is doing a balancing act between his obvious affection and attraction to Abbie, but it makes it SO much more compelling if his agony over his wife and his connection to her stays deep, and his leaving her is a lot more torturous. It reveals the depth of his honor and the level of his commitment, which is a true and sexy thing.

I’ll reserve full judgement until I see how it pans out, but usually you have to voluntarily sign things  away to Evil Forces (like your soul), usually because you want something bad enough and don’t fully realize the true consequences. Being tricked into it? Hmmmm.

Sleepy Hollow continues to take us on a merry ride, and with 16 more episodes to go, there’s lots of ground to cover and truths to reveal.