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.

the-wendigo-on-sleepy-hollow

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!