You Gotta Have Heart
But how do you really feel? This becomes the resounding question that episode 8 asks. After last week’s reunion of Katrina and Ichabod, Sleepy Hollow tries to further create a real marriage relationship between Ichabod and Katrina, but it seems, well, hollow, despite the mellifluous,whispery voices. Passion? Nah. Perfunctory? Yep.
Lest we forget, even when they were in bed last episode, I wasn’t buying it.
The jealousy Ichabod feels when he hears that Abraham (aka The Headless Horseman) had been taking care of his woman, would be so much more fun and believable, if he had some true passion for his wife. Ah, but that’s the point, isn’t it? Ichabod knows he’s supposed to love Katrina passionately, but doubts have been planted episode by episode (they hide things from each other, they’ve been separated a long time, The Headless Horseman is a handsome, helpful dude with a head in Katrina’s presence, Abbie is…well…Abbie).
Meanwhile, Henry is up to his old tricks, trying to raise Moloch via wreaking havoc on the poor little town via an Incordata or succubus. The creature sucks the heart out of those who have strong hidden feelings. The message? Suppressed desire will end up killing your ass.
I’m hoping that it’s just these two episodes that Abbie is so reactive. She figures things out, walks around with papers and photos. Yeah, she continues to fire off a shot or two, goes on the hunt, saves the day by reading an incantation. But she’s constantly The Commentator, laying the I’m-all-business and I’ll-tell-you-like-it-is on pretty thick. But there is method to this madness. Abbie is fighting her secret attraction to Ichabod tooth and nail, as is Ichabod for Abbie. And they are both fighting self knowledge of their feelings for each other most of all. But it peeks out in little ways: the look on Abbie’s face whenever she watches Ichabod with his wife. The jealousy that Ichabod can’t hide when he realizes Hawley has a thing for Abbie. What I call the Relationship Event Horizon is nearing…the moment when all is revealed and long awaited fervent kisses ensue. But we’ll have to wait for that.
I loved the gender pairing of Ichabod and Hawley in the club while Abbie and Katrina went hunting for the succubus heart, providing an opportunity for more little revelatory disclosures and playing up the fact that each pair loves the same people.
In the climax, the succubus calls Ichabod out on his doubts. “I can sense your desire. It burns strong. Even though you fight so hard to hide it.” Uh-huh.
Foreshadowing in Abbie’s comment to Katrina about Henry: “I think there are things that even a mother’s love can’t overcome.” It’s not just Katrina, but Abbie’s mama that comes to mind as well. (Get ready for episode 9).
I keep waiting for Abbie to share some fun, special little tidbit about Ichabod that unwittingly clues Katrina in on Abbie’s true feelings…and to watch those awkward realization sparks fly. Ah well. That’s not gonna happen any time soon, since Katrina is conveniently dispatched back to The Headless Horseman, by her own volition, when she tells Abbie it’s the only way she can help stop Moloch. (Was that a secret little twinkle in Abbie’s eye???) You really didn’t think Katrina was going to stick around for more than a couple of episodes and muck up the approaching Relationship Even Horizon, did you?
A little surprisingly, Ichabod is not broken up by Katrina going back to The Headless Horseman and even goes so far as to declare “We must allow relationships to evolve and we must allow them to follow their natural course.” Oh yeah, we get the double meaning, you desirous dog, you.
My Pet Peeves
Sucked dry, dessicated victims is a bit shopworn.
Is Hawley a character or a device?
Katrina’s still in that corset? (Is period clothing grafted to these people?)
My Favorites Moments
I’ll go to superficial first: loving Ichabod’s flowing tresses.
The Hawley factor, in particular the shirtless bandaging of his wound. (Oh, am I still being superficial?)
Abbie digging into a jar full of maggots to pull up a heart: “This is nasty.”
Abbie setting Hawley straight: “Sorry you’ve got your signals crossed, but I’m sure you’ve misread women before.”
To ride out the episode, Ichabod’s final line about Katrina is a nice set up: “I trust her.” Ah, but Henry knows better than anyone, a mother’s love knows no bounds. The sneaky little devil.