Sleepy Hollow – The Lesser Key of Solomon, review by Cat Scully
We weren’t going to get far in the season without a Boston Tea Party reference and it’s finally arrived, with Icabod protecting a particular crate during it. The immediate cut-to Onstar joke of Icabod giving the answering system romantic relationship advice was unexpected. The cuts from Icabod jokes to Jenny escaping felt rushed, but fun and necessary to jump right into the episode. Abbie is finally learning to step up and argue for what she feels is right with Frank, but in the correct way rather than a headstrong one, making her an already beautifully developing character as a lead. Plus, it’s becoming more apparent through these arguments that Frank is allowing more to happen without corralling them in.
One thing I enjoy about this show is that it always starts off where the leads are pretty consistently; rather than random, one episode characters or first victims, like in Supernatural each time. As it alternates, it lets us connect better to our leads as we travel through the show. Our “one-off” this episode is a man who gets a phone call, while his son is playing piano, informing him that Jenny has escaped,thus, leading to him searching for her and giving us our “one gross moment” per show: a skewer through the skull and the discarded body of a bar owner found beheaded with his head left on the pool table. The “one gross moment” per episode is ,possibly, holding this show back. Shows such as Supernatural and American Horror Story, contain a number of several brutal moments per episode; when they are well placed, this can up the stakes of a show.
As the pair uncover that Jenny travels around the world, Icabod proposes the bigger question of why her passport on file had so many locations stamped within. They find that troubled teen Jenny lived in seven foster homes, so they travel to the last home Jenny lived in the longest and learn that the house clearly abuses lost girls by taking the money given to them by the state. They threaten to turn them in and get a lead that Jenny would run off to Trout Lake. This entire sequence feels like so much is trying to be done in such a short space that the reveals feel rushed. We’re left with the lingering feeling that everything still isn’t revealed, which is good, but if it is too rushed the audience has no time to process it and we’re left with a horrible sense of questioning if these events really matter.
When they leave, Icabod intones that he and Abbie could really get farther if they relied on her criminal past rather than her law status; it is becoming clear, with each action, that they are getting further from the safe parameters of the law. The house at Trout Lake is none other than Sheriff Corbin’s, so Abbie must face that her sister and her hero had a relationship she did not expect, and ends up finding herself staring down Jenny and her loaded gun. Jenny helping Corbin obtain rare objects feels like a lie, though it does explain her constant travels. It seems Corbin told Jenny before he died that something was coming for him and that it was “death.” A hidden wall panel unveils a box containing a sextant, a compass for seafarers, finally tying the Boston Tea Party and the crate back into play. Too conviently, Icabod says he used the Boston Tea Party as a diversion to get their hands on the British crate, as Icabod found a Hessian who took his own life to protect the crate and the weapon hidden within. A stone crate with markings identitcal to the sextant was guarded with Hessian blood. Within Corbin’s sextant, a projection of Sleepy Hollow from Icabod’s era comes to life by flashlight, pinpointing the location of the stone chest. With the trio ambushed and the sextant stolen, the trio find their assailant in question is a “Reinhessien of the 5th Battalion,” a descendant of the Hessians who have hidden as descendants within Sleepy Hollow for centuries. Moloch shall rise is the last message of the Hessian before he swallows a poison capsule. With the three left with a dead body, the season is pushed even further into making the three of them fugitives, albeit, not happy ones.
They head towards the last known whereabouts of the stone chest which holds the Book of Solomon and the incantation to releasing 75 demons, but it is too late, as two Hessians are already snooping around for it. With the book found and the pages read, the Hessians dripped it with their blood, releasing a bubbling vat of unknown substance that boils and through the flames the demons begin to form out of the earth not unlike the Orcs from Lord of the Rings. In a very brief skirmish, Abbie destroys the book, breaking the portal and stopping the demons. Moloch of Paradise Lost, that leads the demons against heaven, is our now-named demon of the past episodes haunting the twins in the forest and traveling through mirrors.
Abbie’s speech of seeing who Jenny really is and being proud of her, then ending this episode with giving her papers for her eventual release, leaves us questioning if Jenny still has other motives that Abbie doesn’t know about, as she still hasn’t totally gained her trust.