Sleepy Hollow – Season 2, Episode 9 – “Mama” – Jenny and Abbie

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This was a really good episode. It had some great character moments with Jenny, Abbie and Detective Irving and even gave us some time with Reyes. The only characters that really brought it down were again…Hawley and Katrina. I’ll get into what I mean in the assessment.

“Mama” was directed by Wendey Stanzler and written by Damian Kindler.

The story involves Abbie being haunted by dreams of her mother in Purgatory. She soon learns why when she is called on to deal with suicides happening at Terrytown Psych…were her mother killed herself. Calling Jenny on the case after Reyes gives her full control she attempts to find out if her Mom is the one causing people to kill themselves, or some other force. From here the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Ichabod Crane – Ichabod is a side character and this is good. He is there supporting Jenny and Abbie which is just what he needed to do this episode and he’s always a pleasure to see on screen. Why bring Nick Hawley in when we have Ichabod? His character is largely pointless or contrived. We also see him defend Katrina’s lack of communication and action showing how she and Henry are still very much his blind spot.

Jenny Mills – Jenny is a major player in this and we see her dealing with the trauma from her Mom given how haunted her Mom was all the time and how she remembered almost being killed by her in the car. Her views change when she learns the truth that her mother saved her life and fought the demons till the end. It’s a touching scene as Jenny had the most trauma related to her Mom as we learn she had tried visiting her only to see her be dragged off my doctors. We also see her use a West African Hex to get rid of the evil spirit that was causing people to kill themselves and caused their mother to kill herself.

Detective Irving – Irving doesn’t sit down in this one and takes a very active role after the spirit targets him and causes him to nearly take his life (saved only by the group at the last minute). This causes him to rethink things as he wants to escape the control War has over his soul. We see hear how he has noticed people improving which points to supernatural involvement given many of the people were getting better. His scenes with Abbie are great too and I’m glad he’s finally out even if that makes him a fugitive.

Abbie Mills – Abbie is fantastic in this too as she helps Jenny face her fears and hurt caused by their mother and facilitates the healing. She also faces down the evil spirit that believes it is killing people to end their suffering. She is in charge throughout the episode and seeing her moments with Jenny, their mother and Detective Irving really make this episode great. I hope we get more Abbie or Jenny focused episodes. They have fascinating pasts that we only ever really get glimpses of.

Okay: War and Baby Moloch – Not much here but creepy watching of Katrina when she holds the baby she believes is an actual child for sometime and War trying to guilt her for abandoning him as a child. These scenes didn’t really add much except to show that Baby Moloch is growing quickly.

Mama – Mama like Katrina functions more as a motivation, we still don’t really know her character except she knows that Abbie was a Witness and she loves her daughters. Beyond that she is only in this to bring about the mystery and to motivate Jenny and Abbie sadly.

Cons: Katrina – Katrina acts at the end but her character seems dominated by a total lack of agency. This is sad given all the agency that Abbie, Jenny and her mother received and hows that I don’t think the writers know what to do with her. At this point the only thing I could see them doing to advance the plot is killing her character given she was a motivation throughout season 1 but they never got beyond making her more than that.

Nick Hawley – Contrived motivation is the definition of this character. Most plots he’s been in he hasn’t been needed and he doesn’t do anything except function as a somewhat love interest for Abbie or Jenny or for a character for Ichabod to mock. I’m hoping he doesn’t survive this season (and that could just mean him leaving) as he gives absolutely nothing to the show.

This could have been a great episode, just ended up being really good because of the Katrina and Hawley problems. Besides that I would definitely recommend it. It gives us some much needed exploration of the pasts of Abbie and Jenny and gives a pretty good mystery to solve as well.

Final Score: 8.7 / 10

Sleepy Hollow – Season 2, Episode 8 – “Heartless” – Views of Love

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“Heartless” was an episode that has a Succubus as the enemy of the week, and keeping with this theme of attraction covers love, trust and how it can start or come back. I expected this episode to be worse but was very much surprised that I enjoyed it.

The episode was written by Albert Kim and directed by David Boyd.

The episode starts with War summoning a Succubus to our world who is than tasked with collecting souls to feed baby Moloch. As she does this the demon nearly kills Hawley which brings things to the forefront as Ichabod and Hawley must deal with their issues with one another and Katrina and Abbie must too, in order to stop the Succubus.

The Pros: The Succubus – The idea of the Succubus this time was handled really well. The creature is attracted to secret desire and preys off hidden feelings people share. It’s brilliant and leads to quite a few kills before it is finally taken down. Plus it takes all of Team Sleepy to do it as Nick and Ichabod kill it’s body and Abbie and Katrina kill it’s heart. The concept that it can only be killed when it’s heart is killed reminds me of a Lich and it is great seeing that concept used in television.

Abbie – Abbie is still the only one who gets it that Henry is dangerous and needs to be killed. Even after the Succubus kills multiple people…Katrina doesn’t get that that and the other killings in Sleepy Hollow are on Henry. Abbie is probably going to be the one to make that hard choice since Henry’s parents are very much like the Doctor in regards to the Master on the issue and still believe in the good in him. She is the one who finishes Katrina’s spell and delivers Katrina’s message to Ichabod when Katrina decides to go and kill Moloch while he still vulnerable.

Katrina and Ichabod – I’m putting them together because even after this there blindspot is still Henry. The main thing that sets them apart is Ichabod starts to sympathize with Nick when he finds out Nick likes Abbie and also how much work he needs to do with Katrina when the Succubus points out his love has soured. Katrina is also learning to trust Abbie and we see they both love reality television. The episode ends with Ichabod trusting Katrina to go undercover to defeat Moloch since she is a good spy. This is contrasted by the fact that the necklace that lets her see Abraham makes her see Moloch as a human baby and her initial reaction is sympathy. Things move forward on all fronts but there are trials ahead.

Horseman of War / Henry Parish – Has a small scene at the end but we mostly see him looking at baby Moloch with joy and feeding him the souls that the Succubus brings. He also is kind to his mother once he knows she is wearing the necklace as her caring for Moloch seems to have been part of his plans.

The Cons: Nick Hawley – I know we’re supposed to like this guy but I feel the same way towards him as Ichabod did. He’s annoying and selfish and I hate how they are trying to hook him up with Abbie, especially given the history he already has with Jenny. It looks like cheap drama to create a love triangle and Nick like Abbie just doesn’t feel believable. She is everything he’s not in being a law officer and on the grid (and respectful, kind, etc.). He is none of those things. I do hope this character dies this season. Someone else can be the go to on the Supernatural stuff.

This episode was pretty good in it’s exploration of love and trust. From Katrina and Ichabod learning to communicate, to Katrina recognizing she needs to act and that letting War make all the moves is not going to lead to anything good. I am curious where this will all lead, especially in regards to Baby Moloch and the apocalypse. Suffice to say, this episode was fun.

Final Score: 8.5 / 10

Sleepy Hollow – Season 2, Episode 6 – “The Abyss Gazes Back” – A Matter of Redemption

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    “Sleepy Hollow” has great monster designs and this one gives us the classic beast of the Wendigo, which is used as a werewolf analogue since it is a cursed human who changes at the smell of blood after receiving the curse from ground up bone. This episode also gives us a greater glimpse into Abbie’s mentor Sheriff Corbin as his son appears in the episode.

The episode was written by Heather V. Regnier and directed by Doug Aarniokoski.

The episode begins with Sheriff Corbin’s son Joe returned from Afghanistan and hates Abbie for feeling she stole his father from him. He is forced to seek her help after blood turns him into the Wendigo and he realizes what his curse is. From here the story unfolds as they race to find a cure and War uses the situation to his advantage to get an item of power that Sheriff Corbin had hid away.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Detective Irving – The episode begins the asylum with Irving accusing War of taking his soul, War says he traded and will owe it if Irving dies. He later manipulates him into nearly killing the man who paralyzed Irving’s daughter from drunk driving and we see the dilemma Irving is in. He’s soulless and has no good choice.

Sheriff Corbin – We see Corbin in a flashback mentoring Abbie where he expresses his love to his son. It is great seeing Tom Clancy again (especially after finishing up “Carnivale”) and we see how the war changed him in regards to making him distant, even if he never stopped loving his son.

Joe / The Wendigo – Joe is the man always going into danger because he has no time with the people he loves, given his father was never there. For this reason his redemption arc involves him forgiving Abbie and his father. He is used by War pretty effectivly though as he retrieves the artifact that his father said was buried when his father passed him on his legacy and after War transforms him, seeing his humanity as a curse. Abbie holds off till the end though and the Shawnee chant and blood from the Wendigo successfully save him.

Abbie Mills – This is a great Abbie episode. In this we see her when she was young and how the love that Corbin gave his son was what she wanted in her life, which lead to her turning her life around. This theme of redemption she carries over in order to save Joe, Sheriff Corbin’s son. She still has hangups about War though, given he locked her in purgatory…and if it comes to the tough choice and Ichabod and Katrina can’t make it, I hope she can kill or stop War…cause someone needs too. He’s one every battle so far this season.

The Shawnee – The Shawnee in this episode are cool. Their hunting party is a group of bikers and it is only through the mention of failure to save Boone that they work with Ichabod since Hawley has screwed them over in the past and sold items they traded and told him to keep. I hope we see them again.

Ichabod Crane – Crane is willing to take the step with those he isn’t attached too. He was ready to kill Joe when the curse seemed permanent. This is contrast to his unwillingness to face War or even the darkness in Katrina. I hope this has consequences later as it is something War should use to his advantage. It is here we learn that Boone was turned into a Wendigo too and the Shawnee weren’t able to help him. They help Ichabod this time though.

Henry Parish / Horseman of War – Parish is great again in this! It starts with him telling Detective Irving he can get his soul back if he kills another…a soul for a soul. He is battling for control of Irving against Crane and on his and Moloch’s designs he succeeds as he turns Joe into a Wendigo with the bone from the flute that the Pied Piper made and got the poison needed that he turns into a spider that goes into his mother Katrina’s mouth at episode’s end. His manipulation of Joe and making Irving feel hopeless is part of what makes him such a great villain. He always wins and even turns his losses into wins.

Okay: Nick Hawley – Looks like he’s a member of the team as he helps them in the search for cures for the Wendigo curse. He isn’t bad but it is hard to be attached to the guy given he lacks the charisma of the other characters.

Jenny Mills – Appears briefly but is only their as muscle to protect Joe. I hope we get a Jenny episode, as she is a great character and deserves more exploration.

The redemption theme is powerful in this episode, but I hope they show that you can’t always find it. Henry Parish is pretty evil and has destroyed all his humanity. The longer Katrina and Ichabod fail to face him, the closer he is to winning. Abbie is right and she might be the only one who can stop him given she knows how bad he is. An artificial curse is not the same as evil chosen the way Parish has chosen it. If they do take that path in the season it better make sense because right now it would look really contrived. War is committed to the cause and doesn’t have empathy even though his power is to find and eat other’s sins. Regardless, can’t wait to see where the story goes. I really like War as antagonist.

Final Score: 8.8 / 10

 

Sleepy Hollow – Season 2, Episode 5 – “The Weeping Lady” – A Matter of Trust

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“Sleepy Hollow” has some of the best monsters and this episode kept up that theme of great enemies such as the Pied Piper with bringing us the The Weeping Lady of this episode. The theme of this episode is also trust and how it is gained and lost in regards to the major players of the series.

The episode was directed by Larry Teng and written by M. Raven Metzner.

The premise is that the Weeping Lady, a ghost legend has been summoned to Sleepy Hollow. Things get more complicated in stopping her as she targets the women closest to Ichabod Crane and may be tied to Ichabod’s past as well as the sins of his wife Katrina. From here the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Caroline – Caroline is a character who appears briefly but very powerfully in a scene where we find she has been making Ichabod’s era clothes as she has a love for colonial times. Ichabod lets her down as a friend and she accepts but she is shortly killed afterward. The thing that is powerful though is you get how powerful their brief friendship was given that was one of the few people who got Ichabod on some level because of his being out of time…which makes her death tragic. It is for this reason I’m glad she got a funeral at the end.

The Weeping Lady – This monster looks awesome! Summoned by Henry from Katrina’s past she is there to get revenge on all those closest to Ichabod eventually targeting Katrina herself like she did initially before her death. As a monster she is fantastic and she is tragic though not as complex as she could have been. I’ll get into the character of Mary who became the Weeping Lady further down.

Abbie – Abbie continues to rock and is the one doubting that Katrina is entirely honest with Ichabod, which ends up being true. We see her cynicism rub off a bit on Ichabod at the end and their bond grow stronger. It’s a great scene and she really is part of what makes the show so amazing to watch.

The Headless Horseman / Abraham / Horseman of Death – Abraham makes a brief appearance here and is shown to not be an entirely bad guy when he spares Ichabod’s wife after Katrina tells him about Ichabod saving them. He also confesses he never took pleasure from her pain and only ever wanted her happiness. It shows that though he is a damned headless, horseman of death…the guy still has soul on some level and is complicated.

Katrina – Katrina thanks the Headless Horseman for trying to rescue her! Its a touching scene and where you see she does have or had some feelings there for him. I like this given she sees Ichabod mourn a woman who tried to kill her (Mary) and his close connection to Abbie at times being more important than their marriage. She’s got to be conflicted, just like he is over her staying with Abraham. That moment she thanks him was perfect given the episode begins with her sending a letter of her love secretly to Ichabod that leads to the Weeping Lady targeting her in the first place. Curious to see how her arc plays out since Moloch wants her as a vessel.

Ichabod – Ichabod finally has to deal with all the times Katrina has lied to him…from the existence of Henry, to her being a witch and her covering up Mary’s death and claiming Mary went home. He has a speech about trust which is the major theme of the episode and how he feels it has been lost after today. His laying Mary to rest in peace was a touching scene though as well as the funeral for Caroline.

Horesman of War / Henry Parish – Henry takes the initiative and drives a wedge between the couple by summoning the Weeping Lady and he pays a price for it. Moloch gets pissed off since it wasn’t part of the plan and we see victorious Henry weeping at the end. He may have drove a wedge between his parents, but he did between the Headless Horseman and himself and Moloch and himself leaving him isolated and alone…which given that his loneliness was part of the reason he made the deal with Moloch in the first place, must be a living hell. He’s by far one of my favorite characters on the show, though I’d say Abraham is too along with Abbie and Ichabod.

Okay: Mary – Mary’s backstory isn’t great. She was betrothed to Ichabod as a kid, they broke it off but she thought it was for real still and tried to bring him back to England so their families would be happy. When she saw Katrina she got jealous, tried to get Katrina out of the picture and fell to to her death in the process. I hope we meet her parents since she could easily be a victim of of them, hopefully…and not crazy stalker. Her becoming the Weeping Lady is still a tragedy though.

Nick – Why is this guy still around? He saves Abbie from the Weeping Lady when she attacks in the library and gives them a holy weapon to try out but that’s about it. I don’t get why he’s kept around since he is a mercenary and seems to function more as a plot device. I don’t dislike the guy but there are so many more interesting characters to explore.

This was a good but not great episode. It was good in that the Weeping Lady was a great threat and the themes of trust in regards to Ichabod and Katrina were finally brought up as a major issue…and also trust between Moloch and Henry. We saw falling outs this episode and with it the promise for more.

Final Score: 8.5 / 10

Sleepy Hollow – Season 2, Episode 4 – “Go Where I Send The…” – Changing the Present, Dealing with Trauma and War’s Gambit

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“Go Where I Send Thee…” is a great episode. It shows that War is always one step ahead still, but also shows Abbie dealing with her past trauma and helping another avoid the same thing again. We also see Ichabod integrating himself into modern society, which is pretty hilarious.

The episode was written by Damian Kindler and directed by Doug Aarniokoski.

The premise is a child is stolen and Ichabod and Abbie must find her. They run into Nick around the same time as the Pied Piper Demon used the girl to steal the coin back. They must work together to stop the demon. At the same time Detective Irving is learning that he was used and War offers him a choice…protection and care for his family, or to never get out of the asylum. His honesty is refreshing in a bad guy since Detective Irving is now faced with an actual dilemma that is being offered him. These are the main stories that unfold.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: The Pied Piper – The Piper is a great character and enemy. For one it’s backstory is fascinating, it as an assassin hired by Lancaster when he decided to join the Revolution when the rebels were winning the war so needed the British troops stationed at his house killed. After the assassin did so he killed the assassin who had already sold his soul to Moloch so came back as a demon. The creature is tough to fight and leaves the Lancaster family in a no win situation…give up a daughter for her bones to be used to make the Piper’s pipe or all the children die. Suffice to say the current mother Lancaster ends up giving up her daughter and it’s only when Abbie arrives to relate to her with her experiences with Moloch and with Ichabod take down the Piper that the curse is finally ended.

Detective Irving – Irving discovers that he sold his soul to War in the contract and when he reads about War in the End of Times the Bible burns and he sees himself as a demon serving War on the battlefield. This leads to a conversation where War says he’s taking care of Irving’s family but will stop and keep him in the Asylum if he doesn’t cooperate. Irving realizes just how out of his league he truly and is faced with a choice to serve War if only for a while and find a way out or to resist and watch what little he has lost. War is right, Ichabod, Abby and Jenny cannot protect his family.

Horseman of War / Henry Parish – We see him use Irving and still be honest and remain in control, we see him use Nick Hawley who is only a privateer and gets him the bone flute made from a Lancaster Girl to use for later nefarious purposes…War is in control and gathering his forces for the coming final fight. John Noble is truly amazing and I love him in this role.

Ichabod Integrating – Ichabod learns how to drive a car at the beginning of the episode and we see him go from fearing and later embracing it, same as how turned off he is by how expensive a little cup of coffee is before enjoying the coffee immensely. He’s slowly getting integrated in which he knows is in case something happens to Abbie.

Abbie’s Healing – Abbie is the one to kill the Piper after he incapacitates Ichabod and it is a great scene. I hope someday she can do the same to Moloch. After how the Piper used the Lancaster children throughout the centuries it was great seeing someone who had been used to getting back and having the chance to be confident in herself and her further healing. I really like Abbie’s character.

Okay: Nick Hawley – Hawley is still a privateer and I think may stay that way. He gets the bone unknowingly for War and isn’t much help to the group beyond helping them find the Piper. I kind of hope this character dies.

The Cons: The Lancasters – Beyond the mother the Lancasters have no motivation beyond the original one in the past. This is a shame since they are tied so tightly to the Piper and his reason for being. I would have liked them explored more.

This was a really good episode and one I’d recommend. The moments with Abbie, Irving, Ichabod and War are amazing and the Pied Piper is truly a unique bad guy who has a great interpretation and character design. For these reasons check out the episode if you are watching the show. Currently, excited to see what War’s end game is and if he’ll be able to make Detective Irving his, if only for a time.

Final Score: 8.9 / 10

Sleepy Hollow – Season 1, Episode 3 – “The Root of All Evil” – War the Strategist

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We continue our review of “Sleepy Hollow,” with the third episode of the season, “The Root of All Evil.” This episode is great at showing us more how War’s mind works and how he seeks to isolate Abbie and Ichabod from their allies while causing turmoil in Sleepy Hollow.

The episode was written by Melissa Blake and Donald Todd and directed by Jeffrey Hunt.

The premise is that War has brought a coin that can cause people to betray their cause and family. It is a coin that turned Judas and the coin that turned Benedict Arnold and now it’s in Sleepy Hollow. It is here we see him first try it out and later use it to hurt Sleepy Hollow at the core when it is given to Jenny after we find out that the new sheriff put her and Abbie’s mother in the mental institute. From here the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Katrina – We only see her for a little while but she is using her position to turn the Horsemen against one another as Death feels angry at having to stay hidden and has to be told to “Take it up with Moloch.” As to why he’s not being used. We see that she is still torn over her feelings over Henry though and points out to the Headless Horseman that Henry is still connected to her since he chose to stay at the home he was born in.

Jenny – This is a great Jenny episode! We see her hatred towards War and the Sheriff for how she put their mother into an asylum. War as Henry takes advantage of this and gets her the coin and it is only through her friend Nick Hawley, Abbie talking her down and Ichabod that prevent her from shooting the sheriff.

Ichabod Crane – From his friendship with Benedict Arnold and us learning through him that Benedict was a victim of dark magic, his issues with Nick Hawley whose ego is just as great as Ichabod’s and the Sheriff asking him for evidence of his existence…Ichabod has a lot going on as well as Abbie bringing up that Katrina chose to stay with the Horseman of Death and that she is the wife of the Horseman of War so she doesn’t trust Katrina for when it comes down to having to face War. Ichabod still has all this sinking in, but it’s new information…and he’s called out “letting” Katrina stay with the Horseman of Death. We see him visit Detective Irving secretly in the asylum too and warn him that the safest place for him may be staying if War is his lawyer trying to get him out. Leaving Detective Irving once more with a dilemma.

Abbie – Abbie is fantastic in this episode! We see her call Ichabod out on his bias towards his wife, we see her talk Jenny down on killing the sheriff so they can find the truth and she is active throughout the entire episode, eventually getting her mother’s file and finding out demons were haunting her mother and that she always regretted not being able to raise Abbie and Jenny.

Detective Reyes – We see more complexity in her character when she gives Abbie the file on her mother after she asks Abbie why Abbie hacked her account. We see that she does care a lot for them and is in  difficult situation. It is great seeing her by the book approach cause trouble though since Ichabod has no files of his existence and Henry is active in Sleepy Hollow.

Detective Irving – Is secretly visited by Ichabod who tells him of War keeping Abbie and him from the Detective and that he best stay in there if he wants to stay safe since War can’t have good designs on him. We see him left conflicted after since he’s been a prisoner for a while now and wants to live again, even if he desires to protect Sleepy Hollow.

The Horseman of War / Henry Parish – Henry is a lawyer and we see him using that to get the coin to turn Jenny against the sheriff and use his position as a lawyer to play with Ichabod. “Aren’t you proud your son became a lawyer father?” He has great designs and we see he’s designed a board of Sleepy Hollow where he marks the bombing by one of the people who the coin changed. It is for this reason and the fact that he won at the end of Season 1 that he is the one to be most feared at this point. Death is a warrior and Moloch is a force of nature kept beyond the vale…War is a complex reality.

Okay: Nick Hawley – Not a bad guest star and character, but he vanishes after he catches the coin in Holy Glass, so we still don’t know where his allegiance is and he was most wit, not so much character there. We never got his motivation beyond money. Wasn’t bad, just wasn’t given much.

This was a solidly great episode and one of my favorites. I’d highly recommend it for how it explores War, Abbie and Jenny and that it makes Detective Reyes more than just an antagonist. She is one of the good guys shown by War trying to get Jenny to kill her. This gives me hope for what is it come, though I would not mind her or Irving become one of the other 2 Horsemen.

Final Score: 9.6 / 10. Not perfect because Nick Hawley wasn’t fully explored as a character.

Sleepy Hollow – Season 2, Episode 2 – “Kindred” – To Fight Fire With Fire

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We continue our review of “Sleepy Hollow,” with the 2nd episode of the 2nd Season, “Kindred.” This episode gives us more of the relationship between the Horsemen and also shows how far Ichabod is willing to go for the people he loves.

“The Kindred” was directed by Paul Edwards and written by Mark Goffman and Albert Kim.

The premise of the episode is that in the books they found in the archives Abbie and Ichabod discovered how to raise the Kindrid, an undead soldier created by Benjamin Franklin who only needs a part of the Headless Horseman (They have his head) to raise him to fight for them. Around this time the new Sheriff has arrived and soon arrests Jenny when she’s found with the weapons they’d be taking when they rise the Kindred. From the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: Ichabod Crane – This is usually a given but he is once again the main drive of the story and gets a lot of good exploration in this episode. As Abbie brings up, “Maybe Katrina is your weak point, just like my sister is mine.” This vulnerability is also why he chooses to face the Horseman of Death, the Headless Horseman Abraham rather than his son Henry. We also witness him willing to raise the Kindrid (an undead monstrosity made of soldiers) to take on the Horsemen. We see how connected Abbie and he have become and also get a great comedic moment when he takes down the banking system for helping make society a culture of debtors.

Abbie Mills – Much like a companion on “Doctor Who,” except in this case with a more equal footing, Abbie is there to call Ichabod out and fight the Horsemen with him. We see how things have gotten tense with her sister again as her sister was put in prison for what they all were doing to try and raise the Kindrid. She’s worried about disappointing her sister again, losing her job once the new Police Chief finds out what she’s doing and of course failing everything.

Jenny Mills – Takes the fall for Ichabod and Abbie and ends up in prison by the new police chief. We see how the 13 years of her being locked up has made it difficult for her to trust as when Abbie tells her to wait, she says not to take so long this time.

Abraham / Headless Horseman / Horseman of Death – We see Abraham is more complicated than he appears as he calls out Katrina on how Ichabod got Abbie out of Purgatory in a day versus how long she had to suffer there and that he wants her to love him of her own free will. She eventually convinces him to wait trying to force things for this reason and we see the human side of the Headless Horsemen and the potential he has to change too.

Henry Parish / Horseman of War – War is the current leader and antagonist we interact with this season it’s looking like, much like Death was last season. He continues to be one of the best characters on the show as he calls out Katrina on her hope for him and the fact he is soulless and cares nothing for her and Ichabod and also calling out Death saying they need to act and continue their plans to bring back Moloch. He sends his avatar in the battle against the Kindrid before giving Detective Irving a visit.

Detective Irving – Orlando Jones is great again in his interactions with the new chief who plans to send him to the psych. ward for his confession and give him the worst treatment since she sees him as a threat and liar and later we see him sign a contract accidentally in his own blood when War as Henry Parish comes as the Lawyer his wife recommended. Things are not looking good for Detective Irving at this point.

The Kindrid – The Head of the Horseman of Death on a soldiers body…it is a great design and it was wonderful to see that the most he can do is stall them. He isn’t an unstoppable force but does give Abbie and Ichabod a new tool to fight.

Katrina – Katrina becomes a mole for Ichabod and Abbie when she sees the Horsemen plotting to raise Moloch again but we’re left wondering about her confession as Abraham pointing out how long she waited for Ichabod hits a nerve. At this point she could go either way given how complicated Abraham is becoming. I like this given she is a powerful character getting to make her own choices.

Okay: Detective Reyes – Played by “House of Cards” Sakina Jaffrey, Detective Reyes is the new sheriff in town who is skeptical about all that has happened and blames it on the cartels. She is mostly antagonistic and we don’t fully get why as most of her tender moments are with Abbie since she knew Abbie’s mother. She isn’t bad but so far she’s pretty one note. Hopefully she gets developed the way Orlando Jones as Detective Irving was. For now she’s just potential.

This was a great episode that continues “Sleepy Hollow’s” mythos (the Kindrid) and quality as characters are explored and the weaknesses of characters are revealed. Katrina is Abraham’s and Ichabod’s weakness, Jenny is Abbie’s weakness and so far War’s weakness remains  a mystery. This is good since it gives us more to explore in regards to his character.

Final Score: 9 / 10. Solidly great, just a rough start for Sakina Jaffrey as Detective Reyes.

Sleepy Hollow – Season 2, Episode 1 – “This is War” – Coming Together Again and War’s Manipulations

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“Sleepy Hollow,” is one of the better television shows released in recent years. It takes the premise of the horror tale Sleepy Hollow and mixes with Biblical mythology (Demons, the Four Horsemen, etc.) while giving us the man out of time (Ichabod Crane) attempting to fight to prevent the apocalypse with his partner on the police force (Lt. Abbie Mills). Season 1 had amazing character development and exploration of the mythology which lead to “Sleepy Hollow” becoming one of my new favorite shows on television. I’ll do a review of Season 1, later…for now focus will be on Season 2.

“This is War,” was written by Mark Goffman and directed by Ken Olin.

Season 2 picked up where Season 1 ended with Ichabod buried alive, Abbie trapped in purgatory with the Demon who masterminded it all Moloch while Ichabod’s wife Katrina Crane is now prisoner of the Headless Horseman (the Horseman of Death), while War (Abraham, Ichabod’s son) is manipulating them to get the key to open Purgatory to let Moloch’s armies be released upon the world and start the Apocalypse. It is from here the story unfolds.

Here is the assessment of the episode:

The Pros: The Music – The music has a gothic, 17th Century feel to it intermixed with modern which fits the feel of the show. It also is good at going quiet when it needs to (like in Purgatory) to create tension and raise the stakes.

The Cinematography – Sleepy Hollow the town, and Purgatory are usually always dark and covered in mist creating a feel of the unknown about the place, which is perfect as we have a manipulated situation very early on in the episode showing that the characters and us need to be careful about believing what we see since it might be a lie.

The Characters – The Characters have always been the strongest part of the show, and that stays true in the Season 2 premiere.

Katrina Crane – Prisoner of the Headless Horseman who uses a necklace  he gave her in life when hew as Abraham to give the illusion of a head so he can communicate with her is powerful. He doesn’t love her since he doesn’t respect her love for Ichabod but it is complicated as you can see he has affection for her and she realizes that. She resists at first but in the end realizes just how trapped she is as the Horseman is undead.

The Headless Horseman / Horsemen of Death – We see how complicated and dangerous he is as he is more focused on getting Katrina than fulfilling Moloch’s wishes. I suspect that will cause problems for him later as he sold his soul to Moloch. Fascinated to see what they do with this character and his relationship to Katrina and to War.

Jeremy Crane / Horseman of War – Ichabod’s son who is also the Horseman of War manipulates Abbie and Ichabod to believe a year has passed and he’s a prisoner. He than gets them to reveal a key that Benjamin Franklin tried to destroy that can open Purgatory and that Jenny Mills knows where it is. He seeks her out and finds out where to find it. He nearly succeeds to but doesn’t due to Abbie and Ichabod managing to out maneuver him. The episode ends with him getting a gift from Moloch, a living embodiment of War, armor with a burning sword that he can control with his soul. Leaving his future plans to have more certainty for fulfilling Moloch’s will. He was the best reveal of last season and is still a much more interesting than Moloch. Love John Noble in this role.

Andy Brooks – John Cho’s character is once again seeking redemption as he uses what little of his free will he has to help Abbie contact Ichabod.

Jenny Mills – Is taken prisoner by War but manages to escape. Lyndie Greenwood is great in the role and we see her working with Ichabod to save her sister from Purgatory and stop War and his men from summoning Moloch’s army.

Abbie Mills – Abbie is top of her game in this episode as she finds out from Andy Brooks how to contact Ichabod which in turn leads to him finding her and them getting out of Purgatory, which destroyed the Key that Moloch and War were seeking. We have some great character moments too as she figures out the false Ichabod since he doesn’t say Left Tenant and instead says Lieutenant. It ends with her plotting with Ichabod and Jenny how to bring war to War and Moloch. Nicole Beharie is once again showing us why she she deserves this part and is one of the protagonists in television.

Ichabod Crane – We learn that he was mentored by Benjamin Franklin and despised him and we see him escape from being buried alive when he figures out he’s buried in sulfur and sets it off like a bomb to break out. After we see his loyalty to Abbie as he refuses to leave her in Purgatory as he and Jenny work to save her from Moloch. Tom Mison is once again great and it was wonderful seeing more of Ichabod’s backstory.

The Cons: No Captain Frank Irving – He turned himself in for the killings that the Headless Horseman did to protect his daughter, but we don’t see or hear from him. Given how great Orlando Jones is, I’d have preferred even a small scene with him and what he’s going through.

This was a solid episode and a great start to the new season. It makes me excited for what is to come…especially as I hope this season ends with the reveal of the next Horsemen and that we get 5 seasons so each Horsemen can be accurately explored…and maybe we can find Moloch is smaller compared to who is paying his checks. This show has so much it can do and I can’t wait to see what it does as it explores the mythology and universe that it is a part of.

Final Score: 9 / 10. Solidly great, just missing Orlando Jones.