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Sleepy Hollow- Heartless (2×08)

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Sometimes, three is a crowd. That proved to be true on this weeks episode of Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod was torn between two women who were very important to him, after Katrina joined the team to fight and destroy yet another monster Henry unleashed onto the town as part of his secret plan.

Katrina really wants to believe that Henry can be saved… that he can be redeemed, but Abbie isn’t falling for it. Henry is the horseman of death and the one person Abbie is risking it all to beat. Katrina is a fool for thinking he can be saved. He’s too proud working for the devil. The difference of opinion causes some tension but Ichabod informs the ladies that  this is exactly what the horseman wants. With all three working together, their much stronger. 

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A body is found outside of a nightclub burned to a crisp. I really wonder what the police think is behind half of these cases because while Abbie and Ichabod know it’s a supernatural doing, the cops must put something on record. I know that’s totally irrelevant, but it just crossed my mind. Anyways. Katrina realizes that the marks on the body hit on life lines. The monster is known as a succubus… She seduces victims and sucks out their life force. She’s drawn to those with desires in their hearts, looks inside the heart and mimics what’s in there to create a connection. Out of all of the ones we’ve encountered, this one is probably the scariest in my opinion because she’s praying on the virgins and the lonely or heartbroken. How rude. But I totally wouldn’t mind being this monster… she gets to club, party and seduce random people. Win! 

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Hawley is her next victim– an easy target after being rejected by Abbie moments before. He takes her down to his boathouse by the lake, where she attempts to suck the life force out of him. I swear, it all sounds so dirty. Hawley is equipped to fight the supernatural, using some stone against her, while Abbie and Ichabod arrive just in time after Katrina does a locator spell to find the monster and prevent it from striking yet again. Poor Hawley, ever since meeting these two, he’s had so many close encounters with death. This is also the moment that Ichabod realizes that Hawley may have some feelings for Abbie and becomes just a little jealous. All these love traingles are so weird… wasn’t Hawley just hooking up with her sister? Regardless, I’m still Team Hawley on this one. As much as I’d love to get rid of Katrina (sorry I think she brings the group down, thinks to highly of herself and relies too much on everyones “love” for her), I don’t think Abbie and Ichabod could ever work romantically. Their like best bros. He’s jealous of her like a brother becomes possessive over a sister when he sees a man is interested. 

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Back to the monster of the week. The succubus, better known as Incordata, can live for weeks after feeding on one person. This one has fed on almost 3 people in one day. Why? Well, she’s not taking the life source for herself. Katrina’s constant visions reveal she’s sucking it in and feeding a Moloch baby at Frederick’s mansion. I guess last weeks mission wasn’t as successful as we thought. The succubus can only be killed after her heart is found and destroyed. Abbie remembers that Henry bought permits to a cemetery, so she and Katrina take on the role of finding the heart. Ichabod and Hawley team up and go to the club, where they are to find the succubus and wait for the right moment to kill it.. without being seduced. 

The ladies find the heart, Katrina fails to do the spell cause she’s a crappy witch and Abbie has to take the reigns. Ichabod and Holly eventually succeed in killing the monstrosity. Props to Ichabod for not being seduced despite her talks of having doubts about his wife. When Katrina finally wakes, she realizes she has no choice but to use Abraham’s love against him. She must go back to him and try to destroy Moloch from the inside. That is the only way they can succeed now that evil has literally entered earth. She asks Abbie to tell Ichabod about her plan to which the lieutenant agrees hesitantly. I swear sometimes I think Katrina just wants to be back with Abraham. She’s clearly the weak link in all of this. 

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Abraham welcomes her back with open arms and Henry is also very impressed by his mothers decision to return. Before inviting her in to see the baby, he asks Abraham if she’s wearing her necklace, which she is. As she looks into the cradle, she sees a beautiful baby boy staring up at her and she’s completely enchanted. This is her son. Henry knew his mothers weakness… she’s always wanted to be a mother.

As Katrina smiles back at her “son,” Abbie informs Ichabod of his wife’s plan. He’s surprisingly calm, admitting that he’s come to the realization that he has to let Katrina do what she wants to do and that he “trusts her” knowing she’ll kill Moloch when the time is right. I wouldn’t be so sure however. I’m fairly certain that without the necklace, Katrina would see the “baby” for what it truly is.. a demon raised from the dead and fed through life sources collected from innocent humans. The necklace however makes her see a nice, human baby.  Just like that she’s been fooled by evil because she wont ever kill an innocent baby, especially not one born from her. Great… one more betrayal on her part… one more thing Ichabbie need to worry about. You simply cannot trust a woman who thinks with her heart. sleepyPersonally, I think all of Henry’s plan lead up to one big one. Ichabod and Abbie fail to see the bigger picture which works against them. They waste time trying to fight monsters like the succubus…. although I don’t think Henry needed her after she fed the baby enough. It kind of felt like a distraction while Henry planned his next step. The whole idea that Katrina and Ichabod can save their “son” by showing him love and compassion is also part of his plan to throw them of course. I don’t think Ichabbie clearly understand just how brilliant Henry really is. He’s a one man show right now and he’s winning the war right now! 

 

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‘Sleepy Hollow’ Officially Cancelled After 4 Seasons

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Sleepy Hollow Cancelled After Season 4

Sleepy Hollow has been beheaded by the Headless Horseman that is FOX.

The series, which focused on witness Ichabod Crane, has officially been canceled by then network.

After 4 seasons, the network made the decision to pull the series due to low ratings.

Sleepy first aired in 2013 and was a huge hit thanks to the dynamic of lead characters Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison.

But confusing twists and turns caused a larger portion of the audience to tune out.

Things took a turn for the worst when Beharie’s character was killed off in the season 3 finale.

Loyal fans weren’t pleased and the show was eventually moved to purgatory aka Friday nights.

We’ll remember you fondly Crane. Thanks for all the apocalyptic monsters you killed to save our city.

Hopefully this will finally give Mison a role more deserving or his talents.

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Sleepy Hollow – In Plain Sight (4×02)

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Sleepy Hollow In Plain Sight

The witches have taken over Washington D.C on this week’s Sleepy Hollow and it’s up to Ichabod and his new team to bring them down.

New villain Dreyfuss continues his search for magical objects and approaches a coven of lie-detecting witches to offer them a blade called The Dagger of Z’urn D’oragh. He’s willing to exchange the deadly blade for a witches stone, an artifact they’ve been protecting for years. Therefore, you can understand how upset they get when he informs the two sisters that their leader Mole Dire was lying about the importance of said stone. They punish her by replacing her “lying” tongue with a serpent and then take on the town, punishing all liars they encounter. Dangerous obviously considering no one is off limits because we’ve all lied about something in our lives.

Thanks to Ms. Jenny’s mystical Tibetan singing bowl, Crane has a vision of the new witness but is surprised to find out it is a 10-year-old girl. He shrugs it off because he doesn’t recognize her until he sees a picture of her on Diana’s phone – turns out, he’s been drawn to her because of her daughter who has refused to speak since the passing of Abbie Mills.

When Jenny figures it out, she goes to check up on Molly at her school and stumbles upon a group of girls bullying her. She comes to her aid but when Diana arrives, she’s less than thrilled to see her snooping around her daughter without her permission. In Jenny’s defense, she knows a lot about dealing with someone that finds out she’s a witness so she only wanted to help… except she can’t really say that out loud. That’s when Molly notices Crane and finally breaks her oath of silence with a simple “hi.” She’s clearly drawn to him considering she has actually been drawing him in her notebook. Creepy right? I’m just glad Diana isn’t the next witness set to replace Abbie. Having a 10-year-old be the chosen one makes it less painful.

We catch up with Joe, who has been mapping passageways in the vault because he lives for this kind of stuff. Alex admits that she’s been looking into Crane’s history because she’s skeptical of this supernatural mumbo jumbo and believes there’s something fishy about his clothing and accent. Alex assures her it’s authentic because he believes Crane is a time traveler, with the only other Ichabod Crane being logged in the 1700s. He’s not too far off you know. Plus, how could you NOT believe in the supernatural? She was basically attacked by a demon last week… is that not enough proof?

Diana was forced to call Ichabod after finding a stab victim in the middle of the woods. The victim however wasn’t a normal stab victim. In person she looked like a normal, young woman but in a picture, she came out as an old lady. Ichabod recognized the woman through her tattoo – she was a century old witch who visited Sleepy Hollow one day. He figures she was murdered by the other two Dire sisters and declares that witchcraft is alive and well.

To track down the Dire sisters, Ichabod and Diana wait until they make their next kill. They locate their home and search for the magical object and realize it is the golden grandfather clock. Being new to the supernatural game, Diana touches it and sets off an alarm, which draws the witches back home. However the clock suddenly reveals the sisters for who they really are – old and frail old ladies who explode into smithereens.

Crane makes the declaration – someone is willingly bringing evil to D.C in an attempt to find mystical objects. But what’s the reason? He’s definitely not aware that Dreyfuss is keeping tabs on him and hoping to find his counterpart through him. What does Dreyfuss actually want with them?

Oh and if Crane doesn’t have enough on his plate, the headless horesman is making his way to D.C and Dreyfuss is actually excited about Crane luring in the darkness.

There were definitely some questionable moments during this episode but overall, it’s nice to see Ichabod and Jenny still have such a tight bond and to know, she’ll be around to help guide the new Witness through all the weird and unknown. And with Diana not being Ichabod’s sidekick, it opens up the door for them to forge a romantic relationship…. after she comes to terms with her daughter being the chosen demon fighter.

 

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Sleepy Hollow – Columbia (4×01)

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Everything is so new in Sleepy Hollow’s fourth season and the biggest problem? We’re not in Sleepy Hollow no more. That and Abbie Mills is dead.

Ichabod keeps on fighting on the good fight without his partner in crime in a strange town, which we know best as Washington D.C. He finds a new group of friends, a new partner, more demons, and a sworn enemy that he doesn’t know exists just yet.

We pick things up 2 weeks after Ichabod was seized by some government group and is being interrogated about his “doings” with Abbie by some shady man which neither of us know much about. Ichabod is able to distract with the oldest trick in the book – you’re shoe is untied – and escapes, climbing his way onto the DC airport tarmac. Smooth.

But he didn’t get away before getting a snoop of his captors place and finding stalker-ish pictures of him and Abbie on missions and different books about demons and things. “Who are these people,” he wonders as he finds information pertaining to Lincoln’s memorial.

Upon his arrival, he finds Homeland Security Agent Diana Thomas who just witnessed a demonic murder of her partner Eric. Seriously, homie poked him in the back of the head and sucked out his soul. She questions Ichabod who explains that he’s a historical analyst who sometimes helps the FBI but she’s too freaked out because well, she just found out demons exist. Who can blame her?

She tracks Ichabod to where he was held captive and finds him snooping around. She’s cautious but they both establish he’s not dangerous, especially because he’s the only person who has a grasp on what’s happening while her boss thinks she’s losing it. Oh and she gets the obvious call that said demon monster has killed again.

Trying to find out who this demon is, Diana mentions a federal office called Agency 355, which Ichabod recalls was founded by Washington. When they arrive, they find the library is run by two youngins obsessed with the supernatural. Jake handles “news and information” and is a huge fan of Ichabod while Alex blows stuff up for fun but doesn’t believe in all the witchy mambo jumbo. For now.

After a brief investigation that really made no sense, Ichabod determines that the monster is John Wilkes Booth…. yes, Abraham Lincoln’s shooter. Apparently, he never “shot him” he just summoned a monster to enter his body and then killed him the same way we just say him kill Diana’s partner. Long story short – copper can kill him, American flags draw him in.

Coincidentally, or rather not because demons always plan their murders around parades, a patriotic event is taking place the next day. The new “squad” come up with a plan to lure Booth into an abandoned warehouse away from the public, where they could be too many casualties. Unfortunately, since this is everyone’s first hoorah, they loose the demon and he sneaks up and pounces on Jack. Thankfully our experienced and dear friend Jenny arrives in the nick of time and shoots him. Apparently, she missed all the killing and demonic stuff while “finding herself” in the Himalayans.

I will say, it is nice to see a familiar face in these unfamiliar surroundings and a part of Abbie continues to live on in Ichabod and Jenny. The two reunite briefly and talk about how much they miss her before he heads off to meet Diana at the Jefferson Memorial. She’s trying to process everything she’d witnessed today – how did Ichabod not consider she might be the witness he’s looking for, especially after forming such a connection with her. She wants to find the man responsible for Eric’s death but he warns her “once you go down this path, there’s no coming back.” Her response is nothing short of what Abbie would have replied – it’s better to do this with a friend.

That night, she goes to her 10-year-old daughter Molly who has been in a “funk” lately and refuses to speak. When her mother leaves the room to make dinner, she brings out her secret book and opens it up to continue her impeccable drawings of Ichabod. Anyone else mind blown? Maybe the new witness that’s bound to be Ichabod’s partner isn’t Diana – it’s her young daughter! Why else would she be drawing him?

The new foe on the horizon is a man named Malcolm Dreyfuss, a rich businessman entrepreneur who is dabbling in the occult. He’s the one who stole Lincoln’s head, most likely summoned Booth’s demon and even has a demon body guard who happily kills anyone who comes in his way. Shady stuff I’m telling you. There’s not much explanation as to what his plan is here all we know is that he takes a circular tablet out of Lincoln’s head and explains he’d shed all the blood in the world to get the rest of them and he’s very much aware and watching Ichabod’s every move.

Thoughts on the premiere of Sleepy Hollow? Despite giving it my all, I felt myself losing interest and lacking the energy to keep up with all the historical and all the demonic. Even the revamped cast seems like their trying to hard to be someone out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer when all we need is that bond between two witnesses to keep the magic alive.

 

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