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Sleepy Hollow- The Akeda (2×11)

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So this is what an apocalyptic war looks like. I must say, I expected much worse. Seems like no one was really involved except the witnesses and friends. The general public probably has no idea the world was just about to end… aside from reporting that it was raining blood. That’s got to be really weird. But is the war between good and evil finally over? It closed one chapter, temporarily banning Moloch from earth.. but does that mean he’s really gone for good? I’m not really sure…. The mid-season finale was nerve-wracking, but insufficient. You know how finales are supposed to leave you on the edge of your seat wanting more? Well it did that… it just left me really confused. Too confused for comfort.

As the apocalyptic storm ensues, Ichabod and Abbie are on their way to Frederick’s Manor to stop Moloch from rising. It’s a little too late.. and their even more delayed when a lightning bolt hits Abbie’s car, burning the engine. This is why you don’t trust technology during an apocalyptic storm. I’ll make sure to remember that. If there was ever a situation justifying motorcycle theft, this is it. The mansion is deserted, except for Katrina whose tied up in Abraham’s binding ritual. He’s literally trying to make her his bride. How twisted. Ichabod goes to fight for his woman, trying to use to sword of Metsulah they bravely fought for last week. Abraham warns him that using the sword requires a sacrifice. It takes the life of anyone who uses it. Sounds like a huge scam. Why did we (and I say we cause I totally feel like a witness) go through all that trouble, if we can’t even use the damn sword. This whole fight is pretty unfair, with Moloch possessing ultimate power, while the witnesses cannot even use a sword.

But as usual, they find a way around it. The sword will take a persons soul, therefore taking his life. But what if a persons soul is already taken by evil? Using the sword technically wouldn’t kill them. Irving is the answer. I knew there was a bigger purpose for the sheriff, other than just sitting in the psych ward this whole season, rotting. First, they have to find him. Jenny notices he leaves a series of numbers on his last voicemail. It’s code for September 23, 1780 and leads them to a military post underground. Irving seems skeptical at first. If their wrong about the sword, he’ll die and Henry will claim his soul. But at this point, what do they have to lose? If he doesn’t use the sword, he’ll die anyways when the world ends. He agrees, making Jenny promise that she’ll look after his family if anything were to happen to him.

He confronts Headless, whose tied up in their lair, prompting him to tell them where Moloch is or die. Abraham reveals that he’s at the four trees.. the one that used to be white but are now turning dark as purgatory and this world merge. When each tree turns black, more evil is allowed onto the earth. The first tree brought upon the crazy red lightning. The second tree brings blood. (Singing: It’s raining blood.. hallelujah). The third and fourth resurrect the demon army and bring hell to earth. Doesn’t sound like much fun to deal with.

They score Hawley, who was busy being a normal person and downing beers at the bar. They need his weapons to overcome the devil… and he gives them a nice array of weapons once belonging to samurais and even Black Beard. Karina senses that they posses ancient magic, so she attempts to revitalize them. Their really tight on time, but somehow, Ichabod still confronts her about their marriage. He’s mad about how she talks to Abraham, telling him she actually cares about him. He’s also pissed that she failed her mission, allowing Moloch to rise. Basically, the validity of their marriage is put into question and they kind of break up right before heading to war. Not the best time, but I’m sure they’ll figure it out when things subside.

Moloch in true-form is kind of an asshole. I mean I know, what did I expect from the devil? Well, I didn’t expect him to treat Henry like a piece of trash. Apparently, neither did Henry. He seemed truly shocked by Moloch’s cold demeanor. He’s done everything to help him, bring him to earth and aid him in the war and now he’s being told that he’s replaceable. That a sacrifice in Molochs name is an honor.. Yeah, no thanks.

With time running out, the gang gets right to fighting. Abbie is injured in battle early on. Irving takes his role seriously, attacking the horseman of war channeled by Henry with full force, confidence and true heroism. He cuts off wars arm and stabs him smack dab in the middle, crumbling him to ashes. He doesn’t come out unscathed however. He’s sliced with Wars sword. As he lays dying, Katrina tries to heal his wounds but the bleeding is too extreme. He ends up dying a hero in Ichabod’s arms. A captain who fought to save the world from evil… the first casualty of war. Although sad, it was a long time coming with not much action on his front. RIP Irving! I hope you don’t come back evil.

 

The witnesses and company do everything not to make his sacrifice in vain. Abbie claims the sword, saying she will face death with death, using it to kill Moloch. Ichabod tries to stop her but eventually comes to an agreement. If Abbie falls, Ichabod will take over. Then Katrina and Jenny. They have to be willing to sacrifice their loved one in order to win. But it’s really her plan that’s going to make them victors.

The horseman sends Henry to get the sword from Ichabbie, clearly upset that he allowed them to get it in the first place. This is the first time we actually see just how weak Henry really is. He’s not sure about his loyalty to Moloch anymore. He could have sided with good.. with his mother and father who have been there for him from the beginning. But he chose his “other father” upset that his parents left him when he was young.

At the church, he’s confronted by Abbie, but his powerful magic ties her and Jenny up leaving him full access to the sword. Except it’s fake! Got ya! Ichabod comes out of the woodwork with the real blade. Henry informs them if they want to leave and get to Moloch they must kill him first. Ichabod sites a chapter in the bible of Genesis surrounding Isaac and Abraham. Despite promising Abbie that he would kill Henry the moment he had a chance if he stood in their way, he listened to Katrina who said there was always another way. I don’t blame him. Killing your son is pretty insane… no matter how evil he is. He informs Henry he’s willing to kill him, but he’d much rather spare him by going to kill Moloch and freeing Henry of his grip.

Henry pretends to be touched by his fathers sacrifice uttering “you never gave up on me,” before grabbing the sword and turning on his parents. Ichabod would have sacrificed himself to let his evil son live and his son STILL didn’t appreciate it. Seriously!? Henry can wield the sword since his soul is with Moloch, killing them all. But instead he brings them to Moloch, whose patiently waiting for them. They’re all tied up to when Moloch tells Henry to sacrifice his mother. As he’s about to do it, Ichabod screams “take me instead.” This gives Henry the opportunity to blab a bit before turning and slamming the sword through Moloch, killing him instead. Let’s just let that sink in.

 

 

Yes, Henry proved that showing your child unconditional love is beneficial. He realized he was always blinded by the devil, who never cared for him anyways. All he wanted was someone to revive him. He didn’t care what happened to him after that. His parents however, never gave up on him, no matter how much shit he did. You know Abbie was pissed at Ichabod at first, but she’ll soon realize his noble choice ended up saving their lives. There was no way they’d stand a chance against Moloch alone. And even if, one of them would have to die using the sword to kill him. Plus, there’d be a whole lot of damage done between Katrina and Ichabod if he killed their child against his wife’s wishes. In the end, I think Henry played the situation knowing their best bet was to think they were actually dying and he had to play it off till the very end. Very smart.

But did it work? That’s really how the episode ended so the question remains, did the sword actually take down the devil? Was he that naive and blind? He actually didn’t think Henry would outsmart him or turn against him, even when he treated him like crap? Will Henry turn over a new leaf now? What about Abraham? Will Ichabod and Katrina’s marriage be salvaged? Can they make up for lost times with their son? And if the fight is finally over, what will the witnesses do now? This can’t be it right? Moloch will find a new way to return… maybe through a different horseman? Or will he torment Henry from hell again? Ah, so many questions. It wasn’t the best season finale, but it was definitely action packed.

Other Memorable Moments

  • Ichabods excitement about riding a motorcycle. “I want one of these when this is all over.” He literally kills me! 
  • Interrupting Hawley’s partying by saying “Moloch has risen.” If I heard that at the club I’d be peacing out fast!
  • I know Henry kind of redeemed himself, but seeing him wither in fear was probably the best part of the episode! 

Photo: Sleepy Hollow/©2014 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Brownie Harris/FOX

 

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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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Sleepy Hollow Columbia

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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