“Well Sleepy Hollow is full of secrets.”
Fox’s new show Sleepy Hollow is crushing ratings and has had the best and highest fall premiere in over 7 years!! And while we are familiar with many shows premiering in the fall to a strong start only to fall flat on their face halfway through the season through poor storytelling, it doesn’t seem like that will be the fate for this small town show. Sleepy Hollow could really go both ways. The mix of horror, mystery and light comedy could either be really promising or a total flop. While more questions were raised in the second episode, it felt a little bit like a mild let down after the pilot. Yet, I won’t brush it off just yet, only because I am intrigued and very curious as to where this road will take us all.
Sleepy Hollow’s Pilot episode proved that a show based on a short story by Washington Irving, which features a headless villain actually has a world of potential. The one hour premiere revealed so much compared to some shows which take multiple episodes to build the same climax. Basically Ichabod Crane, the hero from the George Washington tea party days, is awoken because the man who he beheaded and killed, The Headless Huntsman, is awoken. The two are connected by blood, so virtually when one comes back the other does too. The whole good vs. evil ordeal. The Headless Huntsman is part of the four pack which we like to refer to as death. Crane is suppose to protect humankind from an apocalypse. That’s kind of the quick jist because I’m assuming if your reading this, you already watched the episode or at least know what its about.
Right away we are drawn to Crane not only because he’s witty, but because he literally thinks its the 1800’s– and its spectacular to watch. The guy doesn’t know what a car is, he thinks he’s still under the reign of Washington, is outraged by the idea that a meal from Dunkin Donut’s costs $4 and that there is a tax, has no clue what a lightbulb, car or shower is, but probably the funniest is his amazement that slavery was abolished and that women can wear trousers. He’s a hoot. Meanwhile, in this world full of disbelief, he finds Sheriff Abbie Mills. She was working a shift with her partner Sheriff Corbin, when they replied to a call that resulted in the return of the headless hunter and a beheaded Sheriff. She starts to believe the wacky stories Ichabod tells because really the certainty in his voice gives everyone reason to.
Abbie soon discovers that her fate was to become a Bonnie and Clyde with this revolutionary hero. Her partner Corbin knew all along about the mysticism of Sleepy Hollow. When her and her sister (whose in the mental institute for delusional disorders) saw what they thought was a demon of some sorts, they were brushed off by civilizations as kids telling white lies. It has bogged down Abbie, whose tried to run from it. What she really needed to do was realize her calling. Once she can accept that, her kick ass ninja skills can be put into motion to save the fate of the human race, or whatever the jibberish speaking demon is after.
Through his sleep, Ichabod’s wife Katrina has been letting him know of his mission; To stop the headless huntsman from getting his head and unleashing hell on earth. With Abbie in tow, it is the night of the blood moon; a night where the Serilda of Abadon, the evil coven’s leader in Sleepy Hollow aims to raise from the ashes. She does so with Andy’s help, after the demon brings Andy back from the neck snapping dead. Alright, first we were giving that terrifying neck snapping scene and now we have more of this with Andy’s neck completely twisted back. Gross. He’s truly hideous and creepy without overdoing it, but also comical in the sense that he knows he’s dead but is still afraid of dying some more. Anyways, after doing some detective work and trying to stop her from coming back to life, which they fail to do, Ichabod saves the day by using some old gun powder to burn the witches body to ash forever. Still not sure what would have happened if she did come back, but all we know is that we’re giving those demons a harder time trying to screw up the world!
Although killed off in the first episode, Corbin plays an important role in the show. While the only two leads these two have in their investigation is a dead sheriff and dead witch wife, it seems enough for detective Irving to let them keep working on the case. Abbie has hallucinations and “dreams” she is seeing Corbin in his office. After explaining how scared she is and how much she misses him, she asks for some advice. “Don’t be afraid of number 49. Thats where you’ll find you’re not alone,” he said. Umm, she isn’t alone she has Ichabod. But point taken. Than poof, he’s gone. Well what’s in 49 you ask? That’s her sisters cell number. Her sister who is clearly a gym buff, getting into shape for some kind of battle and lying through her teeth about not seeing anymore monsters after taking her nightly pills, which she spits out and crushes. What does her sister know? Or what does she expect? Why is she still in the mental institute? What connection does she have to Corbin? How can she help Abbie and Ichabod? All things in due time darlings. But see, with all these questions, we know one thing. The show really is doing something right!
Coffee Table News
‘Sleepy Hollow’ Officially Cancelled After 4 Seasons
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.
Sleepy Hollow – In Plain Sight (4×02)
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.
Sleepy Hollow – Columbia (4×01)
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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