“Don’t Say No. Say Rise.”
A lot happened on Sleepy Hollow this week and it was all a little too close for comfort. Katrina was impregnated by pure evil… Did anyone actually think that the spider-thing that crawled would be a baby? Me neither. I was completely shocked by the reveal and for a bit, didn’t think Ichabod and Abbie would find a way to save her. The stakes are really high in the fight against evil now, as Moloch grows impatient and Henry is willing to go to great lengths to hurt his parents and please his master.
I’m a little late on reviews this week because the internet at my house gave out… thanks Comcast! So, instead, I’ll sum up the best and most significant moments quickly.
Molochs Plan- Henry tries kidnapping Katrina from Abraham because things are moving to slow and Moloch has a new purpose for his mother. Abraham’s love for her is unconditionally and he risks his life taking down the men who have come for her so she can escape. She does so successfully and lands in the trusty arms of her true love and his partner. They can’t seem to figure out why Katrina has a high fever, abdominal pain and black veins appearing on her stomach. She mentions that one of the men had a briefcase with a goat on it and Ichabod recognizes them as The Hellfire Club, independents aiding the evil war. Further information reveals Katrina is pregnant with some evil created from the ginkan potion Henry stole from the duo last week. The potion is responsible for growing dark demons.
Their Plan- Without any course of action, Katrina decides maybe placing their fate in the hands of her son is worth a try. Surely, with the proper affection, he’s bound to realize what he’s doing is wrong and reverse the spell. Or eat the sin, or whatever it is that he does.. Well, she’s dead wrong. Ichabod summons Henry to Terrytown psych, where his son informs him that the baby in Katrina isn’t just a regular demon; it’s Moloch. Whoa! Nobody saw that coming! Forget wondering how or why this is possible. Just know, if this baby is born, hell is literally unleashed on earth. Katrina dies and everything the two saviors have been working for goes to hell… no pun intended. Ichabod realizes there’s no way that his son will help his mother, so it’s off to plan B. Katrina thinks that the best way to save the world is to get rid of the vessel carrying to child—her. Abbie won’t allow that reminding the powerful witch that once upon a time, she gave up everything to save Ichabod, to find another way. They too will find another way. And they do. Abbie tells Ichabod about the script in the picture. There were things written on the stone but all that came out on the photo were some weird translucent lights. Obviously, Ichabod recognizes them as aurora borealis aka the northern lights. Further dial-up internet research reveals that the northern lights can banish a demon from entering the world. Franklin knew that and he built a prism filled with the aurora, that he hid in this stone. Direct sunlight on the prism releases an aurora of light, banishing Moloch from being born. Win.
In Motion- Abbie has to tell Reyes what’s really going on in Sleepy Hollow in order to steal the prism. She doesn’t really scoop her in on the whole “the devil is trying to bring an apocalypse upon us” thing, but she does inform her there is a doomsday cult torturing innocent people and she needs a tactical team to help stop them. The police is just a distraction so that they can get to the prism quickly. Abbie keeps guard while Ichabod tries to decode the safe. After several of his attempts fail, a desperate Abbie screams this fantastic line, “their evil, try 666.” Even better— it works! The whole mission is a win-win in both cases. They get the prism and stop evil from entering the world and Abbie’s leak puts her in Reyes’s good graces… finally!
The Most Anxiety-Filled Birthing Ever- The clock is ticking, Moloch is kicking. Clever, I know. They get back to Katrina just as the “baby” is getting ready to come out. I literally had mad anxiety watching Katrina suffer and scream. I cringed as Ichabod took his sweet time unleashing the prism’s light. I felt bad for Abbie, who didn’t take the days’ events light.
Her facial expression revealed this was one of the more disturbing and stressful things she’s ever seen and well, she’s seen a lot. But finally, after much anticipation, the prism diminished the demon, Katrina woke up alive and in the loving arms of Ichabod, her true love and savior!
There’s Still Hope For Henry- This really has me questioning if I should ever be a parent. After all the shit this dude has put them through, they still won’t give up on their son. They have some hope that maybe he’s doing this all as revenge for being abandoned and lost all of his life. If he can see that they love him unconditionally despite his evil ways, maybe he’ll finally come over to the good side. He’ll end his alliance with Moloch. He’ll start a relationship with his parents. It’s really a far stretch for the man who has evil pumping his veins. But, at the same time, it is clear that much of his motivation stems from his hatred towards his parents. Deep down inside he’s lost, confused, craving for love and attention. Ichabod and Katrina’s plan may work.. or at least work in their favor. It’ll be interesting to see this family dynamic play out.
-Where the hell was Jenny this week? Would have been nice of her to lend a hand to the cause!
-Their timing is so on point with the election. Ichabod’s disgust with the American population for not using their right to vote—the right he fought for— was so on point. Except, Ichabod, despite the 42% turnout at the midterm election polls, the elections were very interesting, turning a completely blue country into swarms of red. That my dear friend, is the right you fought for, regardless of whether democrats or republicans won. Also, who do you think he voted for?
-It’s probably time that Ichabod and Katrina ditch the colonial attired and trade in for some hip, modern garments. Katrina was rocking those jeans with the corset. Work it girl!
Overall, a captivating episode, that really put the pressure on the saviors when it came to unleashing hell on earth. The war against evil is only going to get tougher as Moloch forces Henry to pull out all of his cards. The episode gets an 8/10.
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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