The tune of the Pied Piper leads down a slippery slope of eventual death.
That was Abbie and Ichabod’s case this week. The duo were summoned when a Lancaster daughter was reported missing. They found a bone-like flute in the forest that when played, put the person in it’s vicinity in a trance and lulled them out to the Pied Pipers lair. But this Pied Piper wasn’t the one from fairytales. He was an evil one who made a deal with one of the original Lancaster men, to kill a whole army of Red Coats who were getting a little too touchy with his daughters.
When the deed was done, the Lancaster betrayed the man and killed him. Except that the Pied Piper had previously made a deal with Moloch. As punishment for his death, every 10th birthday, the Pied Piper would lure a girl into the woods to die. That’s what happened to little Sarah.
Ichabod and Abbie decide the only way to find her location is to get taken there by the magical sounds. Abbie offers up her services and on their way into the forest, they run into Hawley, who admits he’s looking for the Pied Pipers rare instrument. During his hunt, he saw the young girl and was attacked by the Pied Piper himself. In exchange for his help, Abbie promises to give him the instrument. He of course doesn’t believe any of this mumbo-jumbo, just thinks that the Piper is some psycho dressed up re-enacting an old urban legend. He’s proven wrong when they find the lair, with Sarah laying inside. With Ichabod’s help, Hawley is able to fight down the Piper, and slow him down with timed bombs. They bring Sarah back home, and while her father is overjoyed, her mother isn’t too thrilled.
As Ichabbie prepare to return to the lair and finish off the Piper once and for all, Ichabod decides to take a look at the Lancaster records. He realizes that girls reaching the age of 10 have been stolen from the family home for years. It happened to Sarah’s mother as well. The reason that she wasn’t happen to have her daughter return home, was because of the Pipers curse. If he didn’t get the girl he desired, the rest of the families children would suddenly come down with heavy fevers, and die. One child was a trade in for the safety of all the others. This explains why the mother only adopted boys, before being surprised by getting pregnant, eventually putting all of her children in peril.
When they reach the Lancaster house, the fevers have already begun. The boys are being taken in ambulances to the hospital. The husband says that the mom took Sarah and said she would meet them at the hospital. Ichabod drives them into the woods, where they find the two of them waiting for the Piper, who eventually comes, after Abbie’s promised the mother that she would save her family. Ichabod jumps into the lair after the Piper equipped with a sword to kill him, and ear-plugs to protect him from the menacing sounds. Unfortunately, the Piper is swift and strong and Ichabod isn’t strong enough. Abbie jumps to his aid, plunges the sword through the Pipers heart and ends the curse forever. I’d say it’s a win-win for everyone.
It must be super tiring being the saviors. Everyday, their plagued with some new mission to save the world from being overrun by demons. Trying to save one person, requires them to trade in artifacts and information that could later come back to bite them. Abbie wasn’t dumb enough to give Hawley the instrument whole, even though she promised it as payment. She broke it in half, but he still found a buyer for it– Henry Parish. He’s unknowingly working for the devil! At the end, we see Henry take the instrument and crush it up into dust, before tasting it and explaining it’s perfect. What is it capable of? Why does he need that dust? He’s always up to no good.
Parish is leading the war on earth. He’s Moloch little minion. Irving summons him to Terrytown, where he tells him that he’s firing him for not telling the truth. Henry isn’t one bit concerned, explaining that if he’s fired, he’ll stay in here indefinitely, without any visitation from his family. Oh and he’ll also cut off the pension his family is receiving, which wouldn’t pay for Macy’s medical bills. He encourages Irving to rethink his decision, explaining that he’s always kept him and his family safe from a demons hands, while Abbie and Ichabod have only brought him pain and suffering. That’s when Irving realizes that when he signed papers for Henry to become his lawyers, he signed them in blood allowing him to steal his soul. Maybe he should just stay at Terrytown for a while. Also, what was with his vision upon opening the bible? Super weird….
This episode was good, but as with the rest of this season, I failed to see how these one-time villains played a bigger picture in the end of days. How is this speeding anything along? I’d give this episode a 4/10, especially because I feel like Hawley is just being pushed on us and the duo is trying too hard to have him be on their team. It all feels really forced!
I’m terrified to even watch next weeks. I’ve always been afraid of grudge looking monsters, and that seems to be the theme. Fitting for Halloween, but in this town, everyday is Halloween….. every week of episodes is like Halloween!
The best Ichabod moments of this weeks including him drifting around the parking lot after pretending to be scared of driving, and him devouring his latte. I guess some things are better in the modern world.
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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