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Sleepy Hollow- Kali Yuga (2×14)

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This week’s Sleepy Hollow was Hawley centric and it was the literally the best installment of the season. It had everything an Abbie and Ichabod team up, sexualized immortal monster, and a shirtless Hawley. What more could you ask for? Plus, Katerina was useful during her 5-minutes of screen time so I call that a win!

We kick things off with karaoke night, with Abbie on the mic rocking out to Crazy by Charles Barkley. Ichabod is mesmerized by his partners pipes. Is there anything this girl can’t do? Hawley has to step out for a deal with his little artifacts, but promises he’ll be right back. Jenny asks if he wants her to join, prompting Abbie to be suspicious of their possible relationship. At the meet Hawley is ambushed by a woman from his past, Carmilla.

A little background on Carmilla. As his godmother, she took him in when his parents died at the age of 13. At 18, he witnessed her kill a man and decided to run away. She claims she traveled after him to Mumbai, where she was attacked by a group of thugs who turned her into a monster from Hindu mythology, called a Vetala. Hawley feels bad and agrees to help her get an artifact that she says could return her back to her human life. All they have to do is rob the Knox estate… belonging to the ancestors of the man we named Fort Knox after.

Hawley breaks into Abbie’s archives stealing the architectural designs for the house, triggering her silent alarm. Jenny arrives to try to stop Hawley but is attacked by Carmilla, who we later find out is also immortal. Joy.

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The trio attends a black market artifact party at the Knox estate, where they assume Hawley and Carmilla will be striking. Jenny follows Hawley, but ends up locked in the closet when she tries to help him. Meanwhile, Abbie follows Carmilla to the vault and shoots at her without backup. She’s taken hostage and when Ichabod tries to talk Carmilla down from killing her, Hawley arrives turning the gun on Ichabod. Yes, he was really going to shoot his friends, further swearing his allegiance to the monster. After all their family right? He makes a deal. If Carmilla lets Abbie go, he’ll lock them in the vault and run away with her.  Sure, sounds like a great deal Hawley.

Inside the vault, Ichabod realizes the artifact Carmilla–the Kali statue– is  actually a key to a dark ceremony that turns humans in vetalas. She lied to Hawley. She never meant to turn back in to a human.. she wanted to turn him in to a monster so that the two could be together forever. And we wonder why homie has trust issues.

Abbie and Ichabod finally come to terms with their miscommunications lately. They’ve been drifting away from each other ever since Crane began attempting to fix his marriage with Katrina. He confronts her about Orion’s sigil. She apologizes for not telling her about it but what’s in the past is in the past. He apologizes for freeing Ichabod without consulting her and it seems that for now, the witnesses are okay. That is until Ichabod tries to unlock the door by figuring out Knox’s secret code. He presses the wrong button and the walls basically begin closing in on them with huge spikes. Cue Abbie’s amazing Star Wars reference here. With little time left, Ichabod presses the right button and the doors open. Whew, that was close!

Since Hawley stole Jenny’s phone before locking her in the closet, they easily locate where the monster woman took him. Hawley wakes up after being drugged, shirtless and tied up. Carmilla is about to perform the ritual on him when Abbie and Ichabod bust in. They’ve figured out that the only way to kill her is with a mixture of iron and fire. Jenny knocks Carmilla off Hawley, freeing Nick. As he’s about to kill his old friend, she makes a run for it. Most stressful scene of the season. I guess I’ve grown really fond of Hawley because I wasn’t sure if they were going to save him in time and I had a mini panic attack.

Which is why I’m so sad that Hawley is leaving the show… at least temporarily. He paid Jenny a visit to say goodbye… He’s going to hunt down Carmilla and kill her once and for all. This is why he doesn’t get too attached to people. I shall cherish this kiss until his safe return to Sleepy Hollow.

Ichabod and Abbie came to the conclusion that they have to nurture their relationship, giving it some occasional TLC. To seal the deal, the two do a duet karaoke to Ike and Tina Turners classic, “rolling.. rolling.. rolling on the river.” It. was. priceless. Let’s just say, these two def need to make this a Monday night ritual. 

Meanwhile, Irving got exonerated of all of his charges by the state. How shocking. I guess having been a loyal Sheriff paid off. He can now go back to living a normal life. Except for the fact that Irving came back to life from the dead. That’s something his wife cannot accept. And before she brings little Macy home, she needs to know if there is still some evil living inside of her husband with some ulterior motive. They visit Katia for help. She uses her powers to enter Frank’s mind where she declares that her son–the horesman of death–no longer has a hold on his soul. But, when he finally hugged Cynthia, he didn’t see his reflection in the window. What does this mean? Is he a ghost? Everyone can see him. They can touch him. So how is he alive again? How did he come back? And what is he? 

What did you think of this weeks episode? If this is how the rest of the season goes– if this is the change the network was hoping for, I’m all on board. I’m glad the writers acknowledged what everyone on Twitter was saying, too much Katrina and not enough Ichabbie makes for a very weak episode. The witnesses are better together. 

 

Photo Credit: FOX/ Sleepy Hollow/Brownie Harris

 

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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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