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Sleepy Hollow- Magnus Opus (2×10)

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The end of times is starting. Are y’all ready? This weeks episode marked part one of the winter finale as Abbie and Ichabod search for the ultimate weapon to prevent Moloch from rising. In order to retrieve the weapon, they need to understand themselves fully. And the only way to do that, is to see themselves through each others eyes.

Katrina tries to warn Abbie and Ichabod about her failure through a magic mirror– conveniently leaving out the part that she fed Moloch to help him grow. She didn’t stop him. He still lives and he’s thriving, growing stronger every day. She expects he’ll be ready to reign earth in about 2-days. Henry spies on Abbie and Ichabod through the mirror. I love that we’re incorporating this again and seeing as little of Katrina as possibly, because you know, when there’s a lot of Katrina, things tend to fall apart. The witnesses are piecing together clues from her mothers journal. Props to sharpening their mind through phone games. I love when Ichabod does modern things. The sword of Methuselah is the key….  According to mythology, can take down 1000 demons. Definitely strong enough to defeat Moloch. But, first they need to find it. Sure, they have Franklin’s map– a message to all free masons– which Abbie recognizes as a “snake” on the Sleepy Hollow map. But it isn’t going to be that easy. 

They follow the map to where X marks the spot and Abbie realizes she’s been there before. Mama took her in a dream. Turns out she’s been trying to lead them there all along. Before they can even get to searching for the sword, headless rolls in, hoping to beat them to the punch, after being ordered to retrieve the sword by Henry. Thankfully, Ichabod poses a distraction just as the sun comes up and headless has to roll out. No pun intended. Does anyone else find it hilarious that headless is a messenger of the devil, but no ones given him a daylight ring? Also, he’s really not that menacing anymore now that we know he’s actually Abraham. 

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Inside, Ichabbie find a bunch of men turned to stone while looking for the sword by a creature we thought only existed in Greek mythology. They get the hell out of there quickly, making sure not to look the serpenty monster in the eye. The prophecy says anyone who attempts will die, unless they know themselves completely.How are they going to get the sword without dying? Abbie temporarily freaks out that she’ll meet the same fate as all of her ancestors, before figuring out a plan. 

 

Since Abraham doesn’t have a head, he also doesn’t have eyes, so he isn’t affected by the Gorgan. They lure him downstairs to fight the serpent, while they look for the sword, Abraham kills the serpent.  To buy Abbie some time as she tries to find the real sword, Ichabod challenges him to a duel, just like the ones they used to have back in England. I didn’t realize how much I missed flashbacks. The interactions between them used to be so great. Plus, they were crucial to Ichabod realizing who he really is…which he needed to fulfill the prophecy and get the sword. 

His decision to come to America was controlled by Abraham. Becoming a witness as Katrina’s doing…  but it was his own destiny and his choices that led him down this path. Abraham chose to be Moloch’s aide, to work for the devil and lose Katrina. Ichabod chose to be the good guy, on the right side of the battle. Then it dawned on me, while the devil is literally rising from the ashes, these two are still fighting over a woman. It always comes down to the love of a woman. Personally, I don’t think Katrina’s even worth fighting for. She’s proven time and time again that she isn’t trustworthy and she’s not even that strong of a witch. She’s actually the reason all of this is happening. Henry made her perfectly aware of that. 

Henry sounds the horn signifying the rise of Moloch and the start of the apocalypse. Abraham decides not kill Ichabod, instead condemning him to a life full of suffering as he rides in the good graces with the devil with Katrina by his side. I wouldn’t be so sure headless. When he leaves, Abbie realizes that Ichabod chose to to live. If anyone knows themselves completely, it’s him. The sword must be somewhere that  shows a reflection–inside the water… or oil in this case. Ichabod puts in a torc, which extinguishes. That’s when it becomes perfectly clear that the sword requires two. A unified front. Witnesses that know each other better because they see each other most clearly through each others eyes. When they put both torches over the fire, the sword reveals itself. It’s not too late after all.

Holly was absent this week, while Jenny was helping Irving– a fugitive on the run. Sheriff Reyes set up checkpoints at ever highway, making it hard for him to escape to Canada. He decided not to run, instead hiding out until the time was right. Whatever that means. Personally, I think that time will be next week.  

This is the Sleepy Hollow I like. Abbie and Ichabod at the forefront, fighting evil. It’s the Sleepy Hollow I fell in love with in season one. The   The simple formula was a little lost during the second season, but it’s proven to be completely efficient. With such a tense set up, you know next weeks good vs. evil is going to be epic, jaw dropping and full of “O-M-G” moments. I’d expect nothing less. What do you think? The world is merging with purgatory. Moloch is trying to take over. Irving joins the team for the fight and someone is going to die… who do you think it will be? Sound off below and get ready! 

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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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