Even Ichabod… the chosen one… the witness has succumbed to the greatest of evils: the flu. He’s temporarily out cold for one of the craziest missions Abbie’s ever been involved in–dealing with mama. And yes, that’s just as scary as it sounds. The deceased woman might be back to protect and warn her girls, but honestly the situation is terrifying. Especially since they think she’s behind the murders happening at Terrytown psychiatric.
Abbie keeps having a reoccurring dream of her mother warning her about demons. Before she can even begin to figure out what it means, Reyes assigns her to a case very close to home. There’s been 3 suicides at Terrytown in the past day, which is extreme even for a mental hospital. As she looks through surveillance videos of the victims, she sees a ghostly figure of her mother in the corner, automatically assuming that her mother is behind the suicides. But why? We know that’s exactly how she died. Did the demons that tormented her bring her back to make others suffer the same fate? Not much time goes by before they see a patient that was trying to reach out to them when they first entered the mental hospital. He’s about to slit his wrists with broken glass, when Holly, Jenny and Abbie burst into the room. Abbie is sucked into an abandoned wing of the hospital, where she sees her mothers ghost telling her it isn’t safe here. Than she sees the same worker she saw in the morning, being really odd and creepy. What was she even doing in the abandoned wing?
Jenny and Holly come to the wing to find Abbie and Jenny sees her mother, who leaves her a message on on a glass door. Abbie automatically knows its an alpha numeric code from one of their mom’s therapy sessions. How does she even know random things like that? Probably spent all that time looking through her moms files! The answers must lie in that tape. Jenny doesn’t know if she wants to watch it, but Abbie tells her they have no choice. They need to figure out what’s going on and why their mother can’t find peace. The tape has a session where Lori Mills talks about the nurse saying she isn’t a good mother. She’s referring to nurse Lambert who the therapists say isn’t a real person. They tell Lori she made her up. Well, we know she didn’t because that’s the same nurse Abbie and Jenny saw when they entered the hospital and in the abandoned wing of the hospital. Going back through surveillance footage shows that nurse in every patients room just before the suicide. (Side-note: I didn’t think ghosts were visible on camera?)
They realize the nurse knew who Irving was when they first visited and arrive just in time to save Irving from drowning himself. How does the nurse get into peoples minds? Well, she uses a psychotropic drug that opens ones mind to suggestion. Then, she basically talks the patient into why suicide is a good choice, explaining all the benefits of finding peace. Further investigation into nurse Lambert reveals she took 21 patients lives across the country when she worked as a nurse. She was executed in 1958 at Terrytown by an electric chair, but not before forcing Lori Mills to take her own life. She returned to continue her work and Lori was trying to stop her… obviously unable to without the help of her daughters.
She tells the girls that an ancient hex can stop nurse Lambert. It’s what she’s been trying to do before every patient committed suicide but she wasn’t able to remember it. She informs them that it’s in one of her journals, as the nurse interrupts kidnapping Abbie. Honestly, Abbie really needs a vacation. Or a sick day or something. In the abandoned wing, she tries to feed Abbie pills, complimenting her on her fight… the same fight her mom had in her before surrendering to her “mercy.” Thankfully, Mama Mills comes to her daughters aid, knocking the pills out and fighting the bad ghost while Holly and Jenny find the journal and begin the hex. It works! The nurse is turned into dust, while mama disappears leaving Abbie without the chance to say “thank you.”
Jenny summons their mother one last time. The moment is very heartbreaking as the girls realize that everything mama did was to save and protect them. The one memory Jennie has of her mother trying to hotbox the car turns out to be false. In reality, Moloch was trying to kill them and Lori woke up just in time to drive the car out through the garage saving them both. Mama admits she’s so proud of the women the girls have become, explaining that she always knew Abbie was a witness. She also watched over Jenny during her time at Terrytown. She’s been stuck in the psychiatric hospital this whole time. In a way, it’s her own purgatory. Now, thanks to her daughters, she can finally find peace. Real peace. Before she goes, she tells the girls that the journal is their secret weapon. It’s pages have a weapon hidden inside that will help them win the war against Moloch. I swear, several tears were shed during this moment as they said goodbye to their mother one last time, who fought for them through all the pain and sacrificed her life for them. Even in the afterlife, mama knows best! At least now they finally understand what really happened to their mother and see a greater purpose for everything that’s happening.
- Katrina is fooled into picking up the baby by Henry. She notices that after holding it, her whole body begins turning black and realizes the “baby” is actually a demon. She creates a potion to try to expunge the evil, but when she tries to go feed it to the child, it’s missing from it’s cradle. She finds him upstairs and he’s not a baby anymore. He’s about 5-years-old and refers to her as momma. Well, this is going to become quite complicated. Will she be able to “kill” or stop her son? Is he even her son? What did the black stuff do to her? Is she somehow connected to him now? And is this really Moloch? Hell on earth?
- Irving finally escapes from Terrytown, running out into the road in front of Abbie’s car. Sure, helping him is against the law… but what’s she to do? She knows Irving isn’t crazy, he doesn’t belong in Terrytown and he’s signed a deal with the devil aka Henry. Plus, she’s promised to help him no matter what, so she has no choice. Thank god. I was beginning to feel bad for Irving, who was rotting away in that prison. Will he really be safer out in the real world? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
- Literally, while we’re dealing with good and bad ghosts, I couldn’t help wonder who is Holly really feeling. Jenny or Abbie? Yes, I know that’s the smallest concern right now as the fall finale approaches and Henry admits it’s time for the apocalypse to start. Maybe there will be some time for romance later.
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‘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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