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Sleepy Hollow- Paradise Lost (2×12)

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 Moloch may be dead, but that doesn’t mean the war is over. Far from actually.

We pick up the winter premiere of Sleepy Hollow six weeks after the “almostpocalypse.” Everyones enjoying life without evil. Ichabod is trying to grasp what a organic market is and why every fruit and veggie isn’t organic in the first place. Good question Ichabod! Jenny, well she’s getting her groove back with some tight skirts at the bar. But with peace comes the question of what’s next. What does Ichabod do when his only purpose in life–defeating evil– is over. Does he simply get a job? Start a 401K. Get a hobby. Apply for a retirement plan. I just can’t see any of that happening and neither can Ichabod, whose still convinced their job as witnesses isn’t over. He has a feeling there is evil lurking somewhere in the woods and he’s right!

Abbie and Ichabod find an abandoned barn, where some demonic creatures are chanting a spell to find their “new master.” Before they can even begin to kill these things, an angel (which I automatically assumed was the angel of death) named Orion descends upon them, killing the creatures for them. Honestly, the whole angel thing was really bizarre and did make me laugh once or twice. The angel tells them that on the night that Moloch died, purgatory was shaken up and he was able to escape–along with tons of other evil creatures. Now his mission is to find them and be led to their new leader– headless, aka Abraham.

FF212_scn8_0896_f_hires1Abraham is still in captivity with Katrina, who believes she can find a spell to separate him from the evil curse that makes him the headless horseman. She calls upon Ichabod–who she hasn’t spoken to since the apocalypse– and asks him to help her. He obviously looks at her like she’s crazy. Why would the man whose trying to defeat evil, try to help his wife, free her ex-lover. It just doesn’t make any sense. Abbie bring Orion to meet Katrina and when she realizes he’s out to kill headless, she frees him. I’m going to go off on a brief tangent to talk about how stupid Katrina is. Can someone please send her back to purgatory. I’ve never met a more useless witch (and that’s saying a lot cause Bonnie Bennett). She’s so gullible and weak. She doesn’t give women a strong name. She’s like a Miley Cyrus–always doing stupid stuff and messing everything up. Yeah, I just went there.

Orion gets really upset because he believed Abbie and Ichabod could help them. Abbie is upset that Ichabod keeps siding with the witch, and while Ichabod isn’t pleased with Katrina, he also thinks there’s something shady about Orion. Isn’t there always? Abbie calls upon the angel after locating headless again, thanks to some egg-shaped contraption that Hawley had, which showed him where evil was at all times. As their about to go kill Headless, she gets a call from Ichabod confirming that Orion cannot be trusted. In history, he’s always arrived weeks before catastrophes. He wasn’t there to prevent the events, but rather to bring them about. Abbie confronts the angel about his intentions and finds out the weapon–the only one that can kill the horseman– will suck out his powers and give them to the angel so he can rid the earth of evil. Basically, while he’s trying to do go and cleanse the world of the bad, he’s going to bring upon disasters to do so. It’s like a double-negative.

Orion faces off with Headless, hitting him with the circular blade, and draining his powers. Thankfully, Ichabod interferes, destroying the weapon. Orion seems confused, but Abbie clears it right up saying that she becomes allies with the enemy if their both fighting for the right cause. It’s really a tough situation because they could have killed headless, which would be great for humanity, but then they’d unleash this other deadly beast. You just can’t win. Picking their battles, they chose Headless because at least he’s predictable and has one weakness; Katrina.

On the relationship front, Ichabod and Katrina decided to start communicating better and work on their marriage “one step at a time.” Meanwhile, Hawley expressed that he’s overly jealous of Jenny, which didn’t go over well with her considering she’s given Hawley so many chances and he’s been flakey and ruined all of them. He doesn’t get to be jealous. Also, he probably needs to pick which sister he has feelings for. I know he has a past with Jenny, but for a minute there it seemed like he was really digging Abbie..

And for the most shocking part of the episode. Irving is alive! He walked into a gas station, barefoot, dirty and totally confused on where he was and what year he was in. Is this heaven or hell, he asked. “Neither. It’s Sleepy Hollow man,” the attendant answered. Sheesh, way to make Sleepy sound like it’s the worst of both worlds! But the bigger question is how is he alive, and is he human or demon? He died without a soul. Did he return because of the sword? 

And what really happened to Henry? Did he sacrifice himself trying to save his parents? Is he really gone for good? Why did he die?

From the looks of it, this second part of the season looks much more promising than the first. It’ll be exciting to see Headless in the role of Moloch now–the new leader. He’s never been menacing to me because there has always been a slither of humanity in him left. But now, when he has the chance to become the almighty and powerful, will that change him for good? Or will Katrina still have a hold on him? Sound off below and see you in two weeks, when episodes return.

 

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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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