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Sleepy Hollow: Tempus Fugit (2×18)

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On the season 2 finale of Sleepy Hollow, everything was returned back to normal. Order was restored, for the most part, and directors gave fans everything they’ve been wanting– the end of Katrina once and for all. If this is it…. if this episode serves as a series finale, then it will have left on a high note… possibly the strongest in the season. I’m quite surprised considering I didn’t know how the writers and producers would clean up the mess that was created during this season.

Going back in time to the 1700’s allowed Sleepy Hollow to really return to its roots–to the beginning, their original mission and that intense fear of the horseman, who didn’t have a face…. even though we all know it’s Abraham. It was a simpler time back then however. We didn’t deal with weekly “evils” and villains, Ichabod and Abbie were very much focused on their mission.

Traveling back in time, Abbie’s mission becomes to protect Ichabod. She knows that Katrina cast the time travelers spell because she wants to change the past and save Henry. We’re taken back to the day that Ichabod faces off with the horseman for the last time before both of them die, only to resurrect 200 years later. Except if they die this time, Ichabod dies for good. He won’t resurrect because Katrina will not perform a spell that preserves him. We are dealing with an evil Katrina after all.

So, Abbie does everything in her power to convince Ichabod that she’s from the future and she knows what she’s talking about– who the enemy is, the outcome of the war, how he met Katrina. It’s good, but not good enough, especially when they visit Benjamin Franklin. He believes Abigail and its a really great moment– telling the founding fathers that everything they’ve worked for, all their visions and ideas shaped modern America and are still around today. Hey, his face is even on our currency. He tells Abbie not to tell Ichabod that his wife is the traitor who is plotting to kill him. Their mission– to get to Frederick’s manor and have Grace, Abbie’s ancestor perform a reversal spell that would undo Katrina’s time travel. Unfortunately, Franklin didn’t get to go on the mission with the witnesses because Headless busted through the door and beheaded him. Yikes. That is definitely not good for America.

This makes Ichabod think that Abbie was intentionally trying to sabotage him. He allows her to be locked up, but does give the idea that his wife is a witch whose planning to kill him some thought. When he gets home, he sees Katrina using plants and spices typically used for pregnancy…. which makes him wonder if Abbie told him the truth about Henry Parish. He then realizes that Katrina is checking out spells in a grimaure and realizes Abbie might actually be telling the truth. Before Katrina has a chance to kill Ichabod, Washington summons him… you know probably to talk about why he was fired from the army and why Franklin is missing a head.

Ichabod makes a pit stop to check out Abbie’s “cellular device.” She told him that all the proof that they knew each other in the present and were friends is documented in her selfies. God, don’t you just hate the modern world? To be honest, I’m surprised her phone even worked in this olden world. Ichabod hilariously unlocks the phone, swipes left and finds a video of them together in 2015. He rushes to save Abbie, who has everything under control. They make their way to Frederick’s manor, where Grace is amazed to see her ancestor. “It’s you the witness,” Grace exclaims, only confirming that Abbie is in fact telling the truth. It was a nice moment to have Abbie finally meet her ancestors and realize that she was always meant to be on this mission.

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Throughout this whole episode all I kept saying was “Katrina is a dumb b**ch.” What else is new? She did a spell and tracked her husband and Abbie to the Frederick’s manor, then summoned headless to go take care of things once and for all. After all, if Abbie and Ichabod are both dead, there’s no way their making it back to the present and she finally has what she wants– her son. Where this character went wrong, I don’t know. She might have been useless, but there was something so special and selfless about Katrina in the beginning. When she turned to evil, it was really the last straw… it was unbelievable and proved that she never really cared about Ichabod as much as we thought. How does one just watch as her husband is about to get his head chopped off? That is not human.

As Ichabod fought headless, Abbie helped Grace to the reversal spell. Grace told her that there was still much more to their mission and the pages in her diary–the blank pages– were Abbie’s to fill… with experiences and advice, possibly for other witnesses in the future? Not sure. Right as Ichabod was about to get sliced, the spell stopped time and took Abbie through a timeline whirlwind back to the present. Katrina was super pissed about this outcome, clearly not comfortable being defeated. She expressed her anger by trying to strangle Abbie, but Ichabod interrupted by stabbing and killing her.

The moment was deep. You know it took everything out of Ichabod to kill the only woman he’s ever loved. After 200 years they tried to make it work. Ichabod is the person who thinks there’s always another way.., but this time, there wasn’t. This time, Katrina had gone to far. There was no going back. And because they took the one thing she cared about from her–her son– she wouldn’t stop until she had them both killed. Their mission was to eliminate the world of evil… Katrina was now evil. As she died in Ichabod’s arms, I was disappointed to see she didn’t even realize the error of her ways in her final moments. Instead of calling out for Ichabod or apologizing, she reached for Henry’s hand, proving that Ichabod made the right decision after all. Adios Katrina. You won’t be missed.

There was no major cliffhanger, which means the episode was written to serve as a series finale just in case the show gets the axe… no pun intended. We were told that this wasn’t the end, there was still much left to the mission– the most crucial battle lies ahead– but will we ever find out what that is? The writers did a good job of tying loose ends…  and if this is where we finish the journey, I can say it was a good one.  Moloch is dead, Henry is dead, Katrina is dead, headless has some kind of soul, Irving is no longer evil and Abbie and Ichabod have fulfilled their duty, restoring peace to the town of Sleepy Hollow and their loved ones. Plus, they have each other and in the end, isn’t that what it’s all about? If the show can continue on this track, I’m hoping for a season 3 pick up… but based on last nights ratings, the chances are very, very slim.

Other Memorable Moments

  • It was fun seeing Abbie– a strong, vibrant and independent woman– in this time period. We learn a lot from history books, but I don’t think we ever realize what living in the 1700’s must have been like. Despite being educated and a “witness” she was treated like a slave and belittled because she is a woman… wearing trousers. Definitely a reality check for Abbie, who has enjoyed seeing Ichabod wether the storms of the modern world. Its good to see that even though she’s thrown into the past, she has enough skills to survive.
  • Franklin calling Abbie the American dream.
  • Flying carriages… yes, sort of Ichabod.
  • “Thats going to be a Starbucks.” Because our world is obsessed with coffee-to-go.

 

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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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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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