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Sleepy Hollow- The Midnight Ride (1×08)

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Ichabod was spotted learning to use devices of the new age, the computer and the voicemail. Also, he found himself battling internet porn, astounded by the fact that in this generation people pay for water, something that should be free, and appalled by the things children are taught about history, specifically about Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride. Also, they never yelled ‘The British are coming’, they yelled ‘The Regulars Are Coming’. Despite the comedic angle, this really should make us quite embarrassed as a society.

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But back to more pressing issues, Ichabod’s bloodline is no longer linked to the horseman’s which mean’s he’s pretty much up for grabs. Previously, the horseman didn’t dare kill Ichabod because he’d obviously kill himself in the process. Now, that is pretty much what he wants to do so Abbie is taking extra precautions when it comes to her partner in crime,

Ichabod heads to his mason brothers to find out some information about the horseman only to find them all slaughtered, heads chopped off and all. Clearly this is the horseman’s doing and probably an attempt to find Ichabod there. But Ichabod notice’s that he was also there for one more thing… the skull.  The horseman needs to the skull in order to summon the other three horseman and begin the End of Time. He assumed the skull would be there because the mason’s were keepers to everything ‘good’. Yet, he was mistaken as the skull is actually in a laboratory. I figured that maybe Abbie and Ichabod would want to handle this on their own and leave the righteous captain Irving with his peace thinking that everything was ok, but instead Abbie figured it was best that Irving bring them the skull and see for himself that the headless horseman was not a figment of her imagination. Can’t blame the guy for finding it hard to believe… Thankfully, his quick wit got him out of the laboratory with the skull in hand without getting even a scrape of bullet from the horsemans AK-47.  Also, how did the horseman get an AK-47, learn to use it, or even see where he’s suppose to point. It’s all wild.

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With the skull in Bonnie and Clyde’s possession, it was time to destroy the thing once and for all. But how do you destroy an object that is indestructible? Clearly after Ichabod’s billion attempts you figure out you don’t. On their way to find the ultimate destroying device, Ichabod notices four lanterns hanging. To the average joe, there is nothing odd about four lanterns, but to Ichabod, that was a message developed by Paul Revere. One meant the enemy is coming into town by foot, two by sea. But four lanterns? That was a warning, and they weren’t exactly lanterns, but rather the heads of the Masons with candles inside. The warning was basically the horseman expressing his anger that since the two were tampering with his skull, he would tamper with everyone elses. On a happier note, he would probably be really good at pumpkin carving and home decor… The precision.

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Things can get really complicated on this show, really fast so its imperative that everyone keeps up. The skulls were lined with silver, something Paul Revere used to do to illuminate the lanterns. This means that the horseman of death was present during the Midnight Ride, he was there! Whoever was after the crown, wasn’t a cold blooded murderer, it was death itself. He was after the manuscript that Revere was protecting, which most likely revealed something personal about him. That’s what the mason’s were hiding and that’s what he was after as well.

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We soon learn, through Andy’s warning and Ichabod’s talent at decoding passwords and numbers and whatever it is they taught him back in the day, that after the horseman is unlinked from Ichabod, he cannot be killed but rather trapped. Andy appears to Abbie and tries to tell her he’s here to protect her by spilling the secret that the horseman can only be trapped. I’m not really sure what to think of this as Andy’s clearly a pawn for the demon’s. Is he playing for two teams? Right before his visit with Abbie he summoned Morales and basically told him to stay away from Abbie, that the end was coming and he had to make sure he picked the right side. He made it seem like according to him, death was the right side, so why is he now helping Abbie? Whatever Andy told Morales also messed with his head because he went from being jealous over ‘the Brit’ and trying to get back in Abbie’s life even as a friend, to someone who was sweating up a storm, unable to concentrate at work and couldn’t even face speaking to Abbie. Something tells me his character will become major in the battle with the demons and Abbie will try desperately to save him from the demons.

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So trapping a demon. Easy right? Wrong! Sunlight is the death’s only weakness. Obviously the horseman know’s this so he doesn’t come out until night falls. The only way to weaken him would be to turn the moon into the sun and that requires a witch. Too bad Katarina is dead. Cue in the really awesome technological advances of the 21st century. We now have UV light, which is like fake sunlight commonly used for fake baking in tanning salons. So the plan thus forward is lure the horseman into the tunnels and destroy him! But that doesn’t mean the two can’t have some fun right? Recruiting Irving, they make fake skulls which are all illuminated like the real one, than lead the horseman in a game of ‘find your head!’. He finally follows Abbie, who fakes an ankle sprain and right as he’s about to bring down his ax on her, Irving turns on the light and Ichabod is able to chain the horseman, whose fallen to his knee’s, burning in the sun. See, I knew there was a reason I was always afraid of the dark. Things tend to go bump in the night.

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But this is only just the beginning of the battle. Were a good halfway into the season and we’ve been able to get a feel for the show. The two hero’s trying to save the world from evil, while its tied into the democracy and the skewed history of our great country. But what’s the horseman’s story? Does death have a story to tell? The interrogation begins next week!

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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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