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Sleepy Hollow- This is War (2×01)

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Sleepy Hollow FINALLY returned last night from it’s never-ending hiatus.. I mean, that’s what it felt like right? We picked up right where we left off months ago, only, we were under an illusion for the first 5-minutes or so, that we had jumped a year ahead. Oh, purgatory! You had me fooled. And it was quickly known, that the war on the town and it’s inhabitants was just beginning. 

Abby and Ichabod are reunited in happier times– it’s his 251 birthday! Hoorah! Obviously, we don’t expect Ichabod to enjoy silly things such as birthday’s, but it’s nice to know that there’s still someone who remembers, and that not everything has to revolve around the Horseman of Death. Well… sort of. Abbey gets a call that an officer is in distress, and we’re thrown right into the action at the historical society, where we find a headless officer and Ichabod takes right to arming himself with a bow.  They fight of the horseman– unfortunately, leaving him alive since Abbey insists he’s still crucial to the war. Ichabod uses his superior intelligence to find what the horseman killed for; a drawing of a key. What’s the significance of this specific key?

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Well… it’s the key Benjamin Franklin used to discover electricity. Although, Ichabod was there during that experiment as his apprentice, and he assures us, that’s not what was happening. History has totally lied to us. Instead, Benjamin Franklin was trying to destroy the key, made out of un-destroyable matter. Even the heat from the lightning bolt, wasn’t able to put a scratch on it. The key is key (no pun intended) to Moloch’s plan and as the saviors Ichabod and Abbey have to do everything to stop him. Especially considering Katerina and Jenny died fighting phase one. Their death’s cannot have been in vain. 

In order to figure out the importance of the key, they enlist Henry Parish’s help. He was captured by Ichabod and Abbey… although how, I’m not sure because last we saw, he had put Ichabod in a box and buried him. Great son. Henry touches the painting of the key, but alas, does not see anything of “sin or importance” in it. Funny, because if it’s so important, I’m sure he saw something. He asks to see Abbey’s palm, but she doesn’t give it to him thankfully. As the two “discuss something privately” about how Abbey remembers Jenny had similar drawings. Ichabod has yet another attack, which kind of resembles a panic attack and explains that he cannot remember anything from the night they captured Henry. Neither can Abbey. The walls start shaking and Henry breaks free from his chains and our heroes realize their in the altered state of purgatory.

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And we pick up at a place that makes much more sense! Abbey is still stuck in purgatory. Ichabod is buried alive under ground. Jenny Mills is alive, bruised slightly, and in the arms of Henry. Katerina is also alive, kidnapped by her ex-lover and the Horseman of Death, Abraham. Not predicaments I’d like to be stuck in. Things start moving fast as our heroes always find a way out. Ichabod learns the ins-and-outs of technology the hard way; no service underground and a full memory when he tries to record Abbey a video. His battery though, definitely a keeper. There’s always a plus to a “un-smart” phone. He uses his keen sense of smell and knowledge and realizes that he’s buried under sulfur. Taking a risk, he lights a piece of cloth and blows his way out of the underground coffin. Ichabod 1 point- Henry 0.

Knowing the key’s significance, Henry now needs to figure out where the key is hidden. He digs deep in Jenny’s brain to find her sins and sees the picture, although it has words written in code. Yep, good luck deciphering that old man! He leaves Jenny behind with a guard, but when her phone rings and she sees Ichabod calling, she uses her kick-ass ninja talents to break free. She texts Ichabod that she’s off of exit 9 on the highway and surprise, Ichabod is right there as well. Either Sleepy Hollow is a small town, or the horsemen just don’t like to travel far distances. Either way, Jenny seems to be handling herself fine, when Ichabod quite literally swoops in through the building to save her. Only problem– he’s not accustomed to the whole driving thing, so reversing is a bit complicated. The two escape and are on the mission to find that damn key, before Henry get’s his hands on it. Basically, the key would release anyone from purgatory, overriding the rule that someone needs to take that person’s place. In short, Moloch, the guardian of purgatory, has to follow the same rules as his captives, and using that key, he would be able to get out and reign hell on earth. 

Jenny shows Ichabod the paper, and thankfully, Ichabod knows the “code” alphabet used to write down the key’s location. Franklin made him learn the special alphabet that he used, which obviously, never got picked up in the real world. Ichabod explains that the writing says Franklin left the key with the only person he trusted in Sleepy Hollow– himself. Jenny wonder’s how that’s possible considering Franklin isn’t buried in S.H. The two visit the next best thing– his statue. That’s when Ichabod remembers that what Franklin said, “the key to success is under the alarm clock.” Obviously, it’s hidden in the clock tower.

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Abbey gets some much needed help from Andy in purgatory. He would be killed instantly if Moloch knew he was helping her, but he insists on showing her where she can connect with the real world considering aiding Abbey reminds him he still has some humanity and free-will left. This is a very powerful statement coming from someone who has sided with evil.. regardless of his reasons. No one ever wants to be on evil’s side… evil forces them. Abbey learns that Moloch want’s to escape and unleash an army of demons from purgatory on earth. He clearly must be stopped. She sneaks into his lair and contacts Ichabod. This reunion is genuine, real and heartwarming. These two have this unbreakable friendship, that doesn’t focus on “love” as it’s main attraction. Abbey informs Ichy that he shouldn’t come get her. The only reason they used them in the first place was to find out where the key was, knowing fully well that Ichabod would come for her and they could strike. Ichabod tells her he’s not going to leave her behind as the prophecy states there is two heroes who defeat evil together.

As promised, Ichabod enters purgatory to free Abbey, whose looking for a talisman Katerina gave her to keep her safe from Moloch. Ichabod finds her and tries to give her some water as a refreshment. Just as she’s about to drink, the real Ichabod comes running through and stops Abbey. Seriously, it’s so twisted, reality and hallucination. How do you know what’s real. Abbey tries to fight off fake Ichabod, and runs towards to exit with “real” Ichabod, whose holding the key. He says “let’s get out of her lieutenant,” instead of “left-tenant” and Abbey know’s he’s a fake. She doesn’t think twice before chopping off his head, just as the real Ichabod comes running through. The two open purgatory and run through, watching the doors close before Moloch, and the key disintegrate. Crisis averted. They helped screw up Moloch’s plan successfully, although no one should be too excited.. he’s definitely got more up his sleeve.

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As Ichabod and Abbey catch up, Moloch calls upon Henry, who bows down in shame that he’s failed his master. Well, his Master goes to plan B and gives Henry his very own knight, which he can control with his soul. Yeah, not fair. Abbey and Ichabod may have tons of knowledge, especially Ichabod who has been preparing for this fight for hundreds of years, unknowingly. But it’s not fair when your opponent has legit violent monsters at it’s disposal.

Also important to note, Katerina is stuck with Abraham, who thinks he can convince her that she’s still in love with him and that they can be together. He gives her a pendant– the same one he gave her many years back when they were dating, which allows her to see him with a head. I think this has an adverse affect on her. He wants her to remember him as he was, but all she sees is the monster he’s become. Her heart belongs to Ichabod, but Abraham isn’t having any of that nonsense telling her, “the sooner you accept your faith, the sooner your life begins anew.” This guy clearly underestimates Ichabod’s power. He just got his wife back, he is not giving up on her! 

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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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