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Sleepy Hollow- The Weeping Lady (2×05)

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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned… and risen from the dead.

A woman from Ichabod’s past made an appearance this week as the weeping lady. She was resurrected by Henry Parish, in hopes of destroying Katrina and Ichabod’s union. Things didn’t go as planned though because Moloch was disappointed in Henry, who took things a bit too far. Moloch doesn’t want Katrina dead, just on their side. Henry however, knew what he was doing… at least I think. He knew Ichabod would come and save his wife, and that the revelation of who the weeping willow really was, would cause him to lose faith in her. Without Ichabod’s faith, it’s only a matter of time before Katrina is taken over to the dark side and becomes part of Moloch’s team. She’s already kind of warming up to Abraham and it isn’t because she wants answers. There’s a part of her that wants to stay there with him and Ichabod is beginning to realize it.

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The weeping willow was once a woman named Mary, who was promised to Ichabod back when he still lived in London. When he came to America, he broke off their engagement and thought that they had parted ways. She showed up years later, hoping to finally get her man. Except, her man wasn’t in love with her. He didn’t want to go back to England and marry her. Marry realized that Ichabod only loved her like a sister because he was really in love with Katrina. She wrote Ichabod a letter saying that she returned to England, but that’s not what really happened.

Her spirit stayed in Sleepy Hollow and when risen, began hunting all of the woman Ichabod got close to. Her first victim was a woman named Grace, who professed her love to Ichabod this week, only to find out he was married. She was found dead shortly after he visited her house and apologized to her, drowned in a lake. Abbie and Ichabod tracked down some high schoolers, who told them that they saw a weeping lady at the lake last night. While their searching for answers at the library, Abbie is drawn in by a watery effect at the end of the room. She pulls out her gun to shoot this dark, grudge-looking creature, but is pulled into the water. She fights with the scorned woman, eventually getting pulled out of the dark puddle by Ichabod. Yes, a dark puddle which randomly formed in the library. No, no one even realized it was there. Holly is coincidentally also in the area and saves Abbie’s life with some mouth-to-mouth, which apparently wasn’t around during Ichabod’s time. Or, he was just to chicken to actually put his mouth on Abbie, which is kind of odd. I don’t believe Ichabod, the man who knows everything, didn’t know how to save a drowning woman’s life. But anyways.

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The next victim was obviously Katrina. She wrote Crane a letter which was delivered by crow. When he was pulling Abbie out of the water, he dropped the letter inside. When the duo reached the horseman’s crib, the puddle was already formed, but Katrina was nowhere to be found. They were too late. Abbie realized that when she was pulled under, she was in the lake, so maybe if they got to the lake in time, they could save her. Katrina wasn’t going down a fight. She somehow managed to free herself from Mary’s grip and ran out of the water into the forest, where Ichabbie found her. Mary was risen through dark magic. Only dark magic would be able to stop her and put her soul to rest. She would need another which to serve as an anchor, but with witches clearly lacking in every supernatural town ever created, a witness would do. Ichabod went to stall the weeping lady, while Abbie and Katrina stayed behind to complete the spell. 

Ichabod’s weapon on crazy Mary didn’t work. Thanks for nothing Holly. She reached Katrina just as the spell activated. As she lay dying in Ichabod’s arms, he asked her what kept her in Sleepy Hollow. With her last breath she pointed at Katrina. The revelation confused Ichabod and forced Katrina to finally come clean. After Mary came into town and was “dumped” by Ichabod, she wrote to Katrina asking to meet her. When the two met, Mary went on a jealousy-filled rant about how Katrina changed Ichabod and stolen him from her. As she lunged at Katrina, she fell off a cliff to her death. Katrina never told her husband because she didn’t want him to get side-tracked from his mission as a witness. If he had known about Mary’s death he would have felt at fault, and would have returned to England to take Mary’s body to her parents. Katrina thought she was sparing Crane, but all he realized was that as his wife, she was never truthful with him. She lied about being a spy for Washington, a witch and even about their baby. Each time, he finds out new lies and half-truths that she’s told and he realizes he’s unable to trust her. Katrina rides off with Abraham, while Abbie and Ichabod sit back and watch. It must be such a shitty feeling knowing you risk your life to protect your wife, only to see her ride off with another man out of her own free will.

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The realization hit Ichabod hard and he vowed to always put his relationship with Abbie before anything else. They were in this together; two witnesses who needed to rely on each other. To trust each other. Part of me thinks that Abbie knows Katrina cannot be trusted. Another part of me thinks that eventually, Katrina will fall for Abraham or be forced to fall for him. It will break Ichabod, but make him stronger. And his relationship with Abbie will be taken to a whole other level. Anyone else think their kind of destined to be together? 

Other Thoughts

  • What is Moloch’s greater plan? Why does he need Katrina on his side? 
  • The fact that Ichabod called emoticons “grimacing lemon caricatures” literally made my day. He knows how to sum it all up.
  • Holly and Jennie sitting in a tree! K-I-S-S-I-N-G! This is an interesting and unexpected twist. 
  • It’s been awhile since we saw Jennie. Has she just been plotting to ambush Holly with her mouth? What’s she been up to these last couple of episodes? Trying to find out how to ruin Ramirez?
  • How is Irving hanging in? Is he plotting his way out of the psych hospital? Trying to break his deal with the devil?

 

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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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