Sleepy Hollow 1.02 Review – Which Witch?by Mel BiJeaux / September 24, 2013
Only two episodes in and a lot has happened on Sleepy Hollow. We are ripped in and out of the past much like our hero Ichabod, beset by flashbacks and ominous onliners, and yet this show continues to be enormously entertaining! While a few plot points lack some of the horror “oomph” – I don’t know about you guys but I just wasn’t that terrified of four white trees – others jump right out and shock you with all the scary genre feel.
We’ve been introduced to our leading hero and heroine: Ichabod Crane, scholarly professor turned freedom fighter who understands modern economic inflation but light switches elude him; and Abbie Mills, up-and-coming deputy with a checkered past and a no-BS attitude. We know the score: fight the harbingers of Hell to ward off the coming apocalypse. Sounds pretty straight forward, right?
As Ichabod would say, upcoming episodes will “continue to bear gifts” in the form of new monsters to thwart.
“Blood Moon” leads in with the Ichabod getting a preview of things to come – namely, the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War, Conquest, Famine, and our dearly beheaded friend, Death. Katrina is also in this dream and it seems like this will be the extent of Katrina’s role for a while, the harbinger. She warns Ichabod that not only will he have to worry about the Horseman but that there will be a host of unholy beasties laying the way for the other horsemen to arrive on earth.
One of the things I already love about Sleepy Hollow is the characterizations. Tom Mison’s Ichabod Crane is equally believable as a “man out of time” as he is an erudite action hero. I would like to take a moment to point out all the sticky notes Abbie left all over Ichabod’s hotel room, telling him how to work the modern conveniences. It’s always fun seeing a character out of his time-frame dealing with the modern world. And seeing Mison blow drying his clothes shirtless isn’t bad either.
Abbie is caught between a rock and a hard place. Everything she knows is telling her Ichabod is right and that he needs her help to stop the End from coming. But she’s also a cop and a realist, and I adore the way Nicole Behari shows Abbie’s internal and external struggles, while forming a new bond with Ichabod. With the threat of believing Ichabod and losing her job, or not believing him and dooming the fate of the world, lets just say this girl has her work cut out for her.
There is also a surprisingly funny moment in this episode. Remember semi-satanic Andy? Well he resurrects and has a little body horror moment when he sees his head is doing a wonderful impression of a Pez dispenser. He’s also the perfect reluctant underling when Boss Beast gives him the job of resurrecting the spirit of a long dead Dark Witch, who will subsequently go around town french frying the descendants of her accusers and regaining strength. Maybe Andy didn’t like the health benefits when he signed on to this job.
Abbie and Ichabod are also struggling to get to know each other while fighting the dark forces, a fact which they trip over in an admittedly adorable way when Abbie asks some pointed questions about Ichabod and Katrina’s marriage of mysteries. Ichabod turns the tables on her when we meet Abbie’s ex-boyfriend Luke – a combative, posturing military type who takes an instant disliking to Ichabod (the feeling is mutual). Needless to say, neither of them is willing to open up about their hearts yet.
Unsurprisingly, the Crispy Witch does, in fact, gather the ashes of her foe’s descendants, enlists a complaining Andy ( he is definitely rethinking his life choices) to dig up her bones and then fully resurrects. She also tells us that the White Witch who took her power was none other than Katrina. Ichabod’s wife had guts!
They do managed to burn Crispy Witch again, for good this time, after Ichabod finds an old stash of General Washington’s crew’s black powder and other various goodies hidden under the police storage unit. I really think that grotto with the old police files is going to be Ichabod’s new batcave.
Throughout this freak show, Abbie hasn’t had a moment to deal with the fact that she lost a father figure in Corbin, or her anger that he didn’t tell her about the Hellmouth she was living in. She does, however, get a moment with vision-Corbin, who gives her the “only you know if you’re strong enough for this crap’ speech and points her back to, surprise surprise, her estranged sister.
Abbie’s sister Jenny is doing an impression of The Terminator’s Sarah Connor in a mental institution, and also gaining the attention of Boss Beast. Plan on her being an integral part Ichabod and Abbie’s war on Hell.
This show is already delivering the in the complex story arcs and the wonderful chemistry between the two partnered characters, and this episode gave us a whole new box of questions to think about.
What did you think about “Blood Moon”? Did Boss Beast’s voice seem less scary to you? Is captain Irving a little shady or is it just me? And who thinks the shower scared Ichabod more than the Horseman?
Next week, Sleepy Hollow returns on September 30 at 9/8c with the Sandman, and he is no dreamboat!