Sleepy Hollow 2.04 Review: Play Me a Tuneby Mel BiJeaux / October 14, 2014
As much as I adore Sleepy Hollow, and as creeptastic as the Pied Piper was, I have to say that was a pretty ho-hum episode. It was not without it’s good points, Ichabod learning to drive being the best, but on the whole, this was a bit too procedural to stand up to the freak-factor that has been an undercurrent of dealing with the Horseman of War and Headless this season so far.
One of the fan favorite bits of this show is always Ichabod vs the Twentieth Century and apparently, with Jenny’s help, he’s been learning to drive. Although it looked like Ichabod’s driving method was inspired by Gone in 60 Seconds or perhaps the Dukes of Hazzard. And who doesn’t love a smug Ichabod bating Abbie to “catch him if she can” for his speed racer impression.
The creeper in this episode centers around yet another Revolutionary War era family, the Lancasters. Lancaster in Ichabod’s time was no one to be proud of, a Johnny come lately to the side of the colonies against the British, but whose family has held a dark curse for 200 some-odd years. Lancaster set a super assassin with a magical flute on the British soldiers and then betrayed said assassin, giving rise to the Pied Piper.
The Piper is reminiscent of the Sand Man from Season 1, except his revenge is localized tot he living Lancaster heirs, luring away a daughter and making flutes from her bones. Abbie and Ichabod of course want to help since the Lancaster matriarch was Abbie and Jenny’s case worker when they were kids.
The rest of the episode, as I said, is pretty formulaic and thus, not as engaging as episodes so far this season. The Piper is suitably scary in his own right, wielding a bo staph that doubles as a sonic weapon against the good guys and living in a cave strewn with carcasses. Ichabod is able to hold his own in a sword fight with the guy, but as always, it’s team work that wins the day and really, we expect nothing less.
Irving has some interesting moments in this, however, as he discovers just exactly whom he’s been dealing with as his lawyer. And we find out that in signing that contract in blood, he’s signed away his soul. Which is… problematic.
Henry Parish steals a few scenes, including being the benefactor who’d hired Nick Hawley to get the bone flute, obviously for some sort of spell. And Hawley is both annoying and entertaining in this episode. He drives Ichabod up the wall, and he’s pretty much living up to his privateer code of only being in it for himself. But you can bet once he sees exactly what kind of freak show he’s gotten into, he’ll be on Team Witness.
But so far, his character is far from endearing.
Other than Irving’s little contract negotiation with Henry, and Henry gaining the bone flute for his ingredients, this episode didn’t reveal much in the way of the Apocalypse. I actually miss Headless. It is to be expected that the lesser-baddies that come into Team Witness’ way through out this season will have some small part to play in Henry and Moloch’s plans, and while they can be scary, I’d much rather watch the main story arc episodes. This was a not a bad episode but it wasn’t particularly titillating and with a short season, Sleepy Hollow can’t afford to have too many of these middling episodes.
The next episode looks particularly sppoktacular, but then every day is Halloween in this town!
Sleepy Hollow returns Monday October 20th at 9/8c on Fox