Sleepy Hollow 2.11 Review: Fathers and Sons

by Mel BiJeaux / December 2, 2014

The fall finale of Sleepy Hollow delivered some triumphs and some disappointments. While the episode kept the tension up throughout the hour, unfortunately a few of the “shocker” moments were completely foreshadowed. And we were forced to say goodbye to one member of Team Witness. With this show being all about the supernatural, I’m hoping that goodbye is only temporary.

We pretty much pick up where the last episode left off, with Abbie and Crane trying to make their way back to town with the Sword of Methuselah. And of course it wouldn’t be an episode without one moment of levity with Crane vs the Twenty-first Century. Someone needs to get that man a motorcycle. Crane squealing about wanting a bike as soon as the apocalypse was over was probably the highlight of the episode.

Unfortunately we were forced to deal with  Crane marital problems for a good while, once Ichabod realized that his beloved wife had developed a bit of a crush on the resident Headless Horseman. And for good reason. I’ve been saying for a while that Abraham had become my new hero and that his redemption was closer than Henry’s. The flip side of that awesome is having to deal with Ichabod’s jealousy and dawning realization that he and his wife have grown too far apart during this ordeal.

It ends in not so much a break up as an agreement that they can’t really be man and wife in this war, but comrades in arms. I can heard fandom screaming “finally” after that, because it has taken Ichabod far too long to come out of denial about Katrina. If she needs someone who will unquestioningly adore her, she’s better off with Abraham anyway.

And of course the ubber-weapon has a caveat – you can’t use it to kill without the sword claiming your soul in the process. Solution – get someone who’s soul is already claimed.

I’ve been ambivalent to Irving most of this season mainly because his storyline was secondary until now. But he turns out to be the big damn hero of the episode, slinging that sword in a way that would make Conan proud. The foreshadowing comes in here, as fandom had been taking bets on which main character bit the dust in this episode, once Irving took that sword, his number was up.

In a scene of pretty excellent sword play and CGI, Irving takes out the Avatar of War – Henry’s armor – but dies in the process. Irving was a favorite of many fans, it remains to be seen how his death will affect the already struggling ratings.

Hawley makes a short appearance to give them some supernatural weapons but doesn’t contribute beyond that.

The bone of contention between the Witnesses – Henry’s loyalties – was getting thoroughly tiresome by this episode’s climax. Crane and Katrina’s parental instincts making them pause while the Mills girls want to take out as many of Moloch’s minions as they can. The fact that Moloch forces Henry’s hand in the end was interesting, if not expected.

Another major fail was Moloch’s army – which was supposed to be turned loose on the world after the burning of the third tree. The show could have spent a little more time CGIing a grand army of zombies waiting in the wings behind a few zombie-fied extras. But Moloch’s so-called army consisted of only THREE zombies that provide a little distraction for our heroes but nothing more.

Moloch himself has lost a lot of his creep factor and now looks more like the Wendigo from Hannibal than anything else. He was scarier as a glitchy, indistinct hulk that appeared just at the edge of one’s eyesight.

The episode ends on a cliffhanger as Henry finally realizes that of the two fathers in his life, Moloch is the worst, and he dispatches Moloch with the sword. Whether or not that means Henry is fully redeemed remains to be seen. It also begs the question – will Moloch be back? Will another Big Bad take his place? Where are  the other horsemen and where Lucifer in all of this?

The second season has struggled to keep the balance the first season excelled at, and even though this episode was action packed, it lacked in shock factor. Too much time has been spent on the Crane marriage, and I for one was getting tired of Abbie having to remind Ichabod of his Witness duties to the world, and not his crumbling marriage. Abraham’s character development actually turned out to be more interesting than any new character introduced (sorry Hawley), and Moloch may have outlived his usefulness as a threat.

Can we bring back John Cho?

Sleepy Hollow returns in January on Fox

 

 

   
Mel is a writer, blogger and TV fanatic whose work and celebrity interviews have been seen on Popstar.com and 50Undercover.com. She fears no fandom or social media platform and you can follow her on Twitter @Melapaloosa.