Sleepy Hollow, which aired Oct. 8, 2013 on Fox, begs the very serious question: When will, if ever,
Ichabod Crane leave behind his period clothes and embrace the 21st century? Well at least some of it.
This is a serious question, because as hot as the man is, his clothing can only take so much hand washing blow and drying by hair dryer. However, his pony tail is more than welcome to stay.
But at the same time, his period clothing clearly marks him as different which is a good thing, because he has an old fashioned outlook on life that gives his speeches on lost love to an OnStar rep deep meaning.
In the beginning of this episode, when we are again awash with another flashback, we see Crane in the 1773 at the Boston Harbor with his patriots looking for something important in a warehouse (or was it a ship?) but they are thwarted by a Hessian who decides to blow them all up. Crane gets out of course. This flashback will come back through the course of the episode, which quickly establishes that whatever has happened in the past is affecting the future.
Right where the episode ended last week with Abbie’s sister escaping, we are thrown back into the chaos, with Jenny driving a stolen van. Jenny has someplace to be, an old friend at a bar that had been holding something for her. Unfortunately for the bartender, his association with Jenny gets him killed as a group of Germans (Hessians) torture the poor man for Jenny’s whereabouts. He also loses his head.
Abbie and Crane go after Jenny, only after Irving gives her 12 hours to find her. They go through Jenny’s records, and Crane, the one from the past finds a pattern in where she has been, starting to put a picture together that Jenny is not the crazy person they believe she is. Crane even helps Abbie work out that they should go Jenny’s old foster home, where they find out that she may be in a cabin in the woods.
Finding the cabin, both Crane and Abbie are shocked that not only is it Corbin’s home, but that he and Jenny knew each other. Jenny comes out with a gun and Abbie pulls hers out and they are at a standoff, until Crane chastises them both. What the audience learns is that Jenny has been working with Corbin, because he believed her about the demon, and he also has something that of course Crane knows what it is.
What they uncover is a Sexton, a piece of naval history. This is where that flashback in the beginning of the episode makes sense. In fact Crane knows that the Sexton is not a normal one, and finds that it holds a map of the Boston Harbor during his time.
Unfortunately for them, the Hessians have found them. After a shootout, they take the Sexton, but one Hessian is captured. Before he kills himself, he lets them know that the demon the sisters saw is coming and he is called Morloch.
Crane with his photographic memory recreates the map and they find where the other Hessians have gone. Apparently the hot item everybody was looking for ever since 1773 is a book that can basically summon 72 demons. The Hessians read from the book, after activating it with blood, and open a portal where a liquid fire filled with screaming demons is trying to come through.
Abbie and crew get there in time before the evil can be fully unleashed, and end up killing the rest of the Hessians. Abbie throws the book in the demon fire which stops those demons from coming to Earth.
Jenny is back in custody, and Abbie decides to let the animosity they’ve felt for years go, even going so far as to take conservatorship of her as a way to make amends, even though Jenny finds it hard to forgive her sister.
Another solid show, that is a perfect blending of history and fantasy. But what this examiner wants to know, well besides Crane losing his period clothes, is will Jenny be a permanent fixture? Also can she forgive Abbie? It seems that there is a lot there that may never be breached, however it helps that Abbie is ready to try. Then there is the issue that both Jenny and Abbie may actually turn out evil, because before the Hessian dude died, he told them that the demon they saw as girls is now in them. Or maybe they are the actual witnesses that are mentioned in the Book of Revelations? And last but not least, will there actually be the big bads that are allowed to fulfill their evil destiny? Or will Abbie and crew continue to defeat them?
Glad this got a second season, because there is obviously a lot of story to tell. What do you think of the show so far? Love it or hate it?
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