Twist of Fate.
Review: Sleepy Hollow – “The Indispensable Man” and “Bad Blood”
Season 1, Season finale (part 1 and 2)
Air Date: Monday, January 20, 8/7c on Fox.
“…and when the time comes, good will always rise like Lazarus from his grave.” — George Washington
Sleepy Hollow ends its first season with a jaw dropping cliffhanger I did not see coming. The twists and turns in this two-part season finale will have you scratching your head, trying to piece together clues from previous episodes. While there are a few elements that stand out a bit oddly for me, overall, I enjoyed the final two episodes.
“The Indispensable Man” continues the storyline of the message Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) found in George Washington’s (Louis Herthum) Bible. My theory about Washington’s burial being similar to Ichabod’s wasn’t too far off; however, Washington had a much nicer crypt – less jellied goo surrounding him. There are more messages hidden with the Bible, and while Washington may not have been as well preserved, his messages lead Ichabod to his final resting place. With the help of Henry Parish (John Noble), Abbie and Ichabod find a map that will lead them to crossing into another realm. The addition of Noble to the cast has been amazing. The acting by all is stellar in each parts of the finale, but Noble brings a level of distinguished realism that makes you believe everything Henry says.
Andy (John Cho) looks like he’s decomposing but that doesn’t stop him from professing his undying love for Abbie. Whether his love for Abbie is true or a play at manipulation, the transformation Andy goes through in “The Indispensable Man” is quite…startling, to say the least. Does Abbie’s unspoken rejection send him over the edge? Is his wounded pride the cause of his declaration of devotion to Moloch (Derek Mears)? Is Andy’s soul lost forever?
As we jump into “Bad Blood,” the repetitiveness of Moloch’s warning about Ichabod delivering Abbie’s soul isn’t just for the sake of hearing Moloch’s creepy voice. My suspicions about how this might happen came to fruition—someone has to stay behind. Ichabod desperately wants to retrieve his beloved wife Katrina (Katia Winter) from purgatory but when it all boils down, no one can leave purgatory unless someone takes their place. Since Katrina is a witch and can stop the second horseman from coming, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out who’s staying behind. But things are not as they appear and we get a bit more history into Abbie and Jenny’s (Lyndie Greenwood) initial encounter with Moloch all those years ago.
Jenny and Abbie have a brief moment of sisterly love before they both embark on separate tasks to stop Moloch. I’ve enjoyed watching these two grow closer and I like that the writers haven’t pushed them into immediate hair braiding, gossiping sisters. Their estrangement was polluted with doubt, mistrust, and fear. It’s only natural that they take time to get to know each other again.
Overall, Sleepy Hollow has been a giant puzzle. There have been numerous flashbacks involving the late Sheriff August Corbin (Clancy Brown) and his involvement with both Abbie and Jenny and their encounter with Moloch. Both the sisters use Corbin’s journals, tape recordings, and whatnot to figure out how to solve the current conundrum they’re in so it seems natural to continue looking to the past to find answers for today. With so many references to step into the modern world as Abbie teaches Ichabod about fist-bumps, cell phones, and dry cleaning, I find it strange how Ichabod stumbles upon a Revolutionary War reenactment. The writers push you to want to stay in the present, yet it seems answers are always hidden in the past. Clever.
• Ichabod texting Abbie: “More telescope conception. Store cellophane recession. POOR. TELEPHONE. RECEPTION.”
• Ichabod mentioning the stitch work on Rev. Knapp’s (Patrick Gorman) neck and that his friend would appreciate it – Betsy Ross.
• There is a reason Rev. Knapp’s prayer beads affect Henry Parish as they do.
• How are the scary creatures that attack Ichabod, Abbie, and Henry in the cemetery able to be killed with mortal weapons? I find that a bit strange. Are their bullets laced with salt and holy water?
• Captain Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) must answer for the murders at the safe house but will his explanation suffice? Will his surrender be enough to save his daughter Macey (Amandla Stenberg)? I fear she is still in danger from Moloch and the forces of evil.
• Ichabod’s convenient “half-truth” to Abbie regarding the map angered me. Yes, he shed tears as he retraces the map from his photographic memory, but his seemingly noble deed of burning the original map is now moot.
• Who else finds it odd that the Headless Horseman (Richard Cetrone) doesn’t confirm whether Jenny is actually dead? Isn’t that his thing – cutting off heads? Does he leave her intact because Moloch wants her whole?
• I don’t expect any wardrobe changes in season two. I’m ok with his period clothing…maybe he can compromise with a t-shirt, just no more skinny jeans, please.
The cliffhanger at the end leaves me in awe, yet also in a perplexing state of wonder. As Henry recites the numerous times he’s dropped clues as to his true identity, I never would have guessed who he really is. He’s more than just a Sin Eater, that’s for sure. This revelation leads perfectly into the new season. While both “The Indispensable Man” and “Bad Blood” give us some answers to a few questions, it opens a whole new can of worms sure to be wriggling away when season two airs.
Tell me what you thought of the season finale and shocking revelations. Leave me a comment below and/or tweet me @judybopp.
Sleepy Hollow has already been renewed for season two…can’t wait!
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