Sleepy Hollow Continues To Prove Why It’s One Of Our Faves
The Show: Sleepy Hollow
The Network: FOX
The Genre: Supernatural/police drama
The Challenge: Give a show four episodes with which to draw you in, impress you, challenge you, make you feel something deeply. Four episodes for the chance to find out if you care what happens to the characters you’re watching enough to become invested in the story. If after all that, it does none of those things for you? Then no biggie. You gave it a good shot and you can move on. But if you love it, you’ll be glad you stuck around.
The Premise: Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and sort-of-time-travelling Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) have teamed up as Witnesses destined to battle the forces of the Apocalypse for seven years. Also not dead is Ichabod’s witch of a wife, Katrina, who escaped Purgatory at the end of season one in exchange for Abbie taking her place there. Upon coming back to the real world, Ichabod and Katrina were reunited with their thought-to-be-dead son Jeremy, now going by the name Henry Parrish (John Noble), who was resurrected by Moloch to be one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, War. Ichabod was dropped down into the coffin that Henry had spent centuries in, while Katrina (Katia Winter) was handed off to the Headless Horseman of the Apocalypse, Death. Abbie’s sister Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) had crashed on her way to tell Abbie and Ichabod the truth she had discovered about Henry’s identity, and Captain Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) was behind bars for killing two men, something actually done by his daughter Macey (Amandla Stenberg).
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#1: Welcome To Sleepy Hollow Again!
Season 2 has brought a new group of characters into the mix and the quality of these characters is mostly good. Leena Reyes (Sakina Jeffrey) is Irving’s replacement. It was an interesting revelation that she had worked Abbie and Jenny’s case when they were younger, and it nicely introduced what will undoubtedly be a deeper exploration into the happenings from the Mills sisters’ youth and adolescence. When the cursed Revolutionary coin was in play during episode three and Abbie had to talk an effected Jenny down from killing Reyes, the speech Abbie gave was the strongest emotional content to date between the Mills sisters. Reyes seems like a strong-willed character but we have a feeling she won’t be making it out of this season alive. Newcomer Nick Hawley (Matt Barr) is an arms and artifacts dealer who shows up now and again to provide or make off with various supernatural artifacts. We don’t care as much for him, as he’s reading too much like an outlet for the male fantasy and gaze.
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#2: Meet Mr. and Mrs. Evil
But there’s one blonde we’re happy to see back and that’s Neil Jackson as Katrina’s ex-fiancé Abraham AKA Headless when he still had a head. Through the help of an enchanted necklace, Katrina now sees and communicates with Headless as Abraham and we love this because Neil Jackson gives so much more dimension to the character and Neil and Katia’s chemistry is on point. We sense some possible re-kindling of romance happening and it is most welcome. Bring on the Horseman of Death and his Evil Bride. (At least then, Katrina could possibly be a semi-interesting character for once).
#3: It’s Good To Be Bad When You’re John Noble
We love Henry and we love John Noble. He is such a brilliant performer and Henry is so well-written the we’re thrilled (but perhaps also terrified) whenever he’s on screen. Henry’s been up to all kinds of trouble so far this season! He posed as Irving’s lawyer and got Irving to sign over his soul in his own blood, unleashed that cursed Revolutionary coin into Sleepy Hollow, set fire to the bed on which Katrina gave birth to him, and also bought up the broken Pied Piper’s flute from Hawley (who didn’t know to whom he was selling it to) after which he ground it up into powder and tasted it. This is one bad fellow but we get such a thrill from watching him unleash all this chaos.
#4: Ichabod And Abbie; Need We Say More?
These two might just be the death of us. All the feels Ichabod and Abbie unleashed on us throughout last season and with that “remember our bond” in the season finale has been cranked up to the next level. When Ichabod is able to briefly connect to Abbie in Purgatory, the way he holds on to her tight like she’s the most precious thing in this dark world had us all kinds of emotional and ready to sing sweet, soulful love songs. Seeing the closeness of these two further developed in season two and the way they work so well together in fighting the forces of evil is an absolute gift to watch, as Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie continue to work so beautifully together.
All in all, it’s another strong season for Sleepy Hollow. Katrina’s still a weak character but that’s no different from last season, though the newer characters haven’t taken away too much screen time from our favorite characters, the one main problem we have with the writing this season is the lack of Frank Irving. There simply isn’t enough of him but hopefully Ichabod and Abbie will get him out soon enough and he’ll be back at their sides, with Jenny of course (Mr. and Mrs. BAMF all the way!), to help fight the oncoming Apocalypse.