‘Sleepy Hollow’ Premiere Recap: This Is War
The second season premiere of Sleepy Hollow delivered on the stunning finale from last season. It was extremely fast-paced. Our main players (Abbie, Ichabod, Jenny, and Katrina) were all in different locations, each facing their own insurmoutable odds, and by the time it was all over, only one hadn’t overcome their obstacles. But with foes like these, three out of four ain’t bad.
That Moloch is a tricky bastard. The lengths he goes to in this episode show how dedicated he is to his cause and how disturbing he can be. First, the episode begins a year later with Crane’s wife and Abbie’s sister seemingly lost. Ichabod and Abbie were still fighting the good fight, but they seemed to be on the losing end. They investigated murders and found a connection to Benjamin Franklin only to get attacked by the Headless Horseman. Eventually the master plot was revealed: use a key Benjamin Franklin had to fling open the gates of Purgatory and let evil run free on Earth.
But the whole setup was a trick. In fact, no time had passed. Abbie was still in Purgatory, and Crane was still bound and buried alive. Only now, Crane’s son learned that Abbie’s sister Jenny knows where the key is. Like I said, Moloch goes through a whole lot of effort to get what he wants.
It’s understandable though because as clueless as Abbie’s band of fighters can sometimes be, they are a formidable force. The potent team up of Crane and Jenny was the biggest surprise of the episode. Their detective skills were impressive, and nothing would have been possible without their unique combination of experiences and knowledge of the dark side. Officer Andy Brooks (played by John Cho i.e. the hardest working man in television) gave Abbie a major assist in Purgatory. Crane was in fine form, utilizing sulfur in the dirt to make an explosive escape from his grave. And Abbie, though not displaying any special talents here, gets credit for sheer determination in the face of evil personified. All the cogs were doing their duty except poor Katrina who was just tied to a chair while the Headless Horseman interrogated her. Her witch powers must have been rusty.
That was where Sleepy Hollow‘s creep factor slipped in. Everyone watching felt their skin crawl when the Horseman changed his clothes and placed a pendant on Katrina’s neck so that his head would materialize. For whatever reason he was still sprung on her and wanted to win her heart. Not quite sure why he thought getting dressed up for her would make a difference, but homeboy clearly has no limits to his desperation. Horseman … she’s just not that into you.
Still, the real magic of this series is when Abbie and Crane get together. And once they finally (really) reunited in Purgatory, you knew it was on. The ever tenacious Moloch impersonated Crane, and Abbie was left to decide which Crane is the real Crane. But once one of them called her lieutenant, she knew what was up and swiftly sliced his head off. Somebody has been practicing their blade skills. And they seal their reunion with a fist bump. Suck on that demons.
As usual, things ended on a split happy/ominous ending. Crane managed to open up the portal back to the real world, and it closed just before the evil army can come through. The key disintegrated, Abbie and Jenny hugged, and the apocalypse was averted for the day. Still, Katrina remained a captive of the Headless Horseman, and Moloch ain’t about to give up. He moved right on to the next plan, giving his Horseman of War a new shiny proxy fighting machine to work with. And he comes replete with a sword of fire.
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This show is always a wild ride, and the mystical nature of it all is bound to hold surprises. And there is no other show on television that teams an American from the Revolutionary War with a black female lieutenant to fight an impending apocalypse. He doesn’t understand modern slang or technology, and she is struggling to come to grips with evil spirits, demons, her prophesied role in the fight. They are a perfect match.
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