Sleepy Hollow – Season 1, Episode 7: “The Midnight Ride”

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Sleepy Hollow: The Midnight Ride

Andy’s back!  I wondered what happened to him.  It wasn’t obvious the last time we saw him, but he can blink in and out of existence at will, it seems.  I want to know how he got mixed up with The Horseman to start with?  He doesn’t seem like a bad guy.  He seems to be trying to help Abbie, but to what end?  Is he trying to save his soul or is there another reason?  Maybe it was fear that made him turn to the dark side.  I can see the beginnings of that with Luke.

If The Horseman and Ichabod are no longer connected, why didn’t he kill Ichabod in the Freemason house?  It was the perfect opportunity and it’s not like Abbie or Ichabod can kill him.

Was James Frain one of the Freemasons that The Horseman killed?  It was hard to tell from the heads.  Did he kill four random Freemasons we hadn’t met yet?  What was the ring that Ichabod took off one of the bodies?  He never mentions it to Abbie and we never see him with it again. Does it have some significance or did it just remind Ichabod about the manuscript?

How did The Horseman find Captain Irving?  For that matter, how did he know Irving had his head? He doesn’t seem to know where it’s at any other time.  Finally, Captain Irving has seen The Horseman with his own eyes.  At least he doesn’t think they are crazy now.  Even though I remain suspicious, it seems that he’s a good guy.

What happens if there is a power outage before they get The Horseman into the magical cell?  How are they going to keep the UV light on him until they get him to the cell?  I guess they just have to keep him trapped until daylight, then they can move him.

Favorite Lines:

  • “See, we, too, were British at the time so that would have been most unhelpful.” — Ichabod
  • “I’m the only one amongst you who doesn’t require medication.” — Ichabod

Photo Credit:  Fox and Get Glue

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Sleepy Hollow – Season 1, Episode 6: “The Sin Eater”

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Sleepy Hollow: The Sin Eater

James Frain is so good at playing bad guys, I have a hard time believing he’s playing a good guy this time.  If the Freemasons are going to be involved from now on, I guess we will find out.  I find a few things about how they handled the situation suspicious.  Why hadn’t they contacted Ichabod before now?  If they hadn’t waited until the last possible minute to talk to him, they wouldn’t have had to resort to kidnapping and they may have been able to come up with a solution other than poison.  Katrina didn’t trust them, she hid his body from them.  In their defense, they didn’t keep Abbie out even though they knew she was going to try and stop Ichabod from drinking the poison.

It was nice to see the deepening bong between Abbie and Ichabod.  Despite her skepticism, Abbie really seems to value Ichabod’s friendship.  His presence also seems to be helping repair the relationship with her sister.  But, they had time to take in a baseball game and still haven’t hit the mall for new clothes and a haircut?

I don’t understand how Ichabod’s guilt over Arthur Bernard’s death was a sin?  People feel guilty about lots of things they do, that doesn’t make them a sin.

Is the Sin Eater linked to The Horseman now?  He said he could feel that The Horseman had woken up.  If he took Ichabod’s sin into himself, wouldn’t The Horseman be able to use him?  How has that improved the situation?  Now, Ichabod doesn’t have to die but The Horseman still has a link to this world.  The bond may even be stronger because of all the other sins that Henry has eaten.

I think The Horseman is Ichabod’s commanding officer.  I know The Horseman could be anyone wearing a British uniform but why the mask if not to hide his identity?  Because Ichabod would have recognized him.  And, in the battle where Ichabod beheaded him, The Horseman seemed to be headed straight for him.

Favorite Lines:

  • “I thought only horses slept standing up!” — Ichabod
  • “My ears shall remain eternally open to your admonition.” — Ichabod

Photo Credit:  Fox and Get Glue

Sleepy Hollow – Season 1, Episode 5: “John Doe”

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Sleepy Hollow: John Doe

I’m loving the mini history lessons the viewer gets each episode.  I always liked history but I was more into the Civil War.  My Revolutionary War history is a bit fuzzy.  😀

I really don’t like Abbie’s ex.  Why does the cute guy have to be a douche?  Considering I don’t really trust anybody since Andy was a bad guy, I’m not sure if it’s jealousy or if he’s working with Moloch.  Either way, he’s trying to separate Abbie and Ichabod.  Boo!  Also, who set up the fake records for Ichabod at Oxford?

Why weren’t the Roanoke citizens the least bit bothered by the two strangers that came to visit?  Not only did Abbie not speak their language, she was dressed in clothes that would have been completely foreign to them.  Not to mention the gun and cell phone they may have glimpsed.

I love Tom Mison’s eyebrows.

So what actually happened to the Roanoke colonists? The mayor or whoever he was indicated that the ghost of Virginia Dare led the colonists to the island to save them from the disease and that kept The Horseman of Pestilence from crossing over.  It wasn’t clear to me if they had actually lived on that island at some point or if it was just some sort of portal or time slip that allowed Ichabod and Abbie to see them.

Still can’t figure Captain Irving out.  He went from “This is bullshit!” to “Go ahead and steal that ambulance.” in about 10 seconds.  Speaking of the ambulance, I think I noticed a goof in the editing.  At the beginning when they were wheeling Thomas into the hospital, there were TWO isolation tents being wheeled in.  At that time, Thomas would have been the only patient.

Why wasn’t Abbie carrying Thomas through the woods?  Ichabod was about to pass out and she’s over there with a tiny little first aid bag.

Finally, they addressed his clothes.  Maybe next time they’ll actually get around to buying him some new ones.

Favorite Lines:

  • “What is this impenetrable barrier around this instrument? ” — Ichabod
  • “You and I have very different definitions of old.” — Ichabod
  • “You look good for 200.” — Abbie
  • “You know, for a detective, you really don’t have a clue.” — Abbie

Photo Credit:  Fox and Get Glue

Sleepy Hollow – Season 1, Episode 4: “The Lesser Key of Solomon”

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Sleepy Hollow: The Lesser Key of Solomon

Idea for new show:  Ichabod Crane – Dr. Love  At first I thought he was talking to himself, then thought maybe he’d called in to a radio show.  That whole scene was too cute.  But, why was the assistance called NorthStar?  I’m sure there is a placement deal for the vehicles they drive and they couldn’t get permission to use the name OnStar?

So, Corbin didn’t tell Abbie about his relationship with Jenny.  I understand that because Abbie wasn’t ready to face what the girls saw in the woods.  Seems he kept a lot of secrets from her. 

I find it amusing that Jenny had trouble believing Ichabod.  She’s the one who’s always believed what they saw and she had trouble accepting a time-traveler?

I knew the guy they captured would end up killing himself.  I’m just surprised it took him so long and he gave up so much information first.  The demon’s name is Moloch.  There was also demon named Moloch on Buffy.  Hundreds of years ago, he was trapped in a book.  When that book was scanned into an archive, Moloch was released into cyberspace.  I mention this because the Hessian music teacher said that Moloch was in charge but someone called him on the phone to tell him to go after Jenny.  The voice on the phone was computerized.  I’m sure it was to disguise it from the audience (possibly a character we know), but it was just a neat coincidence.

What made Abbie so sure that throwing the book into the vortex, would close it?  It could just have easily strengthened it and made it open faster.  What did they do with the bodies of the other Hessians?  Abbie threw one into the vortex but what about the others?  Did they just leave them or did Abbie actually report everything that happened to the authorities like she wanted to? 

Oh, and I liked when Ichabod stepped in front of Abbie at Jenny’s foster home.  He’s come to know her so well already.  He knew that look on her face meant she was getting ready to kick that bitch’s ass.

 

Favorite Lines:

  • “Imagine the deliquency we could perpetrate if we really put our minds to it.” — Ichabod
  • “They left without a farewell.  How impolite.” — Ichabod

 

Photo Credit:  Fox and Get Glue

Sleepy Hollow – Season 1, Episode 3: “For the Triumph of Evil”

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Sleepy Hollow: For the Triumph of Evil

Weird transition in the opening scenes.  I thought they were heading into the credits but they faked me out and went to another scene.

I watch TV with the captions turned on.  My husband hates it but sometimes the air conditioner (or other people in the house) are too loud and I don’t want to blast the volume.  Anyway, after Captain Irving mentioned The Twilight Zone, Ichabod asked Abbie “What is a twilight zone?” and she just said nothing.  Why wouldn’t they leave that in?  There are going to be all sorts of pop culture references that Ichabod won’t get and I know they can’t address them all but that seems like a good spot to mention it.

Is there something special about the people that can see the demon?  Not everyone can, I guess, since the only person from the search party that saw it was Mr. Gillespie.  The Sandman was going after people that had the opportunity to help Jenny and failed.  Why?  Is there something in particular about her or did he just randomly pick her situation?  And, is the Sandman dead because Abbie defeated him in the dreamworld or does that just mean he won’t come after her anymore?

Um, Abbie?  What police officer just opens the door and walks into a hostage situation?

Ichabod has a lot of faith in things he doesn’t understand.  He drank that tea so he could go with Abbie but there was no guarantee that they would end up in the same place, especially since he hadn’t been having dreams about the Sandman.

What are the chances that the Native American they went to talk to also knew about the legends and stuff?  I know several Native Americans.  Only one of them cares about and is involved with the heritage and rituals of his tribe.  I live in a part of the country where there are a lot of Native Americans though, so it wouldn’t be hard for me to find a knowledgeable person.  Abbie said there were not a lot left around there.  Either she knew Seamus had the information they needed or he was the only Native American she knew.

Where did Andy go?  Last episode, he was following Abbie through the tunnel and then he was just gone.

Favorite Lines:

  • “Not if they wish to remain my friends.” — Ichabod
  • “Scorpions.  They’re, um…ouch.” — Seamus

Photo Credit:  Fox and Get Glue

Sleepy Hollow – Season 1, Episode 2: “Blood Moon”

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Sleepy Hollow: Blood Moon

When are they going to get Ichabod some new clothes?  The ones he’s wearing are over 200 years old and I can’t imagine they smell too good since he was dead and buried all that time.

Andy’s head on backwards was gross.  Closed captioning said the creature was speaking Greek and then it was brought up later in the episode.  Will Greek mythology play a part in the mystery/mysteries?  John Cho is listed as a guest star and IMDB doesn’t show him in any other episodes (not that they’re always correct).  I hope to see more of him because I’m really curious about Andy.  How did he get involved with the bad guys because he seems almost decent.  He tried to save Abbie and kept apologizing to the people that Serilda was going to kill.  He also seemed reluctant to help but, now that he’s dead, I guess he has no choice.

Yay, Clancy Brown was back!  Seems like August may be Abbie’s guide like Katrina is Ichabod’s.  Abbie has a bit of a shell around her and August breaks that down so I hope to see him back again.  I’m liking Ichabod and Abbie’s developing friendship though.  Abbie can be a bit of a Scully but Ichabod is totally a Mulder so he’s keeping her from dismissing what she’s seen.  And, from all the sticky notes in the hotel room, it seems that Abbie is trying to help Ichabod adapt to present times.

I was a bit torn about how quickly they were able to deal with Serilda.  On the one hand, it would have been bad if she was able to regain her body.  She could have wreaked a lot of havoc on Sleepy Hollow.  But, and maybe this is Buffy spoiling me a bit, I feel like they need a central bad guy (or Big Bad) to go up against.  One with a face.  There has to be someone/something setting everything into motion.  I don’t think the creature is in charge, I think he works for someone else.  I’m sure the story is leading up to a reveal.

A few questions:  Why didn’t anybody notice that a police car was missing?  Why didn’t anyone hear Ichabod breaking down the wall and come to investigate?  The nurse giving meds to Abbie’s sister didn’t check under her tongue?  That’s always the first place I’d look.

Oh, I was pretty disappointed that the show had standard opening credits this week and no Rolling Stones.  😦  Also, the production values in TV shows are just getting better and better.  When Ichabod was running through the forest in his dream, I thought “This could be a movie, it looks so good.”

Favorite Lines:

  • “No, what’s insane is a 10% levy on baked goods.” — Ichabod
  • “I will literally pay you to stop talking.” — Abbie

 

Photo Credit:  Fox and Get Glue

Sleepy Hollow – Season 1, Episode 1: “Pilot”

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Random thought from opening fight scene:  *Creepy mask guy is creepy.*  I also thought of the Monty Python sketch where the two knights are fighting in the forest.  “No, it’s only a scratch.” “Only a scratch?!  You’re headless!”

The scene where Ichabod nearly gets run over reminds me a bit of Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp.  There is a really similar scene in it.

Opening credits song:  Sympathy for the Devil by The Rolling Stones – Excellent Song Choice

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So excited to see Clancy Brown!  The next scene, I tweeted this “Be careful” is usually a bad sign for the person who says it. Hope I’m wrong.”  I’ll be damned if I wasn’t.  Abbie finding the tapes Corbin (is that right?) made gives me hope he’ll be back in flashbacks.  I’ve loved Clancy Brown since he was The Kurgan in the original Highlander movie.

I knew there was something up with the priest as soon as I saw him.  After finding out that the Sheriff was on to the supernatural happenings in Sleepy Hollow, the looks the priest was giving him have a bit more context.  Hopefully, we’ll find out more about that.

I love that Ichabod is being played as a bit of a smartass and isn’t completely bumfuzzled by the present time.  I have to question how smart he is though when he’s locked in a jail cell and starts talking about killing someone.  From the Revolutionary War or not, you’ve got to know that admitting to beheading someone is not a good move.

I don’t understand how their police department works.  Where I’m from, the Sheriff’s department and the police department are not the same.  Sheriff is the county law enforcement, police is city.  They help each other out, but the leadership and officers are completely separate entities.  So, if Abbie’s partner was the Sheriff, why does it seem like Orlando Jones is her boss?

Speaking of which, I don’t trust Orlando Jones’ character (didn’t catch his name).  He has suspicious crazy eyes.  He’s either a bad guy, clueless or like Renard on Grimm.  Knows the score, not a bad guy or good guy, just out for himself.

The Horseman adapted to modern weapons pretty quickly.

I really liked this show.  Keeping my fingers crossed that Fox actually gives it a chance.  Looks like it’s going to be a wild ride.

Favorite Lines:

  • “First I shot him. Beheading him seemed like the next logical step.” — Ichabod
  • “You think he can hear us?”  “How the hell should I know?” — Random Police Officers

Photo Credit:  FOX