‘Sleepy Hollow’ Stares Death in the Face

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 19th, 2013 at 10:56 am,

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[This is a review for Sleepy Hollow season 1, episode 7. It contains SPOILERS.]


Sleepy Hollow rewrites the history books once again, as we learn how Paul Revere’s famous ‘Midnight Ride’ involved more than merely warning people that “the regulars are coming.” As with most history lessons in this series, the headless horseman’s presence is keenly felt.

Even with all of the intense drama littered throughout Sleepy Hollow this week, the writers keep producing brilliant comedic moments. Whether it’s Ichabod’s frustration with the price of bottled water, or his fascination with Abbie’s supplies from the supermarket, Tom Mison (Ichabod) continues to prove he can do both drama and comedy superbly. His discovery of Internet-porn was another instance of well-scripted comedy.

The supporting cast was finally given a moment to shine, as Officer Morales and Captain Frank Irving played key roles in ‘The Midnight Run.’ With Morales, it’s still unclear as to exactly what happened with his relationship with Abbie, but from their brief encounter, it appears to have ended badly. Morales is now left with a difficult choice after encountering Andy Brooks (John Cho). Will he side with the horseman to help bring about the apocalypse, or help Abbie and Ichabod as they fight to stop it?

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As our heroes attempt to get destroy the hessian’s head, Orlando Jones (Captain Irving) gets to show why he’s the man in charge. Watching the horseman use an automatic rifle still takes some time getting used to; however, Sleepy Hollow is not known for its subtlety, so it works nicely as Irving realizes that this supernatural element is real. It’s been said by some, that this show is “crazy-stupid-fun,” and how can one argue with that? At first glance, the show could have turned into a monster of the week spectacle, but it never did. Instead, creators Orci and Kurtzman (Star Trek) have given us something truly unique that holds our attention with each new episode.

The major action set-piece from this week’s episode involved Ichabod and Abbie’s daring plan to trap the horseman. Apparently, there is no way (at least that they know of) to kill Death, but a large amount of UV-rays can trap him. It was a nice surprise to see John Cho make an appearance, but what’s his endgame? He’s still involved with Moloch and the horseman, but it seems like he wanted to help Abbie at the same time? Perhaps the forces of darkness need her for some horrific purpose?

With the horseman trapped in a sea of light, Abbie and Ichabod can interrogate him. The question now is how does one speak to a man with no head? According to Abbie, her sister Jenny will be getting out of the mental institution soon. Her presence will be a welcomed addition to the team, as the attack on the Free Mason house has lessened their allies. What will the horseman have to say next week? Continue watching to find out.


SEE ALSO: Upcoming Sleepy Hollow Monsters & Story Hints



Sleepy Hollow continues with ‘Into Darkness’ next Monday @9pm on Fox. Watch a preview below.

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  1. Umm. It is just tv. I saw it yesterday. Not bad but hate the series. I have to wait next Monday, next Monday, then next Monday. Oh boy. Anyway, it is not TV.. Not important news.

    • You’re right. It’s just TV.


      This site exists to discuss movies AND TV…and especially speculative fiction (which includes Science fiction, fantasy, AND horror). Plus, a great many of the people who visit the site love the show. If you don’t, WHY ARE YOU ON THIS THREAD? That’s trollish behavior in its purist form.


    • ….wtf are you on about?

  2. This show just gets better and better. It is pure, unadulterated fun! And Tom Mison is a true darkhorse in acting.

    • Ageed. Love the show. I wouldn’t be surprise to see Tom Mison is a future comic book movie. He plays his part incredibly well.

  3. I really liked the horsemens return and the chief finally getting involved.

    Dont really get why chos character tried to help them though, as well as trying to convert the other officer.

    Also cant wait for next weeks when we learn about the horsemens origin, and hopefully expanding upon the demons as well.

  4. Tom Mison is an incredible actor. As good as actors of the calibre of Cumberbatch. The film industry should snap him up.

  5. Mison would have made a great Reed Richards in the new 20th Century Fox Fantastic Four reboot but it looks like they’ve picked the jon snow actor from game of thrones. Thats awful casting.

  6. An awesome episode. Loved seeing Cho back. Also I’m glad the Captain is finally in the game, for real now. I’m interested to see where this goes now that the Horseman is captured.

    Also, trying to figure out what may be the storyline for Season Two. Love this show!

  7. Best episode yet. Excited to learn some Horseman back story!

  8. Really enjoying this show. It’s a bit different than the standard fare we see on evening TV most of the time. The fellow playing Crane is pretty entertaining and I think they picked the right fellow for the part.

  9. Now that we’ve gotten the true stories of both the Tea Party and Paul Revere’s ride, I’m wondering when the disclosure about Benedict Arnold will come to the survive?

    For one, I can’t believe that the hero of the Battle of Saratoga was a despised traitor. I think like Cho, he was possessed by the horseman and thus, was framed for betraying Washington when in reality, he was the hapless pawn to the demons.