‘Sleepy Hollow’ Forces Abbie to Face The Sandman

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The Headless Horseman continues to remain in the shadows during this week’s episode of Sleepy Hollow, as Abbie must learn to confront her darkest fears. A new demon has come to town; one that preys on dreams, specifically those fears from our past that we are ashamed of. If not confronted, the afflicted will eventually commit suicide. ‘For the Triumph of Evil’ is definitely a character building episode for Abbie, but it doesn’t feel like it takes away from the over-all plot.

In network series that last 22 hours, there are bound to be instances where episodes seem unimportant, or forced in order to meet the minimum criteria. This could have easily been one of those instances were it not for the excellent character development of Abbie. After Ichabod and Abbie visit Jenny Mills (Lyndie Greenwood), we learn of a dark secret. The young Lieutenant admits that she lied about witnessing the demon’s presence with her sister all those years ago. Her cowardly actions resulted in Jenny being locked up in a mental institution, and more importantly, a broken relationship between sisters.

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Ichabod tells Abbie that “Fear is pain,” and that it is her fear of past events that is causing her all of this agony. Before Dr. Vega (Mary Craft) fell to her death, she said, “We’ve all got it coming,” referring to the Mohawk dream demon, Rokaronti. The flashbacks to Ichabod’s life during the Revolutionary War continue this week, as he tells of his relationship with the Mohawk tribe, and the fairytales they shared with him. In order to battle Rokaronti, one must enter into the dream world to be tested. This part of the episode felt like Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster film Inception, only with a supernatural twist.

The dreamscape was wonderfully imagined, and the creature design for Rokaronti was chilling. Also, witnessing the demon bleed sand from its eyes was truly haunting. Abbie needed to admit her sins in order to defeat the monster, and she did so with another solid performance from Nicole Beharie. She and Tom Mison’s (Ichabod) chemistry continues to radiate with each passing week. Even though the series is in its infancy, the strength of this week’s episode should give comfort to those worried about the series’ depth of story. Sleep Hollow remains one of the best new series of the fall, without any signs of slowing down.

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‘For the Triumph of Evil’ leaves us with several questions. Chief among those is where has The Horseman been? In the premiere, Sheriff Corbin (Clancy Brown) said that strange occurrences have been happening in other parts of the country. Has our headless villain been traveling, or lurking somewhere in Sleepy Hollow all along? Hopefully, we’ll see him soon, for what is the legend of Sleepy Hollow without its main antagonist?

The other important question is what role will Jenny Mills play in the upcoming episodes? After Ichabod questioned her, it seemed as though she had a fire lit under her eyes, almost as if the new knowledge gave her purpose. Will Abbie discover her sisters’ whereabouts after her escape? Keep watching to find out.


Sleepy Hollow continues with ‘Obscura’ next Monday @9pm on Fox

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  1. This is my facorite new show and by a long shot.
    Tom Mison, whom I was unfamiliar with, is quite
    the charismatic Ichabod with a real star turn.

    • Agreed, an awesome TV show and Tom Mison is definitely the best part of it for me.

      As for this episode, I thought it was a bit creepy and solid. Don’t think it’s as good as the previous 2 but the show is still going strong.

      • Yes, the show was somewhat of a plateau
        but it did offer excellent character development
        as David pointed out adding to the show’s foundation.

  2. I liked the episode, and will be watching this series for sure. One thing im wondering – is Crane going to wear the same outfit the entire series…

    • Well, I don’t think we’ll see Ichabod sporting Under Armour 😀
      He is the man of of time, after all, and needs to look that way.

      At the moment he has the clothes he arrived in but insisting
      on wearing what he is familiar with can be understandable
      and there are ways to increase his wardrobe accordingly.
      So I think he’ll stay appropriately dressed as who he is.

    • If he doesn’t change his clothes, plus it’s what he wore in his own time, he might be known henceforth as “Icky-Bod Crane”!

      (Old Spice ain’t gonna cure this!!)

  3. There are glimpses of the X-Files, which I was a big fan of. Something about this show, It’s not AMC, FX, HBO quality but I love this show!

    • It is unique, is it not MovieB.
      It has it’s own special magic.

      • It seems to be holding it’s ratings, so we can hope for the best.

        • I wasn’t sure people would find this show and they apparently have.
          I love the original Sleepy Hollow legend and was necessarily curious.

  4. Another enjoyable and creepy episode, i love the adventure feel with a hint of creepiness/scariness. The “monster of the week” format might get old, but right now i am interested in seeing what other creatures they come up with. Though i agree, i am starting to miss the headless horseman. but im sure we’ll see him before he becomes to missed.

    • I agree. I LOVED the Headless Horseman in the pilot episode, and now he’s merely gotten a few mentions in the past two episodes. I know he’ll be making appearances again, it is “Sleepy Hollow” for pete’s sake. I’m just worried, as you are, that the new “supernatural” obstacle that arises week after week will become draining to tune in for. However, I would easily watch this show every instance it first airs if it was Ichabod and Abbie vs. the Headless Horseman. But, I know it would be nearly impossible to craft an entire series around such a specific premise..

      Oh well, loving the show regardless.

  5. This episode was far more interesting than the second, which made me think the production has gotten over the post-pilot slump so many series go through. I especially liked the array of characters in this episode and the chemistry Ichobod shared with ‘Miss Jenny’. I think she’ll emerge as a force to be reckoned with, though a tragic one at that. The John Cho arc was played out after the pilot, so I was glad he wasn’t featured in this episode and that we instead got to take a long look at the Sandman. Looking forward to number four, but I wouldn’t have minded a bit if the Sandman carried over as a recurring villain.

    Also, I still can’t help but see similarities between Nicole Beharie and Kerry Washington–which is a good thing, in my book! Mison seemed a bit rigid this episode.

    • Yes, Jason, excellent assessment.
      I think we’re good to go on this one.

      And you’re right about the chemistry
      between Ichabod and “Miss Jenny”.

      Jenny: What’s your name? Tall, dark and British?
      Ichabod: My name is Ichabod Crane.
      Jenny: Huh. What do your friends call you? Ichy?
      Ichabod: Not if they wish to remain my friends.

  6. Pilot for this one was good. I will keep watching this.

  7. I like this show but hers my issue. He would like. stink like all get out.,those old clothes would reek of mi;dew. also after awhile they would get very uncomfortable. i see no reason to keep him in those old clothes. it would be neat t osee him find his personal choice.

  8. This show is shaping up nicely and I’ll definitely keep watching it. Hopefully it will make it to at least another season (it’s Fox after all…).

    I really like that they don’t overdo Ichabod’s clash with modern times, because as long as there is certain level of intelligence and there is no lifelong indoctrination people are pretty quick about adjusting to new situations, regardless of how strange they may seem at first. With Ichabod they throw a little thing in here and there (like fumbling with the remote in the latest episode) but they don’t have him stare wide-eyed at everything that he didn’t know from his time, which is great.

    Good show!

  9. Liked this episode more than the second. This show has surprised me. After the first two episodes, I’d written it off as a monster-of-the-week, but I think it’s somehow more than that. I enjoy the chemistry between the two main characters. I also find the fish out of water moments with Crane.

    I think I like SH better than The Blacklist right now… but I think I enjoy AoS the most because of the Marvel movie-verse ties and the fact that the tone is starting to feel a little more like Firefly (which is a good thing, compared to the tone of the pilot).

    • Also, Abbie is super hot! 😉

  10. I am really liking the show. It has that creepy aspect to the show which is nice and the storytelling seems to be getting stronger every episode. I am also liking the time spot as well.

  11. Aaaand renewed for a 2nd season already! Excellent!

  12. Jenny and Ichabod are a smart match. The way he looks at Jenny.