‘Sleepy Hollow’ Reveals the Witch and Her Curse

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Sleepy Hollow began with an excellent premiere, by displaying a brilliant balance of comedy, drama, and fantasy. ‘Blood Moon’ proves that this series is not a one-hit-wonder, as Abbie and Ichabod discover more secrets buried beneath the town.

Last week we learned that Ichabod and Abbie are connected, and could quite possibly be the two witnesses that are spoken of in the Book of Revelation. While Abbie wrestles with the idea of believing in the supernatural, Ichabod is confronted by his beloved wife, Katrina. The dream sequence is beautifully shot as Ichabod is being chased through the forest by the four horsemen of the apocalypse. While watching this show, it’s difficult not to compare the story to CW’s hit series Supernatural, where Sam and Dean Winchester battle similar opponents (except their horsemen were not headless).

Katrina reveals to Ichabod that the first of many evil spirits is about to rise from the dead. Could this be a sign that Sleepy Hollow will adopt the “monster of the week” formula for the rest of the season? Iconic series like The X-FilesBuffy the Vampire Slayer, and Supernatural have also implemented this form of storytelling, and it can be effective as long as the main plot doesn’t get tossed aside until the final episodes. If ‘Blood Moon’ is any indication, the writers seem to be taking the overall story seriously.

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Tom Mison continues to shine as the wayward history professor Ichabod Crane. Just watching him learn to make coffee and turn on the shower could have filled the entire episode. His expression while watching ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ said it all; Mr. Crane is definitely not in the 18th century anymore, but around Abbie he appears calm. Mison and Nicole Beharie’s (Abbie) on-screen chemistry is strengthened in ‘Blood Moon,’ and will be one of the reasons for audiences to continue watching week after week.

The high priestess Serilda (Monique Ganderton) was a formidable figure for Abbie and Ichabod, and learning more about past events from the Revolutionary War was a welcomed addition to this week’s episode. Even with the witch terrorizing the town, the character’s inhabiting Sleepy Hollow continue to be the show’s biggest strength. The return of John Cho (Andy Dunn) and Clancy Brown (Sheriff August Corbin) was needed, due to their brief appearances in the premiere. Corbin will most likely be a kind of Obi-Wan-Kenobi for Abbie as she uncovers the mysteries surrounding the headless horseman. From a creative standpoint, it was a nice touch to have ‘Blood Moon’ begin with a vision and then end with one as well. Since Ichabod and Abbie are connected, it makes sense for them to both have these visions. How will their dreams/visions play-out as the season progresses? Abbie’s appear to grounded in reality, as she sees a kindly father figure in Corbin, while Ichabod’s are much more fantastical.

‘Blood Moon’ ends with Sheriff Corbin instructing Abbie to not be afraid of #49. Abbie’s sister is still locked away in a psychiatric facility for seeing strange visions that we as the audience know to be true.  What role will she play in the coming weeks? Only time will tell.

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Sleepy Hollow continues with ‘For the Triumph of Evil’ next Monday @9pm on Fox.

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  1. Tom Mison reminds me of a young Peter O’Toole.
    Which is just about the highest praise there is.
    This show is a standout and he is the reason.

    • He reminds me of a British Noah Wyle. :)

      The second episode didn’t hold my attention as well as the pilot, sad to say. Sleepy Hollow is a favorite story of mine but the Apocalypse angle was a bit of an eye-roller. With the Horseman not appearing in the first half of the episode, it makes me think we’re getting something in the vein of what ‘Smallville’ was to the Superman legacy.

      • I see what you mean there, Jason.
        He does look like Noah Wyle a bit.
        The diction & manner = O’Toole.

        And the second was a little less
        than the first but I am hoping for
        good things down the road for this.

        You’re right too, the Apocalypse
        theme is maybe a tad too grand.

        • I’ll have to rewatch Becket to refresh my memory of a younger Mr. O’Toole. I’m also keeping high hopes for the series. Not all great series hit the ground running.

          • Oh man, Becket. I’ll have to fire up that feast myself.
            Burton and O’Toole going to town full-tilt. A classic.

            • Yes indeed, Becket. Now that was a pretty good performance by all, I must say.

              • Agreed. Hopefully a movie that doesn’t get slated for a rebooted 3D remake w/an alternate twist. :)

          • Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?
            Are all around me cowards like myself?
            Are there no men left in England?

  2. another good episode. glad to see more mythology. I hope we see more of the headless horseman, but not so much that he gets overused, but im sure they will strike a nice balance.

    one question i have is, ok, the security footage shows john cho run into the mirror and thats how they think he broke his neck, ok i can buy that. BUT DID YOU SEE HIS NECK!? that was messed up, to messed up for just a guy running into a mirror.

    other then that the second episode was not a let down and i will continue to watch.

    • He got caught necking.

  3. Well I still have mixed feelings about this series. It has good moments but is not coninvinving enough neither in script or atmosphere.
    and production wise (trolling to follow):
    seriously, the devil like creature in the morgue speaks to Andy in greek but they sound totally giberish!wrong pronunciation of almost every word.
    anyway in case you wonder what the creature says:
    1)Your death was only the beginning
    2)Your soul belongs to me
    3)Release them

    • ^ I like this guy… teach me Greek… please.

      • It’s all Greek to me….

        • I just looked down at the comment below. Some guy beat me to the comment by three hours. He must have been psychic and stole my line when he read the future. He needs to change his SR name to Nostradamus, Nostradammit!

    • It’s all Greek to me.

  4. So far so good. I enjoyed the series pilot and the second episode was fairly solid. The John Cho character’s reappearance was pretty cool. I think he will probably play a big role in the show as time goes on as the “helper” of the Dark Coven

  5. The scene with John Cho’s resurrection sealed it for me. It was like a supernatural Fringe (not surprising, looking at the people involved) and I’m loving every second :)

    • I love both of those shows so for me I am more than willing to take the ride with this show. And yes- that John Cho scene was CRAZY!

  6. So far its pretty good hope John cho character lasts awhile

  7. My only problem is how easily Crane acclimated to the 21st century. One moment he’s all confused about what’s going on (understandably), the next moment he’s fitting in perfectly. I realize it would hold up a lot of the story development if they spent a significant amount of time getting him acclimated, but I feel like it could have been handled better.

  8. The pilot episode was pretty decent, so I will be watching the series in it’s entirety. Not a great series, but a good one.

  9. Its the best new show for me sofar. The leads have good chemistry, the shows hilarious, and we have so few creature shows on tv now so I got to enjoy this as much as I can.

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