‘Sleepy Hollow’ Reveals Tea Parties and Demons

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NOTE: This is an episode review. There will be SPOILERS. 


Sleepy Hollow delivered a heavy dosage of mythological goodness during this week’s episode, entitled ‘The Lesser Key of Solomon.’ Too much exposition can sometimes take a viewer out of the story, as they fervently attempt to absorb all the new information; however, what could have been a disaster turned into what might be the series’ best episode yet.

Jenny Mills joins the team, as we uncover more truth about her past. Unbeknownst to Abbie, Jenny was working with Sheriff Corbin to collect ancient artifacts and data. It seems that Corbin knew “Death” was after him. Ichabod tries his best to play mediator, as the sister’s complicated relationship keeps them from working as a team. Tom Mison (Ichabod) again displays his comedic genius as he shares an intimate story with the car’s North Star phone service operator. Sleepy Hollow continues its brilliant balancing act of merging several genres together at once.

The historical elements in ‘The Lesser Key of Solomon’ were one of the highlights, as Ichabod explains that the Boston Tea Party was a diversion, so that a group of soldiers could look for a supernatural artifact that George Washington deemed valuable. During the Hessian’s confession, we discover that this magical book of Solomon has the ability to summon demons, which will help Moloch fulfill his task. The horned creature in the woods now has a name. Moloch is an ancient Ammonite god that can be found in the Old Testament, as well as in Milton’s classic, Paradise Lost:

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“First MOLOCH, horrid King besmear’d with blood
Of human sacrifice, and parents tears,
Though, for the noyse of Drums and Timbrels loud,
Their children’s cries unheard that passed through fire
To his grim Idol. Him the AMMONITE
Worshipt in RABBA and her watry Plain,
In ARGOB and in BASAN, to the stream
Of utmost ARNON. Nor content with such
Audacious neighbourhood, the wisest heart
Of SOLOMON he led by fraud to build
His Temple right against the Temple of God
On that opprobrious Hill, and made his Grove
The pleasant Vally of HINNOM, TOPHET thence
And black GEHENNA call’d, the Type of Hell.”

With another week gone by and still no sign of the horseman, one has to wonder if Moloch will be this season’s central villain? The exciting news of Sleeping Hollow being picked up for season 2 opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for interesting stories. Perhaps each season will end with the destruction of a new villain; almost like a boss battle at the end of a video game?

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Even with all of the intricate plot developments in ‘The Lesser Key of Solomon,’ writer Damian Kinder (Stargate SG-1) never forgets that this show’s greatest strength is found in the interactions between its leads. Like The CW’s Supernatural, Abbie and Jenny’s relationship is not going to be easily fixed over the course of an hour of television. The scene in the interrogation room was well acted by both Beharie (Abbie) and Greenwood (Jenny), deepening our understanding of who these strong women are.

For now, it appears that our heroes can rest easy, as they prevented the 7th circle of hell from being opened – but where does the show go from here? This week’s episode took a break from the “monster of the week” motif, as the Hessians of the 21st-century show their faces. Many of them live in secret, so Ichabod, Abbie, and Jenny must now face human and supernatural forces simultaneously. The battle for armageddon just got real.


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

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  1. I pleased so far that this hasn’t been a monster of the week show and hope it doesn’t go that direction.

    • I’m*

  2. I think the bad German guy from this episode was the coach of team Iceland in Mighty Ducks 2.

  3. Tom Mison has been a revelation in this show.
    The scene North Star phone service operator was
    one of the funniest I have seen anywhere in a long while.

    • I was laughing so hard at that scene! Loved it!

    • +1

  4. I died with laughter when I realized he was talking to North Star. This show is so crazy yet it works so well! Now here’s hoping their preview for next week ws hinting at a wardrobe change for Ichabod. I mean, he pulls off the look well, but I find it rather icky(pun not intended) that he is still wearing the clothes he was buried in for 250 years. Shouldn’t they have decayed right off of him? That would have made his resurrection scene much more interesting ;)

    • Ichabod could replenish his wardrobe
      from Opera house costume departments.
      He might want to dress still from his time.
      I am not sure I want him outfitted by GAP.

      • oh, definitely not GAP! But if not a costume department (though I could see that scene being hilarious), maybe something modern, but with a similar vibe? http://www.tv.com/shows/sleepy-hollow/community/post/wardrobe-advice-for-ichabod-1381217291/ This has an interesting idea, I particularly like the coat. I don’t know, just a thought.

        • I do like that coat. Maybe something like that could work.
          Ichabod is the man out of (from another) time and he should
          look that way and have a personal drive to maintain appearances.

          Ichabod could insist on dressing in a look and manner from his time
          as to have a “daily reminder of where I came from” and to give him
          hope even if futile of reuniting with his wife lost somewhere in time.

          Thanks for the opera house endorsement as a potentially hilarious scene
          which is how I envision the idea and Tom has proved a master of comedy.

    • “Icky Bod” until he grabs the Irish Spring and Old Spice!

      • bwahahaha nice +1

  5. another good episode, i liked that they steered this in a new direction and have humans be the main villian.

    I hope we see John Cho return soon. Where has he been?

    And since we havent seen the horseman in a while, im betting he will return for the mid season finale before we go into the holiday break.

    • John Cho was only a guest star for the first couple of episodes, I’m sure he’ll pop up again somewhere down the line.

      I doubt there will be a mid-season finale. From what I’ve read, Fox only plans this for 13 episodes at a time like most cable series. That’s why it was already picked up for it’s second season and not a full back order of episodes.

  6. The Onstar scene was hysterical. Tom Mison has a true gift for comedy and I hope the shoe doesn’t lose that as it gets further along into the main storyline. I thought this was a great episode. The action was really fun though I thought the final battle over the book to be a bit clunky. And Nicole Beharie keeps showing what an amazing actress she is. The scene in the interrogation room was amazing

    • I imagine the OnStar name could not be used for
      trademark and/or money reasons hence the
      Sleepy Hollow version being North Star.

  7. Another good episode! My only qualm was the character inconsistency with Abbie and how distrusting and tense she is towards her sister including pointing a gun at her. Abbie has no reason to feel such negative emotions towards her sister, it should be the other way around, and if she really did want to make things good between them, she would’ve dropped the piece instead of encouraging a stand down – a little bit too, hey let’s create suspense!
    Other than that, great episode.

  8. ‘Sleepy Hollow’ is my current new fall show. Seems like elements of Supernatural, X Files and many other cool shows rolled into one. Yes, that OnStar scene was hilarious, wasn’t expecting that at all. I look forward to the whole season.

  9. This show IMO is the best new show this fall, so far! MaoS is, again IMO, not far behind. Can’t wait for both American Horror Story Coven and The Walking Dead. Although they are not new shows, I’m very happy to have them both back in just a few days.
    I’m also curious about the Almost Human show. The promo I’ve seen looks great, plus I was not aware Karl Urban was in it, so that warrants a least a try run of the show. I’ll be tuning in.

  10. As engaging as the cast of characters who know/believe the legends have been, the plot itself is a mess … bordering on downright silly. I lost count of how many texts, histories and mythologies were borrowed from in this one episode, though not one of them really dealt with the Legend of Sleepy Hollow outside of generalized nods. This show is one of the only two new series I’ve been watching, but I’m on the fence after this one. Hopefully the writers get reined in and focus on something less loosely/broadly based. The acting talent alone deserves that much.

    • Could not have said it any better. My exact fears/hopes. Loving this show and don’t want it to get too far-fetched.

    • This is the show’s weakness, not fatal at this stage,
      but one gets the feeling that so much was thrown up in
      the air that perhaps even the writers may not know where
      it all falls and it what place to drive the ongoing story forward.

      I do not mind complexity but clarity is necessary to show
      the direction at least of how the different story threads
      might eventually be woven together in the final fabric.

  11. A tea party would give my stomach a demon if I drank it…my guts rebel at the taste of tea (or coffee)!

    Article mentioned John Milton’s “Paradise Lost”…that is a GREAT Epic, and I urge everyone to read it! And when you are done with that, read Dante’s “Divine Comedy” (at least the “Inferno” part) as well…another great classic! About time everyone besides me got some culture and classics appreciation!

  12. One of the more entertaining shows this season.

  13. Still loving this show!

  14. Another winner of an episode. Love this show!

  15. Hope Jenny will be in more eps plus hope John Chow and the horseman reappears before the season is up. I am wondering if orlando jones is connected to any of the covens or secret socities.