[This is a review of Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Episode 6. It Contains SPOILERS.]

Sleepy Hollow returns this week with another thrilling hour of mythological drama, comedy, and action. Fox’s new hit series continues its incredible balancing act, by giving fans new mysteries to ponder, while never forgetting the season’s overall story.

Jenny Mills’ absence could be felt in ‘John Doe,’ but it never took away from the introduction of the terrifying new villain, Pestilence (a.k.a. Conquest). Pestilence is one scary dude. The costume and design team deserve to be commended for their efforts – the samurai-like attire the horseman wore gave him a menacing appearance.

Pestilence’s arrival could not have come at a better time, since many of us have been wondering when we would see the Headless Horseman again. There was also some much needed time spent with Detective Luke Morales (Nicholas Gonzales) this week, whose motives still remain unclear. We know that he’s Abbie’s ex-boyfriend, but what purpose will he serve in future episodes? Will he simply be the cop who uncovers Ichabod’s secret, or will he be another gateway into Abbie’s clouded past?

Sleepy Hollow’s weekly mysteries remain engaging, as we learn of the lost colony of Roanoke and the strange plague that its inhabitants carry. The use of Middle-english was a nice touch, giving weight to the historical elements surrounding the colony’s disappearance. As more unexplainable events occur, Abbie’s faith in her destiny grows. The scene with her in the chapel was touching, as she asks for a sign from above. Abbie is not the only one whose faith has matured, with Captain Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) trusting Ichabod’s intuitions more and more.

Another significant reveal during ‘John Doe’ was Ichabod’s discovery concerning Katrina’s whereabouts. It seems that Moloch has her, alongside other lost souls trapped in purgatory. The demon moves them to various locations that he sees fit; however, Ichabod was pulled away from his vision before we could hear more from Katrina. Where does he take these souls? Will Katrina join Ichabod in present-day Sleepy Hollow?

When Sleepy Hollow premiered, there were lingering doubts about how the series would progress through its first season. Would it follow the “monster of the week” formula, or struggle to find ways to tell 22-hours of story over the next several months? Fortunately, Fox’s decision to pick up the series for a second season, and for it to only consist of 13-episodes was a brilliant move. Since the announcement, Sleepy Hollow has found its footing by moving the overarching story forward at a brisk pace, while giving the characters time to develop.

This week’s episode concludes with a welcomed appearance from the Headless Horseman galloping down a fiery trail. Sadly, we have to wait 3-weeks before the next new episode, where the hessian is likely to make his return.

Sleepy Hollow continues with ‘The Sin Eater’ on Monday Nov. 4, @9pm on Fox. Watch a preview below: