‘Sleepy Hollow’ Forces Ichabod to Face His Sins

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[This is a review for Sleepy Hollow season 1, episode 6. It contains SPOILERS.]


After an agonizing three-week absence, Sleepy Hollow returns with its most emotionally-gripping episode yet, titled ‘The Sin Eater.’ Abbie’s sister (Jenny) joins the fight, but it’s Ichabod’s tale of woe that steals the show.

Before delving into the more somber moments found within ‘The Sin Eater,’ let’s talk about baseball. Ichabod’s first encounter with America’s pastime was a delight. The 18th century born Englishman had no idea what he was witnessing, but Abbie’s explanation of the sport mirrored their relationship. Ichabod learned that baseball represents “The spirit of democracy” as well as “teamwork,” which involves having faith in one another.

Since Ichabod and Abbie’s fist encounter, there was always the question of what their relationship would evolve into. Would they develop a kind of awkward sexual tension like Mulder and Scully in The X-Files, or would creators Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek ignore it all together?

Even though the series is still in its early stages, it appears that the writers are going for a much deeper connection than mere lust or physical attraction, and are instead leaning toward more of a brother/sister dynamic that works perfectly. After all, Ichabod is a married man.

Speaking of Katrina, Abbie finally gets to meet the witch trapped between life and death. Katrina continues to be vague and mysterious while still giving advice, but it’s good to see her playing a larger role this week. Abbie learns that only a Sin Eater can break the curse linking the hessian and Ichabod. Accomplishing this task requires backup, so who better to call than her sister, Jenny Mills.

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The lovely Lyndie Greenwood (Jenny) is always a joy to behold, but this would have been a great time to learn more about one of the show’s lesser developed characters. Perhaps officer Morales or even Captain Frank Irving could have joined her on this journey? These two men have been used as talking heads in previous episodes – it’s a shame, because Orlando Jones is capable of so much more. In the future, there needs to be more time spent with the supporting cast.

The lack of character development for Sleepy Hollow’s supporting cast in no way hindered Tom Mison’s standout performance. As the former Oxford professor recounts his tale of serving in the British military, it wasn’t difficult to see the pain and guilt plastered over his expression. This is no easy task for an actor to pull off, for even though these emotions are powerful, the skill to make the moment feel genuine takes subtlety. Mison may never receive the recognition for his portrayal of Ichabod Crane that Bryan Cranston did for his iconic role as Walter White on Breaking Bad, yet this young actor deserves to be applauded for his efforts.

After Ichabod’s confession to the Free Masons, it seems that the team has some new allies to help with the fight against the headless horseman and his brothers. The Sin Eeater himself, played by the talented John Noble (Fringe), will hopefully be a recurring character.

Sleepy Hollow has reached the halfway point before the season finale, but it feels as if we’ve only scratched the surface. Now that Ichabod has been “sanctified” by letting go of his guilt, what is the next step for he and Abbie on the road to Armageddon? Will the two witnesses defeat the headless horseman is the coming weeks, or will it be Moloch that is taken down first? Keep watching to find out.


Sleepy Hollow continues with ‘The Tempest’ on November 18, @9pm on Fox.

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  1. Tom Mison is the North Star of this constellation and the
    charismatic center which the show’s universe revolves.
    Tom has been a revelation from the start with tonight
    revealing how talented he actually is at what he does.

    Tom reminds me of a young Peter O’Toole, as I have
    said before, and after tonight’s performance by Mison
    I had the sense Tom too might just be a great actor.

    • Yeah, he’s definitely the standout in this show.

      Can’t speak for his performance in episode 6 because we don’t get episode 5 until this coming Wednesday but I’ll look out for it next week.

      Really enjoying this show so far.

      • No, morgoroth. I was unaware the two had acted together.
        Although it seems altogether fitting they had shared the screen.

        In checking Tom’s background after this show, I did not know who he
        was, I noticed that film and I have that on my next order list from Amazon.
        I am very curious of any interaction Tom may have had with Peter in that film.

        On that list of films too are One Day and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, both with Tom.

      • That’s definitely a “who’s who” of top veteran British names in the acting world. Unfortunate that some of them have passed now, especially the brilliant Richard Griffiths.

  2. This show is great. It isn’t overly serious, yet it isn’t overly humorous either. It’s dead in the middle and I love it where it is. Tom Mison is fantastic. Everyone expected this to be a “monster of the week” show, and gladly, it has not been!

    • Lukcily, it’s a monster of the week show that manages to tie everything into the larger story so that it’s not so self-contained.

      Instead of creatures appearing for no reason and being vanquished within the hour, there’s a reason why they’re coming to Sleepy Hollow and I hope it gets the 7 seasons to explore this period of Tribulation because as you said, it balances comedy and drama perfectly and is just an all-round great show in every aspect.

      Orlando Jones is a little one dimensional as the lead detective that doesn’t believe what’s happening and only shows up to berate Abbie and Ichabod occasionally or throw his authority around but I’d love to find out more about the character and whether he plays a part in events or not.

      • How did you come up with that specific number, if I may ask? Have the creators mentioned a long-term plan similar to the one that is in the back of Bryan Fuller’s mind when it comes to “Hannibal”?

        As for Orlando Jones: it could be my memory deceiving me, but wasn’t he shown stashing away Corbin’s findings in the pilot episode with a sinister, knowing look on his face? Wouldn’t it be an interesting twist for him to be ‘brainwashed’ into acting like a skeptic or even be possessed by a demon not unlike the one Crane had to confront back in the day (except for the part that he’s merely posing as a human, of course)?

        • They mentioned a “7 years of Tribulation”, quoted directly from the King James Bible when Crane told Abbie that they were possibly the Two Witnesses.

          If it’s 7 years, I hope the show lasts that long and really ups the ante with each season because I haven’t seen a decent portrayal of the Tribulation or the forces of Hell appearing on Earth in a number of years.

          As for the pilot scene you mentioned, that’s the only time he’s done anything of note so far, which is why I hope he’s revealed to play a much bigger part down the line, whether it’s for or against Moloch.

          • Hopefully my comments on this article will be removed from moderation, especially the one above this as it answers your question.

  3. Why do I get the feeling that the first season will end badly for our heroes?

    • So, what exactly would be your pesonal prediction? Will we lose one of the leads or will they end up in limbo together with Katrina?

  4. A brother/sister vibe for Ichabod and Abbie? LOL, that’s certainly one incestuous sibling relationship then. There’s clearly something going on between them, and people thinking it’s purely plantonic are deluding themselves.

    • Word! This review is hilarious!

      By the way, the standout performance in the episode was without a doubt Nicole Beharie’s. Her expressive face and delivery are a thing to behold.

      Ichabod’s flashbacks bore me more often than not, so I have to admit the first and last scenes with Abbie and Ichabod were my favorite. The show suffers, when they’re not together most of the time.

    • I see the relationship as between Ichabod and Abbie as being platonic too. Look beyond the chemistry between the leads and look at the way the characters are written, Ichabod is clearly dedicated to his wife. Mison and Beharie have great onscreen chemistry and perhaps the writers will take advantage of that and make Ichabod/Abbie’s relationship more romantic but based on what we have seen so far I wouldn’t be surprised if these two remained nothing more than extremely close friends/allies.

  5. I love Sleepy Hollow.

    Of course Mison shouldn’t get the recognition that Cranston has though. You seemed surprised by this? Sleepy Hollow is 6 episodes old and Mison is doing an amazing job, however, Cranston owned the last 6 years. You’re doing a disservice to both characters by comparing, I think.

  6. They’ve got a Mulder and Scully relationship going. They’ll play this out for awhile.

  7. This show just keeps getting darker, more complex, and simply better as the episodes roll on. By far my new favorite series of this fall.

    It was also great to see John Noble back on my television!

  8. I did some research on Mr Mison, which yielded that he’s an accomplished thespian indeed, on stage that is. He even has a few writing credits to show for himself, so I wouldn’t be surprised if some of his lines were the product of his own fruitful imagination. I simply admire his performance through and through, even teared up a bit during his farewell speech although it was obvious that he would survive.

    I’m pleased to see John Noble back on the small screen as well. Hopefully, his won’t just be a one-bit role and he will somehow be connected to Death from now on. I loved the fact that they used the bread imagery from “Sin Eater / The Order” (starring Heath Ledger and Benno Fürmann – a rather underrated gem of mystery storytelling). What they could haven handled a bit more professionally, though, was his intervention by episode’s close. Yes, I’m well aware that by touching Abby he had a clear vision of where to find Crane. But he was very reluctant … and then, suddenly he drops by and more or less saves the day (for the time being). That seemed a bit rushed, for my taste. Other than that, the episode further fleshed out one of its main characters in all the right ways.

  9. I agree with the Abbie/Ichabod relationship being platonic(though I find that word lacking to aptly describe their bond). Not all chemistry is romantic. Maybe it will change in the future. Something could happen to Katrina to open that door. Relationships in real life are always eveoling after all, and I’m sure my own feelings will evolve along with theirs as long as the writing holds up the current quality. But right now, their feelings are brother/sister. The writing and the acting supports it, and I think it’s great to have two main characters of the opposite sex not attracted to each other nor apparently “destined” to be together romantically.

    • Yeah, I hope it stays platonic between them. Two of the leads becoming romantically involved in shows has become quite cliche and boring.

  10. Am I the only one who doesn’t get why Icabod didn’t kill himself? I mean he could have single handedly prevent the apocalypse, one man life seems like a very small price to pay. I see him as nothing but a coward and a complete anti-hero character.

    I get the story would have died with Icabod, but that doesn’t change the fact that this just ruined the show for me and frankly it’s probably a precursor of the script’s quality to come.

    Am I missing something?


    • Knowing nothing of the episode in question, I’d guess that he may have seen his part to play in helping Abbie and her sister as bigger than ending his own life.

      • As far as he knows, an we know this because he said it –
        Taking his own life = canceling the apocalypse.

        That is the biggest purpose that any of the characters in the show can reasonably perceive right now.

        I don’t know, for some reason it just bugs me…

    • Yes, you’re missing something.

      He drank the poison. He would have died, but the Sin Eater removed the poison.

      I hate to think of what shows have been ruined for you all because you weren’t paying attention. Stay awake next time! :-P

      • Hey, yeah I get that. The question is, why did he cooperate with the sin eater? Icabod reached out with his hand!

        He could have refused to go through the process…


  11. Sleepy Hollow woke me up! It’s an entertaining series. Like the guy playing Icabod Crane…sounds somewhat dignified.

  12. Took me a few episodes to warm to this show but I will continue to watch.

    My only continuing issue is Mr. Crane’s seeming jadedness towards the modern world. I can only think that if I came from 200 years in the past, I would be amazed at all the tech of the day and how substantially the world has changed. Instead Crane wanders about as if he has lived in the 21st century all of his life with only passing comments about things like the wondrous picture box. He doesn’t have to look astonished at everything but this is a real missed opportunity to explore the “man out of time” element.

    • But if he were to express his amazement at everything that is amazing to him (and let’s face it, that would be EVERYTHING), that would quickly become a sitcom.

      Besides, Ichabod Crane is the smartest guy in the room. He knows that if he shows his amazement and befuddlement at modern life, people would think he’s crazier than they already do. So he doesn’t. In the scene in the motel room, when he’s alone, we get to see his complete fascination with modern life. But when others are watching? Not so much.

      But even still there are touches, and not just him playing with the car window. Watch him with the flashlight Abbie hands him in the pilot. Or in one episode you see him playing with a piece of Scotch tape. I happen to love that these moments are there for those paying attention, but that they rarely are the be-all and end-all of a scene.