‘Sleepy Hollow’ Gives The Headless Horseman a Voice

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 20th, 2013 at 8:15 am,

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[This is a review of Sleepy Hollow season 1, episode 8. It contains SPOILERS.]

Sleepy Hollow keeps the intensity high in this week’s episode, entitled ‘Necromancer.’ With the horseman in chains, Ichabod can now interrogate Death with the help of officer Andy Brooks (John Cho) giving voice to the hessian. Jenny Mills and Captain Frank Irving also get their time to shine, as a “secret war” erupts on two fronts.

To get right to it, the big reveal this week has the be the origin story of the horseman. The hessian, or so we thought, happens to be Ichabod’s best friend, Abraham (Neil Jackson). Sleepy Hollow continues to prove its fortitude by telling engaging stories set in and around the time of the Revolutionary War. In ‘Necromancer,’ we meet Abraham, who is engaged to be married to Katrina. As with many classic romances, Katrina is in love with another man. Ichabod’s honor dictates that he not betray his friend, but Katrina is a forward thinking revolutionary woman, so “love” should be the only prerequisite for marriage. As one might suspect, this does not bode well for Ichabod and Abraham.

Watching Abraham’s transformation from a wealthy nobleman, to the incarnation of death brings with it more questions than answers. Please don’t misunderstand – making the horseman’s hate of Ichabod personal was a great choice in terms of storytelling, but what of the horseman as an entity? Does this mean that the demon Moloch put the soul, or the essence of the horseman of death in Abraham? Now, methodologically-based lore can vary depending on the source, but the writers of this series would have us believe that the Horseman of Death is the same one who it depicted in the Book of Revelation. Again, one has to speculate as to how Death was created? Wouldn’t he/she/it be around before the 18th century? Hopefully there will be more of an explanation is future episodes. Sleepy Hollow has had few missteps, so why start doubting now?

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The series’ few weaknesses stem from its lack of character development for the supporting cast. Fortunately, for the second week in a row, Captain Frank Irving gets to demonstrate why he’s every bit as good as Jason Bourne. Irving and Jenny put on their black-ops gear to take on the Hessian army at the local water and power plant (for Ichabod’s sake, no more acronyms). It’s been an enjoyable experience to have Irving fully invested in the supernatural elements that threaten the town.

After officer Brooks’ reading of the Druidic incantations, the horseman is now free. As with every Sleepy Hollow episode, the mysteries keep building upon each other. It appears that Moloch has his own plans for Ichabod and Katrina, but to what end? There are only four episodes left until the season finale, and with so much story left to uncover, how will it all end? Keep following Abbie and Ichabod on their quest to find out.

Sleepy Hollow continues with ‘Sanctuary’ next Monday @9pm on Fox. Watch a preview below.

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  1. Another solid episode. I was worried things would get pretty stupid with ole’ Headless trapped in the chains but I think they handled it well.

    They got a bit more into Crane’s background after spending more time on Abbie’s earlier in the season. Really looking forward to how the wrap up this season.

  2. I think it was a great episode and really loved the “twist” reveal of who the horseman is. It’s clever writing of this sort that keeps me watching and enjoying a few shows.

  3. Bet the Headless Horseman’s voice sounds kind of “throaty”….!

  4. Crap, only 4 episodes left? It’s gone by way too quick.

    • There are 13 episodes this season. Griffin miscounted. The next episode is #9. Then there will be a break again with at least one repeat in December. There may be one or two new episodes shown in December. (I don’t know.) The show ends in mid-January. So we have 5 more new episodes to look forward to (not 3). Also, the show got an early renewal and will be back next fall 2014 for a Season Two.

  5. I guess the four horsemen Moloch raised are not the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The Demon just makes them seem that way for whatever purpose.

  6. I loved this episode, just like any other in the series so far. I’d have to say, that I was pleasantly surprised by this show. I never expected it to be any good judging from the preview trailers. However, from the first episode, I have been hooked! The only thing that I found strange about this episode is that the intro happened 14 minutes into it. Shouldn’t there be some sort of code as to how far into the episode an intro should be?… Just a random thought.

  7. Moloch holds the power of all 4 of the horsemen, however since he is a demon he cannot unleash this power and needs the twisted free will of humans who are imbued with this power to unleash it in the mortal realm, thus ushering the way for Moloch to crossover into the mortal realm to wreak havoc.

  8. Loved the episode. The horseman is kind of hot. Yes, I am sure I am sick.