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:
"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?
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