'Sleepy Hollow' Features a Battle Royale of Monsters

[This is a review of Sleepy Hollow season 2, episode 2. There will be SPOILERS.]


Sleepy Hollow continues to push the limits of its fantastical sophistication in this week's episode, entitled 'The Kindred'. With Katrina trapped in the clutches of the Headless Horsemen, Abbie and Ichabod find a new ally in the most unlikely of places.

Giving a face and a voice to the Horseman of Death adds a sense of realism to the show where none should exist. Neil Jackson (Person of Interest) brings a unique humanism to a creature easily dismissed as a puppet for Moloch. Do you think he's really fooled by Katrina's ploy to gain more information about the coming apocalypse?

Captain Irving made his return this week, decked out in his finest orange jumpsuit. He was the one character from last season who felt the most out of place. Orlando Jones did his best to bring his sullen character to life, but the stories involving his daughter and ex-wife never quite gravitated to the same level of spectacular as the other leading stars. Now that Henry Parish has some of Irving's blood, perhaps the good captain will be more involved in coming episodes? We'll just have to wait and see.

Sticking with law enforcement, there's a new Sheriff in town played by the talented veteran actress Sakina Jaffrey (House of Cards). Jaffrey's presence on screen always demands respect, as she effortlessly portray's a woman who is tough, but also caring. Sheriff Reyes was apparently connected to Abbie from domestic calls concerning her parents. It's too early to see if Reyes will accept the truth about what's going on in that crazy town like Irving did. She's already trying to blame the decapitations and dismemberment on drug cartel violence. Will our new Sheriff live to see another season?

Sleepy Hollow could be called the silliest show on television, but for all the right reasons. Where else can you see a Frankenstein-like creature, a headless brute with a shotgun, and a knight with a flaming sword battling it out in the dead of night? The creators know how to have fun and they never seem to take their work too seriously. It's a delicate balance and the reason it works so well is do in part to its terrific cast. Reyes seems a little out of place, like she should be in HBO's True Detective, or any other more contemplative police drama. Surely there will be scenes when she loosens up and they could be all the funnier when it happens.

It's nice to see the show still using Ichabod's lack of understanding for the century he's living in. His rant at the bank about credit cards and frivolous indulgences was executed to perfection. Tom Mison has that rare gift where he can do comedy and drama in the same scene. What are you most looking forward to seeing as season two begins to unravel?

Sleepy Hollow continues with 'Root of All Evil' next Monday @9pm on Fox. Check out a preview below:

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