So this past Monday’s Sleepy Hollow was a lot of fun for a few reasons (though I already miss John Noble), so let’s get into it.
Sleepy Hollow, Season 1 Episode 7: The Midnight Ride
Before I get into the good stuff I’ll lodge one complaint (and it’s a tiny, picky one that in no way reflects my overall enjoyment of the show). I’m fine with the show taking liberties with history and religion, BUT I guess I dislike when they inject real history with the reimaginings if that makes any sense at all. I guess deep down I’m concerned that to some degree some viewers may not be able to separate fact from fiction. For example, there are a lot of little known facts about Paul Revere’s “Midnight” ride and a few were mentioned in this episode (like the fact that he never said “The British are coming”), however when you mash that in with stuff like coded documents created by Masons (which are a real group), again there’s something about it that bugs me because while I know the differences in what occurred and what’s fabricated, I’m paranoid that some people won’t and take Ichabod’s history as fact. Paranoia aside, it was cute to see Ichabod school the museum tour guide in front of the class.
With my whining out of the way, here’s my thoughts on the events of the episode. As always Ichabod amuses. Everything from his reaction to the “goods” Abbie brought his cabin, and his thoughts on having to pay for clean water to him “signing”, if you will his voice mail to Abbie was adorable!
Before I get to any other characters this episode, I’ll toss in why I feel like Morales is the weak link of group, in terms of what he offers the plot and just decisions he makes. I get that he’s still interested in Abbie and that’s fine, but I still think he’s annoying. Also, while I was glad to see him reach for his firearm it felt silly that a smart cop would walk into a dark alley like that when someone calls his name. I’m not even a cop, but if someone called my name from a dark alley, there’s no way I’d walk into the alley. I’d either wait for the person to come out into the light (if I thought it was someone I knew), or if I’m feeling particularly vulnerable I’d just walk briskly away. So as unkind as this may sound I was kind of pleased to see my paranoia vindicated when creepy un-dead Andy (who I’ll talk about a bit further down) got the better of him. Whatever Andy did to him definitely affected him by the end of the episode, which I’ll address further down.
On to another member of the Sleepy Hollow PD, Captain Irving. With Irving I could respect the position he’s in and the skepticism. I liked that by the end of the episode he’s as on board as Abbie, though I’m really kind of sad that the nice lab tech guy had to die for Irving’s interaction with horseman to take place, it might have been nice to have him around for a bit. What I’m not sad about is the deaths of the masons. They didn’t seem to have shared that much information that Ichabod and Abbie haven’t been able to discern for themselves (or with the help of a Kadreama… kind of glad there wasn’t one in this ep so they could figure things out on their own). It was also great to begin seeing what Irving brings to the table in terms of character interactions and conversations with Ichabod, like the one about Sally Hemings.
Speaking of Abbie, she’s pretty much run out of excuses and now just goes with the flow, which I’m fine with. The one (very wise exception) is regarding Andy Brooks. Abbie handled him much better than the now (in Abbie’s eyes at least) lousy boyfriend Morales. I don’t trust Andy, but I’m excited to see where things go with his story, since he doesn’t seem to want to work for the demon or the horseman any longer. Concerning the horseman, since they can’t destroy his head, or really him, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time until he gets to it, but this will put off the end of the world, that never felt that eminent with a second season.
Looking forward to tonight’s episode, and sorry for the lateness on this one! Thanks for reading and happy watching!