So this past week we got another angle on the Sleepy Hollow tale, and I have to say while the episode had much more humanity than hocus pocus I was ok with this direction, since it served a purpose. I also liked the fact that we’re getting answers… but again my main concern is that we’re getting too many answers too soon, and the show will run out of steam by it’ already ordered season 2.
Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Episode 4: The Lesser Key of Soloman
The episode opened with a nice twist on the Boston Tea Party. Apparently Washington had Ichabod (someone he already felt was pretty important by this point in the Revolution) coordinate with Samuel Adams, to cause a huge diversion for the Red Coats while he and a few others went to retrieve a very specific chest. There was unfortunately a hessian there, which literally prayed to death or Satan, and then sacrificed himself via gunpowder to keep the men away, and that’s the last we see of it for a bit. We then get a poetic description, narrated by Ichabod about his love for, and separation from his wife Katrina, he’s in a car, and just as we begin to ponder who he’s speaking to, he thanks the “On-Star”-esque attendant for unlocking the doors, and she tearfully thanks him for that wonderful story… I LOVE Ichabod, and the show for moments like these. At this point of course we’re in present day immediately after Jenny has escaped from the asylum (in a fashion far more successful than Lana in AHS: Asylum… but I digress).
Now the fact that Abbie got Irving to call off the search because she’d have a better chance at finding her sister on her own feels a bit far fetched, what does NOT seem far fetched, was the fact that Jenny made efforts to hide her appearance… which may seem like a pointless thing to note, as most viewers are probably thinking “of course she’d hide her appearance”… one need not look any further though than the 8th season of Dexter (spoilers for anyone who hasn’t seen it) But in season 8, when Hannah shows up in Miami again (a city that she’s wanted for homicide in) she never dyes or even covers her hair, and she never is seen wearing sunglasses… so good job Sleepy Hollow for remembering that the little things matter.
Where was I…
Right, so we get a seemingly nice and harmless piano teacher get a call regarding Jenny having escaped. Now I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, but later in the episode we’re told that this man… or monster rather, when you see what he’s capable of, is one of several and that they are neighbors, and they are everywhere. Now for me this adds a nice element similar to Battlestar Galactica, when the fleet learned that the cylons now looked like humans. After all it’s easy to identify the monsters when they look like monsters, but when they don’t, well, it certainly makes finding and punishing them all the more difficult.
Anyway, by the time the cops get there the next morning… which reminds me, who’s the random guy in the polo that we’ve never seen before?!?!? They assume that because the bartender (killed for helping Jenny) was beheaded that it’s the same killer that murdered Corbin. Irving however can tell based on all the blood it’s not the same guy, and the show reminds viewers that this show isn’t for kids.
Meanwhile, after some research and a visit to one of Jenny’s previous foster parents Ichabod and Abbie go to an old cabin, and as Abbie picks the lock Ichabod brilliantly remarks “An officer of the law with a criminal past, imagine the delinquency we could perpetrate if we really put our minds to it”. And while I can’t imagine said delinquency, I’m hoping that the writers have imagined plenty!
Once they get in, we see that Corbin had been keeping tabs on both sisters, which was a nice twist, and will definitely bring some tension as the girls spend time working together, which also means tons of Ichabod intervening, yay!
What’s not so “yay!” though is it feels like Ichabod is just there to drive the plot, and I don’t think we’ll see a lot of character development from him. He doesn’t really have any kind of leaps of faith to take… and he’s definitely informative, after all if it weren’t for him, they never would have figured out the sextant, or been able to recreate the map.
Though in all fairness, these are things that I think about AFTER the episode. During the episode I’m far too distracted by Ichabod’s out of time antics. It was great to see him get ready to use a gun properly only to then fire it in what would have been in his time, proper military fashion.
What was definitely surprising by the end of the episode, is the fact that I actually expected a horde of demons and monsters to make their way into this world, via the work of the neo-hessians… is that a term… I guess it is now. I was kind of glad they didn’t because even though this episode didn’t have the fright factor that the previous episodes have had, it helped to lay the groundwork that it may be much harder for our characters to know who their enemies are, especially when a nice piano teacher can have this in his basement. What can definitely be a nice identifier though, would be the matching tattoos that they all have, but of course if you’re close enough to find said tattoo, you’d better hope that the person with it is already tied up.
Anyway, I think that it’ll be nice to have the sister story line play out, and with Jenny now in Abbie’s custody we’ll be able to see a lot of them together, as they investigate all sorts of creepiness, and get closer to what feels like the monster at the end of the book.
Speaking of monsters and books, at the end of the episode we saw Ichabod showing Abbie a book, with details on “Moloch”, I’m putting that in quotes because we’ve already seen the writers take tons of liberties with religion and history, so I expect they’ll take several here. For the record The Free Dictionary (because I don’t trust Wikipedia) lists Moloch as “In the Bible, the god of the Canaanites and Phoenicians to whom children were sacrificed”, also, googling Moloch you come up with a lot of interesting things about Freemasons (which were mentioned at the SDCC 13 Sleepy Hollow panel, as George Washington was one)… but if the writers go that route, they’ll likely take liberties there as well, so it may or may not be worth looking into.
Anyway, I enjoyed the episode and look forward to tonight’s! Thanks for reading, happy watching and leave a comment below!