So this past week’s Sleepy Hollow was somewhat underwhelming. Why you ask? Well, despite having John Noble, which was most certainly the best part (no offense to Tom Mison or Nicole Beharie, but FRINGE was awesome and so is John Noble). Where was I? Well, why don’t I start with everything that was great about the episode before getting to the “meh” of it.
Let’s begin with the baseball game as we got to witness Ichabod learning to enjoy the free speech he fought for, shouting at the umpire. It was one of those moments why I watch the show, to see this man out of time experiencing the 21st century.
I also enjoyed seeing Abbie work with her sister, as they tried to figure things out ,however (and here’s a bit of the “meh” side of things), as I’ve mentioned before the “Kadreamas” are getting a bit old, as it feels like every episode they’re getting help from Katrina, and if they’re going to keep getting help from those that have passed away I’d rather that Abbie get help from Corbin, as she has a connection with him, and then we’d get some variety when it comes to how Abbie and/or Ichabod continues to get their life-saving info. However, I’m starting to suspect that Corbin may have already “left Purgatory” (a.k.a. been written out of the show).
Staying on both the “meh” and Katrina side of things, and it’s not that I don’t like Katrina, I just think that the writers are turning her into a plot device, instead of a character. Anyway, was I the only person watching the show that thought that she looked kind of skanky for a Quaker with her dress so low cut?!?! I know that this show requires a suspension of disbelief, especially as they weave in history and take poetic license with scripture… but anachronisms like her dress just take me out of an episode.
Anyway, back on to the good stuff, I do love that they weave in history, and I like getting more of Ichabod’s back story, so if they keep including that it’s great… but before I go back to the “meh” side of things, the greatest part of the episode was definitely having John Noble in it. I love his acting!
What I could do with less of is the very unhelpful free masons who didn’t even look for the sin eater, and just figured that killing Ichabod would solve everything. Part of this leads me to what truly made this one of the weaker episodes, plot wise though. Even without Katrina’s low cut dresses, my suspension of disbelief only goes so far. I can accept the premise of this show, and a lot of what this show throws at viewers is stuff we kind of just have to roll with, and I can roll with it, but when a show is this good that it’s already greenlit for a second season, at no point am I actually worrying that they’re going to kill off one of the two main characters, and at no point am I actually worried about the end of the world, because if Ichabod died and the world ended, then so would the show. So when John Noble, with his sin eating skills shows up, and Ichabod survives and they have that ‘truth will set you free” moment, it just didn’t affect me. Maybe that’s my fault (and it was cool to watch the blood separate, I won’t lie… also in the random cool department was earlier when the Red Coat transformed into a demon). My parents always told me that too much TV was a bad thing, and I think it’s brought me to a place of cynicism and warped expectations, either way I’m still looking forward to the next episode, especially with the horseman stopping at Ichabod’s grave site…. And I’m not going to lie, one of the reasons I’d be happy to see the Kadreamas cease is because the moment between Ichabod and Abbie was really sweet, and while I’m not really ready to ship “Ichabbie” with everyone on Tumbler just yet, I love seeing them grow together as a team, and that aspect of the show, that Scully/Moulder dynamic that they have, will keep me coming back for more week after week .
So excited for the episode tonight, thanks for reading and happy watching!