[SPOILERS BELOW FOR LAST NIGHT’S SLEEPY HOLLOW]
The second episode of the Sleepy Hollow season, “The Kindred,” revolved around Crane and Abbie trying to rescue Katrina from Abraham and Henry – only to end with Katrina deciding not to go with them. More on that choice in a moment, but first, this plan leads to some interesting philosophical discussions between Crane and Abbie. She’s worried that his determination to rescue Katrina is getting in the way of their larger mission to stop the rise of evil and the end of the world, and he insists that he’s aware of his duty as a witness but that he also has a duty as a husband. It will be interesting to see what happens if those two duties ever really come into conflict, especially as, as Abbie says later, she believes her faith in Crane is her biggest weakness.
The way they decide to fight the Horseman of Death to get Katrina back is by following Ben Franklin’s plans to create the Kindred, a creature made from the parts of deceased soldiers – and, at least in this case, the Horseman’s head, of which Crane says: “This has brought nothing but pain and misery into our lives. For once, let it serve as a force for good.” He’s more gung-ho about this plan in general, insisting that they’re not just creating a monster, but their monster. Abbie, who has read Frankenstein (which, of course, didn’t exist yet in Crane and Franklin’s world), is more hesitant, and though she goes along with it, at the end of the episode she draws a line in the sand: “The way we fight monsters cannot be to create monsters. We must be better than them.” Good girl. But this whole question of whether evil intent is required to create a monster is a complex one, and I hope they come back to it.
Meanwhile, Abraham has been trying to win Katrina’s loyalty, and I was amused that one of his main techniques involves convincing Katrina that her husband is now in love with Abbie – has Headless been hanging out on Tumblr? He wants to do a binding ritual with Katrina, and she convinces him that it will be better if she goes into it willingly, and that she just needs time. And it’s completely in character for Abraham to believe her. Once Ichabod makes it into Abraham’s lair to save Katrina, Katrina tells him that she wants to stay there to spy on Abraham and Henry’s plan to raise Moloch. That seems like it could go badly very easily, but okay. From an out-of-world angle, it makes perfect sense: So much of this show relies on the Crane/Abbie dynamic, and having Crane’s wife around all the time would not really fit into that. That said, I’m not sure how many times the show can make a compelling plot point out of needing to rescue Katrina if she never really ends up rescued, so we’ll see where they go from here.
Elsewhere, we’ve got a new sheriff, Leena Reyes, played by Sakina Jaffrey – another woman of color; well done, show. She knew Abbie’s mother, and so she has some understanding for the Mills girls, but is determined not to cut them any slack. And she has no time for Crane: “You must be the history consultant.” That makes sense, since she has no idea what’s really going on in Sleepy Hollow, and it will be interesting watching Crane and Abbie deal with this new aspect of keeping their work secret from Abbie’s boss. “We are going to bring some sanity back to this town,” Reyes says. Good luck!
Irving’s back this week too! Yay! His fellow prisoners are not being super nice to the former sheriff, shockingly enough, and he attempts the interesting method of telling the truth about demons and everything to try to get transferred to a psych hospital. Reyes seems suspicious, though, and promises/threatens a variety of “new” treatments to take care of his hallucinations – including shock therapy. We’re calling that new? Anyway, before he can officially be transferred, Henry shows up, claiming to be Irving’s attorney – and getting him to sign a contract in blood. Oooh.
Other favorite lines and points of interest:
- “Martha who?” “She’s, uh, big in the wedding industry.” “Wedding . . . industry.”
- “He once referred to the palace at Versailles as quaint.”
- “This is insane!” “So much of my life can be characterized under these auspices.”
- “You put the Headless Horseman’s head in a bank?”
- “You founded a country. Figure it out.”
- At the bank, Crane was using a lot of Adam Smith economics buzzwords, and – hm, I wonder if he knew Smith at Oxford?
- “Nothing makes me happier than finding nothing exciting.”
- “Remind me to make you another reading list.”
- “It’s nice to know that even a man from the eighteenth century won’t ask for help with directions.”
- Here’s a little about Galvani. That battery Franklin set up held its charge for a long time! Do you think I could get one for my mouse?
- “Franklinstein’s monster.” “Charmed.”
- “So do we need to light candles or something?” “Only if you wish to set a mood.”