Sleepy Hollow: Fall Finale Trailer

Sleepy Hollow(Note: Because of travel and new preemptions, I know I’m a few behind on various TV posts for you. The shows are all headed toward holiday breaks anyway, so I’ll catch up over the next few weeks. Sorry about that!)

The fall finale of Sleepy Hollow, “The Akeda,” airs tonight on Fox at 9/8c, and the network has released an awesome movie-style trailer for the hour. Enjoy!

Sleepy Hollow Thoughts & Open Thread: Mama

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“Mama” focused, as the name implies, on Abbie and Jenny’s childhood with their mother. A string of modern suicides at Tarrytown makes the sisters start thinking about their mother and her suicide – especially when their mother’s ghost begins to appear. Two big revelations come out of the flashbacks and delving into the past. First of all, it turns out that the times the sisters as children thought their mother was trying to kill them, she was actually trying to stop demons from killing them, and she knew all along that Abbie was a witness. “You were meant to go further than any of us. You were meant to win this war.”

The mother’s suicide, as well as the modern ones, was in fact the fault of the ghost of an “Angel of Mercy” from the 1950s, who killed her patients then and goads others into killing themselves now. Creepy. Of course, a plot at Tarrytown must involve Irving as well; he helps get background information on the suicides, but soon becomes a target of the murderous nurse. The team saves him from drowning just in time . . . and then he escapes! Yay. “Frank, what are you doing out here?” “Police call it escaping.” I guess he’ll have to be in hiding, at least somewhat, but I’m happy to have him back in the mix.

Elsewhere, Katrina pretends to Henry that she doesn’t know the baby is Moloch, and secretly tries to exorcise the demon with a spell. But it doesn’t work – and the baby ages into a much older child very, very quickly.

  • “I fought at Saratoga with dysentery. I can certainly muddle through with this affliction.”
  • Love Crane trying to deal with childproof caps.
  • “When I’m rested, there shall be hell to pay.”
  • Of course the hospital is on a ley line.
  • In the process of taking care of ill Crane, Hawley calls him “Mr. Woodhouse,” which is probably my favorite thing that has ever happened on this show.
  • Did we know Grace Dixon was an ancestor of the Mills sisters? I wasn’t sure. Anyway, interesting!
  • “Don’t give me that ‘aiding and abetting a fugitive’ look, Mills.”

Sleepy Hollow Thoughts & Open Thread: Heartless

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I have mixed feelings about last night’s Sleepy Hollow episode, “Heartless” – I liked a lot of the individual elements of it, but as an episode it felt a bit lackluster and didn’t hold my attention very well. The monster of the week was pretty straightforward – a succubus who went after people who “hide desire in their heart.” (I thought it was a nice touch that, though the succubus always appeared as a woman, the targets were of at least two genders rather than always men.) Our heroes team up with Katrina and Hawley to defeat it, but it turns out that this isn’t a random monster – Henry raised it to collect life force to feed demon baby Moloch, who is somehow alive(-ish) and well(-ish) at the Manor with Henry and Abraham.

One of the people the succubus goes after is Hawley (who escapes because of a magical artifact he has with him), which Crane takes to mean that Hawley is secretly interested in Abbie. He adorably tries to give Abbie his blessing, but she brushes the whole issue off: “You of all people know there’s no room in our lives for complications.” Crane then goes to Hawley and demands to know his intentions toward Abbie, and this is the kind of thing that might seem annoyingly sexist (but probably still charming) from a modern character, but works perfectly as a nod to Crane’s time and worldview.

Meanwhile, Crane and Katrina have been semi-blissfully reunited, but though Crane seems genuinely thrilled to have her back, he doesn’t entirely trust her, and acknowledges that they’ve both changed a great deal since they were together. While watching the two of them watch a Bachelor-like reality show was hilarious, I wish the show would use things like that to address head-on the question of the Cranes trying to resurrect their marriage in a world in which not only they themselves have changed but the ideas and conventions of love and marriage have evolved a lot since their time. Anyway, it’s worth noting that the succubus, who is a sort of expert in this area, says that Crane’s heart hides not desire, but doubt.

There’s tension between Katrina and Abbie as well – mostly over the question of whether Henry can still be saved – but I loved that Katrina was genuinely helpful with the case this week. And her usefulness helped win over Abbie, too – the two had some nice bonding moments toward the end of the episode, and I was starting to get excited about the prospect of Katrina joining the team – so, of course, she left. Once they realize that Henry is still taking care of the demon baby, Katrina decides to return to the Manor and use Abraham’s love for her to get in as a double agent. (I don’t necessarily think this is happening, but I would kind of love if she’d been running this operation on both sides, using Crane’s love for her the same way.) She is, of course, implying that Crane has moved on with Abbie, so it’s too bad it’s not fandom she’s trying to convince.

Other favorite lines and points of interest:

  • “These people would not know true love if the bard himself wrote them a sonnet.”
  • “Is there more television of reality than this one program?”
  • Yes, Crane, we would like to see you dance.
  • Ooh, the priest who defeated the first succubus – here called incordata, or heartless – became St. Valentine.
  • “Is that clear?” “As vodka.”
  • “Are the incessantly flashing lights why no one seems able to find their dance partner?”
  • Between the spider thing last time and this week’s rats and maggots, I would like the show to . . . just stop this.
  • “Fortunately, my head is almost as hard as Ichabod’s.”
  • “I’ve learned that love can be a very dangerous weapon.”

Sleepy Hollow Thoughts & Open Thread: Deliverance

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Last night’s Sleepy Hollow, “Deliverance,” brought Henry’s plans for his mother to a head – so far as we know – when he used the rare poison he’d obtained and his buddies in the new Hellfire Club to (non-sexually, thank goodness) impregnate Katrina with Moloch himself. Like many magical pregnancies, this one will last for a day and kill its “vessel.” Crane’s doubts about his relationship with Katrina haven’t vanished, and before they figure out what happened he has a moment of wondering whether Katrina is pregnant with Abraham’s child (though it’s unclear whether he’s assuming rape or consensual sex there), but he of course wants to save her. So does Abbie, actually – Katrina herself is the only one who suggests dying so the unborn demon baby dies as well – but what the trio disagrees on is how to go about this.

Katrina believes that her child Jeremy is still inside Henry somewhere, and that she and Crane can reach him and turn him to their side. “Henry follows Moloch because he had no family to grab onto.” Honestly, I don’t think that’s a terrible hope in general, but I wouldn’t count on it happening in one day in time to remove this demon inside you, Katrina. Abbie is completely skeptical about this and delightfully pragmatic in general, urging Crane not to let his feelings about his child affect their mission. And so Crane is caught in the middle, which may be a common place for him to be if Katrina is now back with them for good. He does try Katrina’s way, but when Henry refuses to help, Crane and Abbie come up with a new way to save Katrina involving the Hellfire Club, a stone tablet, and the aurora borealis, for . . . some reason. The Cranes aren’t going to give up on their son, though, and Abbie and I both have concerns. On the idea that Jeremy is still reachable, Abbie says “Henry would love for you to think that,” but Crane disagrees. “No. I do not think he would.” Interesting. I’m now hoping that this comes down to a test of the common pop culture idea that all villains are misunderstood and can be saved by love, and that this time, it doesn’t work and he’s in fact just evil. We’ll see!

In a much more fun subplot, it’s election day in Sleepy Hollow as well as the real world, and Crane goes along with Abbie to observe his first contemporary voting experience. He’s adorably upset about the low percentage of voter turnout in modern America, but Abbie completely awesomely brings up the fact that in Crane’s day she wouldn’t have been allowed to vote for at least three reasons – her gender, her race, and her lack of property – and he has to concede her point. I also love that he’s done his research and has recommendations for how she should vote, and even gets in trouble for electioneering at the polling place. Hee. (Go vote today!)

Other favorite lines and points of interest:

  • American Idol.” “I know its name.”
  • “Maybe I could afford property if I weren’t paying all your bills.” Seriously, how does Abbie afford this?
  • I like how Crane is thoughtful enough to notice that Abbie isn’t in Reyes’s inner circle.
  • “Crane sees it as a test. I think he’s going to lose.”
  • “How pedestrian to expend all that effort on a mere demon.”
  • “Evidence of good in him is not proof that he will change.” I feel like I need this embroidered on a pillow or something.
  • “I must Internet. Immediately.”
  • “One thing I miss about modernity: An army to assist me.”
  • “I told you to keep your walking historical society out of my precinct.”
  • I like the limited version of the truth they told Reyes – it is a Doomsday cult, among other things.
  • “They’re a freaking evil club. Try 666.”
  • Crane’s new cover for Reyes: he’s a criminal profiler who specializes in acts of historical imitation. Heh. True enough!
  • Has Crane suddenly learned CPR, since the last time someone he loved was dying, a few weeks ago? I guess that would make sense, actually.

Sleepy Hollow Thoughts & Open Thread: And the Abyss Gazes Back

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I’m somewhat ambivalent about the most recent Sleepy Hollow. “And the Abyss Gazes Back” focused on the Native American mythical creature the Wendigo. But first: the most delightful part of the episode, in which Abbie makes Crane do yoga with her. He is not a fan. “I find yoga neither soothing nor relaxing.” (Me neither, Crane.) This does make him open up and admit that he’s hurt by Katrina keeping information from him, but duty calls: “War does not permit us the luxury of dwelling on personal matters. Nor, indeed, the downward facing of our dogs.” Heee.

But, anyway, the A story: Sheriff Corbin’s son Joe comes back to town after being discharged from the Marines because he was the only survivor of an attack on his platoon – which, spoiler, was because Joe himself was the attacker. Remember that bone flute Henry ground up? He used it to make a powder to curse Joe (by mail! with a return address that lets them trace him!) and turn him into the cannibalistic monster. After Joe transforms and kills again in Sleepy Hollow, Crane figures out what’s going on – because of a Wendigo incident at Valley Forge with Daniel Boone’s brother, of course.

Joe is upset about his father’s death, understandably, and taking it out on Abbie: he holds her responsible for both the sheriff’s death and for the way he felt his father didn’t care about him in life. “He never told me anything. Why would he? He was too busy with you.” But the sheriff did love his son, of course, and showed it by . . . leaving him instructions to dig up a box holding rare Chinese poison. Okay. Henry wants the poison, for reasons we’re not told, and tells Joe he’ll cure the Wendigo curse if Joe gives him the poison. But, of course, the “cure” actually leaves him as a Wendigo: “Your true curse is humanity. Now Abigail will see you for what you truly are: A creature of war.” Luckily, Crane and Abbie, with help from Hawley, have obtained a real cure from Hawley’s Native American contacts, and after he’s cured, Joe and Abbie reconcile at least somewhat, and he asks her to write him a recommendation letter to Quantico. Aww. (Because I’m sure the recommendation of someone who got in and then never showed up is very powerful.)

This case of the week was fine, I guess, and it was nice filling in some of Abbie and Corbin’s backstory. But I still feel like this season is lacking in momentum, and while we’re told everything fits together, we don’t really see it. Henry’s plan way too often seem to be just kind of Generally Being Evil, and that’s just not that much fun to watch. Hopefully everything will come together. We’ll see.

Elsewhere, Henry tells Irving he can reclaim his soul by killing the drunk driver who hit and paralyzed Macy. Unless I missed something, it’s entirely unclear why said drunk driver is in the psych hospital with Irving. Did Henry just magic him in there somehow? Even if it doubles as a rehab place, this is years later and he wouldn’t still be there. Ugh. Anyway, Irving tries to kill him but sort of stops – or he’s clearly thinking about stopping, anyway, when the orderlies pull him away. He’s in trouble, of course, and he makes a confusing call to Abbie in which he basically says that he’s terrible and doomed, but it’s not clear exactly why he’s calling, other than that the show needs Abbie and Crane to know what’s going on to go save him.

And then at the end there’s a creepy spider thing with Katrina that I honestly don’t even want to think about. But I guess that will be our case of the week next week! Oh joy!

Other favorite lines and points of interest:

  • “Superman is Peter Parker? No no no, that’s the arachnid fellow.” THE ARACHNID FELLOW.
  • “Those who fight monsters should see to it that in the process they do not become one.”
  • I feel the need to remind you of this entire exchange: “…a close friend of mine, Daniel Boone.” “Daniel Boone, as in the guy with a raccoon on his head?” “How is it that the man who settled Kentucky is remembered by the modern world as the guy with a raccoon on his head?” “Probably because he wore a raccoon on his head.” “Well, very rarely. Daniel much preferred beaver pelt.” “As much as I would love to debate the variety of rodent hats that existed in your days, can we please refocus?”
  • “These unwinding activities – your yoga, your video games – they miss the purpose of relaxation.”
  • “You had me at secret Masonic cell.”
  • Crane on his son: “Needless to say, he’s going through a rebellious phase.”
  • I loved Joe telling Crane to tell his son he loves him.
  • “I get it, you’re fluent in Shawnee, Mr. Dances with Wendigo.”
  • Crane cutting his hand so he would be Wendigo bait along with Abbie was a nice touch to show his commitment to being in this together with her, but also made me happy on a philosophical level given that female characters are much more often used as bait in these situations.
  • “Are you gaming online?” “I’m not entirely sure.”
  • “Even God thought the devil was beautiful, before he fell.”

Sleepy Hollow Clips: And the Abyss Gazes Back

Sleepy HollowReady for some clips from tonight’s episode of Sleepy Hollow, “And the Abyss Gazes Back”? In addition to some yoga- and drinking-related hilarity, it looks like we’re going to meet Sheriff Corbin’s son Joe, played by Zach Appelman! I’m curious to see what his deal is, other than getting into bar fights. Sleepy Hollow airs on Fox tonight at 9/8c.

Meet Joe Corbin:

A Soul for a Soul:

Sleepy Hollow Thoughts & Open Thread: Weeping Lady

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Sleepy Hollow‘s latest episode, “Weeping Lady,” featured another monster from Crane’s past that didn’t really have much to do with the ongoing story. That’s not necessarily a huge problem, but this season is feeling like it has less momentum than last season, and things like this don’t help. So, Sleepy Hollow’s local Weeping Lady ghost – who was relatively harmless until Crane came to town – has started going after people – especially women close to Crane. This is because she’s actually Mary Wells, who was betrothed to Crane as a child in England and apparently didn’t think he was serious when he broke off the engagement upon leaving for the colonies. She showed up on colonial Sleepy Hollow, saw Katrina (who was engaged to Abraham at the time) talking to Crane, and flipped out. So far as Crane knew, she went back to her family in England.

Mary’s first victim is the adorable historical reenactor Caroline (Laura Spencer), and I’m so sad that this means we won’t be seeing her in future episodes. She did at least have a few fun scenes before she died, and I liked the implication that this was an ongoing friendship and that Crane is involved with the reenactors in general. After giving Crane some new period clothes, Caroline confesses her attraction for him, at which point he has to awkwardly explain that he’s married – and of course Abbie walks in in the middle of this conversation. “This is not what it looks like, Mrs. Crane.” “Mrs. what now?” Abbie and I are both very amused by the whole thing. Crane is extremely upset about Caroline’s death, even before he realizes she was targeted because of him – as he points out, he doesn’t have a lot of friends in Sleepy Hollow. But he puts together a touching memorial for Caroline at which he suggests that he will stay involved with the other reenactors. That’s probably good for him.

Mary next goes after Abbie while she and Crane – and coincidentally Hawley – are doing research at the library. I like the Abbie/Hawley dynamic here, especially as she gets him to admit that his behavior last week was not completely admirable, and that part of the reason why he’s less interested in helping than she thinks he should be is because he hasn’t dealt with real monsters before and is scared. Reasonable! Mary starts to drown Abbie, pulling her into the river right from the library, and Crane pulls her back just in time. But she’s unconscious, and he’s distraught – this is the first of two times this episode when he calls her “Abbie” rather than “Lieutenant” or “Miss Mills” while he’s upset – and Hawley appears to save the day with CPR. Crane probably doesn’t know CPR, huh? Add that to his list.

Mary’s final target is, of course, Katrina, the one she sees as responsible for her death. Katrina just barely escapes, and tells Crane that Mary was raised by powerful dark magic – Henry. Crane and Abbie manage to defeat Mary, and just before she dies (again?) Crane asks what really happened to her and she points to Katrina. I was hoping Katrina had outright killed her, because that would be more interesting, but no, they were arguing about Crane and Mary fell to her death. Katrina claims to have covered it all up – including writing a letter to Crane “from” Mary – in order to protect him and his mission, but Crane is furious to discover yet another big secret his wife was keeping from him. He suggests to Abbie that his loyalty to Katrina is wavering: “Our duty must be to one another before anything or anyone.” And really, his whole emphasis on complete love and trust and openness is a weirdly modern view of marriage, but okay. I’m curious to see if these revelations actually change anything in the Katrina/Crane/Abbie dynamic.

Meanwhile, Abraham continues to be creepy and try to convince Katrina – his prisoner – to be with him “willingly,” and I don’t think he understands what that means. He also seems to think he can involve Henry in his plans to the point he wants but keep him from wreaking any other havoc, and . . . I doubt it. As even Moloch complains in this episode, Henry is not good at just following orders. And he certainly has his own agenda: “I relish any chance to cause my parents pain.” Moloch reveals that Katrina is a Hellfire Shard, whatever that means, and so Henry should really stop raising monsters who will try to kill her.

Other favorite lines and points of interest:

  • “Oh look, she comes bearing a selection of delicacies from the Far East.”
  • I loved the classic teen-couple-in-a-car monster moment, and the resulting high school visit. “I take it that you’re suggesting more than a visit to an apiary.” Hee.
  • “A missive composed by thumb cannot adequately convey emotions.” “Hence emoticons.”
  • Caroline’s “I <3 Founding Fathers" mug!
  • “Free copies, free Internet.”
  • “Do people who sell Christmas trees all believe in Santa Claus?”
  • I am dubious about respectable colonial women wandering around in the woods alone.
  • “Any port in a storm, right?” “I don’t think that’s how that phrase is supposed to be used.” “I meant it literally, not figuratively.”
  • Loved the Jenny/Hawley scene at the end.