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Sleepy Hollow: Root of All Evil Recap

Sleepy Hollow

Here we are at a new episode, well Katrina is hanging with the Horseman who is trying to convince her that Ichabod is the bad guy.  Katrina is trying to help Ichabod by learning Moloch’s plan, I still don’t know how she plans on tell him the plan when she discovers it.  Henry is Irving’s lawyer now and he has made Irving sign something with blood.

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Sleepy Hollow: The Kindred Recap

Sleepy Hollow

Here is an all new episode of Sleepy Hollow, lets recap what happened in last weeks season premiere; Ichabod got out of the coffin, Abbie was released from purgatory, Jenny is alive, and Ichabod drove a car.

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What We Would like to See Happen on ‘Sleepy Hollow’ This Season

With season 2 of Sleepy Hollow beginning next week, we wanted to share everything that we would like to see happen on this season of Sleepy Hollow.

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Sleepy Hollow – Abbie vs Katrina

Are you Team Abbie or Team Katrina?

Are you Team Abbie or Team Katrina?

Originally, I had thought to do another female perspective post about Sleepy Hollow, much like the one I had done on Sherlock.  Even after I had written the post that way, I still was not happy with it.  Then I thought about how so many people are either Team Abbie or Team Katrina, I thought it might be a better idea to actually talk about that, since I have not chosen a team yet, I can be an unbiased.  Let us  look at the two main women in Ichabod Crane’s life.

I should mention that there will be spoilers if you are not caught up.

Katrina

Katrina Crane

Katrina Crane

I decided to look at Katrina first because well she was first.  Katrina is Ichabod’s wife, so that alone gives her points.  Ichabod is such a noble character, let’s be fair he is not going to do anything while Katrina is still “alive,” by alive I mean trapped in purgatory/ kidnapped by the headless horseman.  Lets talk about the headless horsemen and his part in this threesome.  Before the horseman became the bringer of death, he was a normal person.  More importantly, he was Ichabod’s best friend and Katrina’s fiancé.  Then Katrina decided that she wanted Ichabod, betrothals and arrangements be damned.

I don't care that I am betrothed already, I want Ichabod

I don’t care that I am betrothed already, I want Ichabod

I will give props to Ichabod, he did his best to let Brom know what was going on but it was not enough to stop the hurt and betrayal that Brom felt.  It can be argued that if Katrina had just done what she was supposed to do in the first place that none of this would have happened.  Alas, she did not so now we have crazy Sleepy Hollow.  I will give points to Katrina she did what she could to help Ichabod after he had awaken; she did put a resurrection spell on him.

Katrina with her coven

Katrina with her coven

Lets talk about the fact that she is a witch, it can be argued against her how she never told Ichabod that she was one.  In her defense, they were burning witches at that time, so it was pretty much on a need to know bases.  Speaking of need to know bases, it should be mentioned how Katrina kept from Ichabod that they had a baby together and why she was in purgatory.  Lets start with the baby; she could have mentioned that to him really quickly one of the his earlier visits.  Hey, hunny just so you know we had a baby, I am not sure what happened to him I had to send him away because I was a witch.

Baby Crane aka Henry Parish aka the Horseman of War

Baby Crane aka Henry Parish aka the Horseman of War

Ichabod would have went looking for baby anyway so it’s not like her telling him early on would have changed that.  The only that might have changed is that they might have figured out that Henry Parish was Ichabod’s and Katrina’s son earlier.  I really don’t think it would have made much difference because he was already set to be War anyway.  On to Katrina’s next omission, not telling Ichabod that Brom was Death and that he is the reason Moloch is keeping her purgatory.  Granted that information would have pretty much negated an entire episode, that was a pretty cool episode because they had to question someone without a head.  Katrina seems to have a thing about giving out information, if she does not deem is important she doesn’t say it.  I will give her the first meeting, she was really happy to see Ichabod.

Ichabod and Katrina seeing each other again

Ichabod and Katrina seeing each other again

During that first meeting, she did have a short window to tell him things that he needed to know in order to understand why he was alive.  The meetings after that Katrina should have been giving out more information.  With all that being said, it is obvious that Katrina does care for Ichabod, she does always worry for him every time he visits her in purgatory.  She was not happy to see him when he went into purgatory for real to get her out.  I would like to point out how Katrina is not worried about Abbie, when Abbie was in purgatory and offering to stay in Katrina’s place Katrina wasn’t going to let her.  Why is that, because Katrina had no reason to fear Abbie, Ichabod is not going anywhere.

Abbie

Lieutenant Abbie Mills

Lieutenant Abbie Mills

On to Abbie, well she is already down a peg because well Ichabod is loyal to his wife.  Lets be fair right now Abbie stands no chance with Ichabod.  With that being said, she compliments Ichabod rather well.  They both have the same mission – to stop the apocalypse.  It can be argued that they were just thrown in together on this, since they are the two witnesses.  In some ways that is true, but they have managed to make the best out of the situation and they have also found away to understand each other.   They also have a strong desire to protect those they care about, for Abbie it is her sister and for Ichabod it is Katrina (obviously they have a strong desire to protect each other).  Abbie is doing a really great job of introducing Ichabod to the modern world and helping him adapt.

Abbie teaching Ichabod about baseball

Abbie teaching Ichabod about baseball

I have to say those interactions are among some of the best in the show.  Abbie does care for Ichabod and Ichabod for her; it is shown during many of the episodes.  They are always trying to save the other one or help the other one in any way that they can.

Ichabod appreciates that Abbie is this with him

Ichabod appreciates that Abbie is this with him

Ichabod does what he can to help Abbie’s relationship with her sister.  Abbie does everything that she can to help Ichabod get the answers that he seeks.  There is a bond between Abbie and Ichabod, one that Katrina will never be able to have with Ichabod, a bond that is only seen between soldiers.  Abbie fights, carries a gun, and is an all around badass, something Katrina is not.  In Katrina’s defense, women of her time were not raised to be that way.  In the modern world women are different and were raised differently.  Unfortunately because of that, Ichabod is going to look at Abbie like a fellow solider and not as a romantic interest for a while, at least that is what I think.  Abbie definitely gets that, she is does not want Ichabod to look at her like that, if she did then her ass would have never taken Katrina’s place in purgatory.  Abbie is a strong independent woman who does not need a man because she is going to do what it is that she does.

Abbie is a BAMF

Abbie is a BAMF

Abbie is pretty much going to do what she needs to do to stop the upcoming apocalypse, if she has to beat up some demons the woods she will.  If she has to go into a haunted house she will and if she has to fight the headless horseman she is cool with that.  Abbie will go into dream worlds to help find answers, she will break into buildings, and if she has to try to destroy the headless horseman’s head she will do that too.

Abbie trying to destroy the headless horseman's head.

Abbie trying to destroy the headless horseman’s head.

Points that can be made in Abbie’s favor that she has never lied to Ichabod or kept important information from him.  Her actions did not help cause the horseman of Death or the horseman of War.  Since the first two horsemen have a connection to Ichabod, I wonder if the last two will have a connection to Abbie.

As I mentioned before I have not chosen a team yet, I think it will be a long time before I do.  I am a hopeless romantic so I just adore how devoted to Katrina Ichabod is, I would not change that about him.  I think it would hurt his character and make him less likeable if he went after Abbie.  At the same time, I like a buddy buddy relationship of Abbie and Ichabod.  They have a lot of things going on in their lives right now that need to be dealt with.  Lets face it Abbie does have quite a few issues that she needs to work out.  Right now, I think a romance between Ichabod and Abbie would be harmful to the end goal and their friendship; it would destroy the bond they have built.  Not to mention I kinda see Abbie and Ichabod’s relationship similar to Goliath and Elsa’s relationship on Gargoyles.  They need time to learn to trust each other before it can be anything more.  Much like Goliath, Ichabod does need to get over his ex.  For now I am still not choosing a team, I would like to see more from the show first.

Are you Team Katrina or Team Abbie and why?

-Christena

Sleepy Hollow Recap: Season Finale

Sleepy Hollow

It took me about 30 minutes to even start trying to write this after the season finale, because well OMG.  This was definitely one of the best season finales ever.  Lets recap what happened last week, a demon possessed Macey and made her kill a priest, oh and the demon possessed look does not look good on anyone.

This episode starts with Abbie leaving a voice mail on Ichabod’s phone; I must say Ichabod has the nicest voice mail.  Then Ichabod texts Abbie back, he is moving up in the world he can text now and he had to deal with autocorrect.  While Abbie is in her kitchen she finds Andy Brooks sitting on the floor, well hello Andy thanks for stopping by to visit, what news from Moloch do you have to bring.

OK, Andy what do you have to say?

OK, Andy what do you have to say?

Andy basically repeats what they already know which is that Ichabod is supposed to deliver Abbie’s soul to the Moloch.  Andy also makes sure that Abbie knows that he does love her, before he leaves.

Ichabod is playing around with Washington’s bible to decode the secret messages in it.  It is discovered that Washington knew that Ichabod was one of the witnesses – can someone please tell me how he knew this.  Apparently, Washington knew all about the supernatural stuff that was going on, I guess that is how you become President know about all the crazy stuff.   Washington had some magic performed on him when he died to protect him from the evil that was around.  Then he had them resurrect him like 4 days later so that he could exist between worlds and draw the map to purgatory for Ichabod to find in the future.  Can anyone else say Zombie George Washington?  Ichabod does his I am beyond brilliant thing, kinda like Batman and Sherlock Holmes and figures out that the priest who died in the first episode might have some answers.  Naturally when they need help with things that require psychic powers they call in Henry Parish.  Apparently, Ichabod dated Betsy Ross at one point.

Irving is questioned about what happen the night the demon possessed Macey.  Irving later finds out that his daughter is in for questioning and they are taking a DNA sample from her because of the priest and cop that died in the safe house.  We all know that Demon Macey did it, but obviously, the other cops are not going to accept that answer.  Irving naturally asks them how his 13-year-old handicapped daughter was supposed have killed someone.  They don’t care and tell Irving that if his daughter is a match they will arrest her.

Down in the sewers where dead Andy lives, him and Moloch talk.  This causes a bunch of bat to come flying at Andy, which all I can think is run.  The bats form a cocoonish thing around Andy.  We later find out this morphed Andy into a bald creature that really channels Moloch or another demon.  This new Andy, well it’s not his best look, but better than the snapped neck look.

Ichabod, Abbie, and Henry all go to the grave of the priest and they have Henry touch the body of the priest.

At the grave of the priest

At the grave of the priest

He gets a bunch of visions but the beads are cursed so it is hard for him to keep hold.  However, he grabs back on because he wants to help them find the map and free Katrina.  Henry is able to give them some information about that helps them figure out that the map is with Washington’s body.   I swear they are going to get this guy killed with the amount they make him use his psychic powers.  Of course, a bunch of demons come out of the ground to attack them; Ichabod and Abbie beat them off.

The downside with going to visit’s Washington’s grave is that there are 2 different grave sites.   Thanks to Henry’s vision, they know which one to visit.

Searching for Washington's grave

Searching for Washington’s grave

They get to the gravesite and naturally there is more than one possible option, because is can never be that easy.  I naturally thought of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade where Indy had to figure out which cup was the actual Holy Grail.  Ichabod was able to deduce which one of the graves was Washington’s grave.  Then they walk down a tunnel and the Washington’s stone coffin rolls out, now we are in National Treasure.  They open the stone coffin where Ichabod takes the map from Washington.

Washington's grave

Washington’s grave

Andy decides to visit them in the crypt at this point by jumping down Batman style.  Abbie is able to pull Andy out from his demon-possessed haze long enough for him to beg her to kill him.  Abbie thrust a spear like instrument through Andy’s head and Andy dies…again.  Unfortunately, Andy blocked the only entrance out of the crypt but they are able to find another way out, again National Treasure.  Oh look, Andy is getting back up I guess he is not dead…again.  Abbie, Ichabod, and Henry get out of the crypt as it collapse thus I think actually killing Andy.  Andy had asked Abbie to burn the map; Abbie convinces Ichabod that burning the map is the right thing to do.  As much as Ichabod wants to free Katrina, he burns the map.  I swear I could hear all the Ichabod and Abbie shippers screaming for joy. Last time I checked Ichabod has a photographic memory can’t he just use that ability and memorize the map?

While all of this is going on Irving decides that he is going to do whatever it takes to save his daughter.  Irving turns in his gun and says that he was the one who killed the priest.  The last we see of Irving is him being led away to jail, Irving wins the father of the year award for protecting his daughter.

Ichabod finally uses his photographic memory ability and redraws the map; there was no way he was going to leave his wife in purgatory.  Henry has a dream of Moloch raising the 2nd horseman from the grave.  Then Ichabod finds himself back in the Revolutionary War time and he sees a ginger lady walking by so he follows her thinking that it is Katrina.  The ginger lady is not Katrina, sorry Ichabod not all gingers are your wife.  Ichabod is not dreaming he actually stumbled upon a Revolutionary War reenactment. Ichabod is able to buy clothes, finally he will getting some new clothes that he likes.  Ichabod buys the exact same thing that he has been wearing.  I see Ichabod is going for the Fred Flintstone method of dressing.  Jenny asks Ichabod if this means that he will be getting rid of his coat but Ichabod reuses to let some hipsters ruin his coat why wearing it all wrong.

They group begins to realize that this is the 13th anniversary of the day Abbie and Jenny saw Moloch in the woods.  They think there is a good chance this means that the 2nd horseman is coming.  Ichabod then confesses that he redrew the map from his memory.  Abbie was not happy about this but Ichabod tells her that never planned on using the map without her knowing.  They know they need Katrina to perform the spell to stop the 2nd Horseman from coming.  Abbie tells Jenny to go through all of Corbin’s stuff because there might be something in there that might help them.  Jenny does not like the idea of Abbie going into purgatory because of the prophecy that Ichabod will deliver her soul to Moloch.  Abbie tells Jenny that she cannot live her life being afraid.  Jenny tells Abbie that she better come back or else she will go in there with guns blazed and get her.

Mills sister moment - love these

Mills sister moment – love these

I love these Mills sister moments.  Ichabod uses the phone to find where they need to go; apparently, the map app is working for him this time.  The last time the map app was not working but the social media updates were.  Henry reminds them that purgatory will try to trick them and if they fall for it, they will be stuck there forever.  Abbie and Ichabod say the incantation that will take them into purgatory, the door opens and they walk in hand in hand.  All I could think of was grammar school class trips hold your buddies hand so you don’t get lost.

Henry as he waits

Henry as he waits

Abbie wakes up in Corbin’s cabin with a bump on her head.  Corbin and Andy are both alive and Abbie is on furlough from the FBI because of her injury.  Corbin and Andy do everything that they can to make Abbie feel welcomed and at home.  Before she is about to eat, the food (all I can think is don’t eat it or else you are stuck, I have obviously read too much Greek myths) Abbie remembers when she said that she would love Corbin to not be dead.  Abbie realizes that this is not real and gets taken out of the cabin.

Ichabod in turn is back in England, Ichabod has been offered a professorship at Oxford and Ichabod’s father is proud of him.  Ichabod is enjoying his coming home party and having his father praise.  Ichabod is giving a glass to drink because they want to trap him and there but then, Ichabod remembers that this is not real because it is something that wanted.  Ichabod is taken out of there.  Side note, great casting on Ichabod’s dad Victor Garber was absolutely perfect in that role.

Jenny doing research

Jenny doing research

Jenny is listening to the tapes, which lead her to visit the ruins of the old Trinity Church (which is the church that Katrina gave baby Jeremy too).  Jenny cannot find anything there but finds a sign buried under some leaves.  Jenny grabs the sign and she calls Abbie telling her that Saints Name is the Sign and that she should not trust someone.  The Horseman of death shows up, shoots Jenny’s car, and flips it over.  Jenny is left for dead as the Horseman walks away.

Ichabod and Abbie find themselves surrounded by the lost souls of purgatory.  Abbie is not sure that it is really Ichabod so she asks him to show her that thing she taught him when they had caught the Headless Horseman, the fist bumps makes another appearance.

Abbie and Ichabod in purgatory

Abbie and Ichabod in purgatory

Abbie and Ichabod find the church that Katrina frequents; of course, Katrina is wondering what Ichabod is doing there.  Ichabod says that he came to free her but Katrina will not leave.  Abbie is not having this because they did not come into purgatory for nothing.  Katrina tells them that she can leave but that someone must stay in her place.  Abbie volunteers to say, Ichabod tries to talk her out of it but he cannot.    Good job Ichabod you fulfilled the prophecy.  Ichabod tells Abbie that he vows to get her out and Katrina gives Abbie her pendent that will protect her from Moloch.  Now all the Katrina and Ichabod shippers are screaming for joy.   I guess that Abbie will not be getting Ichabod that phone upgrade. Ichabod and Katrina leave purgatory where they meet Henry who is waiting for them.  Katrina performs the spell over the area where the 2nd Horseman should be.

While in purgatory Abbie runs into Moloch really early on and she fights him like the badass that she is, the necklace also helps.  Abbie runs away and finds herself in the dollhouse that she and her sister had as kids.  In the dollhouse are the kid versions of Abbie and Jenny.  Young Abbie tells older Abbie that she exist because Moloch took part of their memories of that day away.  Older Abbie asks to see the memory, it was of Moloch raising someone out of the coffin.  Abbie freaks out and tries to get out of there but she cannot because she it trapped.

Casting the spell did nothing, which Katrina does not understand.  Then Henry performs some magic and traps Katrina and Ichabod against the tree.  Henry is the 2nd Horseman – War, well that is just great.

SH- Henry the 2nd horseman

That is not all we find out the body that Jenny and Abbie saw Moloch pulling out of the grave was that of Jeremy Crane.  Jeremy’s blood was strong enough to keep him alive so he feed off the vines.  He heard Moloch calling to him, willing to give him salvation, Jeremy considers Moloch to be his father.  When Jeremy got out, he took on the name of first church he saw – Henry Parish.  What Henry is the son of Ichabod and Katrina; I did not see that coming.  The Headless Horseman comes and takes Katrina with him.  Jeremy then buried Ichabod in his coffin.

Ichabod trapped and buried in Jeremy's grave

Ichabod trapped and buried in Jeremy’s grave

At the end, Irving is in jail, Jenny is possibly dead, Abbie is trapped in purgatory, Katrina was taken away by the Headless Horseman, Ichabod is buried alive in his son’s grave, and Henry is really Ichabod’s and Katrina’s son.

The season finale – amazing especially the last 10 minutes, I definitely did not see Henry being the 2nd horseman or him being Ichabod and Katrina’s son.  To leave all the main character’s lives up in the air is crazy.  I was freaking out about this ending for 30 minutes.  I do still have issue with George Washington knowing that Ichabod was a witness that definitely felt like a plot device.  I am not sure how I feel about zombie George Washington, he came back just so he could draw that map.  This episode was channeling National Treasure more so them some of the other ones.  I can’t say that I don’t enjoy the spins on history because I do.  I don’t also want to feel like I am watching something I have already watched before either.  Other than those issues I really enjoyed this episode.  Ichabod and phone technology was amazing.  I always love those Mills sister moments.  Irving really got the dad of the year away by protecting his daughter.  The writers did a great job and they really hit all the major points.

Until the fall,

-Christena

Sleepy Hollow’s writing cliches

I have been wanting to blog about Sleepy Hollow for a while, but I just never sat down and wrote the blog.  I had to sit down and write this short one.

Did anyone else have issues with Abraham being the Headless Horseman?  Did anyone else have issues about the secret baby?

Brom

Brom

We all knew Brom had to be in the show at some point, in the story he is Kartina’s fiancé.  I am even alright with Brom and Ichabod being friends.  Even though I do think Ichabod was a bit of scoundrel by taking Katrina away from him.  I know Ichabod did not do it on purpose.  I do have some issue with the fact that because Katrina decided she wanted to be with Ichabod this caused Brom to become angry.  It is because of this anger that Moloch was able to turn him into the horseman of Death.  Moloch now has Katrina trapped in a plane between worlds because Brom still wants her.  Now the beef between Ichabod and the Headless Horseman is over a girl.  That is one of the oldest tv/movie cliché’s ever.  I am a bit disappointed in the writers for not coming up with something better.

Brom is the Headless Horseman

Brom is the Headless Horseman

While we are talking about writing cliché’s, Katrina had a baby.  A baby that Ichabod did not know about because he dies before Katrina can even tell him she is pregnant.  I was so annoyed when I saw that scene.   Naturally, Katrina never mentioned this during any of her dream meetings with Ichabod.  Now we are going to have to watch Ichabod search for this missing child.  Of course Ichabod is going to obsess over his child, he is too good of a man not to.

Katrina, she hides that she is a witch and now she hides that she had a baby.

Katrina, she hides that she is a witch and now she hides that she had a baby.

Now two things we have to deal with on the show is the love triangle between Ichabod, Katrina and Brom.  We are going to have watch Ichabod search for this missing child.  The writers have used some of the oldest clichés in the book.  I am annoyed with this because the show is so interesting.  I love the story line and where it was going – but they had to add in these writing clichés.

I am wondering what do the other Sleepy Hollow fans think of these new story developments?

-Christena