Now that’s what I’m looking for! Mystery, ghosts, horsemen, spooky legends, red herrings up the wazoo. And a couple history lessons (accuracy questionable).
Ichabod moves out of the motel and into Corbin’s cabin,complete with acknowledgement of last week’s bullet holes. That’s pretty good for a show not known for its continuity. The show is settling into a nice rhythm of acknowledging Ichabod’s unfamiliarity with the world without being overwhelming. Spackle, Scotch tape, clam shell packaging, and plastic in general. Ha!
This week we get the Sleepy Hollow version of the Roanoke Island legend. It’s much more interesting than Supernatural‘s version (“Croatoan”), but then, the primary focus of each was quite different.
A mysterious boy appears in Sleepy Hollow with a mysterious disease that quickly turns into a plague. Leave it Smartypants Crane to figure out the lad comes from the lost colony of Roanoke, North Carolina. (They didn’t have two-letter postal abbreviations for states back then. Heck, they didn’t even have states!) But it’s Abbie who figures out the plague’s cure, with the help of a potentially mysterious woman in the chapel—who turns out to be just a woman. It’s red herring #3.
“Hey! What about red herrings #1 and #2?” you ask. Red herring #1: Mimosa pudica, that plant in the woods that Ichabod touched; the same plant Abbie refused to take from Creepy Roanoke Girl. I was sure that was going to be the source of the plague. Wrong! Red herring #2: Jones and Morales. Morales was going to show his evil side and Jones was going end up dead. Nope. But Morales being on the dark side could just be another red herring.
And how about that call from Oxford University, telling Morales that Crane is a tenured professor on loan to the Westchester County law enforcement? Nothing strange about that!
Katrina’s back after a two-episode absence. At least they had the forethought to explain it. Again, pretty good for a show whose continuity is not its greatest asset. She doesn’t give us much new information, except there’s a reason she’s stuck in purgatory. But we’ll have to wait until sweeps to find out what that reason is.
So Moloch oversees Purgatory (or “pergatrie” if you’re British). And determines where the souls end up? What are the odds of a demon sending anyone to heaven?
It was great to see Charles Malik Whitfield again, but they really misused him. Where was the brass and sass of Victor Henriksen? Sleepy Hollow missed a great opportunity to create a memorable character.
And how about that ending? Did not see that coming! Thank you for the explanation, Mr. Smartypants. (I use that term with the greatest affection.) Without your summation, I might have been awake all night trying to figure it out.
In three weeks: John Cho! James Frain! Abbie cries! A guy from Fringe (which I never watched). And Tom Mison looking hilarious in a Colonial wig.