Sleepy Hollow: Necromancer (108)

Oh Ichabod.  For such a smart and sensitive man, your timing is atrocious.  You tell your “best friend” Abraham of the love you and his former fiance have for each other the day after she breaks up with him?  While you’re on an important super-secret mission?  Behind enemy lines?

I’m not sure it was the writers’ intention, but Ichabod was rather unlikable this week.  He doesn’t seem to care about his best bud’s feelings (while professing he does), and he lets the Headless Horseman manipulate him so much, he yells at Abbie “I am in control!” when clearly he’s not.

Katrina and Crane celebrate Katrina's engagement—to another.

Katrina: Pretty high highfalutin’ for a Quaker, doncha’ think?

This show makes no sense.  Did you know the Horseman’s “mission” was to kill the Masons?  I thought it was to find his head to bring about the End of Days. Did I miss something along the way?  Or is this just another convenient change in direction to further the story?  Sort of like…

Katrina the Quaker nurse prancing around in ornate dresses and accessories, attending posh soirees.  And why does she speak with a thick British accent when she’s supposed to be Colonial?  I’m not sure if the Katrina problem is that the show creators don’t know what to do with her, or if it’s because the actress isn’t particularly good.

On to the episode:  the Headless Horseman is bound in iron under UV lights in a cell built by Thomas Jefferson (complete with an observation room equipped with bulletproof glass, thank you very much).  Ichabod decides to interrogate Headless via DeadAndy (since Headless is, well, headless and can’t speak for himself).  Andy says it won’t end well, and it surely doesn’t.  Ichabod discovers a locket that Abraham gave Katrina, and that brings back all sorts of memories.  And guilt.  Don’t forget the guilt.

Meanwhile, Headless’s horse roams the countryside.  When a modern-day Hessian happens upon Horse, he calls in Hell Team Three.  How they know Headless is being held under UV lights and behind hex candles is anyone’s guess.  Maybe the horse told them?  They steal the Thracian Phiale, an artifact that can break the hex spell, hide it inside DeadAndy, and blow up the power plant to cut the UV lights.  In all the time since Jefferson until now, didn’t anyone ever think to install a generator?  Bad foresight.

Captain Irvivng leads Jenny Mills to the scene of the crime.

Egads! The ‘shipping has already started!

With the power and UV lights out Irving decides Team Save-the-World needs more weapons.  And who does he take with him?  Abbie and Jenny, of course, leaving an emotional Crane to stay with Headless and Andy.  Stupid move #3.  Crane could have helped with the ammo while Abbie stayed behind to babysit the evil.  But nooo, Crane can’t leave well enough alone, and confronts Headless yet again.  Once Andy retrieves the Tracian Phiale from his insides and begins the incantation to break the hex spell, the chains come off (literally), and Crane recognizes Headless is actually his friend Abraham from his dueling moves.

I’m not sure how I like this change of events.  On the one hand, it makes Headless’s desire to kill Crane more understandable.  On the other hand, we’re not dealing with the horseman born of myth and spoken of in Revelation.

Abbie Mills ponders the events of the day.

Lest we forget, Abbie by candlelight.  Pretty!

At least Abbie and Crane now know the Horseman’s weak link—Katrina.  That’s why Abraham sold his soul to head demon honcho Moloch, and why Katrina is now biding her time in purgatory (until it becomes convenient for her to make another appearance, of course).

This show is so sloppy with details, it’s kind of laughable.  I should take my cue from Supernatural and just go with the flow.  At least now I’m glad the season is only 13 episodes long.

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9 responses to “Sleepy Hollow: Necromancer (108)

  1. I can build threads of support around some of your complaints. But not bringing a generator down to power the UV lights?! Utter stupidity.

    I didn’t like Crane’s demeanor in this episode, either. There was an attitude even in the way he moved that I didn’t like. I’ll blame the director. I think often when a character seems “off” in performance, it’s because of the way they’re directed (and the takes that director chooses to edit into the episode). I can buy him getting flustered or angry, but he was acting out of character in too many ways.

    Now, about Katrina… We don’t know how much time passed between Katrina and Crane meeting and the flashback about the necklace. Being a Quaker nurse doesn’t totally negate the possibility of being the daughter of someone with enough standing to arrange a marriage. She did say they were trying to eliminate the type of life represented at the party, and that was part of the reason why she was calling off the marriage. So maybe she was just very complex. 🙂

    The revelation about Abraham is kind of a game-changer, IMO. If Headless was really Death, one of the official Horsemen of the Apocalypse, everything swirling around him is at a level that’s not combatable. Aren’t the events of Revelations inevitable? There’s nothing in there about how to stop it all, is there? (I really don’t know, not having read it myself. 🙂 ) So Headless being a guy converted by magic into this immortal Thing lowers the entire battle to something far more managable. My theory is that it’s about a group of people who want to bring about the apocalypse themselves (probably because of power, it’s always about unimaginable power), and they’re replicating the events depicted in Revelations. They’re demonically connected, but the good guys who were fighting them on Washington’s side are tapped into something supernatural, too, so that makes the whole thing much more mundane.

    I don’t know if any of that makes sense. LOL If it’s incoherent, it’s because I have a cold. 🙂

    • You make a good point about the Horseman’s identity, but I’m still not convinced the show made the same salient reasoning.

      How can you say the Apocalypse is not compatible? The Winchesters battled it. And won! 🙂 Oh yeah, you have a cold. (Get better!)

      • Oh, I’m not convinced they did, either. I HOPE that’s what they’re going for, but they might not be that good. 😉

        This is a completely different kind of apocalypse! With completely different kinds of apocalypse-fighters! So not fair to use Winchester standards. LOL

        (Thank you!)

  2. I think it would help a lot if they put dates on the flashbacks, so we have a better idea of how time is progressing for Ichabod and Katrina in the Colonial Era.

    Clearly, Ichabod was completely guileless back in the day, to not recognize that telling Abraham why Katrina dumped him was a spectacularly bad idea. That’s the only thing I can come up with; he’s just too darn honest for his own good sometimes. Timing, Ichabod, you need to work on your timing.

    The big question for me was, how on earth did thoughtful, straightforward Ichabod become friends with that rich, self-righteous douchebag?

    • I agree, giving us dates so we can map the timeline would make it a lot easier. But then they would have no fallback on the consistency stuff. If they stay vague on it, they have a little leeway. LOL

      Maybe they were friends since childhood. That explains a lot of relationships that seem odd in adulthood.

    • All those new posts! You have been a busy, busy girl! I must put you back in the links list ASAP.

      PS. I hope Black Friday wasn’t too bad for ya.

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