Sleepy Hollow "Blood Moon" Review: Evil's Found a New Home

Sleepy Hollow S01E02: Blood Moon


Well, there you have it. The second episode of Sleepy Hollow. Did it pass the test? Did it live up to last week's insane pilot? In many ways, I'd say that it was a pretty good second outing for the series. 

"Blood Moon" jumped right in after a very brief recounting of what transpired last week. It was more focused and less jam-packed than the premiere, which had a lot to do and a relatively short amount of time to do it. The centralized stand-alone story that fits like a puzzle piece into the larger season-long arc is probably what future episodes of Sleepy Hollow will be like. It's similar to Supernatural and other genres shows in that way, and that's definitely not a bad thing. If it risks becoming too serialized, it could lose viewers who fall behind, or it could keep new viewers from jumping in mid-way through. If it becomes too much of a procedural, where Abbie and Ike (Ichabod is a horribly annoying name to type) run around Sleepy Hollow solving random crimes with no larger purpose, the series risks losing viewers who want character development and serialized storytelling rather than just filler plot.

This episode proved that the series can do a mixture of the two and still remain highly entertaining, even if a bit ridiculous. The opening scene in which Ike was being chased by the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse was clearly a dream, made even more obvious by Katrina's presence, as she's trapped in the world between worlds. But it was also the only time we saw Steve (the Horseman) in this hour. As Ike was quick to tell us, once he trotted away on his horse at the end of the premiere, Steve has been MIA. Which answers the question of how the series would tackle cases of the week, Steve's presence, and the secret history of the United States every week, and the answer was simply: it's not going to.

The case of the week, as provided by Katrina, was to track down and destroy the remains of a witch who was burned at the stake before she could return and set off a chain reaction of evil. Or something. But before Abbie and Ike could do that, that scary demon thing that scared the bejusus out of all of us, brought Evil John Cho back to life! And gave us a scene even worse than the neck snapping scene from last week!

    

While I'm glad they didn't actually kill Evil John Cho off in the premiere (what a waste of talent that would have been), HOLY SHIT. WHAT. THE. CRAP. IS. THAT. So far this series has really found a way to balance the humor and the horror aspects, and for that I am grateful. But man, that scene was creepy.

So Evil John Cho was charged with finding the descendants of the men who were responsible for Witchy Woman's death in the first place, so she could use their ashes to return to her own body. Which was kind of cool with me, because the burned carcass she was walking around in was half the First Slayer and half Clara's charred remains from Season 7 of Doctor Who, and it was 100 percent not attractive. It's unclear to me how no one in town noticed that A) Evil John Cho's body was missing from the morgue, B) Evil John Cho was just strolling the streets of Sleepy Hollow, and C) Evil John Cho had stolen a police car and was using it for his own personal use. But you know, whatever. I guess Abbie's the only cop who works in Sleepy Hollow.

After Abbie and Ike recovered the Sheriff's secret files (and discovered—or remembered if you're Ike—the secret tunnel system below the streets of Sleepy Hollow), they made easy work of Witchy Woman by lighting her on fire (simple bullets did no good because Magick and Stuff). But Evil John Cho is still out there, and still doing the bidding of that creepy demon guy, so it's kind of like winning the race but finding out you accidentally signed up for the evil decathlon instead and now have to fight nine other supernatural battles.

Also returning this week despite having met the business end of Mr. Slashy (the Horseman's broad axe, of course), was Clancy Brown! Guess this show really is taking its cues from Supernatural, because no one's really staying all that dead. Okay, that's not really true. The Sheriff really is dead, but that didn't stop Abbie from chatting him up in his office, where he offered her this advice: "Don't be afraid of Number 49. That's where you'll find you're not alone." Number 49, of course, meant Room 49, the room in which Abbie's sister Jennifer Mills lives at the local nuthouse. And creepy demon guy is coming for her, which is most definitely not a good sign.

This episode was more streamlined and less batshit crazy than the premiere, but it still had the elements that made the pilot so damn appealing. The easy chemistry and banter between Abbie and Ike continued, Ike's confusion regarding modern technology (and outrage at the doughnut tax) was still funny, there was plenty of supernatural hijinks to go around, and some truly startling moments to keep us on our toes. If the show keeps up this pace, solving immediate threats to thwart the larger threat of the apocalypse while also building and diving deeper into the supernatural world, I can see it having a pretty good run. 


NOTES


— Decapitations this week: 0 ... Steve's on vacation. But one guy did die at the hands of Witchy Woman, so there was still a body count.

— Things that confused Ichabod this week: how electricity works, showers, hairdryers, the outrageous price and tax on doughnuts (we all feel this outrage, Ike), fluorescent lights, and guns being able to hold more than one round.

— I enjoyed seeing all the Post-Its in Ike's hotel room to tell him what everything was and how it worked. It looks oddly similar to my desk right now.

— So the Sheriff was like a father to Abbie, which explains a lot. I do hope Clancy Brown keeps popping up in the future as her sort of spirit guide, or something.

— For the record, Guy Who Burned Alive, I am sorry you died. But if you'd have watched Supernatural (or any horror/supernatural movie ever), you'd know that the first signs of trouble are always flickering lights and weird music being played out of your radio. Always. 

— "I will literally pay you to stop talking." 

— "Her remains ... remain a mystery." Nice one, Ichabod.

— "We burn her to the ground?" / "Oh, with great enthusiasm." 


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Oct 15, 2013
that was terrible Greek... I wonder how difficult is to hire someone who really speaks the language to help them with it. I am sure they can afford it

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Oct 02, 2013
I'm Greek and i love it when they speak greek :)
(even though i have to read the subtitles to realize what they're saying)
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Oct 01, 2013
Just found this yesterday...I love it it humor,horror, bit of history fact/fiction. It reminds me of Supernatural. I hope it sticks around for sometime.
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Sep 30, 2013
I love this show. Ike is cute and funny and the banter and chemistry with Abbie adds helps with the creepy aspects.

I hope they keep Evil John Cho around, I haven't' seem him in anything since FlashForward. However, I do hope that his missing body is commented on eventually otherwise, I'll have to wonder at the effectiveness of the police department.
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Oct 01, 2013
lol , ahh... Tv police departments.
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Sep 29, 2013
I LOVE this show. It has just the right amount of crazy, just the right amount of horror, and the perfect amount of humor and witticisms. Plus, I'm in love with Crane and Mills. I love Ichabod on his own. I love Abbie on her own, but I especially love them together. Together they are the best, and I love it when a show thrives because the leads just have that natural chemistry. The chemistry between the two of them is fabulous, you can't fake or force chemistry and they had it easily in the pilot, and I'm beyond happy to see that it continues. I love a good platonic bond. I really do. Give me a platonic bond with amazing chemistry and I'm in heaven. I'll ship the platonic more than I'll ship anything romantic. So much more you can do with. So these two, and it has only been two episodes mind you, are already one of my favorite platonic bonds on television right now. So much loves.
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Sep 28, 2013
Again, I wouldn't say he was confused by modern stuff - maybe the shower. He figured out how to use the hairdryer and found a reasonable explanation. As to the tax and cost of food? People complain about prices from ten years ago or are shocked when they see price tags on items they rarely purchase.
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Sep 28, 2013
When Abbie said: "....I just want to go back to how it was before." and Ichabod answer was along the lines of: "I don't think you can."
The 54th eye-roll moment of the show. Seriously former "Fringe" creators? Recycling lines straight out of the "Fringe" pilot? Why oh why?
And what does Abby want to go back to exactly? Eating Apple Pie?
Just NO!
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Sep 29, 2013
That's exactly what she wants to go back to. She wants to go back to living her life unaware of the danger that really exists. She wants her friend and mentor back. She doesn't want to spend her time hunting down witches.
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Oct 01, 2013
That apple-pie bit was obviously a joke. I know what she wants to go back to and hell, who could blame her? I am just referring to the fact that they recycled the line from the Fringe pilot.
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Sep 27, 2013
I really want to like this show. The leads have good chemistry and some snappy dialogue, and the mystery/horror vibe is well executed (like that scary demon thing). The writing, though...

I can tell that the show's lackluster writing is going to persistently annoy me and take me out of the show, as it did at times during the first two episodes. There is no reason that a goofy fun show and good writing should be mutually exclusive.

A few random examples of shoddy writing that caught my eye:

1> Ichabod claiming that he has photographic memory. At this point, it has essentially been proven as a hoax in the real world. Which isn't to say that you can't have a really GOOD memory (see: various savants), but photographic memory in particular is little but a lazy writing cliche at this point, up there with the generic, overwrought TV version of amnesia.

2> No one notices that Evil John Cho is alive and walking around (or, for that matter, driving a stolen police car). This, in a small town where people generally know each other...

3> Ichabod grabs a pickaxe out of a fire extinguisher case to break open the wall blocking the entrance to the tunnels. How is it he instantly knew something like that would be there when he's constantly pulling the "fish out of water" routine on far smaller things for sake of comic relief? Pretty sure they didn't have fire extinguishers during the Revolutionary War!

4> The tunnels still being accessible. Conveniently, they also led to the exact room they wanted to sneak into. I guess the police department hasn't moved or renovated in 225+ years?

5> As far as I know, the shelf life of gunpowder caps out at about 80 years or so. Not especially plausible that they could still use it to kill the witch.

6> For that matter, why was that enough to kill the witch? She had returned to her full power and it was still during the blood moon. They were only able to kill her in the past because of the weakening ritual executed by Katrina. I guess we could assume that witches are naturally weak to fire (when dumb enough to walk into it of their own volition, anyway) and give the show a pass on this one.

Really though, that's just the tip of the iceberg with the writing mistakes that I noticed this episode. Lots of little stuff, but it adds up to take me out of the show at times.

Still, it has a certain cheesy charm to it (mostly because of the leads, but it's nice to see ghost Clancy Brown hanging around). I'll give it a few more episodes.
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Sep 28, 2013
I feel the exact same way - I want to like the show, but it's demanding too great a suspension of disbelief - like the people that put in the clearly modern metal structures in the tunnels, didn't notice the boxes of antique gun powder laying around?
I will be giving it another chance, because I like the characters, and it has some good things going for it, but if it keeps relying on these ridiculous contrivances I'm abandoning it.
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Sep 27, 2013
i am liking this show, of course i had dvr'd it, but i got to see it tonight. This has great potential to keep the humor with ike and abbie chemistry and his lack of knowledge of the modern world. The supernatural creatures could prove to be interesting and moving the overall story along while also not bogging us down with drawn out story line where we watch 20 episodes to get one answer -- a mistake i think a lot of serial shows make. We want to be entertained but also have an overall story, this show and supernatural are good at doing that.
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Sep 26, 2013
It survived the second episode test. I was happy things slowed down a little although I was a bit upset to not see Steve and his machine gun. Can't win em all I suppose. Although, Evil John Cho getting his neck snapped back was pretty cool (is it wrong that I wasn't weirded out or creeped out by that at all?)

The balance is nice so far. And they lucked out having the leads be as strong as they are. I'm honestly still a little concerned about how well this show will hold up over the long term but it's crazy enough to keep me happy for the immediate future.
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Sep 26, 2013
like the chemistry, like the show!
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Sep 26, 2013
So far the key to this show are the two leads. The actor playing (I-man) has been on point with his timing and delivery. Mixing comedy and seriousness just right. (Abby) has been the great equalizer playing off his lines with scrutiny and curiosity but also showing toughness.I didn't think they would be chasing the headless one every week. I would assume he's like the BIG BAD.. The final boss if you were! So the show now has flipped into Buffy mode which is ok. The 2nd episode grade=B. Its a fun show and can damn go any direction it chooses. Hollow notes (1) Having John Cho stick around= AWESOME Give him a Campy SUPERVILLAN persona= AWESOMER!! (2) The witch was a little too easy to defeat( was she defeated?) Lets clean that up writers..
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Sep 26, 2013
Interesting series, but there's a lot little holes that are hard to ignore.

Why is Ichabod still dressed like that? As you mentioned, missing body in the morgue and missing car at the station. Nobody noticing him walking around is at least believable, he doesn't look too unusual.

Ichabod slowly picks up the pick axe and starts attacking the wall."What are you doing? You can't do that! Stop!" While making no physical attempt to actually stop him.

"Gunpowder? Does that have an expiration date? Better play it safe." Uh, yeah, THAT'S not gonna come into play shortly. Not that I'm complaining about the action, but sometimes the writing here seems pretty lazy.

It's entertaining enough I'll stick with it for now though.
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Sep 26, 2013
I keep asking myself:"when will someone notice the missing body? And a police car?" but I have to admit that in the end I forgot about those 2 plot holes.
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Sep 26, 2013
I'm definitely all in on Sleepy Hollow

I don't expect it to be as smart or crazy as Fringe, but it's showing thus far to be all that was good about Supernatural (seasons 1-5). And because this universe is out there, smaller details like how nobody noticed Evil John Cho or how exactly are they going to explain the giant hole in the wall of the police station leading to the secret tunnel...that stuff can slide. Though don't push it!
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Sep 27, 2013
i would go with this, until they explain it, outside of the main characters, i do not trust anyone else yet, the morgue could easily be run by someone else who is on the side of evil and the police car could of actually been cho's and no one really replaced him yet, hence no one really noticed it missing. As for the hole, the second he moved the cabinet to make the hole, i knew they could move it back to cover the hole. If anything, how did the cops not hear the explosion? lol But i like the idea and the characters, so letting some things slide is not a problem.
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Sep 27, 2013
Oh ya, forgot about that cabinet, but all a little convenient. You're right though about the explosion.

Just so long as they don't blur the line between suspension of disbelief and lazy writing
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Sep 26, 2013
Hmm, quite a tedious episode after the enthralling first, I hope this isn't an indicator of how the show will look as a whole.

Plot wise, the Horsemen took a backseat this week, which indicates more of a procedural series with an overlying story arc. While I'd prefer a highly serialised show I understand that for the purpose of a 22-peiosde series this isn't an idle format (perhaps this should have been a 13 episode series too), I just hope that it doesn't continue in the vain of Supernatural, which basically is constantly stand-alone episodes that the writers meekly try to tie it together to the serialised plot in the last two minutes of the episode.

Character wise, things aren't too promising either. Abbie's reluctance and confusion at the events unfolding around her is natural, yes, but all she does is exclaim this incessantly and then continues to work with Ichabod regardless, so she mustn't be all that concerned. Captain Irving is obviously going to be the 'Scully' of the series, and that's really not the sort of one-dimensional character I want around. Unfortunately Katrina seems to be the textbook character that constantly spiels out exposition, which makes me hope she's rescued/ released from whatever world she's trapped in sooner rather than later.

I'm not a fan of flashbacks, dreams, and visions, so I can see myself having a lot of problems with this show because it looks like they'll feature prominently. I can handle the flashbacks when they are very important and link closely to the events of the episode, and I can handle Ichabod's dreams at least because I do understand the necessity of Katrina informing him of everything even if its the easy way out. I don't appreciate that Abbie will be having visions of Sheriff Corbin though. I don't buy their relationship (despite how hard emphasis has been forced onto it) and it just seems unnecessary to me.

I sort of didn't like that Jon Cho returned either, I find it difficult to appreciate him as a serious actor (although I think it would be hilarious that the writers start a running gag - killing him off often only to have him revived by his demon master).

On a positive side though, it looks like the series will have a knack at creating memorable and definitely freighting villains on a weekly basis, and the introduction of Abbie sister, Jennifer, can only lead to good things for the show.
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Sep 26, 2013
it is really looking as a promosing good series...till now loved both episodes...you are sucked right into it...and love how Ichabod reacts to everything...
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Sep 26, 2013
I hope this series lasts more than one season. If it's following the same vein as Supernatural (self contained episodes peppered into a season long story arc) then this would be a really interesting show. Though, if it does last more than 1 or 2 seasons, I worry that "Steve" won't have the lasting power that some memorable villains have, such as the general creepiness of Azazel and the charm of Crowley from Supernatural. "Steve" is so far just dumb muscle. Incredibly terrifying, but not nuanced enough to be the "Big Bad," which he was in the actual legend. The writers may be too ambitious as well, with Ike saying the two of them would be fighting for 7 YEARS! Shows tend to lose their edge after season 5. Supernatural's season 6 was a complete mess! Let's not do that with THIS series.
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Sep 26, 2013
You're not wrong about the ambition of the writers, I almost laughed at the line that Ichabod had towards the end of the first episode that basically told audiences they've got a seven-year plan. That being said, I'm a fan of television trying new things, so good on them for being bold.

I think what's worked for Supernatural so well is that the 'road-trip' style of the series really lends itself to the monster-of-the-week storylines. If Sleepy Hollow was still having self-contained episodes like this by its fourth season, I'd have difficulty believing there's an endless mythology to explore in just one very small town.

As for the Headless Horsemen, while he's definitely a menacing villain in my opinion, he'll be problematic in the sense that he cannot talk to any of the other characters. I guess that's why Cho's been introduced, as the eventual designated mouth piece between the protagonist and the antagonists. But personally I find the verbal battles between these characters just as compelling as the physical ones in most shows, and its unfortunate that it seems Sleepy Hollow won't be able to do this.
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Sep 25, 2013
I don't have the imagination to see, how Sleepy Hollow can run into a long running series, but so far, I am well on board. This is one crazy Stephen King town.
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Sep 25, 2013
Ok, So, last week I was on the fence trying to figure out if this show is stupid or good...Now that I've seen the second ep. I've decided the clearest answer is "Yes" & for that, I'm on board for the rest of the run.
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Sep 25, 2013
Now don't get me wrong, I really like the show and I will be watching, but man, if that demon guy and the evil witches all speak Greek, the least I would expect from a decent show is that they would speak real Greek, not half Greek - half jibberish. I mean, it's not even ancient Greek, it's just modern day Greek. Being Greek myself, having to listen to that made me laugh and it kinda ruin some otherwise great moments of this episode. I know, maybe I'm asking a lot, but no, not really. Next time, e-mail me and I can write down one or two real greek phrases for the show...!
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Sep 25, 2013
I actually think, a lot of times, those things are done on purpose. It's not that studios can't hire someone to accurately speak the language, but because they're essentially trying to make their own language in a weird backwards way. They choose a real language as a base and go crazy with it.
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Sep 25, 2013
I so know what you mean. Everytime I hear someone on Grimm say a German name I laugh. It's like they went over a dictionary and stopped everytime something sounded somehow interesting and put two words together. No matter what they mean. Skalenzahne? Hexenbiest? Blutbaden? And my alltime favorite Eisbieber. Ice-Beaver? Blood-Bathing? And whatever mangled mouth spit out Skalenzahne should be punished to a thousand years of research! Or at least spend some of your budget on someone who can actually speak German, Grimm.
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Sep 25, 2013
LOL. I too have laughed at the German words on Grimm, but it's such a great, I forgive them ;) .. not to mention the accent of those supposed native Grimm German speakers. Hehe.
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Sep 25, 2013
This is a great follow up episode to the pilot as it concentrated more on character development than the insane stuff that happened in the pilot. Its a good note its going on the Monster of the week basis as it can gradually develop into seasonal arcs like other shows did in the 1st season. The chemistry between Ichabod & Abbie is great & will like to see more back story of Katrina.


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Sep 25, 2013
I'm still loving this. I enjoy the Abbie/Ichabod camaraderie and the complete lack of sexual tension in it. So refreshing, that. Pez Head was awesome, the post-its were hilarious, and all of Ichabod's subtle reactions to the 21st century are as fun as the more obvious ones. This one's a keeper.
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Sep 25, 2013
I blame time travel: they have a most perfect connection but, at the end of the day, they are still a man of his time and a woman of her word.

Abbie tries her best not to see him as a nutcase and Ichabood often adress to her as a 'lieuf-tenant' to adjust to the situation, so its like the characters make a conscious choice not to see each other as man and woman for the time being.
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Sep 25, 2013
I don't know that I'd agree with "COMPLETE lack of sexual tension." Certainly, I think their chemistry isn't primarily sexual, and introducing other love interests (Katrina for Ichabod, a pairing which in its limited screen time has minimal sexual heat , and Luke for Abbie) has dissipated any immediate sexual interest. I agree that I want this to be much more a friendship and partnership than any kind of romance, but Luke's jealousy isn't entirely unfounded.
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Sep 25, 2013
I agree. I'm not sure if I want them to become an item or not, but I think the whole situation is still too new and jarring for them to even THINK along those lines. Aside from all the supernatural weirdness, Crane was married, died and then woke up in a different time. He wasn't around to grieve and come to terms with the death of his wife so it would be ridiculous if he jumped on Abbie now because in his mind, he's still married.

Plus they don't know each other AT ALL. He's not that guy she's seen around town and finally agreed to go on a date with. They are from two completely different worlds. They really have to swap stories and get to know each other as people first.
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Sep 26, 2013
Not to mention, those little things they seem to love the most are the very things that annoy them the most about each other.

So, even if the story does go there, both characters would've to find a middle ground first.
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Sep 26, 2013
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Sep 26, 2013
This all makes perfect sense, so once all that is said and done, I'm fully expecting the writers to get them together.
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Sep 25, 2013
To be fair, Luke was onto something for Crane is a lot more invested in Abbie than he let her know at the beginning (which is understandable given the circumstances).
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Sep 25, 2013
I think right now he's intrigued by the idea of a woman, especially one of color, being in power. She's probably just as fascinating to him as all the technology around him. Plus he's probably thankful she didn't jump ship and leave him alone in this crazy world. I notice that he's always reminding her they have to be in this together. He doesn't say it blantantly, but it's obvious he can't do this without her. All of this may or may not turn into believable attraction later on. It depends how the writers swing it.
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Sep 25, 2013
Ichabod said so himself: their destinies are intertwined together. He doesn't know much about anything else, but he's certain of this.

I think he's throwback by the reality of Abbie, which is why he makes the conscious choice to focus on her rank rather than her gender, or the possibility she might be betrohed to Luke.
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Sep 25, 2013
I loved this episode as much as the first one. I am loving the dynamic between Abbie and Ichabod. Our DVR recording cut off for a minute in the middle of their convo about Abbie's ex-boyfriend, and I was like, Are we missing witty banter? We can't miss the witty banter! That's the best part! :P

Also, this show has gone some seriously creepy shit. And I watch Supernatural, which can go pretty gore heavy, and Teen Wolf, which is like, the king of batshit crazy, but this show gives it a run for its money. Reanimated John Cho walking around with his head upside down and backwards? Crazy. The corpsy burny witch woman? Scary. I totally want to be her for Halloween.
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Sep 25, 2013
I'm still in.
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Sep 25, 2013
I also luved the post it notes LOL!

The ONLY thing that bothered me is that Crane (let's call them Crane & Mills shall we? Apparently it's super trendy to do that with the names of main characters... started with Mulder & Scully, yeah?) referred to his memory as "eidetic", that term, I am pre-tty sure, was coined in the 1920s or thereabouts... he should have said "perfect memory" or something like that...
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Sep 25, 2013
Well spotted. "Eidetic" wasn't used in that particular psychological context until E. R. Jaensch used it (or German eidetisch) in his early 20th century research on types of memory recall. Can they get a small pass for it being a specialized Anglicization of Ancient Greek εἰδητικός? Crane's Oxford education and career (along with his eidetic memory) would have made him familiar with the word. It's the psychological concept of eidetic memory as a condition that he shouldn't be familiar with.
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Sep 26, 2013
You said it before I could.
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Sep 25, 2013
Thank you, thank you (taking a bow... ;-P ) I am also told that it has been very very difficult, bordering on impossible, to scientifically prove that anybody actually has that Holy Grail of the memory, a.k.a. "eidetic memory"... Outside of TV shows that is.... ;-P
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Sep 25, 2013
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Sep 25, 2013
He does look more like a Crane than an Ike to me (altough Ichabod suits him best I need to think of him as a XXIst century guy for awhile).
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Sep 25, 2013
I like this show a lot. reminds me of the early seasons of Supernatural, before it got too confusing!
Great mix of humor in the show!
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Sep 25, 2013
Correct me if I'm completely off (and I guess time will show) but I have a feeling Abbie's sister will end up on the opposing side of the "war".

There seems to be a lot of duality in this show. Good (White) vs Evil Witches. Ichabond Vs The Horseman. Two witnesses, one white man from the past, one black woman from the present, one in faith and one in evidence (cough LOST cough). God Cop brought from the dead (sort of - although he was very white) vs Evil John Cho (spent most of the time in the dark).

Ok I'm stretching a little with that last one but I think you can see my point.

All are connected to each other. Ike and 'Steve' are joined by death, magic and figuratively by blood so it makes sense from a theme point of view if we have a pair literally connected by blood.

So to push this point further we have two women, essentially the same, (are they twins? if not they're close enough). It's bound to head that way.

$10 right now it ends up with an Abbie vs Jessica showdown.


Other than that, I do like the Supernatural show feel to it so I'll keep with it for now.
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Sep 26, 2013
I strongly suspect Abbie and her sister are the two witnesses and Ichabod something just like John Cho's Andy Dunn, that just so happened to end up working for Abbie's side.
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Sep 26, 2013
It seems like, (right now at least) fear of the demon is fueling her, not that she would be likely to join that side. That being said, like Slayerette said, if they show her being weak and transistion to choosing that side, it would be great.
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Sep 26, 2013
That would be fun, but I hope we would get to see her transition into choosing that side over Abbie's. If she's just straight up evil for no reason it won't be as entertaining.
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Sep 25, 2013
Most of these things are family-related from what I'm told.

Ichabod probably married into Katrina's coven when he married her, Andy probably belongs to the same coven his parents belonged to and so on.
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Sep 25, 2013
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Sep 25, 2013
Loved the episode cause Abbie started to look less bland but I still think Ichabod overshadows her.
And it was kinda funny how the sheriff changed Abbie´s life in 5 minutes... maybe it wasn't meant to be funny, but it was! come on the girl was a pretty screwed up (allegedly) doing drugs and breaking in pharmacies and she left the fast life cause someone said so... really? I mean I hope she doesn't watch any shopping channel cause she is gonna get a ton of useless sh*t.
I really liked the post its kinda reminded of Memento.
And yeah the scene where evil John Cho rises from the dead was creepy but creepy good cause I laughed at his reaction.
I hope Abbie's sister will get more screentime cause she looks tough.
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Sep 24, 2013
I am loving this show like a fat kid loves cake.

I have complete faith in it being crazy, endearing, super creepy, romancey, and downright amazing. i like that (someone commented) they have actual historians in their back pocket consulting so they get every detail right. i think that's the sign of a well mapped show. I also have great faith in the fact that two Fringe producers are proudly working on this show, and it comes through very well. Clearly they are in their element. (The people being dead but not really being 'dead' is a favorite Fringe plot point of mine. No one ever really died.) The cast is fabulous. I couldn't love the two protagonists more. My only issue is Katrina and how she's kind of woefully lost, but i guess if the Sheriff is Abbie's spirit guide, then Katrina is Ike's, which is fine. All in all, fantastic. You're doing it right, Sleepy Hollow. Carry on.

On a side note: Who is just waiting for Katrina to appear in real life, like, strolling down the street? I keep expecting it. Another Fringe plot point I guess...
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Sep 26, 2013
If the series runs long enough I'm expecting Katrina will be freed and/ or escape from whatever dimension she's in and join Ichabod and Abbie in the real world.
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Sep 24, 2013
Am I the only one who thinks that this show would be a perfect price photo recap material
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Sep 26, 2013
Now that you said it. No, you are not!
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Sep 24, 2013
It was a pretty good episode. Not as much action as last week but still pretty good. I was expecting it to be more difficult to take down the witch, but that alright. I've recently started and am on season 7 of Supernatural so I guess now I have some expectations.
-On another note, I can't not mention Abbie and Ichabod having the same hair style this episode. Can we get Sam Winchester over to show him how to work with long hair, lol.
-And I'm glad John Cho and his saggy neck are back for the moment. And how rude of that guy to point out his neck issues.
-I really like Abbie and Ike, and how their friendship is developing. Though when they were talking about past relationships things felt a little forced. Excited to learn more about Abbies sister, she seems real kickass already. I mean they saw that demon let's say 10 yrs ago. I feel like she's seen a lot more and could be aware of what's to come.
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Sep 26, 2013
Yes, everyone should have hair like Jared Padalecki.

I also thought it was weird that the man Cho pulled over mentioned his neck almost immediately. I don't think anyone that's just been pulled over by a police officer would be so quick to point out their facial deficiencies.

I agree with your observation about Ichabod and Abbie discussion of their past relationship, it felt rather awkward and misplaced.

I too can't wait to see more of Jennifer and hat she has in store for the show.
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Sep 24, 2013
I missed the pilot last week but figured it wouldn't be too difficult to jump in on the second episode. It was good. I think it will be a lot of fun to watch.
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Sep 24, 2013
It was decent. Pilot was better. I will keep watching for now.
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Sep 24, 2013
While Evil John Cho can definitely be considered evil since he's hanging around with demons and the like, I'm not sure that's the whole story considering he had remorse for those that Serilda, the bad witch, went after. It's very likely that he is indentured to this demon/satan for some reason not yet presented.
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Sep 24, 2013
Great episode! Lovely writing, loving the story and the humor, LOL.
I love the humor!
The gun scene, where he dropped his gun after firing just one shot, thinking that it's like his rifle. I love how they aren't forgetting those pertinent details. I mean, they are portraying it well that he's from another time.

IMO, this show's the best so far of this fall's premieres.
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Sep 24, 2013
Great second episode. Love the way they can tie the monster-of-the-week so nicely into the mythology of the show. This'll vaccinate the show pretty effectively against proceduralitis.

Like Kaitlin, I'm glad they aren't trying to cram too much into each episode, having 'Steve' on top of the monster-of-the-week & the fish-out-of-water stuff every week wouldn't work as well, I think.

I'm really loving the reactions Ike keeps having to the 21st century, Tom Mison is being nicely subtle about it, which makes it work without bashing us over the head with it every week as though we'll forget he took a 250 year dirt nap.

As for his (righteous) outrage at the cost of doughnut holes & the tax on top of that ... I only wish he becomes some sort of paid consultant soon, not only because he's eventually going to need the funds, but mostly because I'd love to see his reaction to the taxes withheld on his paycheck. I haven't been misplaced by 250 years, but every time I look at my paycheck I'm outraged that 35% of my pay is gobbled up by the government as income tax and then they add a 15% tax on everything I purchase with the remainder, we ought to rebel, I swear...
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Sep 25, 2013
I love the fish out of water scenes too. The whole coming apocalypse type storyline is a bit creepy to me, but I'm willing to put up with it for the laughs due to the contrast between his previous life and now. I'm a sucker for a good person out of their element type story. (It sort of reminds me of the series "New Amsterdam", but the character in that one lived through the years in between.) The only thing that bugs me is that they keep saying that it is now 250 years later than his usual time period, but they said that he was from 1781 so they should be saying 232 years (or perhaps rounded to 230). Is this supposed to be taking place in the near future?
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Sep 24, 2013
Liked this second episode too, although the witch story wasn't very interesting - I appreciate the humour mixed with the crippy elements, a bit like in true blood.
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Sep 24, 2013
I have to say that Frank Sinatra's version of witchcraft playing on the radio made me laugh way more than I should have. But that is just the show being aware of itself. Too many shows, Terra Nova, Alcatraz, The Following, take itself way too serious. Great shows like this and Supernatual know its audience and throw little bits like the song out there to just tell the viewer to not take this really serious and that they are here only to show us a good time. That is why I think this show will be good, The Following and Under the Dome don't really do that so it leaves the viewer open to criticize the absurdity of it all. This show points it out, and the clubs you over the head with it in order to make you chuckle. This show could really be another Supernatural in the making.
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Sep 26, 2013
Yes, shows that are self-aware and don't mind being a little self-deprecating from time to time and far more enjoyable (and far more in touch with their fans) compared to shows that take themselves too seriously.
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Sep 25, 2013
It actually flashed me back to John Landis' An American Werewolf in London. It's packed full with music "moon" echoes, but the opening credit sequence to Bobby Vinton's "Blue Moon" was perfect.
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Sep 24, 2013
Solid follow up to the pilot and i liked how the case of the week tied in with the whole apocalypse/here horsie horsie arc.
The introduction of the ex was a bit clumsy
And her sister is Sarah Connor 2.0
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Sep 25, 2013
"And her sister is Sarah Connor 2.0" ROLF --> EXACTLY what I thought!!!
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Sep 24, 2013
Prooooobably not as fun as the pilot, but this was a pretty good episode nonetheless. I'm both disappointed and glad that John Cho is back. Disappointed because I'm not a big fan of "fake deaths," but glad because I like Cho and wished during the premiere that he'd be around. That scene in the morgue was hilarious. Gross, sure, but hilarious. Icky being confused by new things is still cute. My appeal of Abby/the actress who portrays her dropped a small notch... just didn't seem as good as the premiere, both in writing and acting. But yeah, pretty fun.
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Sep 25, 2013
He is definitely dead. I think the demon taught him one hell of a lesson but also needs his assistance since clearly he isn't there/can't manifest in our world very long. John Cho is his minion basically. If you think about it, being dead gives him free reign. And other than the extra neck skin, he is literally white as a sheet. the demon probably won't be able to use him very long as i'm sure he will start 'decaying.'
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Sep 26, 2013
Which could be hilarious before it gets old.
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Sep 24, 2013
Not to be weird But Kaitlin if you want my number you can have it. Anyone who combines a description of a person between Buffy and Doctor Who may be the perfect girl. Just Saying!.... "Whats wrong with your Neck"... That was kind of rude!
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Sep 24, 2013
While I know some people had an issue with the post it notes since Ichabod is smart...well, I am pretty smart too but I can never guess the shower controls correctly in motel bathrooms either (I bet Abby tried that out before she wrote the notes and probably still wasn't certain it was correct).

As I wrote earlier I think the easiest comparison of already existing genre shows is Grimm. Like, put Supernatural elements with Grimm's world (where mind you I still wonder if the Wesen are species that grew up with us humans or are from some sort of Faerie type parallel universe or something) and I think you have this show.

It was very much a show after a pilot to me and I have a feeling next week's episode will be the perfect blend (I really like the idea of Abby's sister).
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Sep 24, 2013
Definitely a good follow up to the excellent pilot. I'm pretty ok with the Horseman not being around all the time. So far he is invincible so if every week all we had to see was people running from him, it would get old really quickly. This gives them the chance to introduce new supernatural baddies and pepper in more mythology about the apocalypse. Cool with me!!
Tom Mison is just plain awesome as Ichabod. His timing and delivery are spot on. His facial expressions are priceless and the dialogue for him is perfect. I'm still kinda lukewarm on Abbie. I don't hate her but haven't grown to love her yet. But their chemistry is one of the great things about this show.
I did have a problem with the John Cho "suicide" and resurrection. Both scenes were just really cheesy to me. I'm really glad that he's back and hope that he sticks around. But those scenes just didn't do it for me.
Also glad that they brought back Clancy Brown. Would love to see him stick around as Abbie's ghostly advisor.
Again, a solid follow up and this is now the show that I look forward to every week and can't wait for a new episode. We'll see if the "baddie-of-the-week" formula starts to wear thin or if they can keep the quality at a high level.
Oh and can't wait until John Noble's first appearance!!!
Looking forward to next Monday already!!
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Sep 24, 2013
Best choice so far is not to show the horned Guy. HIm being blurred like that kinda makes him wayyyy creepier for me than any kind of mask and/or makeup ever could.
Besides that I kinda enjoy the show. it is quite fun and entertaining to watch.
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Sep 26, 2013
Yes, he regularly creeps me out.
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Sep 25, 2013
I hope the blurring doesnt mean his makeup is bad. That would be disappointing.
Right now, there's nothing about this show that I dislike. It manages to be light without being corny, suspenseful without being boring. I wish they did a little more with the resurrected witch, but she'll probably return. The other horsemen look awesomely sinister, and Abbie's sister looks reborn hard. Cant wait to see how things progress.
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Sep 24, 2013
The second ep felt a bit flatter vs. the pilot but it was entertaining enough still... I am looking forward to the sister's introduction and hopefully we won't see too much of Ichabod's wife who's a bit of a contrived character... Both Ichabod and the lieutenant are interesting characters so far and their dynamic is fun
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Sep 24, 2013
Ah, I knew John Cho's death was short lived, pun intended. And I fully agree with Laserwolf412_XL. Wouldn't someone all these years even bother to trace where the "secret" big door opening leads to within the archive room where they got into? Geez. And has anyone ever wondered; if REAL witches were to burn at the stakes, can't they simply put out the flames with some rain, untie themselves or make their persecutors blind or something? Kinda lame to be called a witch if one cannot even perform such simple tasks.
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Sep 26, 2013
The witches powers had been bound by Ichabod's wife.
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Sep 27, 2013
Thanks. I kinda meant witches in general. Like in Salem's witch hunts where most were innocent women. A real witch would know what to do. ;)
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Sep 27, 2013
Ahhh! Sorry, yes. That is true. There is a line like that in an episode of Buffy. It was said by Anya. And hilarious.
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Sep 24, 2013
This second episode was a big step down from the quality of the first. The witch was very weak and barely did anything before being quickly killed. I also don't appreciate the whole hidden passageway. Clearly that tunnel, with its metal railings and metal ladder was being used probably just decades before, yet they left giant stores of Black Powder right below the police station and main street?
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Sep 25, 2013
The only possible answer I might be able to offer for this is that according to the former Sheriff's research, two factions have been actively facing off to cause and/or prevent the apocalypse. A case could be made that—like the priest who hid the Horseman's head in the empty grave of Katrina Crane (née Von Tassel) and stayed around to guard it—someone previously or currently associated with the Sheriff's Department conspired to preserve and hide the tunnels. In my very initial intuition, Captain Irving's name and his otherwise inexplicable enthusiasm at uniting Mills and Crane make him a likely candidate for such an organization's current ambassador.
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Sep 25, 2013
Exactly what I thought
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Sep 25, 2013
You might have to turn your brain wattage down a bit if you wanna get maximum enjoyment from a show like this. Just play along.
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Sep 26, 2013
Yeah, I really don't get it when people nit-pick about things like this when they're watching a show like Sleepy Hollow. I mean, after the backstory of the protagonist and the appearance of Headless Horsemen, you'd think a secret passageway would be a fairly easy bit of information to accept in comparison.
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Sep 24, 2013
Decent enough I suppose, but damn lazy writing, as soon as they spotted the black powder I rolled my eyes. Come-on, don't you people know how to do setup? Seriously, do you think your viewers are that stupid they wouldn't see that coming a mile away?
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Sep 25, 2013
Okay, yeah: Checkov's gun alert! But, I'm more interested in how it plants "guns" for more distant episodes. This kind of fortunate prop placement is nearly inevitable in early episodes which haven't had much time to establish a network of resources for its protagonists. I'll give them obvious if they catch me by surprise later.
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Sep 24, 2013
hmm good as the first one episode.i love it more cause they use the greek language but they dont say right the sentences and some words.Continue is good!
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Sep 24, 2013
I love this show for its craziness. It's a really fun ride, even if there are small things they could change to make it better (but honestly, I don't even care because the characters are great). Also, the creative muscle behind it is phenomenal - Len Wiseman, the Fringe guys, and Damien Kindler...Yeah, I'll tune in every week. Definitely.
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