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Sleepy Hollow S01E11: "The Vessel


Sleepy Hollow has always been a mixed bag of TV genres, but last night's "The Vessel" was the first episode that really felt like the series could also tackle a bit of horror. Up until now, it's been a supernatural buddy cop dramedy, but the story about demon possession—and the focus on Captain Irving's young daughter in particular—was creepy. It was surprising, but it was also very enjoyable, because I never expected it from Sleepy Hollow

Demons and demon possession isn't a new plot for supernatural series—in fact, it's kind of standard fare—but in an episode that began with Ichabod wearing skinny jeans before growing tired of his "constrictive trousers," I was blindsided by just how much the episode affected me on a non-humorous level. I've never felt the need to turn away from my TV screen before, and certainly not during Sleepy Hollow, but it was done so well that I was a tad creeped out during both Jenny's and Macy's possession scenes. Most shows don't alter the facial features of the person possessed, but I think it really helped to sell how scary possession actually is. The way the demon moved, too, was also done really well, and thinking back on it now is giving me chills.


But if Macy had been possessed by a random demon with no purpose, I don't know that the episode would have worked or if I'd be praising it right now. The description for the episode only mentioned Jenny being possessed, and before the episode aired I thought, "Well that seems like filler." And it's true, it could have been a stand-alone storyline in a mediocre episode, but this demon possession storyline has been building for a little while now, perhaps even longer than we originally realized, and that's what made it work. The writers smartly tied the Ancitef possession to both Jenny's backstory (she'd been possessed by the same demon many times over a lengthy period of time following the encounter in the woods as a teenager), and the overarching Moloch storyline. 

It wasn't exactly shocking to discover that Ancitef had possessed Jenny in the past, because I've often felt there was more to Jenny's story than the writers were letting on, but I didn't suspect that it went as deep as it was revealed in "The Vessel." Ancitef planted the desire to kill Abbie inside Jenny, so much so that she even felt it when she was no longer possessed. All those years Jenny spent locked up was often of her own volition. Whenever she felt the urge to harm her sister come on, she'd do something to get her thrown behind bars in order to protect Abbie. As soon as Jenny confessed this to Ichabod, I immediately just wanted to hug both Jenny and Abbie and make them braid each other's hair and talk about the importance of sisterhood, because I never saw this relationship becoming so important when Jenny was first introduced, and now I don't see how the series could continue without it. 


But once again, like everything else on this series, everything's coming back around to Ichabod and the bible he was buried with. Ancitef (acting on Moloch 's orders) wanted George Washington's magic bible for reasons unknown, and possessed Macy in an attempt to get to it. Which is why demons are the worst. You know, maybe if they just tried asking politely people would be more receptive to letting them borrow things. But no, everything's all snapping necks (R.I.P. Priest), and killing hunky cops and throwing them in the bushes. Damn demons. You're what's wrong with this world.

Anyway, we still don't know why Moloch really wanted or needed the bible, but we do know that it's incredibly important, especially given what we learned in the final moments of the episode. How—but more importantly why—did Washington write the date December 18, 1799 in invisible ink in the bible? Considering Washington died on December 14, what gives? Was he brought back to life? Was he possessed? Was he a zombie? Given that the possibilities are endless in regards to the story Sleepy Hollow is trying to tell, it's anyone's guess. But we're heading in to the final two episodes of the season (the finale is two hours next Monday so check your DVR listings!) and I couldn't be more excited.



SHERIFF CORBIN'S FILES

- Decapitations this week: 0

- Things that confused Ichabod this week: skinny jeans (I feel that)

- I apologize for the briefness of this review, but this is an incredibly busy week, but I'll be back with a full-sized, in-depth review of next week's finale.

- Ancitef foretold of Sheriff Corbin's death at the hands of Steve, and he also said he'd be the one to kill Abbie, which brings the idea of destiny back into the spotlight. It'll be interesting to see how that plays out.

- Tom Mison's eyes were incredibly distracting this week (that might have just been me though)

- OF COURSE Ichabod (and Jenny) recognized the lantern needed to send Ancitef back to hell. And OF COURSE there was one just outside Sleepy Hollow. 

- OF COURSE, Ichabod knows ancient Aramaic. Of course he does.

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Ya know, it is possible that George Washington just wrote down a future date before he died and stayed dead like a normal person. But that wouldn't be Sleepy Hollow. And I did like that everyone immediately jumped to "He was resurrected/ faked his own death/ is a spooky ghost!", because OBVIOUSLY that's what would be most likely.
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I was so relieved when Ichabod put back on his usual clothing, he wouldn't be the same in skinny (ugh!) jeans. I felt with him being completely out of his comfort zone and his quote "One sign of the impending apocalypse is surely skinny jeans " was one of the best ever!

Btw, cannot get enough of his distracting eyes, the more the merrier!!
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As far as episodes go, though I thought this one was really good...it was also average comparatively to what the rest of the season has been like.

The story was definitely creepy and good work on the make-up department. And learning more about Jenny and seeing the Sheriff again was definitely a good thing.

I like how the episode started with Crane trying on the jeans and ending with squirting himself in the eye with lemon juice.

Next week looks like it will be amazing!
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I love how they see GW's date in invisible ink and immediately jump to "HE MUST NOT HAVE DIED WHEN WE THOUGHT OMG." Were people not allowed to write a future date down on paper back then? Jesus. It could mean ANYTHING, not necessarily that he wrote down what day it was at the time.
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Ha that was my exact takeaway, too!
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Exactly what I thought. Maybe he had a premonition or heard something and wanted to write the date as a warning.
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Interesting comment! I noticed Ichabod's eyes, too. I kept wondering what he was thinking about. It was as if he wasn't there. I almost expected a hint that he had become possessed in the midst of demons entering and leaving bodies. His eyes bugged me. Just saying, I hope they're back to norm next week.
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I found the salt funny for two reasons:
1. Why did the non-possessed agent blow it away? I mean his boss had it put there and it wasn't really causing harm, so why would he risk getting in trouble for that?
2. None of the other doors (like to the patio) had salt across them.
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After the dry spell without my guy and his sidekick this episode was an awesome welcome back.

The demon possession was great and had me going 'damn their upping their game'. I don't mind being creeped out as long as I'm not scared. I just can't do horror anymore. I loved the skinny jeans scene and it certainly addresses the question I ask every week 'why's Ichabod still in them damn skanky clothes?' lol.
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I'm almost surprised we didn't hear a "I'll swallow your soul" somewhere along the way-- great episode!
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Yea it was great. Especially when the priest god his head turned. He shoulda chose the fedora.
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Seriously, how do you explain all the dead cops in this town?

And now the poor priest...
Thank goodness Sleepy Hallow doesn't have reporters or a local newspaper because it's gotta be getting hard to explain away the body count.

I imagine all the Ichabod fans are disappointed they only got a brief shot of him in those Euro boy, skinny jeans. But yeah, how do you wash 250 year old clothing?

I love it when a show throws around some ancient Aramaic. Reminds of the days of Buffy past.
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I was wondering how you explain all the cops, period. Because that is one darn big police department for the size of the town.
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Yes, the were ridiculously distracting... you weren't the only one :)

I'm still waiting for the day when Ichabod doesn't speak a language that exists or has existed in this world. He probably also speaks the gibberish of the cavemen.
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Loved this epsiode...nicely done with the demon who go's from one person to another....Jean love her....liker her also in Nikita...she played the possession scene really good.
Loved how Ichabold tried new clothes on...skinny jeans...was so funny...i thought finally!!! But he went back to his old clothes....nice try Abby...
Missed Katrina this episode...:(
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@Kaitlin If I ever succeed in my attempts to become a demon, I promise I will ask for your soul very nicely :-)
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Excellent episode. Love the jean scene. The possession were well done and creepy. However, did anyone notice how the demon revered to some by title. He referred to Abby as "Witness" but even more interesting was the referral to Captain Irving as "Disciple".

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Yeah, thanks for the nightmares...the only thing missing was Linda Blair...on second thought, maybe it was the skinny jeans that scared me.
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Oh crap. I wanted to reply to your comment but I accidentally flagged it instead.
Skinny jeans make your feet look colossal. The male cameltoe is even more frightening than the horseman.
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I believe the "male cameltoe" is known as the mooseknuckle
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I don't care what you call it, just get it outta my face. You're making me uncomfortable.
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- Tom Mison's eyes were incredibly distracting this week (that might have just been me though)


ME TOO!! It was that scene when they were trying to leave with the lantern and had 'dem guns drawn on 'em.... close ups upon close ups upon close ups
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I liked the fact that they are tying things back in, and agree they did the possession thing quite well, but for some reason I'm not as excited to watch this show as I once was. It's fun, and relatively well done, but still. Hopefully the final two episodes of the season will draw me back in.
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Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! There was a lot of tense drama in this episode. The possession parts with Macy and Jenny were very creepy!!! Anticef had a very good and disturbing hold of both ladies. However, it did bring Jenny and Abbie much closer together, which is a great thing to me. These evil forces have had them acting like rivals instead of sisters most of the time, until now. Hell, Jenny had herself arrested regularly just to keep herself from snapping at Abbie. I'll admit I misjudged Jenny. In fact, for all we know, maybe Abbie isn't the only "witness". I'll bet in some way, it's both of them.
The part with the GW's bible at the end was very interesting. Like you asked, how the hell did he write that just four days after his death? Also what was so significant about that date? And I know he's George Washington, which means secrecy comes with the total package, but imagine how serious that date must've been to write it down in his own bible, and in invisible ink!!!

Oh and Ichabod with that remote: Priceless LOL!!!

Man I love this show!!!
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It was touching to see Jenny looking wistfully upon the Irving family tableau. I could feel her hurt and emptiness. So it was an aww! moment with tears of man joy when Abbie hugged her sister.

Yes, our Ichabod is now a man with full mastery of the remote.
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This show is so fun, glad the Captain's family now know the truth too. Btw how are they going to explain the death of the priest and the cop, technically the daughter did kill the priest !
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Over on Fox, Almost Human garnered a 2.0 rating and 6.77 million viewers for a rise of two tenths and Sleepy Hollow returned to a 2.2 rating and 6.39 million viewers, matching its last episode’s performance.
Read more at http://collider.com/ratings-the-blacklist-intelligence/#7il6xMLdWfk1G2b5.99
Over on Fox, Almost Human garnered a 2.0 rating and 6.77 million viewers for a rise of two tenths and Sleepy Hollow returned to a 2.2 rating and 6.39 million viewers, matching its last episode’s performance.
Read more at http://collider.com/ratings-the-blacklist-intelligence/#7il6xMLdWfk1G2b5.99
Over on Fox, Almost Human garnered a 2.0 rating and 6.77 million viewers for a rise of two tenths and Sleepy Hollow returned to a 2.2 rating and 6.39 million viewers, matching its last episode’s performance.
Read more at http://collider.com/ratings-the-blacklist-intelligence/#7il6xMLdWfk1G2b5.99
Sleepy Hollow scored a 2.2 in ratings. Matches the last new episode's numbers. Those are decent ratings and impressive it's fans are returning after the layoff. My bet is the 2 hour finale will push towards a 3.0

Incidentally... Hey TV.com. Almost human jumped up to a 2.0. That is great news. How about some coverage?? I have volunteered twice.
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I could possibly love this show more than my firstborn child.
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Awesomely-fun episode!

And dudes in skinny jeans are the worst; I don't care who wears em.




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LOL I don't know why she couldn't make him wear other kind of jeans haha
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Why don't they just call em "gay jeans"? prolly cause half the gay guys wouldnt be caught dead wearing em.
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I was also sad when the "Hunky cop" died.
Bras also confused Crane.
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it reminded me a lot of Supernatural. Possession, salt, holy water...
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I've lost track of how many times Supernatural has reminded me of The X Files, but I'm not complaining. A show that echoes a great show aspres to greatness.
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I was not complaining, it is not a bad thing to be reminded of Supernatural.
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Sorry, I didn't mean to suggest you were, just saying the similarities are a good thing.
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Sure, I agree :)
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must be the 20th time SH reminded someone of supernatural. These shows sure have a lot in common though they seem so very different.
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To be fair, Tom Mison's eyes are always distracting...but in a good way.
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they were even more in this episode :)
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I love the funny moments in this show. It's like always gets me by surprise, in the middle of all the creepy stuff, like with the lemon juice bottle.
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I like how much closer Abbie and Jenny are now. They are both interesting characters and both behaving sisterly calls for some nice dialogues *I imagine them bothering Ichabod about clothes and food*
I'm honest when I say that I was really shocked at sight of Ichabod wearing twentyfirst century clothes. I was already saying goodbye to his coat and weird shirt and non skinny pants. But thank god that I could say hello again to his vintage clothes btw I totally agree to the dry cleaning.
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I need to shut up since I probably drive you guys nuts with the gushing. Y'all must think I'm Bob Orci's brother. But - wow. Great episode. So sad we have 2 hours left until September. This show has been the highlight of the Fall TV schedule for me. Now I'm just gonna settle in and read what you good folks have to say about it all.

Solid review Kaitlin. As always - you rock.
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Sleepy hollow has been the highlight of fall tv even though they keep rescheduling or whatever .. 2013 was an amazing year for tv. really some good shows came along and managed to avoid getting cancelled.
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Now I have to decide if the upvotes are for my comment... or my promise to shut up. ;)
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I loved it. So much. Guh. This show. It's like... a perfectly well fit pair of skinny jeans, if you know what I'm saying. This show is just so crazy, but I love it for every crazy thing that it does.

This was another episode where it showed how it can take the crazy and really make it mean something. Irving is a Disciple, so the question I always had in the back of my mind - is Irving actually a good guy? - was finally fully answered for me. A Disciple, to me, means that he's most definitely good. So, that makes me happy.

I also loved the moment where Ichabod said that he took the Bible, not because he didn't trust Irving, but because he never wanted to find out what he would have done. I love how in that small moment, we saw Ichabod thinking of his own son, and it really tied in the emotional ride of this episode and, hell, this entire season. It was just so great.

I'm both scared and excited for next week. Bring it on!
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I loved the height jokes. That whole sequence was wonderful.

And we finally got Ichabod in some modern clothes (if only for a couple seconds). I loved his look of disgust at the pink striped shirt. And Abbie's crack about getting stuff dry cleaned.

I love how quickly they entrenched these characters in and made them so important. Like you said, you don't even realize how vital a character or relationship became.

Here's what I'm curious about: is Jenny actually the other Witness and not Abbie? We've never had confirmation that Abbie and Ichabod are THE two. And given that Abbie and Jennie have both been touched and/or marked, it does make it a bit more interesting.
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What makes you think that Ichabod is a witness? I think it is BOTH Abbie and Jenny.
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True, although the fact that he's alive 200 years after he should be dead makes me a little more inclined to believe in Ichabod as a Witness. But we definitely haven't had 100% confirmation either way.
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The demon quite clearly called Abbie "Hello, Witness!" so I think that pretty much confirms it since he was Molloch's minion and would prolly be well versed in his Bible titles.
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That he did, but when both sisters are standing together, I can't call it 100% confirmation. Maybe it's because I'm used to getting misdirection and red herrings, but until Abbie is standing by herself with no other option I'll have that tiny sliver of doubt.
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Sometimes with this show, I feel as if I'm riding in an expensive sportscar and we're driving the Pacific Coast highway at night doing 100+ mph. It's a beautiful and exhilirating experience but the margin for error is so small, it wouldn't take much for the entire trip to go sideways in a hurry.

I honestly don't know sometimes if the writers are on the side of Ich and Abbie or on the side of Moloch? What I mean is that your show can either be dark or uplifting but it can't be both, because once you make a choice to go one way or another, that choice undermines your ability to have a certain kind of ending. If you envision a flirty/romantic resolution for the Capt and Jenny, certain choices will, by necessity, eliminate that as an option. And once that option is eliminated, it alters the entire perception and meaning of the show.

It's almost as if the demonic possession/brainwashing that was the plot-line of this episode was a metaphor for the show itself. Of course, some people are simply not going to make it to the end of the road, and using their death to increase dramatic tension is perfectly acceptable. However, it's quite obvious that defeating evil is kinda the point. In other words, Moloch can huff and he can puff but he can't blow the Witness' house down without actually making it seem like he won. In a show like this, a main character dies or doesn't get a happy ending, Moloch wins.

Not only that but if a side-character suffers the same fate, especially if it happens quickly, it also suggests Moloch wins. With every character introduced, with every relationship developed, the margin for victory/success grows more perilous. Endanger or undermine any link in that chain and your show will always end up as a B grade version of itself. It works in a show like Dexter because the main character is evil to begin with (we expect bad things to happen to bad people, even when they try to do good.) However, for a show like Sleepy Hollow, you risk doing Moloch's job for him.

I mean, how many more things does Jenny have to endure in this show before she gets something positive to fight for (sisterhood is nice but preventing the Apocalypse should at least get you overtime, if not hazard pay.) Marked by Moloch, possessed by a demon, brainwashed into wanting to kill her sister, probably losing her chance at a romantic attachment with the Capt (he ended up so tight with his family at the end, a piece of paper would be gasping for air,) the show risks turning her into Abbie's version of Katrina. And don't get me started on the Schrodinger's box they've made for Ich and Katrina, or the worse one they've made for Ich and Abbie.

Macy's possession, Jenny's ashen, I-think-I-still-belong-to-Moloch's face, Officer Morales almost biting the bullet, that was damn near scraping the paint on the guard-rail on that last turn. If I wanted to watch an existential and dark summary of the modern world, I'd be re-watching episodes of Dexter or the Sopranos. I'm here for an old-fashioned good-vs-evil, where the bad guy get sent screaming into the abyss but not before a killer one-liner lands to add some delicious salt to their already gaping wound. Stop doing the demon's job for them, wash that 'I have to be evil' crap out of your hair. Trust me, writers, I know what I'm talking about.
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Michael - My advice comes from my yellow lab. For now -drop the "if's" Stick your head out the window, stick out your tongue, and enjoy the thrilling ride. Next week, you shall have a 2 hour all beef bone to chew on.

Not sure if was dropping me a hint with that last bit.
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Also: "How—but more importantly why—did Washington write the date December 18, 1799 in invisible ink in the bible?"
He probably wrote the date a week before he died. Seriously, it's not that hard to write the wrong date. I myself am writing down all the future exam dates in my lecture notes. So LOL at that.

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I think what was significant about that George Washington bible being dated after his death is the fact that the bible was buried with Ichabod who died before Washington.
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The Bible was buried with Crane in 1781 when he died. There has to be significance to the date. Obviously, Washington wrote the date well before his death in 1799, which leads me to believe there's some significance to that date. Maybe a demon came to Washington and gave him the time and date of his death.

OR.... Ichabod's grave wasn't has hidden as Katrina thought and the Bible was removed (and used) and then replaced after it's keeper, Washington, died.
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Sure there will be significance to it. I was just making fun of the writers. They could/should have done a better job implying that Washington wrote something after his death. Ichabod and Abby both think he wrote it on the actual date - but how did they even come to that conclusion? It's so stupid... Anyway, I love the show. So whatever. xD
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I thought the same thing! But well, for different reasons. I was like, "Obviously somebody made a prophecy about that day, so he wrote it down. The end. Mystery solved." I didn't see it being so spooky how Washington had written down the date but as to why.
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Hahaha. I love that you said that. Because that was my first thought. I was like, "I screw up the date more than I get it right."
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Ichabod (holding a remote): "Got it!"
Abby: "Did you find something?"
Ichabod: "The pause button."

<3
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I might have loved that more than the skinny jeans.
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When the demon kept jumping bodies, did anyone else think of that excellent Denzel Washington movie Fallen? Makes me wonder, why did it not go into the captain, could it be him, plus ichabob and abbie, maybe they could not be possessed. Food for thought.

I said this is another comment, but i feel it needs to be said again. Someone tell Abbie not to try and change Ichabob's wardrobe.
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Fallen - yes! And that creepy, haunting song: Time is on my side. Oh yes it is.
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Yep, I immediately thought of Fallen back when we first saw the vendor transfer to the woman after threatening Irving, which they re-showed in this one.

As for why it didn't transfer into certain people, I think it can control the transfer, rather than some being immune. It touched Detective Jones when Morales snapped his neck, then the reverend a little later. Choked Macey's mom, too, without transferring. So yeah, I figure it can control when it wants to transfer and when it just wants to touch.
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Even in the movie, it could control the transfer, but what I meant was why not enter the captain and learn the location of the bible and go and get it himself. Makes me think some people cannot be entered and that the captain is someone of key importance and cannot be possessed.
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My thoughts exactly!!! (to both comments)
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I hate that movie "This is the story of when I almost died" F**k you Fallen!!
Sorry not many movies get me worked up like that even after 15 years or so.

I don't think Abbie and Ichabod can be possessed because they are the witnesses.
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that movie definately throws you with it's ending but it is so good and just meant to piss you off.
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LOL!
That movie pissed me off too (in a good way).
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Doomsday Preppers will probably get a bump in viewership now!
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great fun and very exciting and action-packed. Thankfully no split pea soup being spewed everywhere, but the demon did smack up Jenny and Maisy’s faces pretty good. Excellent F/X and makeup on those scenes.
and really glad to see Abby and Jenny growing closer - that is two seriously bad-ass babes, and together they could take over the world. Norsure of Irving getting back with wifey, that just seems like more targets.
I liked the title The Vessel as it referred to both the demonic possessions of the vessels of Jenny & Maisy, and the portable nature of the demon going from body-to-body
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Some initial press releases aside, it's "The Vessel," not "Vessel."

http://www.fox.com/sleepy-hollow/
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Thanks, I went by the Fox press website, but that makes more sense to me.
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Yeah, Fox initially listed it as just "Vessel," and that's what I had on the episode page originally. But then they changed/updated it.
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Oh well, this show is totally insane - I love it :D

There was one plot-device that I had issues with however: If I knew a deamon that travels by touch is after my daughter, I would not let her out of my sight and would not allow anyone to touch her. That might still just have delayed the whole thing but I still thought it a weak point logic wise.
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From io9...

Sleepy Hollow

According to Fox's Kevin Reilly, the second season is currently set for 13 episodes, with the option for more.

I am loving the option for more part of that statement.

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like shows of this type though, adding more may cause them to create filler episodes and while i enjoyed all the episodes, i like that each one still moved the story a little forward, the shortened seasons make for better writing, i agree with shorter seasons, just hate the long wait between.
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I said this somewhere else... but after reading the whole quote, Reilly said "a couple extra eps" not a full back 13. He said next year it will run straight through, no breaks. What if they slipped in a couple 2 hour "special events" in the spring to keep us into it? I would LOVE that.
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Loved the episode! I'm just sad that next week is the last episode until the fall!

As for Ichabod's clothes.....please don't change them! I can give them several sites where they can order new rev war clothing LOL
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I liked this episode a lot. I've been wanting to know more about Jenny for awhile!
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She's my favorite, but Macey is a close second (I can only imagine what would be like if there was an episode focus on just the two of them).
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Somewhat of a filler, because it didn't really move the plot forward. Mostly just wrapped up the Irving subplot (which itself was only 2-3 episodes) and killed off two minor and one major recurring character. As typical, the character moments and development were the best part.
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Who was the major returning character who died? I was doped up on cold medicine and don't remember that happening, just the blond cop getting snapped.
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Nick, Abbie's prior former boyfriend.

At least, he sure looked dead. Then again, Father Boland kept wandering in and out. I suppose any of them could be alive, but quadraplegics for life.
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I don't think he's dead. Nicholas Gonzalez is slated to appear in Ep. 1x12 - Though I guess it could be a flashback.
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At what point did they figure out that the Bible contains secret writing? Suddenly at the end Ichabod said he had identified "the invisible ink" as if he already knew that the book contained the ink.
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They assumed there was a coded message in the bible, since Katrina mentioned it contained the secrets to winning the war but upon inspection was otherwise a seemingly normal (but rare) bible.

If bible verse contained a cyptographic sequence then someone would have found it by now and it would have been big news. Then there's the question of why bury him with such an important / rare artifact if it specificallywasn't important.

Earlier in the episode they were considering how the information was hidden. So off-camera at the end he deduced they were using another known method of coding messages: invisible ink. And he could smell some of the trace chemicals to know which one they used. He just "sniffed" it again in front of Abbie to confirm "yeh THAT'S the stuff"

The writers COULD have gone another way... using something hidden in the drawings. But many people know about invisible ink and the colonial days so it played towards that viewer-knowledge.
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OK, it happened off-camera. That's what I was wondering about. I thought I had missed the moment of discovery. I guess I was hoping for a few short explanatory lines like these:

Ichabod: What an exiting day we had once again chasing a demon. Though I'm still perplexed by what Katarina meant when she said that the Bible contains secrets.
Abbie: What if it's not a visible code, but it's actually hidden, for example written in invisible ink?
Ichabod: That must be it!
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it was a pretty action-packed ep, and the invisible ink is certainly the quickest way to solve the puzzle - I liked that Ike sniffed the page and knew what the solution(!) was.
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Who else was thinking that the gang should have called the Winchesters?
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I thought we could actually rename the Mills's sisters Winchester, call Ichabod Castiel and just resume watching. Especially the scene where they were browsing through their encyclopedias on demons and demonology looked like Sam and Dean doing research. Cas Ichabod being as confused about humans modern day lifestyle as always. I'm guessing nowadays salt is the universal anti-demon & anti-ghost "weapon"? I enjoyed it nontheless! ;)
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So on point!
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I think a crossover episode between this and Supernatural would be perfect. They are pretty much the same type of show.
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I think the tones are slightly different. Both can be funny and both can be dark, but the overall tone between the two seems more off. Supernatural tries to still be funny during the dark times while Sleepy Hollow tries to separate the two scenes.
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SHollow takes its bad guys more... seriously. The Winchesters tend to go up against snarky douches, and respond accordingly.
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He might have been, but they had the good sense to keep him out of sight for the most part. He only appeared in... four episodes. We've probably seen more of Moloch to date then we saw of Azazel in six years.
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Oh sorry mis-read. I thought I recall him acting snarky when taunting either the brothers of their father from time to time. BUT it's been a while since I've seen the old stuff.
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Zach? I meant Azazel, aka the Yellow-Eyed Demon. :)
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Zach would occasionally compare his existence to a manager that constantly wins employee-of-the-year awards (every year, for eternity). And various other snide comments; I think when he mind-wiped the brothers into company men had some.

But yeh, he was down-right creepy at times like when talking about their dead mother and how he was just going to resurrect God Chuck whenever he suicides.

Then again all of the big bads would have a full-creepy scene from time to time; it's just a matter of how often they'd camp it up.
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I don't recall Azazel being too snarky. Maybe late in his run.

If you want serious, check out Supernatural the Animation. Maybe it loses something in the dub, or it's just the cultural differences, but relatively little snark and the monsters are dead-sober creepy.
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Exactly... the big bads are snarky / sarcastic / mocking d-bags that sometimes liked to hang a lantern on some of the ridiculous stuff that's gone on. Lucifer, Crowley, Yellow-Eyes, Meg, Metatron, Zacharia, Naomi, etc.

Some of Supernaturals early monsters-of-the-week were just full-on creepy but we don't get much of that anymore.
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What a great episode. The various elements of production attest the talent of those contributing to the show as delivered. So masterful was the creation of a hightened level of suspense that it managed to bring the most comedic moment of my evening as well.
The promos for The Following, crafted to convey a sense of suspense and creepiness in hoping tp capture the viewers' interest, could only come across as comical and not really very scary or interesting when juxtapositioned so closely to that which is Sleepy Hollow.
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The Following might be the dumbest premise on TV (outside of reality TV). I gave it a good go - but other than pure shock value, that show is a waste of digital space. IMO of course.
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thoroughly creeped out
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I sort of wonder if Tom Mison came out of hair and make up in his own clothes and the director was like NOW! I was weirdly sad this whole episode. Next week is it until the fall.
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Absolutely loved the banter between the Mills sisters. I really love how fleshed out the character's are so far. The next episode looks like it's going to hurt though. Who betrayed Ichabod? Are they traveling to hell? Are we not seeing Jenny until next season?
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Amazing episode!! Loved how they acknowledged the whole Ichabod wardrobe and Ichabbie height difference in this episode! I LOVE the Mills Sister's bond it's so amazing. This was a fantastic episode, easily one of the best and I can't wait for the finale it looks intense!!
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What worried me though is how the demon kept saying Jenny was "marked" and destined to kill Abbie.

My guess is she's going to switch sides at some point: by choice or by force. Which would be bad because
  • It would be devastating to Abbie
  • Jenny is kind of a bad-arse and would be very formidable
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I like this show alot!
The characters are so much fun.
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Note to Abby, do not try and change Ichabob's clothing.
Great episode, and a small reminder of demon stopping trick I have seen many times in supernatural with the salt. Nice to see Clancy Brown again. Cannot wait for next week's finale, and yet i dread it knowing it will be 9 months until we see Sleepy Hollow again.
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Yaaaaaaaaaaay.....................I've found someone happy to see Clancy Brown! He gets better looking with age!
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I can't agree with the whole better looking thing... lol... but he is a good actor.
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