Sleepy Hollow

Season 1 Episode 3

For the Triumph of Evil

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2013 on FOX

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  • Run of the Mills

    Personal and literal demons come back to haunt Abbie in this episode. Her character is all the better for this kind of exploration into what drove her and her sister Jennifer apart when they were younger. This is the deepest part of a decidedly average episode of Sleepy Hollow. The show is still struggling to find the correct format for an episode to run smoothly. So much focus here is on the Mills sisters and their backstory that there isn't much time devoted to anything else. Crane is obviously the most interesting character on the show right now and with this episode, it is showing that the writers want to keep the focus on either Crane or Mills. When one so dominates the story, the other will recede to the background. The other aspects of the series aren't developed enough at this time to pick up the slack if the main characters' plots can't carry the episode.

    Even so, the best part of this episode was how the relationship between the Mills sisters became so screwed up. The incident where the both of them saw the Four White Trees affected Abbie differently from sister Jennifer. In addition to the haunting vision, there was apparently a missing time element in play as well. It's a defining moment in both of their pasts. How they dealt with the incident causes the schism in their relationship up until now. Abbie chose to deny any of it ever happened, partly because she was a scared little girl and partly because she lacked any adult to guide her through the trauma. Her sister chose to tell everyone who would listen the truth (though it lacked details beyond "I saw a demon!") and the result of that proclamation was a commitment to a sanitarium.

    I doubt she'll forgive Abbie, which will hopefully make her long-standing guilt something that will continue throughout the season. Abbie and Crane's leftover inner demons will serve to further bind them together, making them a stronger team in the process. Maybe Captain Irving or the other officers will support them from time to time, but those two will always be the primary focus.
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