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Sleepy Hollow Review: The Witch is Back

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After a rather thrilling start, it was inevitable that the second episode of Sleepy Hollow would be a bit of a letdown. That's not to say there isn't a lot of promise to the premise (alliteration!) and magic between the leads (pun!) - but there were some gaping holes that need to be addressed.

You know you have questions, and I'm here to help you through them. Let's roll! 

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I can't say that I wasn't just a little disappointed that both well-known actors who were killed off in the premiere reappeared so quickly. If you're willing to take a chance by cutting down unexpected characters, then stick with it. If just one had come back, it would have been acceptable. Both? So much for taking chances.

Captain Irving tried to place the seeds of doubt into Abbie's head by showing her video of Andy smashing his own head into the mirror of his cell, thereby thrusting said head halfway down his back on his broken neck. Because that would happen. Then Irving just disappeared. He apparently received no calls about Andy stomping around town in uniform. None of his old pals saw him, nobody was concerned about his grave injury enough to call for help.

Granted, he could have been invisible and we just weren't informed of that development. Satan can do those things. It was just a stretch.

The return of Clancy Brown, however, was more organic to the story. It made sense that Abbie would see her friend and mentor if not exactly in visions, at least in her dreams. I can accept Sheriff Corbin as Abbie's spiritual guide.

Ichabod Crane is still getting used to the new world in which he finds himself, and although Abbie doesn't think it's going to score him any points and keep him out of lockup to share his opinion on it, these are some of the more entertaining moments so I hope the intent isn't to eradicate them completely. I especially enjoyed this Sleepy Hollow quote:

Ichabod: What's insane is a 10 percent levy on baked goods. You do realize the Revolutionary war began on less than two percent. How is the public not flocking to the streets in outrage? We must do something. | permalink

It's nice to have someone around who remembers why the country was founded and to give a little shove to those of us who forget. Ten percent levy on baked goods indeed!

The mystery of the week was solved rather quickly, and had little to do with the four horsemen of the Apocalypse. Katrina was kind enough to point out that the horsemen were, indeed, the biblically mentioned conquest, war, famine and death. In keeping with the biblical theme, I thought I'd look up who the big bad they were fighting might be. 

According to Katrina, Serilda of Abaddon was the high priestess who ruled the dark coven during the Revolutionary war when dueling covens of good and evil were active in the town. According to The Bible, Abaddon is noted as a place of destruction. In the Hebrew bible it is used with reference to a dwelling place of the dead and in Revelation 9:11 the interpretation (as in most of the book) is open, often being viewed as either the Antichrist or satan himself. 

At this point, are we assuming the horned being is either the Antichrist or satan? What are your thoughts on that? Is it too early to call? We'll be having a round table for Sleepy Hollow and we'll try to tackle that question. 

A it turned out, Serilda the witch was bound by a spell from the good coven and ended up being burned at the stake, but not until after she cast a spell on the ancestors of everyone who sealed her fate. After Andy ensured she had the ashes she needed by the end of the "Blood Moon" in order to have her powers returned to her along with a splash of immortality, she thought she was home free.

Apparently being a powerful witch with biblical ties to satan doesn't protect you from fire a first time, or a second. All it took to stop her from achieving her goals was another properly placed flame. That seemed ridiculously easy. The demons and creatures on Supernatural are far more difficult to stop and sometimes come back more than once. I hope the four horsemen aren't the only real threats to this sleepy little town.

We were left with some questions hanging as we wait until next week. What is the Number 49 Sheriff Corbin was talking about when he told Abbie that's when she would know she wasn't alone, and when will the spring her sister, Jenny, from the asylum now that we know the horned creature is onto her? The good and evil covens that were active as far back as the Revolutionary war - Corbin believed they were still going strong. Could that be why people get a questionable feeling about Captain Irving?

We have some good, some not-so-good and a lot of promise to Sleepy Hollow. I'm not going anywhere. The season is short, but it was planned to be short. They can take their time to develop the story and not rush it along. It wouldn't upset me to learn more about the overall nature of the town and its history rather than have a supernatural case of the week situation going on. What did learning of Serilda really teach us? That they can fight evil easier than they thought, I suppose.

What did you think about the second outing? Did it hold your attention as much as the premiere and will you be hanging in with us next week?

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I'm sorry, I had higher hopes for this series, but after watching this episode (couldn't finish), I doubt I will be watching at all. Shows like this, period details matter. How did he know where to look for the axe to break the wall? in the box on the wall? Did they have those in time where he came from? C'mon, there were many other moments I can't list out here, but I hope you get the picture...

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It was a good episode but it wasn't as good and exciting as the pilot. I agree I wish they would of kept the witch around a little longer instead of just killing her right away. I hope the next episode is better I can't wait to see it. The video of the dude running into the wall and snapping his neck like that does seem inpossible when that thing brought him back to life I thought it was so weird and was a little creeped out at first. I can't wait to see what they do with her sister.

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Like the lead characters , but got to keep special effects to a minimum ....soooo boring .....and also the ghosts ...hate ghosts .....still on shoot til ya miss probation .

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It is true that this show just started, but we can't just predict that it won't last. Its only the beginning, jeez. Can we at least watch the whole first season and then judge it so critically.I think it needs to be given a chance.

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and, wait for it, the CONVENIENTLY buried stockpile of witches bones. And why bother creating a scary evil witch if you're going to just kill her off before she does anything scary or extends the storyline? What are these guys thinking? It could have been smart. It could have been great. Instead, it's trite... and a HUGE disappointment. Let's get some showrunners and writers in here who know what they're doing and how to tell a story...please.

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And not to be a stickler, but why is Icabod still wearing the same dirty, musty clothes he was buried in? Did he walk around buck-naked while Abbie took his antiquated clothes to a dry cleaner? Abbie's changed her clothes about 50 times, but not old Icabod. In reality they probably just want to keep reminding the viewers that he's from the Revolutionary War era, but c'mon guys! Then there's the CONVENIENT hidden tunnel... which was naturally never discovered in 250 years even though the building has had multiple modern make-overs... and the cache of gunpowder that is CONVENIENTLY still potent... that leads to the room where they CONVENIENTLY put the Sheriff's papers (um...and why didn't Abbie take those with her when she discovered them?) and they had to walk through a "screen" door to get in the room that CONVENIENTLY, no one in 250 years ever looked through to see the secret "Revolutionary War" tunnel with his cache of gunpowder and misplaced 20th century scaffolding and, wait for it, the CONVENIENTLY buried stockpile of witches bones. And why bother creating a scary evil witch if you're going to just kill her off before she does anything scary or extends the storyline? What are these guys thinking? It could have been smart. It could have been great. Instead, it's trite... and a HUGE disappointment. Let's get some showrunners and writers in here who know what they're doing and how to tell a story...please.

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Very, VERY disappointing. This show had such promise and they completely blew it with trite writing. Almost the entire first season could have been "National Treasure"... with Icabod and Abby hunting down "Revolutionary War" clues about the identity of the horseman, the witches coven, etc... and they blew it all with ridiculous expository "dream" scenes with Icabod's wife appearing to spill her guts about everything but the most salient information, which is CONVENIENTLY left out as she CONVENIENTLY vanishes. Then episode two just barrels on with more of the same. No smart writing, no character development, no chasing down clues, but why bother when witchy dream woman will CONVENIENTLY pop up to fill you in on all the details... except the most important ones, which are, as I said, CONVENIENTLY untold as she vanishes yet again. And not to be a stickler, but why is Icabod still wearing the same dirty, musty clothes he was buried in? Did he walk around buck-naked while Abbie took his antiquated clothes to a dry cleaner? Abbie's changed her clothes about 50 times, but not old Icabod. In reality they probably just want to keep reminding the viewers that he's from the Revolutionary War era, but c'mon guys! Then there's the CONVENIENT hidden tunnel... which was naturally never discovered in 250 years even though the building has had multiple modern make-overs... and the cache of gunpowder that is CONVENIENTLY still potent... that leads to the room where they CONVENIENTLY put the Sheriff's papers (um...and why didn't Abbie take those with her when she discovered them?) and they had to walk through a "screen" door to get in the room that CONVENIENTLY, no one in 250 years ever looked through to see the secret "Revolutionary War" tunnel with his cache of gunpowder and misplaced 20th century scaffolding and, wait for it, the CONVENIENTLY buried stockpile of witches bones. And why bother creating a scary evil witch if you're going to just kill her off before she does anything scary or extends the storyline? What are these guys thinking? It could have been smart. It could have been great. Instead, it's trite... and a HUGE disappointment. Let's get some showrunners and writers in here who know what they're doing and how to tell a story...please.

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such a production and couldn't get some greek right?? if they wanted to use it they should have asked someone who knows greek.it's hard to take a show seriously when by the first minutes u hear mistakes like this. it makes it funny and i prefer it scary :)

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Oh I love the "Sarah Connor" working out in the loonie bin vibe. Took me awhile too but figured out the sister is from Nikita. I will miss Nikita but glad they will do six shows this season to end the show for the fans.

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You want to know what the 49 is? It is the room number of the locked up twin...duh. No mystery there. I like the show, I hope it develops more and doesn't try to rip off of Grimm ( I do see some similarities) but the main character needs to stop rolling her eyes and biting her lips and going all wide eyed. Show some depth.