Sleepy Hollow Review: Ancitif (You Know Him, Right?)

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Although I just sat through an hour of Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Episode 11, I find myself with relatively little to say. 

It seems to happen a lot with Sleepy Hollow. It's a fun show to watch, and the Ichabodisms bring a boatload of happy, but even with all of the mythology the series is striving to create, it's lacking in depth.

At its heart, Sleepy Hollow is really a procedural wearing a patchwork hat with apocalyptic squares sewn onto it. There are really interesting ones, to be sure.

The use of Ichabod Crane, first and foremost, is just brilliant. All of his connections to historical figures and the vignettes about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin and what pieces of this hat they may have provided to make it whole are unique and heretofore never been used in the television medium.

Ichabod and Abby

And yet there aren't clues being dropped for viewers to track and put together to create a framework for where the show will be taking us. It's missing that X-Files or Fringe element of excitement where you talk to your friend and imagine their next move because there are so many different avenues that it's impossible to surmise.

For example, during this hour, the writers chose to utilize a little-known demon named Ancitif. Some research shows that this pertains specifically to the Louviers Witch Trials in Normandy, France in 1647 wherein nuns at the local convent were experiencing possession. One nun, Barbara of St. Michael was possessed by this Ancitif.

That's all well and good, but of all the demons who probably deal with possession in all the world, this was the one chosen for Sleepy Hollow.

How in the world would even the very best conspiracy theorist have come up with that? And since we can't imagine what teeny weeny demon is going to pop up next, there's not a lot to guess about and some of the air is taken out of the balloon.

Or, maybe it's just me and since I am tasked with writing about it, I would like to see pieces coming together. Instead, they seem to come out of left field and it feels easier to write about that than the actual episode.

Which, by the way threw at us that Jenny was possessed and forecast not only Corbin's death, but Abbie's impending death, as well. One more person in Sleepy Hollow has seen evidence of demonic activity and probably has an idea why Ichabod is sporting 18th century garb and an encampment holding relics knows the war of the Apocalypse is upon us. The good news is spreading.

Morales may be dead, and Irving's priest is definitely a goner. How is Irving going to explain to Macy that she killed the priest while she was possessed? Probably not at all. 

Like I said, I love watching, but I wonder what it is that you all want to see here when the show is over. So why don't you tell me?

Maybe that will help take some of the pressure off and I won't feel like I'm letting you down. Especially in light of the big season finale next week. Now that we know Washington might not have been dead when he said he was, or you need a special serum to see the writing of a ghost, who knows what else will happen during those two hours?

Until then... there is a very important question that needs to be answered.

How hot did Ichabod look in skinny jeans??


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I like Ichabod in his regular clothes. I also like that they named a different demon than Pazuzu. Personally I don't believe in demons or angels, its 2014 people. Anyway.. possession isn't possible if demons can't cross salt and were bodies are filled in salt.. DUH!! wouldnt they burn the second they tried to enter? Where's a demonologist when you need one. Some adults say this episode was "creepy" lol.. grow up! Its entertainment. Leave it at that. If you get scared easy... watch cartoons. Sheeple like this is what gets good violent shows cancelled. Go watch the UP network and leave the real TV to real viewers.


My only comment about the new clothes is when you are trying to get someone to upgrade their wardrobe from comfortable clothes that had enough movement that he could fight in battle while wearing them don't put him in skinny jeans so tight that he can't sit. Besides, while he has the physique to pull them off, other than tiny women and gay men, no one should wear skinny jeans. A manly jean would have been the faded loose fitted Levi's. As for the episode itself, I'm liking each episode building on the past to get to the next level. Unfortunately, the shows demise may end up coming from the fact that most people don't have enough of an attention span or intelligence to follow a show like that unless it is a soap where the only thing you have to remember is who slept with whom.


Good episode. I thought the possession stuff was creepy and it freaked me out a little. Ichabod trying on modern day clothes was funny and I hope we get to see him do it again but maybe this time he actually stays in them. When Macey being possessed was definitely the freakiest thing ever and very creepy the way she moved. Can't wait till the next episode it looks really good.


Some good points in this review. The show is entertaining and Tom Mison is beyond hot but it is not quite jelling yet. And re clothes, he should def stay in his Revolution era ones! Also sorry, but no man or woman should ever wear relaxed fit jeans. Period.


Seriously??? No comment about how very good the SFX and make up were in this episode. Macey's "demon" persona virtually scared the pants off me and it was done so well, I'm not sure if it WAS CGI or make up. Either way, she was evil personified. No comment about how brilliant Amandla Stenberg was in the ep? This show has improved, week on week and hopefully will continue in like manner.


I agree this show is kind of not going any where. It is funny and it makes you go back and look at history but it is really not going any where. I hope in season two the writers do a better job of moving the story along. I can't believe they only have two more hours for this season! I hate half seasons! I have a question: There was only 6 people at this really small house and nobody noticed the blonde cop was gone? Irving did not wonder where is my other man? The Priest put the salt down by the door and nobody noticed it had been removed? Really? How hot did Ichabod look in skinny jeans? He did not look hot at all! No man looks hot in skinny jeans and very few women look hot in skinny jeans. Men should only wear relaxed fit jeans. Skinny jeans---NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Iwas one of the people saying put Ichabod in new clothes but I think he would lose something if they did that. Keep him in his old clothes. I am also wondering what Ichabod would think of machines flying in the air?

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Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Episode 11 Quotes

Abbie: Have you ever heard of a boondoggle?
Ichagod: If it's another form of restrictive trouser, I'd rather not.

I don't understand your obsession with my finery. Demons threaten our very existence with the promise of Apocalypse...God's wounds! One sign of the impending Apocalypse is surely skinny jeans.