This week on Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Episode 15, we met the warlock all witches fear, Solomon Kent and visited Salem during the witch trials.
The dangerous book of spells, known as the Grand Grimoire, has fallen into the wrong hands as we inch closer to the season finale.
What did TV Fanatic's Sleepy Hollow panelists think of "Spellcaster?" Join Jim Garner, Whitney Evans, Stacy Glanzman and Hank Otero as we discuss the latest episode. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below, don't be shy...
What did you think of the warlock Solomon Kent and the flashbacks to Salem?
Jim: The flashbacks were pretty cool. But, Solomon Kent seemed like a bad copy of Solomon Kane from the comics (Dark Horse). He won't be one of my favorites.
Whitney: I've done at least 6 projects on the Salem With Trials in my lifetime, so I loved the flashbacks! I thought Solomon was creepy and I'm kind of annoyed he got killed off. I'd rather someone like him come back and not Orion.
Stacy: I've always been fascinated with the Salem Witch trials, so I enjoyed the flashbacks. I liked Solomon Kent too. He was a good villain.
Hank: As I mentioned in my Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Episode 15 review, I thought Jonathan Schaech was fantastic as Kent. I'm with Whitney, why do they always kill off the cool baddies? The flashbacks worked well in this episode, unlike the Abigail Adams flashbacks in Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Episode 13. Overall, "Spellcaster" felt like a step in the right direction toward a strong finish to Season 2.
Katrina played a crucial role in this episode. Did her powers impress you? Is she now touched by the dark side?
Jim: First, I'm thrilled that they have her doing more and that she is no longer where the "Hooker Witch" outfit they had her in for awhile. As for the darkside, she's clearly learning to tap into it, the question is can the the local gardens survive it.
Whitney: When we first saw Katrina and she was raising that pretty flower from the ground, I rolled my eyes and snickered. And in this moment I was like, wow, I really don't like her. That's not exactly fair, I guess, but the writers have just no idea what to do with her. I'm not sure if turning her evil is going to necessarily make her a better character but it's a start.
Stacy: Not really, I still don't like Katrina. I don't think there's much that can be done to change my opinion of her, but if turning her evil means someone can kill her this season, I'm all for it.
Hank: I actually enjoyed Kat this week, and I'm interested to see what the writers do with her as an evil witch. Still, I have to agree with Whitney and Stacy, the character has never really worked so I'm hoping she meets her end in the finale.
There were some great Ichabodisms this week. Which was your favorite?
Jim: I loved him using "her Spider-sense will tingle". As a self confessed comic nerd (see question #1), it was fun to see that Ichabod isn't stuck in the past.
Whitney: I loved the spider-sense comment as well, Jim. Everything involving the open house was also great. Ichabod definitely doesn't understand fake, squeaky bananas.
Stacy: I loved the whole exchange about his trash talk abilities.
Hank: The "Spidey-sense" thing was great! The open house scene cracked me up as well. "One can not even buy a home without being bombarded with modern day hucksterism." -Ichabod
Were you surprised to learn that Captain Irving was team Henry all along?
Jim: Not really, it actually makes his visit to Katrina make more sense. Clearly he was not visible in the window because he was masking some portion of himself so she couldn't sense Henry's taint.
Whitney: Clearly something was up with Irving, so it wasn't that surprising to see him with Henry. But I don't want Irving to be bad. I have a feeling Abbie will be the one to eventually bring him down and that's going to break my heart all over again!
Stacy: Not at all. I've been saying all along I didn't trust him and that I didn't want Abbie to trust him. I hope they figure it out soon that something is up with him.
Hank: As everyone mentioned it wasn't surprising that Irving turned out to be bad. That's kind of disappointing for a show known for it's unique twists you know? Unless, he's the character our heroes will fight to redeem before the season is over. Like Whitney, I don't want Irving to be a bad guy. If the writers brought him back only to kill him in the finale I'll be upset.
What does Henry hope to accomplish with the Grand Grimoire? Share your best guess!
Jim: He's starting the First Annual Sleepy Hollow Witch Coven Spelling Bee? How do you spell necronomicon? N. E. C..... Seriously, there is no way to know for sure, but you know it has to do with him being a wolf in the world.
Whitney: I'm guessing try to summon the devil. That would be a pretty neat trick to end the season.
Stacy: I've pretty much given up on trying to guess what Henry's plans are for anything.
Hank: I cheated and googled the Grand Grimoire. Whitney's right, Henry's plan has to involve summoning Lucifer. The book is supposed to include instructions to allow contact with the devil for the purpose of striking a deal with him. That would make for a cool finale, but what if this turns out to be the "series finale" as the ratings are at an all time low? It would be terrible to end the show on a cliffhanger.
Next week's Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Episode 16 is titled "What Lies Beneath" and airs February 9 at 9/8c.