Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Review “Blood Moon”

The plot is thickening on Sleepy Hollow. I wasn’t as interested in the mystery during the pilot episode, but as we find out more about both Ichabod and Abbie, I find myself slowly being pulled in. The Horseman was mostly absent in this episode, but there were plenty of other undead, creepy evildoers to fill his spot.

Ichabod’s wife Katrina appeared to him in a dream to warn him that an evil witch was about to be resurrected. Apparently, the evil witch was the first of many that would bring all kinds of mayhem in preparation for the Apocalypse. In order for her to rise, the witch needed to collect the ashes of the descendants of the people who burned her at the stake. After killing them and collecting their ashes, she had the resurrected (and creepy-looking) Officer Andy dig up her bones. Ichabod and Abbie were close on her tail trying to stop her from becoming fully restored, but they were too late. However, due to some quick thinking on Ichabod’s part, she didn’t get a chance to hang around Sleepy Hollow too long.

Primarily, this episode seemed designed to fill in some backstory for both Ichabod and Abbie. Ichabod told Abbie about Katrina and Abbie shared with Ichabod why Sheriff Corbin meant so much to her. It was a bonding moment for them and a necessary step down the road of trust. Despite everything she’s seen, Abbie is still trying very hard to deny the truth of what’s happening in Sleepy Hollow. Most of her reluctance certainly has to do with what happened to her as a child, but it also has to do with the fact that she simply cannot wrap her head around all of these strange events. And, as Ichabod pointed out, she hasn’t had time to properly grieve the loss of Sheriff Corbin.

Something else we learned from this episode is that Katrina has been imprisoned between two worlds. I’m assuming that means she’s trapped in the world between life and death, but I don’t recall if the show was any more specific than that. If Katrina is trapped there, then Ichabod may be able to rescue her, but I’m not sure if he would simply be setting her spirit free or whether she would come back like he did. Whatever the case, it seems Ichabod has figured out he may be able to save her and he’s certainly going to try. As an aside, I kind of like that Ichabod’s love interest isn’t Abbie. I like that they’re developing a friendship more than a romantic relationship because it provides the opportunity for intimacy instead of sex. I don’t know whether the powers that be will change their minds about this later, but I hope not.

I’m not entirely sure how I feel about Captain Irving. On the one hand, I think he’s just a cop trying to do his job and make sense of all the strange things happening in Sleepy Hollow. On the other hand, Katrina said that the coven of evil witches was everywhere and they could be anyone. What better cover for an evil witch than a captain on the police force? I’m hoping it’s the former because the odds are already pretty well stacked against Ichabod and Abbie. I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see.

One thing I hope Sleepy Hollow continues to do is keep humor spread throughout the episodes. Ichabod in particular is amusing as he learns to navigate the 21st century. His outrage over the cost of and taxes on pastries was hilarious. As was his face when he tasted his first donut hole. I can’t blame him on that. Donut holes are delicious.

All in all, I’m enjoying Sleepy Hollow. It’s still not taking itself too seriously, and that is a very good thing. Tom Mison and Nichole Beharie have an easy chemistry that helps keep the outrageousness of the story from going too far. Plus, their banter is amusing. I’m looking forward to finding out what happens next. I’d also like to know more about how and why Officer Andy (the always wonderful John Cho) started working for the bad guys. He doesn’t really seem to want to hurt people, so how did he get wrapped up with them? I also hope we get to see some more of the late Sheriff Corbin just because I love Clancy Brown so much. So what did y’all think of this week’s Sleepy Hollow?

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