Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Review “The Midnight Ride”

Listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere. So begins Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous poem chronicling the events the night Paul Revere and others warned the Americans that the British were coming. It was one of my favorites when I was a kid, and I found myself quoting it while watching the opening sequence of this week’s Sleepy Hollow. This show is seriously causing me to nerd out on a weekly basis.

The Horseman came back and he was determined to retrieve his head. In an effort to draw Ichabod out, he slaughtered the local chapter of the Free Masons and hung their empty, silver-lined heads from a parking garage railing. Eww. Ichabod figured out that the Horseman wasn’t just after his head. He was after a manuscript that John Adams gave to Paul Revere the night of his famous ride. Ichabod surmised that the manuscript must contain information on how to defeat the Horseman, so he and Abbie tracked down the manuscript. It was coded, but after some trial and error (and unintentional internet porn) Ichabod deciphered the code. He discovered that the Horseman could not be killed, but he could be trapped. Ichabod, with some help from Abbie and Captain Irving, captured the Horseman.

It seems that we now know where Captain Irving’s loyalties lie. After the Masons were killed, Ichabod and Abbie asked Irving to give them the Horseman’s head so they could destroy it. Naturally, he didn’t understand why they were asking him to let them destroy evidence but after (barely) escaping an attack by the Horseman, he finally accepted what they’ve been trying to tell him all along. He was shaken up and still hardly able to believe it, but it looks like he’s on board now. Orlando Jones has done a wonderful job of hiding Irving’s cards. He plays it just sincere enough for you to want to trust him, but with just enough cunning to prevent you from trusting him completely. It’s a very fine line, but Jones has expertly walked that tightrope. Since it looks like Abbie and Ichabod have lost the Masons, I’m glad they’ve got Irving. It looks like he’s not the only one either.

Dead Deputy Andy showed up again. He came to her in the tunnels to tell Abbie how to stop the Horseman. Ichabod had already figured it out, but it was still good of Andy to try. I’m not entirely sure how or why Andy agreed to work with the forces of Hell, but it looks like it’s a decision he now regrets. He is apparently dead but he’s trapped in the land of the living. Maybe he’s like Katrina and is in some kind of purgatory, but I can’t tell if he’s in THE purgatory. Wherever he is, he seems to care about Abbie. Can we just keep John Cho around for all the episodes? I love him. I was pretty bummed when he died in the pilot episode, but it seems that Sleepy Hollow has taken some lessons from my other favorite tv show Supernatural. No one ever really stays dead.

Ichabod and Abbie had a few quiet moments while they were waiting for the Horseman to walk into their trap, and it provided another sweet moment between the two of them. Ichabod admitted that he is very lonely in Sleepy Hollow. I can’t say I blame the guy. Everyone he’s ever known has been dead for at least 200 years, his wife is trapped in Purgatory and he has no idea how to get her out, and he doesn’t understand the simple pleasure of a smartphone or the internet. How could the guy not be lonely? However, I think Abbie’s admission that she also feels lonely helped Ichabod realize that he’s not actually alone. He may not have everyone he had, but in the here and now he’s got her and she’s his friend. That’s not nothing.

One thing that is still not working for me is Luke Morales. He’s not very interesting and I found myself hoping that his scenes would hurry up and be over so I could get back to the good stuff. I understand that they’re trying to give Abbie a love interest and round her out as a character. But Luke just isn’t doing it for me. Their relationship doesn’t feel organic to the story. It feels forced in just to create more tension, but it’s even failing on that front. It doesn’t create tension. It just annoys me that it’s taking time up that could be given to something more interesting. Maybe it’s just that we never spent any time with Abbie and Luke as a couple, so I don’t particularly care about them getting together. Not to mention that Luke and Abbie don’t have nearly the kind of chemistry that Ichabod and Abbie do. Perhaps he’ll get more interesting as the series progresses, but I doubt it.

Despite my one minor gripe, I enjoyed this episode. Ichabod’s disbelief that people pay for water was hilarious as was his attempt to correct that museum guide. It was topped only by his inadvertent visit to an internet porn site. I enjoy the way they continue to play Ichabod’s confusion and discomfort with modern times. It’s thrown in just enough to remind you that Ichabod is a man out of time, but it’s not so overdone that the gag is no longer funny. Actually, I think it’s just that Ichabod is so darn cute. I’m kind of bummed that the Masons got taken out so early. I was really hoping that they were going to stick around and help Abbie and Ichabod. Alas, it just wasn’t meant to be. Now that our heroes have captured the Horseman, let’s see if they can get him to spill Hell’s secrets. I’m interested to see how they question him since, you know, he’s headless. But I’m sure they’ll work it out. So what did y’all think of this week’s Sleepy Hollow?

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