Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Review “The Vessel”

Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Episode 11 The Vessel (7)

Welcome back, Sleepy Hollow! Oh, how I’ve missed you. After what seemed like FOREVER, Sleepy Hollow returned in all its demon possessed glory, and I loved every minute of it. That ridiculously long break doesn’t seem to have taken away any of the show’s momentum, and I am glad about that.

This episode picked up with Captain Irving trying to make sense of what happened while he was in the park with his daughter. He had the guy who was (unbeknownst to Irving) possessed taking a polygraph, but the poor guy had no idea what Irving was talking about. The demon got into one of the police officers and told Irving that if he didn’t deliver Washington’s Bible, then Hell was going to kill his daughter. Irving took his (ex)wife and daughter to a safehouse and called the priest. The demon was already in Det. Morales though, and it was able to get into the house and possess Maisy. There was (thankfully) no split pea soup being spewed everywhere, but the demon did jack up Maisy’s face pretty good. It demanded that Irving deliver the Bible, and Irving was about to do it but it was Team Crane to the rescue. Ichabod and Co. discovered a lantern that some nuns used back in the day to exorcise the demon and send it back to Hell. They obtained the lantern and sent that demon packing.

I must say that I really felt for Captain Irving. He was put in an extremely difficult position. On the one hand, he knows what’s at stake. He knows what will happen if Hell prevails in this war. He knows how many lives will be lost. He doesn’t want any of that to happen. On the other hand, he’s a father. Ichabod has already shown the lengths that a father will go to for their child. Irving is no exception. As a matter of fact, that desire to protect is probably amplified in Irving because of his daughter’s accident. Despite what he says, he feels guilty for not being able to protect her from being hit by that car. It’s really not his fault, but I don’t know that he’ll ever really forgive himself for that. I really respect and admire the fact that Irving did all he could to keep that bible out of evil’s hands even though he knew it was a big risk to his daughter. I also saw something in Irving that he claimed he no longer has – faith. Call me an optimist if you like, but it seemed to me that Irving was stepping out on faith by refusing to give up the Bible. He may not necessarily have faith in God or God’s plan right now, but he had faith in Ichabod and Abbie. He had faith that not only would they find a way to save his daughter, but they would find a way to defeat the demon. It’s not faith in God yet, but it’s a step in the right direction.

It also seems that Captain Irving’s wife can quit hounding him about keeping things from her. He took Cynthia to the safehouse with him and Maisy, and Cynthia insisted that he tell her what was really going on. He ducked and dodged her questions, but it’s all kind of a moot point now. She saw the demon and what it did to Maisy. And now that she’s seen what Irving, Crane, and the Mills sisters are up against, maybe she’ll leave Irving alone about it. I’m not saying that she doesn’t have a right to know what’s going on when her daughter’s life is in danger. Of course she does. But how do you begin to explain things to someone else that you don’t particularly understand yourself? Furthermore, if she hadn’t seen the demon with her own eyes, would she have believed him? Or would she more likely have insisted that he’s gone bonkers and needed to take some time off work? It seems that their problems didn’t really have anything to do with the Apocalypse, but I wonder how (or even if) this new information will change their relationship.

Something else we learned is that Hell has been after Abbie for a very long time. Apparently, when Jenny was younger, this same demon possessed her and tried to make her kill Abbie. Sheriff Corbin was able to exorcise it, but even after the demon was gone Jenny heard it in her head from time to time making her have evil, violent thoughts toward Abbie. It got to the point where Jenny no longer trusted herself around Abbie, so every time she heard the voices she would commit a crime so she would get locked up. All those years, Jenny never told Abbie her real motivations for committing petty crimes. In all honesty, I can kind of see why she wouldn’t tell Abbie. After Jenny saw how Abbie handled their encounter with the demon in the woods, Jenny assumed that Abbie wouldn’t be too receptive to her story about possession and so forth. I can also see why Jenny wouldn’t want to bring it up again now that Abbie is fully on board with the Hell coming to earth thing. I would imagine that being possessed by a demon isn’t something that you’d want to talk about; especially if that demon was trying to make you kill your sister.

One thing everyone on Team Crane should take away from this experience is that keeping secrets from each other, no matter how well-intentioned, just doesn’t ever work out well. I’m not saying that you need to tell people everything all the time, but most of the time it’s better to just tell the truth. Both Jenny and Captain Irving were coming from a place of love and a desire to protect their loved ones by keeping their secret, and I’m not saying that’s inherently a bad thing. I guess I’m just of the opinion that people deserve the truth, and in most cases, they need that more than they need to be protected.

Yet another home run for Sleepy Hollow. Abbie finally went shopping for Ichabod, and Ichabod apparently feels the same way I do about skinny jeans. No. Just no. I continue to love everything about Ichabod and Abbie’s relationship. Watching the two of them pick at each other is seriously one of the most adorable things ever. I couldn’t tell whether Det. Morales was killed or just knocked unconscious, but I’m glad we didn’t have to deal with his unrequited Abbie love in this episode. It was a welcome treat to see Clancy Brown back as Sheriff Corbin. I’m still kind of bummed they killed him off. They’ve set up some really cool directions for the story to take in next week’s two-hour season finale, and I honestly don’t have any idea of what’s going to happen next. It’s a great feeling to be genuinely excited for a show the way I am for next week’s season finale. However, let me just go on record as saying that I am monumentally bummed that the season is ending already. I feel like we’re just getting started. At any rate, I can’t wait to find out what happens next. So what did y’all think of this week’s Sleepy Hollow?

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