Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Review “Mama”

Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Episode 9 Mama (5)

Hello my fellow Sleepyheads. I must apologize for taking so long to get this Sleepy Hollow review done. I was out of town and just caught up on what I missed. Honestly, I’m kind of disappointed. I wanted to like this episode. I really, REALLY wanted to like this one but unfortunately, that’s not how things worked out. There were several major problems with this week’s Sleepy Hollow, so let’s get to it.

The primary problem with this episode is how it so abruptly threw Jenny and Frank back into the mix. I’m not saying that I’m not happy to see them. I am. As a matter of fact, it’s really bothered me that Jenny and Frank have been absent for so much of the season. However, it felt as if this episode was designed to prove to the audience that Jenny and Frank haven’t been forgotten even though they kind of have been forgotten. Jenny has popped up sporadically to help on a couple of cases, but for the most part it’s been as if Abbie doesn’t even have a sister. That alone is problematic because Jenny was such an integral part of Team Crane last season. It’s rather disturbing that this season she’s been relegated to the background. Because of that, it made it difficult to become as emotionally invested in her part of this week’s story as we should have been. I’m not saying I didn’t feel for her at all. I did. I’m just saying that because she’s been gone so long, I wasn’t as invested in her journey in this episode as I was with Abbie’s.

It’s almost the same thing with Frank. He’s been on screen a bit more than Jenny has, but not much. Once again it’s disturbing that someone who was so integral to Team Crane last season seems to be so insignificant now. Frank’s situation is even more disturbing because it seems like Ichabod and Abbie have forgotten he exists since he’s been locked up in the nuthouse. They haven’t done anything to try to clear his name. They haven’t done anything to try to get him out. They haven’t even sent him a postcard to let him know they know he’s still alive. Even after they found out that Henry tricked Frank into bargaining away his soul they didn’t make any moves to help him figure a way out of the deal. I totally understand that Ichabod and Abbie have had some pretty severe crap coming their way, and I’m not minimizing that at all. But at the same time, if they’ve got time to do yoga, then they’ve got time to figure out how to get Frank out of the crazyhouse. It’s really a shame that Frank had to figure a way to sneak himself out and then almost emotionally blackmail his friends to help him.

I’m still trying to figure out Nick’s purpose. He didn’t really have any reason to be in this episode other than to annoy Ichabod, but so many things already annoy Ichabod that we don’t really need Nick for that. I was trying to figure out what he added to the episode and I came up with nothing. He flirted with Abbie a little bit and spiked Ichabod’s soup but that was pretty much it. There wasn’t a reason for him to help on this case and it kind of felt like he was intruding in what should’ve been a personal quest for Abbie and Jenny. It’s not that I don’t understand his function in the overall story, but I really just didn’t understand his presence in this episode specifically.

Much of this episode felt disingenuous because it focused on characters that we haven’t seen for most of the year. Well, maybe that’s not a good way to put it. Perhaps it’s better to say that we haven’t had a chance to see Abbie and Jenny spend any time together as sisters this season so it was hard to care about their differing views of their mother. We haven’t had a chance to really explore how their different experiences with their mother helped shape them into the people they are today. We haven’t seen how their different opinions and memories of their mother influence their relationship to each other. So for them to have emotional diarrhea about it all of a sudden just seems a little too convenient.

Next week is the winter finale, and I sincerely hope the powers that be have something better than what they offered this week. I was trying to think of something that I liked about this episode, but all I could come up with was how adorably cranky Ichabod is while he’s sick. I’m not overly interested in Katrina and the demon baby, nor am I particularly interested in anything when it comes to Katrina. She only barely adds more to the story than Nick at this point. I am glad that Frank finally got himself out of the crayhouse, so now maybe Ichabbod and Abbie can put some focus into helping him regain ownership of his soul. So what did y’all think of this week’s Sleepy Hollow?