Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Review “Pittura Infamante”

There’s a reason I don’t like going to art galleries. Granted, sometimes there are truly beautiful works of art on display, but because I’ve probably watched one too many sci-fi movies, some paintings tend to slightly creep me out. Go ahead and be honest. You know paintings creeped you out too after you watched Ghostbusters II. This week’s Sleepy Hollow didn’t do very much to soothe that particular feeling either.

There were a couple of things I liked about this week’s episode; one of them being the way Katrina fit into the story. Don’t get all excited. I’m still not a Katrina fan and I still feel like overall she is a pretty useless character that I don’t particularly care about. However, the way her story was told in this episode should have been the way it was told during the first half of the season. This was a story that had nothing to do with the Apocalypse, but gave us a chance to get a little background on Katrina. She was friends with Abigail Adams and they were working to stop a killer before Katrina’s abrupt departure from 1781. Abigail was ultimately able to stop the killer but as is always the case, someone in present day unwittingly woke up and/or released the evil spirit. So the hunt continued into present day. Ichabbod and Katrina were able to work together to stop the evil spirit and save some lives in the process. It was a simple story, but it eased Katrina onto our viewing plate and allowed us to find out a little bit more about her. We learned that Ichabod wasn’t the only one who was friends with at least one famous historical figure. We also got a chance to see her use a bit of her witchy powers to help save someone’s life. And we also saw Katrina begin to experience some of the same issues Ichabod did when he first awoke in 2013; public displays of affection and the feelings of loss for old friends for example. If the show had spent more time in the first part of the season easing Katrina into the story as they did here, perhaps I wouldn’t be so annoyed with her at this point and would be more interested in learning more about her.

Just as an aside, Ichabod is a much better person than I am because if someone had treated me the way Katrina treated him, I don’t know that I would be working so hard to rekindle our relationship. Relationships are hard work and they require you to put in a great deal of effort if you intend for the relationship to survive. But when the other party in the relationship has spent the majority of their time lying to you and manipulating you, I don’t know that there’s much you can do to fix it. Not to mention, healthy relationships are built on trust and I wouldn’t trust Katrina as far as I could throw her. Ichabod, however, seems determined to figure out how to make their relationship work. At this point, I can’t tell whether Ichabod is just the world’s most awesome husband or a glutton for punishment. Jury’s still out.

Something else I liked about this episode was that Frank’s return wasn’t shoved to the back burner. All too often a show will drop a teaser like that on the audience and then wait a week or two before doing anything with that particular story. I was glad to see that they went ahead and started dealing with it because I really want to know how Frank came back and what happened to him during the 6 weeks he was dead. The show went a little way to explain it by having Abbie theorize it was the same as when Andy returned, but I don’t know that I buy that. Jenny didn’t seem to believe that explanation either. As she very astutely pointed out, Andy’s situation was completely different from Frank’s. Frank doesn’t seem to know what happened, and he seems just as scared as everyone else. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it unfolds and what this “new evidence” is that will supposedly vindicate Frank. I have a bad feeling that Henry is somehow involved in revealing the new evidence, and if that’s the case, it’s really not a good thing.

Frank’s story did lead to something that bothered me though. Abbie’s reaction to Frank’s return. I completely understand her caution in the situation. That makes perfect sense and I would be disappointed if she wasn’t wary. However, her absolute refusal to search for a way to verify Frank’s story bothered me. A lot. As I’ve stated before, Frank has sacrificed a lot for the cause. He has, quite literally, given everything he has to help save the world. Even in the beginning before he knew the truth he gave Abbie the benefit of the doubt when she came to him with all those wild and crazy stories. So, the question is, why is Abbie so unwilling to afford Frank the same courtesy? I get that she wants to approach the situation with caution. I get that she doesn’t want to jeopardize the rest of the team. I get that she doesn’t want evil to get a foothold again. But instead of trying to find a way to determine whether Frank is acting of his own accord or on Henry’s command, Abbie started looking for a weapon to take Frank down. It was as if everything that Frank did for them in the past didn’t matter and his word meant nothing to her. Even Jenny wasn’t down with the way Abbie was handling the Frank situation, and she made it clear that she wanted the magic bullets to be the absolute last resort. I agree with Jenny. Yes, Frank coming back from the dead is a disturbing mystery and it’s ok to be prepared for the worst. But Abbie gave Sheriff’s Corbin’s son Joe more leeway than she gave Frank, and they had absolute proof that Joe was actually a monster. They have no such proof with Frank yet she’s ready to kill him again. I’m not saying she should’ve welcomed him back into the fold no questions asked, but she should’ve at least given him the benefit of the doubt.

Overall, I liked this episode more than the last couple. The story was more engaging and I liked the episode pacing better. I do hope that the powers that be don’t decide to split up Ichabod and Abbie to work separate cases too much though. The heart of the show is the Ichabod/Abbie relationship, and the writers would do well to remember that fact. Although, I do hope they don’t write Abbie like this again. I feel like Abbie’s characterization in this episode was an example of the writers changing the character to fit the story instead of the other way around. It’s never a good idea to write your characters such that they behave uncharacteristically just so you can move the story along. Still not a fan of Sheriff Reyes. She’s really just kind of a jerk. I am anxious to find out what new evidence they have in Frank’s case and where it came from though. Here’s hoping Frank will actually catch a break because God knows he could use one. So what did y’all think of this week’s Sleepy Hollow?