Sleepy Hollow “Blood and Fear” Review (Season 3, Episode 3)

Sleepy Hollow "Blood and Fear" Season 3 episode 3 (2)

Between August and November 1888 in the Whitechapel district of London, five prostitutes were brutally killed. A person calling himself Jack the Ripper claimed responsibility for the murders, but law enforcement was never able to determine Jack the Ripper’s true identity. It’s a mystery that has lived on since 1888 and has inspired hundreds of theories, countless works of fiction, and even an academic area of study called “ripperology.” Admittedly, it’s a case that has fascinated me for years as well because The Ripper seemed to just come out of nowhere and then vanish into nowhere. I have my own theories about Jack the Ripper, but they weren’t anything close to the theory Sleepy Hollow presented.

One of the many elements that made me fall in love with Sleepy Hollow is the way it takes historical persons and events and then turns them on their ear. I was very intrigued by the show’s take on the lost colony of Roanoke for much of the same reason I was intrigued by their take on Jack the Ripper. No one has ever been able to determine what actually happened at Roanoke, and to this day historians still speculate about it. Jack the Ripper, much like the lost colony, remains a mystery. For all we know, Jack the Ripper kept killing and he was just more subtle about it in his…or her…later attacks. Or maybe Jack the Ripper is, as Sleepy Hollow suggests, the Dread Pirate Roberts of serial killers. I was pleasantly surprised by the direction the show took with the Ripper mythology because it wasn’t an angle that I can recall ever seeing before. And given the way Jack the Ripper suddenly appeared and then disappeared out of history, I can’t say that the show’s explanation is any less plausible than some of the others swirling around out there. You know, if you believe in cursed objects and such. At any rate, this was more interesting to me than the case of the week has been for a while. It was actually sad in a way because Nelson didn’t seem like a bad guy. Not really. He was a bit dorky and uncomfortable around a pretty girl he was interested in, but that’s true of a lot of guys. The fact that Pandora and the blade were able to take a rather ordinary human experience and twist it like that was both sad and disturbing. It also led me to wonder what else Pandora has in that box.

While Ichabod and Abbie were working their Jack the Ripper case, Jenny and Joe were trying to track down the Shard of Anubis. They found it along with a mysterious chick working for an even more mysterious boss. It looks like Sleepy Hollow has gone all in with giving Jenny an actual storyline this season and I couldn’t be happier. This episode gave Jenny the responsibility of helping Joe learn to navigate the world of the supernatural, finding out who that girl is and who she’s working for, and figuring out why the Shard of Anubis is so important. Hopefully all of that means she won’t be benched for the majority of the season. Again. I’m also hoping the fact that Jenny and Abby actually had a scene together in this episode means we’ll get more in the way of Abbie and Jenny’s sister relationship. Last season it was like Abbie was an only child, and I’m not looking to revisit that again. Abbie’s already keeping a secret from Jenny, but I’m hoping that won’t stretch out too long either. Overall, this episode just intrigued me with the possibilities for Jenny. If Sheriff Corbin taught Jenny all of her moves, where did that other girl learn them? Was Jenny the first one that Corbin recruited to help him or were there others? Maybe Jenny wasn’t the first and one of the others went rogue or something. I don’t know, but I’m interested to find out.

I’m still not digging the Abbie/Daniel relationship thing. There’s just no chemistry there, and their conversation about their past was actually kind of painful to watch. Although, I did appreciate the fact that it looks like we won’t be dwelling on their past romance any longer. Abbie and Daniel agreed to keep things strictly professional between them, and I am totally on board with that plan. Especially if Daniel is on the up and up. Like I said in my review of last week’s episode, ever since Frank left Sleepy Hollow PD, Ichabod and Abbie haven’t had much outside support. It makes what they do much harder if they’re having to duck and hide from Abbie’s boss all the time. Daniel strikes me as the same kind of guy as Frank. When Frank showed up in Sleepy Hollow, he believed there was a perfectly reasonable explanation for everything. However, after Ichabod and Abbie showed him differently, he did everything he could to help them out. It would be nice if Daniel works out the same way. It might take a bit more convincing for him, but hopefully he’ll be an ally. Lord knows our heroes could use one.

While I’m not overly fond of the Abbie/Daniel thing, I am kind of fond of the Ichabod/Zoe thing. A lot of Sleepy Hollow fans have been looking for an Ichabod/Abbie hook-up since the first season, but I am absolutely not one of those fans. I love the fact that Ichabod and Abbie’s relationship is intimate without being sexual because you don’t get to see very much of that on television. I wasn’t fond of Ichabod and Katrina because, well, I couldn’t stand Katrina. However, Zoe seems like a perfectly lovely person. The fact that she has a love for historical people, places, and things means that she and Ichabod already have something in common. I’m not looking for Ichabod to jump headlong into a relationship with her, but their interactions thus far have been pretty cute. I really hope she doesn’t turn out to be evil. That would be unfortunate.

All in all, I enjoyed this episode much more than I’ve enjoyed the last few. It kept me interested and entertained throughout even if the story followed an overall predictable path. The fact that Pandora appears to be able to not only tap into Ichabod and Abbie’s greatest fears, but also that she appears to be able to spy on them in her pool is disturbing. It also makes her more difficult to fight if she can watch them anywhere because she’ll know what they’re planning. I still don’t know what the heck that tree is all about, but whatever it is can’t be good. I also got a kick out of Ichabod’s rant regarding government red tape. Wait until he goes to the DMV. So what did y’all think of this week’s Sleepy Hollow?