Sleepy Hollow “Dead Men Tell No Tales” Review (Season 3, Episode 5)

Sleepy Hollow "Dead Men Tell No Tales" Season 3 episode 5 (1)

Over the years there have been numerous iterations of zombies. From the Resident Evil franchise to The Walking Dead to World War Z and everything in between, zombies have pretty much been a staple of the sci-fi and horror genres. Whether they’re fast moving zombies or slow moving zombies, the thing that makes them so terrifying isn’t the un-dead roaming the streets looking for fresh flesh to eat. It’s not even that they can’t really be killed since they’re already dead. The thing that’s truly terrifying about zombies is that there are always so many of them. Well, usually there are a lot of them. Sleepy Hollow took a different approach to the zombie story, and instead of having massive numbers of decaying bodies roaming the streets eating people, this zombie hoard was much smaller; much more focused; and much harder to kill.

Pandora reanimated the body of General Howe and unleashed him and his troops on Sleepy Hollow. They didn’t exactly call the General and his men zombies, but that’s what they were. I couldn’t really tell whether the men became zombies after they joined the General’s command or whether these were simply the men that were under his command at the time he died. Whatever the case, Pandora sent General Howe and his zombies to wreak havoc on Sleepy Hollow. They didn’t really get the chance to do much damage though. Howe’s personal grudge against Ichabod proved to be his undoing though, since Ichabod and Abbie were ultimately able to use it to lure him into their trap.

While Ichabod and Abbie were working the zombie case, Jenny and Joe were tracking some guy named Nivens. Apparently, Nivens is the guy who wanted to procure the Shard of Anubis. It also turns out that Sheriff Corbin and Nivens were in the army together. Joe immediately jumped to the conclusion that Sheriff Corbin was somehow helping Nivens in his criminal activities, but I’m not sure why he jumped to that conclusion. Yes, Sheriff Corbin kept a lot of things a secret, but I can’t say I blame him. If he had shared his theories with other people, they would’ve locked him away in the crazy house and thrown away the key. Joe knows that Sheriff Corbin had knowledge of the war against evil, and a lot of what he’d done was in preparation for fighting that war. So I don’t get why Joe is convinced his father was a criminal.

I’m still not sure what Pandora’s end game is. It seems like everything she’s unleashed thus far has been to bring up Ichabod and Abbie’s worst fears. At least that’s what it sounded like she said about the blossom at the end of the episode. I’m wondering whether she knew that Ichabod and Abbie were going to triumph over all of the monsters she’s unleashed thus far, and maybe that was the point. Maybe none of the blossoms could bloom if the monster wasn’t defeated first. Maybe her plan all along has been to send these less powerful creatures after The Witnesses to see how they work and figure out what kind of resources they have. I say that because she hasn’t looked disappointed at the outcome of any of these confrontations. If that’s the case, then she’s been using all of these things as cannon fodder for something much worse. That doesn’t bode well for our heroes.

I really felt like this entire episode was done solely so that there could be a Bones/Sleepy Hollow crossover. I don’t watch Bones, so I’m not familiar enough with those characters for that part of the story to have meant very much to me. It just seemed like a way to bring Booth and Brennan into the Sleepy Hollow universe. Quite frankly, I’m not sure how I feel about that. The Bones characters didn’t add very much to Sleepy Hollow’s story, and what little they did add felt too forced. For example, Booth was supposedly friends with Sheriff Corbin and apparently Booth and Corbin had conversations about Abbie’s future as an FBI agent. I’m not saying that couldn’t have happened, but it just didn’t feel organic to the story. It was more as if both shows were setting up the opportunity for future crossovers. The fact that Ichabod and Abbie now have contacts within the Jeffersonian archives and lab could definitely help them out in the future though, so I suppose that is a plus. There were also a couple of cute moments between Ichabod and Brennan, but other than that I wasn’t overly impressed with the crossover.

Despite my feelings about this being part of a crossover, the episode wasn’t too bad. It looks like Team Crane needs to work on their communication though. Jenny and Joe’s side investigation may now cause some friction for Abbie at work. Reynolds is apparently investigating Nivens as well, and now he’s giving Abbie heat over Jenny possibly being involved with Nivens. I don’t know what it’s going to take for them to realize that failing to keep each other apprised of their side projects is always going to cause them trouble. I don’t know what part Nivens has to play in everything, but I have a feeling there’s more to it meets the eye. It also looks like Ichabod and Zoe might take a few more steps in their relationship, but I don’t know how well that’s going to work out for Zoe. Ichabod doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to women. So what did y’all think of this week’s Sleepy Hollow?