Sleepy Hollow “This Red Lady From Caribee” Review (Season 3, Episode 6)

One thing I’ve never found particularly scary are bugs. It’s not that I don’t find most of them gross. I do. And I suppose if a giant spider like the one from Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets was coming at me, I’d be scared. However, just as a rule (and barring supernaturally large spiders), bugs aren’t scary. That was pretty much my thought during this week’s Sleepy Hollow. The monster was a swarm of Jack Spainiard wasps that could morph into the shape of a woman with huge blue bug eyes. The fact that the wasps sting caused the victim to become extremely paranoid and violent was an interesting twist, but other than that I was pretty much underwhelmed with this monster. I suppose the primary reason for my apathy stemmed from the fact that the monster had almost zero connection to Ichabod or Abbie. Part of what has made the other monsters so formidable is the fact that they’ve had some sort of personal connection to either Ichabod or Abbie’s past. This one didn’t and as such, I wasn’t particularly interested in it. Not only that, the lack of connection to the heroes meant that there wasn’t really a sense of urgency where the monster was concerned. Yes, they wanted to stop it because that’s what they do. But what did they learn about themselves and each other because of it? How did it help them grow stronger as a team? It didn’t, so it didn’t really capture my attention. It would’ve been more interesting if Ichabod or Abbie had become infected by the wasps. We would’ve had a chance to take a glimpse into their unguarded psyche and I would’ve found that very interesting. Instead, we got a look at Agent Reynold’s.

It’s no secret that I’m not really in like with Agent Reynolds. It’s not that I think he’s a bad guy or anything like that. He’s just a little too blah for my taste. There’s nothing particularly memorable about him. The only thing he’s really done since he landed in Sleepy Hollow is let the audience know that he and Abbie had a relationship while they were in FBI training and that he’s ambitious. That’s not very much to go on, and the fact that he and Abbie have almost zero chemistry makes it worse. While I don’t believe this episode did very much to alleviate that problem, it did at least reveal a little bit more about Reynolds’ headspace. First of all, he’s apparently put a lot of pressure on himself to make a name for himself within the FBI. His subconscious seems to see Abbie as a threat to those career goals since that’s the first thing he went off about. Secondly, Reynolds said that he wanted to keep things professional between him and Abbie, but it looks like he wasn’t being completely honest about that. Maybe he was lying to himself or maybe he was trying to front for Abbie. Bottom line is, whatever that “thing” was they had at Quantico, he’s still not over it. I’m still not completely feeling Reynolds at this point, but at least the show is making a bit more of an effort to add some layers to him. Especially if the show wants me to buy that he and Abbie have some sort of unresolved sexual tension between them.

One thing the Bug Lady did accomplish was revealing Pandora’s plan. Well, at least a part of her plan. It seems that each bud on that weird tree served as some sort of key to unlock the tree. It also looks like the tree is a doorway. I don’t know where the doorway leads, but if Pandora was trying to open it, I’m sure it’s nowhere good. I did find it kind of odd that Ichabod and Abbie would go into what they knew to be Pandora’s lair without at least trying to figure out a way to kill her. I don’t know that they necessarily would’ve found a way, but it just didn’t make sense to go without at least looking for something first. That weirdness aside, I am interested to see exactly where Pandora went and what she’s going to bring back with her. She kept talking about bringing forth a new world, so I imagine she’s probably going to try to start Apocalypse Part Deux. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

While Ichabod and Abbie were handling a little pest control, Jenny and Joe sought out Atticus Nivens. Despite Abbie telling them about Reynolds’ investigation and asking them to back off, Joe just couldn’t let it go. I can’t say I blame him exactly, but it was still pretty dangerous to go after Nivens knowing that the FBI was tracking him too. They were able to get the Shard of Anubis back, but it looks like whatever power was in the shard has now infected Jenny. It wasn’t really clear whether she told Joe or anyone else that the shard disappeared into her skin, but if she didn’t, I don’t think she’s going to be able to keep it a secret for long. Not if that vision and her body glowing red were any indication of what’s going on with her. In addition to reacquiring the shard, they also discovered that Sheriff Corbin has money in an account in another country. Nivens didn’t say where the money came from or why Corbin had it, but the implication that the money is ill-gotten gains was pretty clear. It kind of rubs me the wrong way that it appears the show is turning Sheriff Corbin from a good guy trying to do the right thing into a wolf in sheep’s clothing. I’m not certain yet that that’s where they’re heading, but it would be disappointing for the show to go that route. I’m still holding out hope that there’s more to Sheriff Corbin’s story than Nivens is sharing or maybe that Nivens was intentionally trying to taint Joe’s memory/perception of his father. I don’t know what purpose that would serve, but Nivens was kind of creepy so it might be something he would do. I guess we’ll have to wait to see how all of that plays out.

Despite being not particularly interested in the monster of the week, this wasn’t a bad episode. It wrapped up this portion of Pandora’s plan and opened the door to the net phase. This episode also treated us to Ichabod and Zoe attempting a first date. Ichabod’s discomfort with the whole dating thing is adorable. As are most of Ichabod’s quirks. I would like to learn a bit more about Zoe though. She and Ichabod are cute together, but we don’t really know much more about her than we do about Agent Reynolds. If she’s going to become a regular part of Ichabod’s life, I do hope the show gives me a bit more to go on than the fact she apparently has the patience of a saint. So what did y’all think of this week’s Sleepy Hollow?