Sleepy Hollow “Dawn’s Early Light” Review (Season 3, Episode 16)

Sleepy Hollow The Art of War

A few random thoughts about this week’s Sleepy Hollow:

It’s always fun when Sleepy Hollow takes historical persons and/or events and turns them on their ear. This time it was Francis Scott Key writing The Star Spangled Banner and George Washington crossing the Delaware. Apparently, Washington’s mission was actually him crossing into the Underworld to retrieve a weapon to help them win the war. Key’s writing of the National Anthem was a clue as to where he hid the doorway to the Underworld. I’m still trying to figure out how Betsy got trapped there since it looks like George Washington and most of the other men were able to return. Did they leave her behind on purpose? Did she get trapped there? Did she volunteer to stay behind for some reason? If so, what possible reason could she have for volunteering to stay behind? Those are questions I hope we’ll spend some time unraveling as the season comes to a close.

I can’t say enough how awesome it is to have Ichabod and Abbie back on the same page. Part of the reason last season was so rough is Ichabod and Abbie were so out of sync, but they’ve pretty much got that under control now. Even when they disagree, they don’t hide things from each other anymore and their relationship is much better for it. For example, even though Ichabod felt very strongly about his plan to go to the Underworld, he discussed it with Abbie first and didn’t make a move on it until she was on board. I just love watching the two of them work together.

Well, Danny finally has the answers he’s been seeking. Too bad for him it’s probably only going to get worse from here. I would imagine that Danny, as would be the case with most other FBI agents, has seen some horrible things at the hands of human monsters. The fact that he now knows there are actual monsters out there is just going to complicate things further. For all that I don’t particularly care about Danny, I will say that his response to finding out about the supernatural was totally appropriate. It’s not every day you see an undead skeleton-looking dude who hurls fireballs at you. To be honest, he actually handled that pretty well. But now that he knows what’s been going on with Abbie, I’m hoping the show will dial down their (very forced) relationship. There’s still just no chemistry there, and it drags down the story every time they focus on it. I would much rather them build a friendship instead of a romance between Abbie and Danny because that’s the deepest vibe I’m getting from them.

Pandora has finally admitted the truth to herself. The Hidden One never saw her as an equal and he never intended for her to rule at his side. I don’t know why it’s taken her so long to accept what’s been in front of her face the whole time, but I suppose love can often blind us to the truth. Honestly, I’m not sure how much of it was love on her part and how much of it was her own desire for power. But whatever love she had for dear old hubby is gone now. The Hidden One should probably watch his back because there are few things more dangerous than a woman scorned.

Jenny is having a hard time forgiving her father, and I can’t say I blame her. The way she sees it, most of the horrible things that happened in her life are a direct result of her father abandoning their family. I think that probably had more to do with the supernatural getting a foothold in her family’s life, and quite frankly, I don’t think any of it would’ve necessarily been prevented if he had stayed around. Not saying he should’ve left though. And I don’t think Jenny would feel so abandoned if he hadn’t gone off and started a new family, but that’s exactly what he did. That being said, forgiveness is one of the most important things you can ever do for yourself. The more time you spend stuck on past hurts, the less time you’ll spend enjoying your life in the here and now. Even if Jenny decides that she doesn’t want to have a relationship with her father, it’s still important that she forgive him. Not just for him, but for herself too.

They really need to do a better job of keeping the SECRET hideout secret. I mean honestly. What’s the point in having a hideout if all the bad guys can just walk in whenever they want and start rummaging through your stuff? At least put a lock on the door or something. Geez.