Fox’s new show “Sleepy Hollow” aired its second episode “Blood Moon” last night and the show continued to deliver solid entertainment and creepiness wrapped in the continued overall mysteries creating more questions than are answered and has left me with one potential concern.
Since I presume that if you are reading this you have at least watched the first episode and maybe even have watched the second, I am not going to be concerned with not spoiling the show or episode. Therefore, if you have not seen the episode and do not want to read about major plot points, then please stop now. If you need a good recap of the first episode with some in depth insights, check out the SciFi Christian’s post and even my previous post on Sleep Hollow.
This episode centers around a dream/vision that Ichabod has in the episode opener where his wife informs him that not only do they have to be concerned with the four horsemen but also an evil army that will rise to support the horsemen in their bringing of the apocalypse. To that end, the first of the army to rise is a woman who is “one of us” as Katrina states leading Ichabod to presume it is a witch and not just any witch but Serilda of Abaddon (played by stunt woman and actress Monique Ganderton). I found it not entirely clear how Ichabod knew it was Serilda, but I might have missed something. Interestingly Abbie asks if Abaddon is a place and Ichabod does not get the chance to answer. However a quick Google search finds a Wikipedia page that states “abaddon is used with reference to a dwelling place of the dead, often appearing alongside the better-known term sheol”. After finding that, I shook my head because I knew that but just didn’t recall it at the moment. Before Serilda can resurrect, we find Andy Dunn (played by John Cho of Star Trek Into Darkness) come back to life in order to act as a henchman to Serilda’s demon like form because Serilda has until the end of the blood moon to complete the process or else not be resurrected. Andy proceeds to place a medallion over where Serilda was burned for being a witch and then help her discover the ancestors of the man who sentenced her to death. By taking those ashes and sprinkling them over her bones which were buried essentially under the police station, she comes back to life just in time for our heroes, Ichabod and Abbie to blow her back to sheol. Of course, a lot more happens in this episode but this is the basic thrust of the storyline.
To begin with, I found the episode enjoyable and was immensely glad that the child Kyle was not burned alive and instead the ashes of his adoptive father were stolen. I enjoy the comradery between Abbie and Ichabod especially when she mentioned that she would pay him to shut up. I also enjoy Ichabod’s more formal speaking on subjects like “Was he your betrothed!” I was a bit surprised at Abbie’s first reactions towards him after getting a little bit of a chewing out by the Police Captain (played by Orlando Jones known by me from the movie The Replacements) and seeming to be skeptical again after all that she had seen. However, one would think that after demonstrating unique knowledge of an underground series of tunnels and seeing a dead witch come back to life her mind might finally be changed for good, but we will see. I did like all the post-it notes all over Ichabod’s hotel room informing him what everything does and his shock over the water in the shower. And I can not tell you how much I laughed at his being appalled over how much the donut holes cost and how much of a tax was levied on those donuts. Great and enjoyable moment.
I do have a concern that is making me a bit cautious about further episodes. Personally, I think that concept of the four horsemen and the headless horseman should be the focus of the show where they are trying to discover all the bits and pieces to the puzzle about how to stop the apocalypse. I was concerned after the first episode that while this has a very X-Files and even Haven feel about it, that it would not digress into the monster of the week episodes where we only get a sprinkling of episodes that deal directly with the overarching story (like the conspiracy episodes of X-Files). This week the horseman were really no where to be found (save a brief ride in Ichabod’s dream) but we were literally on a witch hunt. In addition, next weeks promo showed us the Sandman (if I heard correctly). The SANDMAN! At this point, I fail to see how that plays into the horseman storyline at all. After next weeks episode I may be singing a different song. That said, while I would enjoy this even if it is a Haven of twisted Once Upon a Time X-Files, I am hoping that they spend more time on unique story lines that center back on unique takes on the book of Revelation, the Bible and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
This brings me to a concept that was hinted at in my last post and explored a bit on the SciFi Christian breakdown of the first episode which is what exactly are Katrina and the two “covens” of often referred to witches. Katrina and Serilda never referred to themselves as witches. Ichabod presumed that his wife was a witch, and therefore Serilda, because of what was written on Katrina’s tombstone. In addition to this mystery, Katrina did not refer to Serilda as a witch but as being “one of us”. One of us! That phrase really sticks with me. For example, if you were fighting during World War II, you would not have referred to an enemy soldier as being “One of us” because you were both soldiers but would have referred to him as a “German” or whatever nationality. You might refer to them as the “enemy” or “on the other side” or even as an “Axis” soldier but never would you have stated that they were “One of us!” And it is not just meant to be an archaic terminology and phraseology because in all of our texts we never referred to the British during the Revolutionary War as being “One of us!” In fact, we didn’t even refer to the other side in the Civil War as being “One of us!” So this phrasing and the fact that Katrina and Serilda never refer to themselves as witches but only others do makes me wonder what exactly are they. I hinted at the concept that they might be angels and demons fighting for the fulfillment or prevention of God’s will. I realize that angels would not be trying to stop the coming apocalypse described in Revelation because that is God’s will but in a Hollywood take on the subject I could see how that could be misinterpreted. And there is always the concept that the angels are fighting for God’s timing while the demons are accelerating the timetable and that would place the struggle squarely the way we see it in the show so far. To add to this concept that they might be angels and demons instead of just witches, Serilda stated that Katrina was caught between worlds. Which worlds? Between Earth and Heaven? Between Heaven and Hell? Between Earth and Hell? This is unsure at this point but does tend to the concept that they are not merely witches but something else entirely. To counter that angels and demons concept we have seen a creature referred to as a demon and seems to have a look of one. In addition, if they were demons and angels, how could they be burned at the stake and die. There is no evidence that anyone but God can “kill” or destroy an angel or a demon. So there is possibilities that could be stretched on either side of this speculation. One thing is for sure, they are not mere humans because the priest, who was stated to be “one of them” by Katrina when they placed the spell on Ichabod, had been alive for at least two and a half centuries.
A couple of nitpicks on the show. I can buy that the video does not truly represent what happened to Andy and that there was no video of his resurrection because of there being involved a demon. However, I find it hard to believe that the police department didn’t notice a missing police car. I mean just try and take a cop car and if you manage to get away with the car see how fast they know about it and track you down. In addition, Abbie seems to be swayed all to quickly by the wind. In the first episode, she takes a tiny bit of time before she believes Ichabod especially since she saw the horseman. This episode opens and she is defending Ichabod then she is arguing with him that she needs proof and is not convinced. Then she just lets him wonder down in the police basement and cuts open a wall. Then she seems to be back believing him again. At this point, she should just be one or the other. She has personally seen and experienced enough to either resolve that none of it is real and some how has a rational explanation or that the impossible has become possible.
And in my biggest nitpick of the show, that I am really enjoying, we are to believe that the headless horseman that was unstoppable save sunlight (I didn’t realize that headless horseman were vampires) is now just sitting in the woods twiddling his thumbs while his skull sits somewhere in police headquarters. Really?! If nothing else why did he suddenly stop his relentless search for his skull? And personally while I like John Cho, I think the headless horseman would have made a better henchman to the demon to work on resurrecting Serilda and would have made it much harder for Ichabod to have been able to stop her so easily and quickly. Plus it would have made for a better episode overall. Especially if in the following episodes, night time becomes very difficult because they have to duck, dodge and even fend off the horseman while attempting to stop the rising army and thus keeping the overall story arch continuity throughout the show. But I imagine that would have been a lot more special effects than the show has budgeted for. But at least a passing reference to the horseman attacking the police station at night but coming up empty should have occurred.
All this said, I am enjoying the show and will look forward to next weeks episode.
I can’t help but think about how my eldest daughter who is off as a freshman in college would have enjoyed watching this show with me. But alas, children grow up and have lives of their own. sniff sniff.
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