Last week, I considered the possibility that "The Sin Eater" was Sleepy Hollow's first four star episode. I have now reconsidered. Because this week's was even better.
Why was it so good? Because they've finally figured out what kind of funny works on this show, and they managed to successfully combine it with shuddery. And they finally got somewhere with the plot. Our heroes set a clever trap for the Horseman -- and they actually caught him.
The episode started with a wild ride and ended with one, and that ending, with the chase through the masonic temple and all the fake heads as bait for the Horseman was funny and exciting and I loved it. I also loved the scenes where Ichabod and Abbie were trying unsuccessfully to destroy the Horseman's head, especially that shot of the empty room with the head sitting next to explosives. The "headless" thing was all through the episode, too. The four beheadings and the hollowed out heads with candles in them hanging in a church tower were just not something you see every day.
(I hope that one of those heads wasn't supposed to be James Frain's character, because I want him back.)
What on earth can they possibly do with the Horseman now? They can't destroy him. How can they keep him captive forever? Won't he eventually escape somehow? (Probably in the next few episodes?)
The supernatural elements are finally starting to gel for me, and I didn't find anything in this episode to be too dense. Maybe it was the devil's trap and the special manuscript which made me think of Supernatural, a show that also uses the Bible and local legends in its mythology. And the "man out of time" stuff is continuing to delight me, especially because they're doing it so well. This week, Ichabod ridiculed the concept of bottled water (there's an inalienable right to water, you know), was impressed by what you can get in a supermarket, unintentionally experienced a live cam sex chat thingy, and lectured museum-goers on the truth about Paul Revere. I thought his disappointment with his hero Thomas Jefferson was sort of sweet. And Ichabod is a cipher expert. I think we knew that already, didn't we?
And John Cho was back to confuse me! I thought he was a bad guy. Apparently, Andy Brooks sold his soul, but he still wants to protect Abbie. Maybe. Actually, John Cho looked so earnest that I think he's sincere. Maybe there's a way they can save his soul?
Bits and pieces:
-- The Beetlejuice credits are back. Last week's episode must have run long.
-- Jenny wasn't in this episode, but we hear she is moving in with Abbie.
-- Ichabod told the woman online that he was espoused. That, and his disappointment with Thomas Jefferson's relationship with Sally Hemings, made me wonder if Ichabod is going to be faithful to Katrina forever. It's rather sweet. I keep calling him sweet, don't I? He's such a cutie. I have it bad.
-- The Horseman beheaded the oil painting of Washington. LOL.
-- Things finally seem to be happening with Abbie's ex, Luke Morales. I honestly don't care. He's the most uninteresting character in the series. Please write him out.
-- This week in revolutionary history: April 18, 1775, and the Midnight Ride, as advertised. I don't remember hearing about the beheadings during that famous ride. Maybe I need to brush up on my history.
Ichabod: "The extent to which your generation has defiled this earth is truly mind boggling."
And so say all of us.
Brooks: "Rumors of my demise have been… pretty much true."
Ichabod (voice mail): "Dear Miss Mills, I hope this aural missive finds you well, or finds you at all. I'm still trying to fathom the notion that my words are somehow recorded on your 'smart phone'."
Captain Irving: "I am running out of rope with which to hang myself."
Abbie: "You wanted proof."
Captain Irving: "Honestly, I wanted it to be a lie."
Ichabod: "The myriad of destructive devices you have in this century is remarkable."
That, and the supermarkets and online sex sites.
Abbie: "Excuse us. My cousin Steve forgot his medication this morning."
Abbie: "I have good news and bad news. What do you want first?"
Ichabod: "Is this a riddle?"
My favorite line of the night. I don't know why it struck me so funny.
Abbie: "We can simulate the sun."
Ichabod: "As long as it doesn't include the internet, I'm amenable."
This show just keeps getting better. Don't you love it when that happens? Four out of four hollowed out actual heads with candles in them,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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