Best episode so far. It got to me.
And not because Ichabod nearly died, because he's the star of the series and I was relatively certain he'd survive. It got to me because this particular episode showed that he was an even better person than we knew. His sin wasn't that he couldn't save someone's life, even though he did his best. It was that he couldn't change his mind set and an entire lifetime of loyalties fast enough to save someone's life. That wasn't a sin. It was a regret, and one that has haunted him.
The Revolutionary War flashbacks were also the best so far; I'll admit I've found them a tiny bit tiresome in the past. Maybe it was Ichabod in a red uniform and a prissy wig. No, of course it was his crisis of conscience. Who wouldn't feel bad for Arthur Bernard, a.k.a. Cicero? He had such a sweet face, such a dignified manner. He even managed to pull off a white wig. Who looks good in a white wig?
Arthur Bernard recognized Ichabod from the moment they met, and even knew that Ichabod would cause his death. Katrina and Ichabod knew each other when they met, too. We learned (we didn't know before, did we?) that Katrina was a Quaker nurse as well as a witch, making her so much cooler. Witches were working with freemasons under General Washington. Wow.
As Ichabod and Katrina met for the first time, and Ichabod came to a crisis of conscience because of his demonic captain's treatment of Arthur Bernard, Abbie and Jenny were connecting beautifully while tracking down the sin eater. It was touching to watch them so sympatico after such a long period of estrangement. Although the Ichabod/Katrina scene when he came to her and fell into her arms was sweet, Abbie staying with Ichabod when he was going to kill himself was better. Their connection feels a lot stronger to me. Their hug was better, too.
As I was watching the opening credits, I let out girlie shrieks twice -- James Frain (shriek!) and John Noble (shriek!). And they both turned out to be good guys! How did that happen? I hope this isn't a one time gig for either of them.
At least I think they're good guys. James Frain was trying to save the world by kidnapping Ichabod and helping him kill himself. His intentions were good. Probably. Since Frain has an exceptional acting range, maybe they can keep him around and let him turn evil or something.
John Noble's Henry Parish was a bit more interesting. He was so obviously sick of the evil he'd absorbed, so much so that he might have missed the raison d'etre of his entire existence, which was sanctifying Ichabod Crane. They did some interesting things with Parish's eyes: going Supernatural demon black, the glinting off his strange glasses, etc. And the scene where he became Arthur Bernard was lovely. If they bring Parish back, and I hope they do, here's hoping they rethink his hairstyle.
One brief comment about the opening scene. Being an American is comfortable and familiar to Abbie. She grew up here, she likes baseball and apple pie (well, baseball, anyway). Ichabod had a completely different life and death experience that made him an American, quite a contrast. I liked that Ichabod is actively trying to fit into the 21st century, even if he still has to work on the details.
Bits and pieces:
-- The annoying Beetlejuice-esque credits are gone! The saga sell is still there, though. Which is fine.
-- Abbie was listening to my namesake, Billie Holiday, in the car when she had the vision. Why was there baby paraphernalia in the Crane house? Did Ichabod and Katrina have a child? (And did you notice the world's ugliest doll?)
-- It's touching that Ichabod spends his free time at Katrina's grave. Katrina's maiden name was Van Tassel. Dutch? [Note from later, now that I've listened to Tom Mison narrating The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, yes, I forgot that she was Ichabod's love interest in the Irving story.]
-- James Frain's character was a descendant of Edward Rutledge, the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence.
-- We got the "hand thing" again when Parish stabbed Ichabod's palm.
-- I was thinking that "Sleepy Hollow Sheriff's Department!" outside your door doesn't sound quite as intimidating as, say, "N.Y.P.D.!"
Ichabod: "Open your eyes, sir! You, the basket face. I thought only horses slept standing up!"
Abbie: "Good. Feels good. Exercise your right to free speech. Next time, wait for the ump to make a call?"
Captain Irving: "You know, there are two things in life I believe a person should hold on to as long as possible: virginity and skepticism. Surprisingly, I already lost the first thing, so I'm going to hold on to the second one for as long as possible."
I just realized that the Sleepy Hollow police captain was named after Washington Irving. Wake up, Billie.
What do you say? Is it too early to give an episode four out of four masons?
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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