That was awesome. What a pleasant surprise this show has been.
Not that this finale was pleasant, though. Everyone got seriously screwed. Ichabod is buried alive (I hate the buried alive thing), Abbie is trapped in a dollhouse in purgatory, Jenny is quite possibly dead, Katrina is in the hands of the Horseman who lusted after her, and Frank, who actually made out better than the rest of our heroes, is in prison somewhere upstate.
Even worse, our dear Henry Parish turned out to be the second Horseman of the Apocalypse. I knew that Jeremy had to be important somehow, but I just never suspected that Henry Parish was Jeremy. I'm so glad I didn't know because at the reveal, I was totally shocked. And rewarded for never reading spoilers.
It's true that Henry Parish wasn't that strong a character, and it seemed like they'd brought in an actor of John Noble's caliber just for a nice, mildly ooky supporting role. But this show clearly needs a human face and an outstanding actor as the villain, and a headless horseman tends to have difficulty emoting. John Noble is perfect for something like this, and his personal connection with Ichabod and Katrina added instant depth to the character he'd already created. Bravo, writers and producers of Sleepy Hollow. I am impressed.
Henry/Jeremy did indeed give Ichabod answers oh, so many times. It made me want to rewatch the season and look for clues, and I actually plan to do that this summer because I have a review or two to fill in. We also knew that something happened to the young Mills sisters in the woods that we didn't know about. And we knew Jeremy was very powerful and not completely dead. Even the episode title was a hint.
There was so much other cool stuff, too. I'm so glad that Ichabod didn't lie to Abbie about the map or betray her, and I loved the fist bump. The parallel scenes where Moloch/evil beings/whatever in the form of their real and adopted dads tried to get them to eat or drink something so they couldn't leave Purgatory was so freaky. And hey -- Clancy Brown and Victor Garber, big points there. The dollhouse in the woods was -- okay, I'm using the word "creepy" too much, but it was like a dollhouse in the Twilight Zone.
I also loved the reenactment scene at the beginning, and that the reenactment costumer thought Ichabod looked too genuine, right up until he pulled out his cell phone. And that emphasized how much Ichabod has changed during season one. Plus it allowed him to pick up another outfit.
Wait a moment. Ichabod had Abbie's cell phone. Did he lose it during the episode, or does he have it in the coffin with him? (Maybe he really is Sydney Bristow's brother.)
Bits and pieces:
-- Like Washington's secret tomb, the doorway to Purgatory was a visual treat. I particularly liked the shattered "glass" hovering in the air.
-- During the initial Purgatory scene, Dan said, "Come on. You never look at the creepy naked woman who's hiding her face."
-- John Noble as the adult child of parents physically younger than he is reminded me of a certain Doctor Who character who shall remain nameless in case you haven't seen that season yet.
-- The church of St. Henry's Parish, the saint's name is a sign, that was set up a long time ago. Plus Henry used to go black eye all the time, which I just attributed to sin-eater-ness instead of evil. Wrong.
-- Before the big reveal, Henry/Jeremy did not look happy. Is he in any way conflicted about this? I hope he is.
-- Pie a la blood. Not taking food or drink in the underworld is a classical theme. Persephone, right?
-- When Abbie was saying goodbye to Ichabod, she called him by his first name. I don't remember her doing that before.
-- Sunbunny, our Doux Reviews tweeter, live-tweeted during the episode, and I wanted to pass on two of her tweets: (1) Ichabod Crane and Sydney Bristow are siblings: pass it on. #SleepyHollow (2) Abby, first thing's first. Redecorate. #SleepyHollow
Ichabod: (lecturing) "…transpired in 1758, well before the war began."
Woman in mopcap: "Wow, dude."
Woman in mopcap: "It's a reenactment. Just, you know, relax. Go with it."
Ichabod: "Admit it. You appreciate me a little."
Ichabod: "Recall, if you will, the words of General Washington."
Jenny: "Which one? Zombie Washington or father of the free world Washington?"
Abbie: "You need to have faith."
Jenny: "I have more than faith. I'm a mental patient with a gun."
I really hope Jenny isn't dead. They've reconnected so beautifully in the last few episodes.
Abbie: "We didn't come this far to get dinged by some metaphysical technicality."
Ichabod: "I married a witch. How... cool."
Definitely a four star finale, and I can't believe we have to wait until fall to find out what happens. Four out of four dollhouses in Purgatory,
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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