This was a monster-of-the-week episode. Except it wasn't a monster. No, wait. Yes, it was.
I liked that the Sleepy Hollow powers that be didn't even try to make us think that "angel" automatically meant "good". Orion's look was outright demonic: pointed ears, freaky eyes, black wings, Crusader clothes, creepy holier-than-thou attitude. It wasn't a surprise that he turned out to be a harbinger of doom: a religious wingnut, pun intended, who wanted to bring about paradise on earth by stealing the Horseman's power and killing practically everyone.
Other than that, plus c'est la meme chose. The Apocalypse maybe kinda might be over, except now we have all these demonic bad guys escaping from Purgatory. Ichabod is still dithering back and forth between Abbie and Katrina over saving Abraham's humanity, and I still don't get it. I'm one hundred percent with Abbie on this one. He's the freaking Horseman of the Apocalypse running around beheading people every night. Okay, I wasn't engaged to him, but why is this still a thing? Is it just guilt about cheating on Abraham that is motivating Katrina? No, wait. I don't care. Although I did think it was fun that Ichabod and Katrina were fighting about Abraham with an obvious figure of a back-lit angel directly behind and between them. And at least the battling Cranes are separated now. Poor Ichabod wound up on a tiny cot in the Archives, while Katrina has August Corbin's cabin. How fair is that?
So, to conclude. Just like the Kindred out there with the Horseman's head, Orion is out there in the wings, pun intended, and Abbie still has his calling card. I'm still unclear about whether or not the Apocalypse has been averted, but at least there is still evil to fight and Ichabod and Abbie will have plenty to keep them busy. At least Ichabod won't need to get a job as a greeter at Wal-mart or something. (Although wouldn't that be fun to watch?)
Plus Frank Irving is alive! That's good. Unless he's one of the walking dead, like Andy Brooks... hmm. Is that why Frank is still walking around? Because he sold his soul, like Andy?
Bits and pieces:
-- I felt mildly cheated that we didn't see the resolution of the cliffhanger, or what happened to Henry. Everyone just woke up and hugged it out. Will we find out what happened later in the season?
-- Sleepy Hollow continued to parallel Supernatural by introducing a scary and interesting angel. Although Orion was no Castiel.
-- George Washington didn't see an angel at Valley Forge. Apparently that was a fictional account that snuck into the historical record.
-- Abbie was talking with Ichabod on a cell phone about Orion, and Orion was standing right there. It just seemed to me that a powerful angel would have been able to hear both sides of that conversation. Right?
-- Diavoli. Sounds like a dish made with pasta and spices, doesn't it?
-- The scenes at Mabie's Tavern with Jenny and the nice bartender, Hawley and the magical eggs just sort of floated by me. Except that Jenny looked gorgeous.
-- The next episode is in two weeks.
Abbie: "The whole farm-to-table movement is on fire."
Ichabod: "I still fail to understand how that constitutes a movement."
Abbie: "Reinvention isn't such a bad thing. Have you ever had a Grapple?"
Ichabod: "I have had to engage in hand-to-hand combat on many occasions."
Ichabod: "Something supernatural is gestating. I'm certain of it."
Abbie: "A husband? You're really going there?"
Ichabod: "I shall need a job. A permanent abode."
Abbie: "… a 401(k), a mortgage, health insurance, credit cards, social security, an accountant, a dentist, your own set of wheels…"
A motorcycle, perhaps?
Katrina: "With Moloch gone, you're a horseman without an Apocalypse."
Ichabod: "How can we be certain he is as he says?"
Abbie: "Wings are kind of a dead giveaway. Can't trust an angel, who can you trust?"
Ichabod: "Lucifer was an angel."
Abbie: "Do all angels speak perfect English?"
Orion: "To me, all language sounds the same."
Abbie: "That's got to be pretty handy on a European vacation."
Mostly set-up, I assume? Two out of four Grapples,
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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