Well done. Surprisingly creepy, too.
I love what they've done with mirrors as portals, and what they did with that painting was equally cool. The changes in the painting and the excellent shuddery special effects creeped me out and even made me jump out of my seat once. (I particularly commend them for the one when the artist turned his head and looked at Ichabod and Katrina.) The inverted cross, the body hung like the Tarot card of the Hanged Man, and the blood not coming off the hands, again, well done.
Maybe the date night idea didn't come off quite as well, though. Seriously, Katrina needs to go back to the eighteenth century or something, and the Crane date night at the Historical Society sparked a discussion about that very thing. Ichabod, despite his insistence on hanging on to his Colonial duds, is referring to the present as his own time, while Katrina was longing for the past and reminiscing about her friendship with Abigail Adams.
(It was fun to have a Founding Mother for a change, and I'll give her this: Michelle Tractenberg didn't once make me think of Dawn Summers.)
And maybe I would have enjoyed this rather cool episode more if it had been Ichabod and Abbie instead of the Cranes. Why did they have our heroine basically sitting at her desk for most of the episode? There was that nice conversation with Frank, yes, and I liked that Abbie has already considered that Frank might be (1) in an Andy Brooks sort of situation, and (2) Henry's creature, because I wouldn't expect her to miss that. I also liked that she and Jenny were already considering the unwelcome possibility that they might have to find a way to kill Frank. I also liked the creepy way Frank appeared in the mirror of the interrogation room -- that had to be a deliberate parallel to the painting plot.
So it wasn't a perfect episode. What bothered me even more than the way they didn't use Abbie was Ichabod and Katrina jumping into the painting without leaving so much as a text about where they were going. What if they'd gotten stuck in there forever? Plus, when Ichabod and Katrina entered the painting, they walked around the Colby house as if their task wasn't the least bit urgent. Wasn't a man's life at stake? And at one point, Ichabod left Katrina in a room alone with the painting. Yes, she's a powerful witch, but come on. For that matter, why did Jenny have to dig up that body alone, at night? Even I knew that the very gooey body was going to come back to life when Jenny removed that last platinum bullet.
But really, I'm nitpicking. Mostly. Except that I'm going to talk about Ichabod's hair now.
Look at this. What were they thinking? Did the director decide that they wanted Ichabod in a Gibson Girl? If they had wanted Ichabod to look sexy for date night, they should have had him let his hair down.
And I'm done now.
Bits and pieces:
-- In the flashback, Abigail Adams called the future Henry a "little monster". Where is Henry, by the way? He's been missing since the mid-season finale. I want to know what happened to him.
-- Abigail Adams was assisted in trapping James Colby in the painting by the Reverend Knapp from season one.
-- Didn't the covered-in-blood Colby look like Lilith in True Blood? It looked like someone painted him head to toe in cranberry sauce.
-- There was mention of John Adams as the defense lawyer for Jack-the-Ripper-like murders in 1781 Durham. I didn't find anything about that, although John Adams did famously defend British Army soldiers in 1770.
-- The mighty Wikipedia has an interesting entry for "pittura infamante". I know something about art but had never heard of it before. Although I did immediately notice the resemblance to the Hanged Man tarot card.
-- Yes, of course Supernatural did an episode about a killer trapped in a painting ("Provenance").
-- Jenny was wearing a killer outfit in the previous episode. Katrina outdid her in this one.
-- When Fox renewed three shows this week, they did not renew Sleepy Hollow (yet), and acknowledged that the show needs "fixing". I honestly don't understand why they don't just eliminate their two dullest and least organic characters, Katrina and Hawley. Sooner rather than later. Please.
Ichabod: "How can one be both business and casual?"
Abbie: "An event at the Historical Society. Pretty much the opposite of putting the past behind you."
Abbie: "Which reminds me, no name-dropping Founding Fathers tonight. No first hand accounts of your apprenticeship with Benjamin Franklin, your fling with Betsy Ross…"
Katrina: "You had a dalliance with Betsy Ross?"
Ichabod: "Betsy who?"
Abbie: "Good answer."
Ichabod: "In modern America, touching in public is quite permitted. Also warrants the expression, 'get a room'."
Abbie: "You can take the girl out of the eighteenth century…"
Ichabod: "But it is a more formidable endeavor to remove the eighteenth century from the girl."
Abbie: "This isn't our first round with a resurrected friend."
Abbie: "I guess even treasure hunters have Yelp reviews."
Ichabod: (re: Sheriff Reyes) "It seems one of us will always be out of her favor."
Very good, despite my nitpicking. Three out of four inverted crosses,
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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