A nearly perfect season ender.
History was saved, nearly everything was resolved, Katrina was finally written out, and they left us with a great foundation to launch another season. This episode could also function as a satisfying series finale if that's what it turns out to be, although it did its job and made me want more. Why couldn't we have another season or two with the writing on point like it was here? Is it too late to save Sleepy Hollow?
I loved how clever Abbie was in dealing with her impossible situation. She used her knowledge of Ichabod to get him to believe she wasn't a lunatic, which was a lovely full circle bit since he did much the same thing with her at the beginning of the series. Abbie knows how curious Ichabod is, and how his default setting is to help people. The thing with the password and the selfie on her cell phone was perfect. I especially loved the little bit when Ichabod looked at the instruction "slide to unlock" and slid the cell phone itself across the table.
I also loved every moment with Timothy Busfield's Benjamin Franklin, right up until he was unexpectedly decapitated. Of course Franklin was able to deal with the spell and the time travel and the Witnesses and come up with the perfect solution. I particularly loved how enamored he was with Abbie herself, and how he correctly saw the professional success of a young African American woman as the ultimate fulfillment of the American dream.
But having Grace Dixon completely undo the Traveler spell and re-set history was a bit too good to be true. I was expecting a more complicated resolution to the time travel mess that would include consequences and probably at least one more episode. Although I'm glad they didn't leave us with a cliffhanger, especially if this is all we're getting.
The part of the episode that didn't work for me hasn't worked the entire season, and yes, it was Katrina going completely evil. It's obvious that the producers and writers never knew what direction they wanted to take her character. Her turn to the dark side would have worked a lot better if it had been set up more logically and consistently. What if we'd learned in the first season finale that she had been evil from the beginning? Would that have worked? It was frustrating that it took an entire season for Ichabod to redirect his loyalties from Katrina to Abbie, but I did like that Ichabod in 1781 was so open minded that he was able to see the possibility of darkness in Katrina when it was right in front of his eyes -- at least enough to make him go check out Abbie's cell phone.
Sleepy Hollow may have lost its way in season two, but it still has so much to recommend it. Tom Mison's Ichabod Crane is their biggest asset, and Nicole Beharie's Abbie and the relationship between the two of them is wonderful. The unusual setting and story could work to their advantage if the writing were better and more consistent. Even though they tied up loose ends, we were left some intriguing tidbits: Franklin's aside that there are people in Abbie's time who know about the war, the Horseman, the Kindred, the statue of Grace Dixon, all those empty pages in Grace's journal that Abbie has to fill.
And of course, there is Ichabod's emotional state. He was devastated by the loss of Katrina and Henry, and if the series continues, I'm sure they'll explore that.
Bits and pieces:
-- The photography on this show is amazing. The battle scene at the beginning was excellent, and I liked that it included all the steps Ichabod had to go through to fire his weapon.
-- What was Sutton going to hit Abbie with? Do I even want to know? At least the way she took him down was satisfying.
-- It was a little cheesy that Henry's spirit came for Katrina. And like Henry, Katrina's body dissolved into ash, much like a vampire on Buffy, no inconvenient bodies to clean up or explain. Would that happen to Ichabod, too, or was it a witch thing?
-- The knife that Katrina nearly killed Ichabod with in 1781 looked nearly the same as the one he used to kill her in 2015.
-- Jenny and Frank almost weren't in the episode. They arrived at the last moment with Frank's good news. And Neil Jackson wasn't in the episode at all; we never saw the Horseman's face.
-- Ichabod's birthday is August 18.
Quotes, mostly Ichabbie banter:
Abbie: "That took a really long time for three miles."
Ichabod: "I suppose there are flying carriages in the second millennia?"
Abbie: "Only for long distances."
Ichabod: "I was being sarcastic."
Abbie: "That's going to be a Starbucks."
Ichabod: "A what?"
Abbie: "Coffee house. That livery stable, too."
Abbie: "I don't know. People drink a lot of coffee."
Abbie: "You know them?"
Ichabod: "Tis a small town. Providing I do not die or become suspended in time, I'll have a lot of explaining to do. They've never seen a woman in trousers."
Franklin: "What of my other ideas? Did libraries catch on?"
Abbie: "One in every neighborhood."
Franklin: "Splendid, splendid. Universities? Hospitals? The post office? The Franklin stove? Bifocals? Swim fins?"
Abbie: "All still around. You're even on the hundred dollar bill."
Franklin: "A hundred. How about that, Ichabod? The hundred dollar bill. What is Jefferson on?"
Abbie: "Two dollar bill."
Franklin: "The two! Does anyone even use the two? Sounds cumbersome."
Grace: "Sometimes all it takes is to put pen to paper to make a difference."
Ichabod: (uncomfortable) "Is this level of intimacy commonplace in 2015?"
Abbie: "Yeah. We hug it out."
Abbie: "Ready, Captain?"
Ichabod: "Ready, Lieutenant."
Four out of four selfies on cell phones. What did you think? Are you hoping, like I am, that this isn't the last of Sleepy Hollow?
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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