Wake Up SleepyHeads, Sleepy Hollow is Back!
SPOILERS- Starting off the season by getting rid of one of the biggest plot points from the last two seasons is a brave thing to do, but with how last season played out it would only make sense to stop beating a dead horse…. it makes me wonder what new threat is in the works for our duo! The whole first episode was a comfortable start to the season and it feels good to get back into the swing of this show. They tension between Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills when they first meet after their nine-month “break” is a different feel though. I’m so used to them relying on each other that learning they spent nine months doing things without each other is weird, though after Katrina and Henry dying it is completely understandable for Crane to want to be alone. I would actually really like to see what they did that whole time and see how Abbie got to be an FBI agent!
The show picks up with Crane in jail for improper transportation of historical artifacts and Abbie coming to bail him out. He explains that he went searching for a purpose in life and did, in fact, find something. The item he finds is a scripture that involves demons, which leads to him feeling as though this is his new purpose in life, the second trial. For those who need memory jogging; Abbie and Crane are Witnesses and they have to stand seven trials until their time as a Witness is over. When Crane throws up the peace sign, I laughed so hard. One of my favorite things about this show is how the writers make him react to the world around him. His whole learning curve with technology has always been something that made me laugh, but now his learning other cultural nuances is going to be great to watch. It is a bit sad that Abbie is so against how much Crane needs to believe he has a purpose in life. It’s weird that instead of encouraging him she belittles him and sort of calls him crazy. I do understand that she needs to focus her efforts on being an FBI agent, but she should cut him some slack. He came back from the dead however many years later to be a witness, this is really his true calling in life and it’s surprising that at first she doesn’t agree with him.
After encountering something weird at the FBI bust Abbie starts to realize that maybe Crane isn’t crazy. They return to the archives, which are going to be torn down apparently, to search for something demonic and evil! Abbie’s sister Jenny arrives and explains that Irving and his family decided to leave town, which is definitely for the better after what happened to him! They discover that Betsy Ross delivered a note to the men on the front lines explaining how to stop this “Yao-Guai” demon that is roaming the streets of Sleepy Hollow once more. Betsy Ross and Crane apparently used to have a “thing”, which is really cute.
The scene in “Colonial Times”, a restaurant that’s all colonial themed, was wonderful. It’s so fun to watch Crane get upset about the way the new world portrays the olden days. “The point goes in the front! You’re not a pirate!” so funny! One thing I found weird was that Abbie stole the pouch that Betsy Ross delivered the note in, instead of just using her pull as an FBI agent to acquire it legally. The note inside gave them the way to defeat the demon “don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes” (cute right?) and they devised a plan on how to do so. It worked out in all of their favors because it allowed Abbie to do her job as an FBI agent as well as do her job as a witness! She realized during her awesome speech how much being a witness is actually part of her life and it made her see what she needed to do and what her real purpose in life is. One thing I like about this season already is how different it as having Abbie as an FBI agent. They have to actually work their witness-lives around her job instead of being able to basically do whatever they want. The sheriffs department was very lenient when it came to her and Crane investigating on their own and something tells me the FBI won’t be as understanding.
I can already say I really like this new villain, she has a subtle eeriness to her and I think the fact that she is some sort of witch is really going to throw Crane off. He isn’t over Katrina and Henry’s deaths (naturally) so I’m sure learning what “Pandora” really is is going to be tough for him. I’m curious as to what it is she’s trying to conjure and who the new threat is going to be.
Overall this was a comfortable season opener. There wasn’t anything startling or crazy going on and they did a good job of easing us into Crane and Abbie’s new lives. I’m very excited to see what the writers have in store for these two this season.
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