Sleepy Hollow Recap

After enjoying what arguably was Sleepy Hollow’s strongest Season 3 episode last week (I’m still thinking about that creepy tooth fairy), the special BonesSleepy Hollow crossover Halloween episode was a major disappointment. I was expecting the writers to bring their “A” game to attract new viewers.  Instead, the episode put this long time Sleepy Head to sleep each time I tried to watch it. This is a very short recap because the episode did nothing to move the overarching plot forward and the monster of the week was just a rehash of prior monsters.. Also, we’ll be posting an extensive meta-commentary about Sleepy Hollow’s third season later this week.

General Howe, the skeleton examined in the Bones half of the crossover event, a former British general in the Revolutionary War, and an EOC (Enemy of Crane), is reanimated by Pandora during the opening scene of the Sleepy Hollow episode. Howe then raises his army of “Draugr,” which we’re told are zombie warriors. Howe and his zombie soldiers attempt to open fire on Halloween trick or treaters, but Abbie, Ichabod, Jenny, and Joe defeat the zombies using weaponized “Greek fire.” (Sleepy Hollow films in Atlanta now. Would have been nice if they’d shared some of that weaponized Greek fire with our buddy, Glen from The Walking Dead!)

We’re five episodes in and we still have no idea why Pandora is targeting Abbie and Ichabod and what any of it has to do with the rest of us.   There have been a few lines saying she’s trying to create fear, but that’s pretty vague. This week, she paused to steal Halloween candy from a little girl dressed up as Cookie Lyon from Empire. Other than that, she’s still the creepy gardener in a hood who speaks in riddles. Each week, the witnesses defeat the monsters she raises, but she’s unperturbed and her blossoms continue to bloom. Without the apocalypse that loomed over us in the first and second seasons, I want to like Pandora, but her schtick still feels too random to pique my interest.

Jenny and Joe’s recurring subplot still involves squabbling with a new chick about a hunk of crap from one of Sheriff Corbin’s boxes, which the show is asking us to call a “Shard.” This week, they’re able to connect Sophie, the Shard thief from a few episodes ago, to Atticus Nevins, a man suspected of stealing valuable historical artifacts who’s being investigated by the FBI and, apparently, was connected in some way to Papa Corbin.

This week’s episode was a disjointed, boring mashup of things we’ve seen before. I could describe it as a mundane, Scooby Doo- level supernatural procedural, but it didn’t have the same degree of wit and cleverness. Ruh-roh.

By far, the most interesting thing about this episode was the response it triggered in the always intriguing Sleepy Head Fandom after watching an episode that included:

  • Abbie Mills dressed in a sexy, Beyonce-esque Halloween costume without any commentary from Crane or anyone else. The costume was somewhat out-of-character for Abbie, so it was surprising not to hear someone commenting, even if it was Jenny raising one of her amazing eyebrows and wondering whether Abbie was hoping to get Drunk in Love with new Sleepy Hollow resident, FBI Agent Daniel Reynolds. beyonce costume
  • Instead of any mention of Sleepy Hollow’s leading lady and her super-fine boss, the scene focused on the entire crew urging Crane to talk to Caroline 2.0 (also known as Zoe Corinth, the stalker who’s helping Ichabod become a citizen).
  • The episode ends with Abbie urging Crane, to ask Caroline 2.0 on a date, because “she’s a good one.” (It’s not clear how Abbie would know that Caroline 2.0 is a “good one,” we’ve never seen the two of them interact. Caroline 2.0 always slithers up to Crane as soon as Abbie leaves).

I was merely bored by the episode, but other fans found the relentless focus on Crane’s love life and blind spot when it comes to Abbie more than a little objectionable. Here’s an example of one Sleepy Head’s response to the episode:

If you’re in the least bit curious about why such a boring episode would evoke that type of response, check back soon. TV Juriste will be posting a meta analysis later this week.

Maya Angelou may know why the caged bird sings, but TV Juriste knows why Sleepy Hollow’s Abbie Mills Will Never Been Kissed . . . stay tuned.

Sleepy Hollow

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Harvard-trained attorney and long-time TV super fan, Terri James (TV Juriste) has worked at E!, NBCUniversal, BBC and for a TV personality, for television shows including, E! News, The Daily Ten, Live From the Red Carpet, Life in the Fab Lane, The Soup, Americans in Bed, Chicago PD, and Royal Pains, among others.Terri's All-Time Favorite TV Shows: The Wire, Seinfeld, Colbert Report, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Sex and the City, 30 Rock, SNL, Homeland (first season), Breaking Bad (final season), My So Called Life, Meet the Press (Tim Russert Years), and Lil Bush.

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