Sleepy Hollow episode 2 review: Blood Moon
Sleepy Hollow's second episode can't quite match the pace of its pilot, but it's still pretty good. Here's Caroline's review...
The maddest, and so far best (Agents of SHIELD will probably put a stop to that) new fall show, Sleepy Hollow, is back for its second episode, but could it keep up the hurtling pace of its pilot? Not quite, but the happy medium between case-of-the-week story and overarching mythology bodes well for the show’s long-term future. We still have to stop the apocalypse and worry about the four horsemen, but the headless horseman is MIA for now so Abbie and Ichabod can get busy hunting his evil army.
In ‘Blood Moon’, the first evil army member is a witch who’s after the descendants of those responsible for her death. She’s got a helper, too – John Cho! He isn’t really dead, thank goodness, and the show is making use of his evil henchman capabilities for the time being. Why no one has noticed that his body is missing from the morgue or that he’s roaming the streets of Sleepy Hollow in a stolen police car is anyone’s guess, but at least we have a constant villain guiding us through the standalone stories. That neck-realigning scene was really disgusting, though.
Sleepy Hollow feels very old-fashioned in the way that it balances its story, and that’s no bad thing. Instead of going full-mythology and getting cancelled when people are confused or going full-episodic and losing potentially loyal fans like us, the show seems to be balancing its two elements admirably. It helps that Abbie and Ichabod are such great leads, and that Ichabod’s confusion at the modern world isn’t done to an annoying level (yet), but credit has to go to the writers for this one. The distribution of plot and filler reminds me of Supernatural, in fact, and that’s been running for nine years.
But John Cho isn’t the only actor returning for a second go of things, as we do get to see more of Clancy Brown’s Sherriff Corbin. He’s not back from the dead as such, but Abbie treats us to a flashback and a dream sequence that flesh out his character and their relationship quite nicely. It might be a bad sign, but these two scenes are probably the strongest of the episode, and it makes you wish they hadn’t killed him off in the first ten minutes. If he sticks around as Abbie’s imaginary mentor and exposition spewer via his evidence tapes, that’s fine with me, as his presence here felt very natural.
“Don’t be afraid of number 49. That’s where you’ll find you’re not alone.” The thing about imaginary mentors is that they’ll offer up the strangest advice, but never in a way that’s remotely intelligible. I guess we’re meant to assume that number 49 refers to the room Abbie’s sister currently resides in, but the way the show framed those words really makes me think there’s something more to the message. We do briefly get to see Jennifer in this episode, which surprised me, and it won’t be long before she becomes embroiled with Abbie and Ichabod’s mission. We saw the demon’s still after her, but I wouldn’t rule her out of being a black hat just yet.
All in all, this was probably the best episode Sleepy Hollow could have delivered at this early stage, proving that it does have a vague plan as to how it’s going to tackle the impending apocalypse on a weekly basis. And to Nick D. in the comments last week – you got your title sequence. I don’t know about you, but the fact that we did signals to me that this is going to be a proper old-fashioned adventure show in all the ways that matter and I, for one, am on board.
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