Sleepy Hollow episode 3 review: For The Triumph Of Evil
Sleepy Hollow manages to keep up the quality despite delivering its first filler episode. Here's Caroline's review of episode 3...
This review contains spoilers.
1.3 For the Triumph of Evil
An evil Sandman-esque creature was always going to be super-creepy, and Sleepy Hollow did a great job of achieving a brilliantly memorable villain in what was, essentially, a filler episode. It was the show's first real filler episode, however, and continues its streak for combining monster-of-the-week stories with the overarching plot. And, leaving aside the anticlimactic ending, it was another solid instalment.
We start with a dream sequence, as expected, with Abbie visited by the Sandman because of her guilt over lying about the monster she and her sister saw when they were teenagers. As a result, Jenny was sent to the institution and Abbie was able to get on with her life - something that we had assumed but never had spelled out to us before. This incident and its many repercussions is the focus of the hour, with things left relatively resolved by the end.
I'm reluctant to mention other shows so often in my reviews of Sleepy Hollow, but it really is becoming a lovely little replacement for what I used to love about Supernatural during its early seasons. The Twilight Zone was also mentioned by the show itself this week. The point is, this series made a really smart move when it decided to mine folk stories and aged myths for case-of-the-week stories - it's working really well so far, which is just as we'll because we have seven years of tribulations to go.
We see progression for both our characters and the whole horsemen business during the episode, establishing that Abbie could well be one of the Witnesses described in relation to the apocalypse. She certainly had a prophetic dream even when detached from the Sandman's influence, predicting who his next victim would be, and there's that very vivid hallucination of Corbin last week to explain yet. If it's a way to get dead characters back on the show, then I won't be complaining.
The main point of it all was to bring Abbie and Jenny's fraught relationship to the fore, however, and, even though Abbie admitted her guilt and defeated the Sandman, she and Jenny aren't yet allies. We learn that their parents were out of the picture even before the monster incident and I bet the ultimate reason for their placement in a foster home has something to do with our overarching mythology. Abbie wasn't exactly forthcoming when quizzed by Ichabod, so we'll have to wait a while for an answer to that one.
Ichabod didn't really take a back seat this week, but it's becoming clear that this show is going to be Abbie's story first and foremost. His 'time travel' happened by complete chance, and his function in present day is largely just to help solve the mysteries and provide exposition. It doesn't matter one jot, since what he's doing works so well and, should Jenny eventually join our heroes in fighting the good fight, her scene with Ichabod was a good indicator that that trio will work very nicely.
Other peripheral characters aren't quite so great, like Abbie's ex-boyfriend who's been getting one pointless scene to introduce and re-introduce himself as Abbie's ex-boyfriend every week. Orlando Jones is still acting suspiciously and it's a wonder why neither Abbie or Ichabod have twigged that something's fishy yet, especially given his dismissal of how they solved the case this week. First he allows a random, untraceable man claiming to be from the past to be an advisor, and then he gives then free access to their very own batcave.
All in all, this built upon many of the interesting elements of the previous two episodes but also had the frustrating air of a standalone filler episode. The Sandman was a great baddie, but his ultimate defeat was a complete anticlimax. With next week presumably focusing on the hunt for Jenny along with another evil beastie, let's hope Sleepy Hollow can keep up the quality.
Read Caroline's review of the previous episode, Blood Moon, here.
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