Sleepy Hollow episode 4 review: The Lesser Key Of Solomon
Sleepy Hollow develops its central sibling relationship in this week's ghoul-raising episode. Here's Caroline's review of episode four...
This review contains spoilers.
1.4 The Lesser Key of Solomon
On last week's Sleepy Hollow, we were finally given some more backstory on Abbie and her institution-bound sister Jenny, so this fourth episode was about how the new team of three might work together going forwards. I'm not yet counting Jenny as one of the good guys, but for now it looks as though this new ensemble is going to be the one we'll be working with for a while. We had some nice clarification and development on the sibling relationship beyond Abbie's guilt and Jenny's resentment, and there might even be a love triangle brewing.
Our threats this week are the show's first human bad guys - Hessain soldiers looking for a map to a chest with an evil how-to guide inside. Thankfully, Abbie and Ichabod find time to join the search whole also tracking Jenny, and we're treated to another frustratingly easy saving of the day. The map is hidden in a sextant, and we discover that Ichabod knows where the Lesser Key of Solomon is on account of him hiding it himself. In the book are instructions on how to raise seventy-two souls to do one's bidding, and the Hessains want it for their own evil use.
There's some nice imagery and effects work when the time comes, but there are also more interesting things going on elsewhere. This was the first monster-of-the-week story that didn't really do it for me, especially when the developing relationships between Ichabod, Abbie and Jenny were so well done. Ichabod and Abbie tracked Jenny through an old foster home all the way to a secret cabin. It turns out that Jenny not only knew Corbin, but they might even have been closer than he and Abbie were. If so, we can deduce that Corbin engineered that meeting with Abbie in order to keep an eye on the sisters.
Because we still don't know which of the Mills girls is the second witness, and I'd bet it probably isn't Abbie. She is the obvious choice, given that she's a more prominent character, but Sleepy Hollow feels like a show that wants to mess with our expectations as much as possible. If this is anything like the fantasy series it so revels in taking inspiration from, then it's likely that Abbie and Jenny will be on opposite sides of the battle before season one is finished. We have a confirmed second season, which is lovely, but we still only have nine more weeks to get to a suitable ending point.
A big thing we learnt this week was the identity of the demon who's been lurking around since week one, with the Hessain leader claiming he is just one of many - fun. He's a god called Moloch, and specialises in child sacrifices, so who knows what went on in those four days between Abbie and Jenny's discovery of the demon and their rescue. That's the biggest mystery for me, and one for which I hope the writers can cook up something great.
For now, we have to decide which sister we'll be following through this story, as it's unlikely they'll stay on the same side forever. Abbie has extended an olive branch to her sister and promised to help keep her out of the institution, but we know too little about her to completely invest our trust. Whatever happens, the decision not to extend the season order to twenty-two episodes is one I'm very happy about. This way, we can enjoy a relatively self-contained story without it being weighed down by pointless filler.
Read Caroline's review of the previous episode, For the Triumph of Evil, here.
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