Sleepy Hollow episode 10 review: The Golem

Review Caroline Preece 11 Dec 2013 - 09:23

Sleepy Hollow's final episode of the year is its most emotional, and darkest in theme, yet...

This review contains spoilers.

1.10 The Golem

After ten weeks of breakneck speed, big reveals and the prospect of a network show genuinely doing something new, this pre-Christmas break (it’s not really a mid-season finale is it?) episode wasn’t what I expected. It didn’t let the side down at all in terms of entertainment value and quality, of course, but it did take the series – and Ichabod – to some pretty dark places. Is the man we’re dealing with in the final three episodes going to be on some sort of revenge mission? Or just have a lot less to lose? Either way, it’s probable that, by the end of this thirteen-episode first season, Ichabod will most likely be embracing his present more than searching for his past.

And that’s understandable, since what he thought was his happy, contented life with Katrina has slowly been stripped away since he awoke in 2013 – that’s a lot for anyone to be dealing with. Not only did Katrina lie to him about being a witch, but he now has to deal with the knowledge of son he never knew existed and had never been able to care for. And the sorry tale of Jeremy Crane is what The Golem focuses on, as we discover that his horrible existence after Katrina gave him away prompted him to create a monster to protect him. The only problem is, as a monster controlled by a frightened child, the Golem wasn’t picky about who it tore to shreds.

An early visit by Ichabod to the other side brings said monster back to Sleepy Hollow, and so Ichabod goes about finding out all he can about the fate of his son. It’s not a joyous tale, by any means, and this episode was probably the most emotionally effective of the series so far. I don’t believe for a second that this is the last we’ll see of Jeremy, of course, but Ichabod’s final act of kindness towards the Golem definitely brought a reluctant tear to my eye. Ichabod has gone from the comedic Holmes-esque figure in the pilot to someone with bags of emotional depth, and this added layer can only make the show more watchable from here.

We learn that Katrina’s coven were the ones who, after years of trying to stop Jeremy’s outbursts, stopped his heart and buried him. If he had had children, as Ichabod surmises, there would be 6000 little Cranes running around but, as we see from flashbacks to Jeremy’s sorrowful existence, this wasn’t the case. My best bet is that Katrina put some sort of protection spell on her child before leaving him with Abbie’s ancestors, thus preventing him from dying in the same way that Ichabod survived. This theoretically means that Jeremy can return to present day Sleepy Hollow but, considering what we found out this episode, probably not as a hero. Or he’s actually dead, of course.

This big cliffhanger to take us through to 2014 was the reappearance of Moloch, who came to Ichabod and announced that he was coming after Abbie’s soul next. This is obviously bad news for our witnesses, but the worst part is that Moloch assures Ichabod that he will be the one to deliver it. How is this going to happen, and is this the chain of events that is going to take us through to the first season finale?  We also have to consider what Irving’s demonic appearance meant, and if his daughter is going to become mixed up in things when we get back? There are still a lot of questions, and for right now, that’s just the way we want it.

Because this isn’t actually the mid-season finale, it doesn’t feel right to sum up the episodes we’ve seen thus far, but I’ll say that the return of Sleepy Hollow in January might be the premiere I’m looking to the most. We’ve only got three weeks left before the first season is done and dusted, and it promises to be a seriously exciting ride. See you in January!

Read Caroline's review of the previous episode, Sanctuary, here.

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