Sleepy Hollow appears to be following the same monster of the week theme as other shows in the horror genre like Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This approach works well in creating standalone episodes while still tying everything to the main arc of the series. As for the Headless Horseman, I am certain we have not seen the last of him.
As is common in this genre, if someone dies it doesn’t necessarily mean they are gone. Both Sheriff August Corbin and Andy Dunn, make an appearance in this week, though, in very different ways. After having “snapped his head backwards like a pez dispenser,” the demon brings Andy back from the dead and pops his head back into place (Andy is to become a sort of zombie-like gofer for the demon. He reminds me of Renfield from Dracula).
Meanwhile, Sheriff Corbin appears to Abbie in a vision, acting in a way as a guide for her as Katrina does for Ichabod. I’m glad these two talented actors will be sticking around even with the death of their characters.
The series’ second episode, “Blood Moon,” was an extension of the pilot with some general recapping (maybe a little too much) and added character development. We catch a glimpse of Abbie’s ex-boyfriend Luke, who teaches at a college, and is a war veteran just like Ichabod. If he is Abbie’s type then perhaps Ichabod is as well.
Sleepy Hollow continues to have a comic book feel to it. I noticed that the characters wore mostly the same clothes that they did in last week’s episode. At first, I was wondering why nobody had bothered to give Ichabod a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, but keeping the costumes consistent adds a superhero quality. Ichabod has his 1700s soldier uniform while Abbie has her police officer uniform.
The clothing isn’t the only thing that makes these characters like superheroes. Both Ichabod and Abbie have supernatural abilities to communicate with lost love ones and we learn Ichaobod has a photographic memory. While not exactly flying or heat vision, it’s clear there is something that sets them apart from others, which makes them able to battle the forces evil.
This week’s episode had Ichabod and Abbie up against an undead witch named Serlida of Abbadon (Monique Ganderton). Serlida was, of course, a member of the evil coven and she was burned at the stake for her crimes. In order to rise again, she needs the ashes of the ancestors of those who sentenced her to death. She is going to make others pay for the sins of their fathers. Ichabod and Abbie are able to defeat her with fire (apparently black powder does not have a shelf life).
After, Sheriff Corbin advises Abbie, “Don’t be afraid of number 49. That’s where you’ll find you’re not alone.” The audience is introduced to Abbie’s sister Jennie (Lyndie Greewood), who is patient number 49 in a mental ward. Jennie is not taking her mood altering medication and spends her time doing pulling ups (She reminds me of Sarah Connor in Terminator 2). A glimpse is caught of the demon standing behind her before the episode ends.
The demon obviously has an interest in Abbie and Jennie for a reason. I expect we’ll learn that reason as the series unfolds. My theory is that their ancestry has something to do with it. Perhaps they are ancestors of George Washington or one of the witches from the good coven.
Why do you think the demon is so interested in Abbie and her sister? Hit the comments and share your theories with us!