Recap/Review: Sleepy Hollow, S2 E4

Chess games! This isn't checkers anymore, sleepyheads.
Chess games! This isn’t checkers anymore, sleepyheads.

Rasha: Ok, to the demon zone?

Gemma: The Demon Zone!

G: Sad lack of Jenny this week. And rather joyful lack of Katrina.

R: Sleepy Hollow taketh and it taketh the bad away. This week felt like it was all about !Themes!

G: I have to say, I feel very, very vindicated on my assertion about the racial dynamics re: Henry and Irving.

R: Yes, it was handled very well. I was impressed.

G: Me too!

R: Henry is making a Prince of War/Black Panther protection squad argument. And dude, it is hella convincing, and weird as f*ck.

G: To do that so deftly and maintain their weird tone is pretty impressive.

O-Rambo Jones, how much did you enjoy filming these WILD scenes of the coming war?
O-Rambo Jones, how much did you enjoy filming these WILD scenes of the coming war?

R: Seriously, our Evil Ancient Baby War Warlock had me wondering why Ichabod and Abbie were having lattes and saving little blonde girls while Irving was still in Tarrytown and his family was dangling by a thread financially.

G: Noooo kidding. (But sadly, it’s because they’re gonna make out before season’s end and then Ichabod will feel all ambiguous and sh*t.)

R: No. (NO)

G: That was a pretty interesting and disturbing curse that made up the COTW, I thought.

Oh, families. Sacrificing one sibling to a cursed demon in order to save the others.
Oh, families. Sacrificing one sibling to a cursed demon in order to save the others.

R: I’m not sure what I think about it, other than the scene between Mom and Abbie where they’re both like “our families are cursed, ya know how that is.” And Mom offering up her girl child to save the Brangelina adoption team is interesting and also creepily parallel to Abbie giving up Jenny.

G: Yes, it was intense. I also like how they maintain the smallish-town feel, where Abbie is somehow connected to everyone in law enforcement or social services since her childhood. I wonder if we’re going to revisit this family. It seemed like they were setting it up for more.

R: Well, Caseworker Momma Lancaster fills in another piece of the Mills sisters’ backstory, and is a contrast to Sheriff Reyes. Lancaster was already fighting her own family’s curse when she helped the Mills sisters. And contrast her reaction to “Thar be Demonz in Sleepy Hollow!” to Hawley’s. She is already ready already.

Momma Lancaster is all like: yeah, demons, I know.
Momma Lancaster is all like: yeah, demons, I know.

G: Well, she had already fought. Presumably her sister who was taken at ten just died, and the Piper didn’t take the rest of the family. On Hawley, so we’re supposed to buy that he is completely unaware of the actual demon power his stuff carries? I guess that is pretty much what a mercenary is, now that I say it aloud.

R: Yeah. I think the speech he was given about how many versions of the end of days he’s heard is appropriate for the character. He’s still just a convenient plot device so far. I think we need a Hawley Ex Machina tag.

G: He definitely is a Hawley Ex Machina, but I think he’s doing something more. In the narrative of Henry and Irving, I think it’s no coincidence that this guy was cast as a rugged white golden boy.

I get the sense the producers were like: Go find me Cary Elwes 2014!
I get the sense the producers were like: Go find me Cary Elwes 2014!

R: I do enjoy hearing him tease Ichabod. “Hey, Pride and Prejudice, put that down before it explodes.” What else do you see him working in the space between?

G: I think with Ichabod and Abbie, he shows the downside of singleness of purpose, that one can be focused on a mission and still be awful, which I suppose is why cappuccino … and with Henry and Irving, he’s what underpins the evil. Evil will always be an undercurrent in this world, but it can’t have this strength without a figure like him benefiting from it and still being tremendously attractive to us.

R: Or useful. Or know more than we actually do about the sh*t that we’re allegedly committed to and destined for.

G: Yes.

R: Ok, WTF was Hawley doing with grenades in the middle of the forest? And bombs with timers?

G: Right?!? That’s where his logic doesn’t fully come together. If he didn’t think it was supernatural evil that required that arsenal, what DID he think it was?

Walking forward into belief.
Walking forward into belief.

R: Orlando Jones has talked about the part of Irving being also a tale of discipleship, of a journey into belief.  I wonder if Hawley is going on that journey. Abbie and Ichabod have already been on a first part of that journey together, in accepting their role as witnesses.

G: I wonder what belief it is that each will be accepting.

R: Your guess is as good as mine.

G: I am also intensely, intensely curious about the flute ground into powder. It made me feel deeply the ambiguity of Henry.

R: How so?

How does Ichabod know about ancient Chinese flutes?
How does Ichabod know about ancient Chinese flutes?

G: Well, that music impacts Abbie but not Ichabod, which makes me think its potency on adults has something to do with childhood trauma, which in turn makes me wonder if Henry wants it out of the way so that it could never be used on him, or if it has to do with a plan for Abbie and Jenny. I saw him really relishing the destruction of that weapon, even as he might be creating a new one.

R: I was thinking it was just a magical macguffin of power to be part of a spell. But I did see what you saw, and John Noble’s relish in the act might be just his glee at the High Drama Evil he gets to play, or some deeper story. The latter would certainly be more interesting.

G: I have some hope for deeper story on this show.

R: I was digging the Piper’s crazy sword that was like a cryptkeeper noisemaker of devastating power. That seemed to have an effect on Ichabod, but maybe if Icky hadn’t been playing the flute, it would have enchanted him too?

Demon Pied Piper. Very not good.
Demon Pied Piper. Very not good.

G: Might have been, but didn’t he listen to his own recording? Not sure everything’s consistent in here, but I will stick with my theory until the show disproves it. I liked that sword too.

R: Your bit about Henry could still hold, that he’s destroying it to prevent its use against him. Do we have anything else to say?

G: If we develop the Hawley-Jenny relationship in future eps, I think things might begin to illuminate.

Driving lessons with Ichabod were hilarious, but why does Jenny still have her license suspended?
Driving lessons with Ichabod were hilarious, but why does Jenny still have her license suspended?

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