Gemma: Welcome back! So, I’m pretty sure that Sleepy Hollow is the new purgatory.
Rasha: Because of all the former residents of purgatory who are walking around? And also because the kid at the store at the end says it’s neither heaven nor hell. You know, the folks at LOST always denied the Island was purgatory, and that sh*t totally was. I could believe it, but is it interesting?
G: Well, I mean, YAY IRVING IS BACK, so that part is interesting.
R: The #FreeIrving campaign continues with success. Also, Jenny gets to wear something other than the army jacket.
G: I prefer dressed-down Jenny, but that’s me.
R: Well, I’m just glad that Jenny gets something to do in this episode.
R: But I wish it came with less #Hawleydrama and #HawleyExMachina. This show, more so than some others, really wants us to forget very recent missteps, particularly with regard to romance.
G: I definitely got the strong sense that Hawley and Abbie weren’t testing well, so they had to shift gears quickly.
G: Kind of a Good Wife S4 problem.
G: Hawley is not being interesting, and while I know I know I know it’s a part of the show, I’m starting to feel like “objects fighting objects” is its own storyline, and it doesn’t have much of anywhere to go. It’s sort of like the kiddie show portion of Sleepy Hollow, where you Learn About Opposites.
R: There are delightful MacGuffins, and there are stupid MacGuffins. I’m with Jenny on the Egg of Haggis. Also, that is a total d*ck move that Hawley pulls by shifting to “oh, I’ve just had a brilliant idea while you were yelling at me, and now I can fight demons rather than deal with the consequences of what I just said!”
G: Hawley is like the physical embodiment of d*ck moves.
R: But then again, I don’t really care if Hawley explores his feels, so it doesn’t disappoint me.
G: Yeah. I have no commitment to Hawley’s feels. “You got pwettier and you still don’t like me enuff!” We’ll certainly see more of the zealous angel, which I like even if it was pretty awkwardly done in this ep.
R: The overzealous angel makes a nice counterpoint to our vigilant(e) Witnesses. I think Orion, in addition to drawing contrast with the Witnesses, serves to make Katrina seem just so slightly less off. The destroying Angel’s desire to cleanse the earth is a sharp contrast to Katrina’s sometimes-inexplicable susceptibility to fits of compassion for evil characters.
G: Huh. I like that idea, although I don’t think anything can sway me in favor of Katrina anymore.
G: But it did do interesting things for balance in the ep.
R: I was hoping Headless would get to kill him, but perhaps we’ll get that later in the season.
G: Well, now we’re supposed to be Really Interested in Headless, since he’s on his way to becoming the Big Bad. If Sleepy Hollow has indeed become Purgatory, he is unquestionably Moloch’s successor.
R: In line with the myth of the original story, it seems to make sense to keep Headless more at the center rather than a mere pawn. Are they going to have us forget about Moloch in a few more episodes, do you think? And then pretend like it was all just Headless and Purgatory since the beginning?
G: Well, Henry is bound, in one form or another, to return.
R: I wish I could trust this show to stay consistent.
G: Soooooooo do I. It feels like it’s lurching, in a way that is SUCH a contrast to S1. The Vulture recap referred to it as “Law & Order: Metaphysical Victims Unit.”
R: Sigh. Yes. I was not excited about the initial arrival of Angel Orion. His whole look felt out of phase with the design of the show. Have you ever seen Underworld? Orion was giving me some serious Michael Sheen is a bat-winged Vampire King. [Ed: I was wrongly remembering Lucian rather than Markus as the one who got wings. Those of you who know, know this message is for you. So sorry.]
G: No, never saw it.
R: It was actually in the sequel. Which I have also seen, and do not often advertise. Winged sexyish dude in black leather. It’s a look. But here in the Hollow, it did feel like Let’s Try Another Totally Different Thing.
G: Sometimes I feel like they just don’t recognize the richness of their original set of characters.
R: Sigh, yes unfortunately. How does “Sleepy Hollow is Purgatory” fit with the showrunners’ desire to get more expanded mythology involved?
G: Was mentioning Syria twice in an episode considered expanded mythology?
R: I would give points to them for Ancient Sumeria if the Haggis were used to fight a demon from that mythology.
G: Well, Orion showed up to wreck something in Syria too.
R: According to the show, not according to Sumerian myth.
G: I do assume they’re going from something that’s actually in the Apocrypha. But yeah.
R: Really? I have not made that assumption, but perhaps that shows my laziness about Christian conspiracy theory.
G: My understanding of the Apocrypha, which I admit is extremely limited, is that they basically ARE Christian conspiracy theory. But if there is any link whatsoever between the Apocrypha and Ancient Sumeria, I know not.
R: Reel out the “Sleepy Hollow is Purgatory” line. What will that mean if it’s true?
G: I’m not sure yet. It’s connected to everyone’s sudden surprise that Witnesses actually engage with fighting the apocalypse, rather than just standing around watching it.
G: If I trusted the show for consistency/self-discipline, it would mean something like: Irving is actually IN purgatory, which is actually IN Sleepy Hollow now because it’s where Moloch, head of purgatory, died, and when Irving tries to reach his friends he will break the final boundary, and thus SH is purgatory and it is Irving’s possessed-by-Henry soul that brings it to Earth.
R: So purgatory would be inside Sleepy Hollow somewhere, but Abbie, Jenny, Ichabod, etc. aren’t in it yet.
R: Hmm. How do you think Henry plays into this?
G: Well, he had to go somewhere when he died, and he still owns Irving’s soul, technically, yeah?
R: Yeah, maybe? I assumed that Irving escaped like Orion, during the earthquake that shook Purgatory when Moloch died. Because Irving is scrappy like that– it’s just him and the avenging angels getting out.
G: If there are no consequences AT ALL to the soul-selling and the #Rambro fantasies, I will give up on this show completely. Even with its marvelous cast.
R: I think there will be. Irving deserves a worthy storyline. But Headless as the Big Bad? I thought this episode was setting him up as the next potential member of the gang. Maybe it’s setting him up as both, which could be interesting. I wish we could just watch Headless act without a head. What is that- can Katrina’s necklace extend its powers to everyone near by?!
G: There was something a few eps back, I don’t remember very well, where she extended the spell. I don’t remember the details because I tune out everything Katrina does.
R: The heaving breaths of the Headless version felt more expressive than the wince-face of Abraham.
G: Yes, agreed. #LessHeadforHeadless
G: There’s really no good way to #LessHead, is there.
R: No, can’t do that.
G: Curses, foiled again.