Apologies, Sleepy Heads. Sage and I were both slammed with real life events and the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary fandom events this past week, which has kept us from blogging. But never fear, we still watched Sleepy Hollow and still had many feelings about it. And hey…at least we’re getting this post up before tonight’s episode, right?
“A dead guy, a mental patient, and a time traveler from the revolution” – Frank Irving.
“That’s our team.” – Abbie Mills
The sass in #SassyHollow is not just limited to our beloved Ichabod. True, he had his sassy moments in this episode, especially with his name dropping of Thomas Jefferson (AGAIN) and how he prepared to deal with devils through his negotiations with the French. Captain Frank Irving brings the sass too, especially in his glorious eye-rolling at said name dropping. I’m really growing to love Orlando Jones’ droll interpretation of Irving, who IS the straight man of the show, but he’s the straight man who can no longer deny what’s going on around him. He’s in it now, and the Scooby gang (hai Buffy shout-out) of Ichabod, Abbie, Jenny, Abbie, and Andy Brooks (sort of) is a glorious one.
Another classic sass/only Tom Mison could make this work was the DELIGHTFUL “My Apologies” when he started leading Zombie John Cho and Abbie in the wrong direction towards the Horseman’s cell. Just as magical was Ichabod’s denial that he “had game”. First of all, Ichy, yes…you DO have game. To paraphrase Swingers, you have so much game you don’t even KNOW how much game you have. Secondly, the way Tom enunciates every modern phrase with a dripping disdain (and perfectly timed look of disgust/confusion) in that beautiful accent of his, well…you get the picture.
By the way, is anyone else kind of shipping Frank and Jenny? (I just went in the Jenny Mills tag on tumblr, and yep, people are. Glad to know my feels are not unfounded.) They are SASSY badasses when paired together. Their side adventure at the power plant this week was awesome enough to have me start dreaming of a spin-off series for them.
And with that exchange…a new ship was launched.
Aided by the Frank and Jenny show, I hereby give the Sass in this episode 7/10 Donut Holes.
The past few episodes have reminded us that at its core, Sleepy Hollow is a thriller. A sassy, fun-filled, feels-filled thriller, but a thriller nonetheless. “The Necromancer” stepped up the creepy even higher, making it the scariest and twistiest episode yet. First of all we had the mere fact that Ichabod interrogated the HEADLESS horseman via Zombie John Cho. Let’s take a moment to appreciate Sexiest Man Alive Tom Mison and his commitment to his performance, because God knows what he was actually acting against. Also…applause and vomit to the extreme detailing of the Horseman’s bloody neck stump.
I’ll say it again later, but angry and taunting Ichabod was HOT. He’s usually so restrained and genteel, so to see him let loose…
Sorry. I’m letting my Mison feels distract me from EVERYTHING.
The big twist in the episode, the one that had me send a “UM WHAT” tweet, was the reveal of the Horseman’s true identity as Ichabod’s former best friend Abraham. Abraham, so filled with rage after Katrina dumped him for Ichabod, gave his soul to Moloch in exchange for revenge against his friend. And if he could be rewarded with Katrina.
Is anyone else starting to wonder if Katrina has gold in her lady parts?
Golden lady parts aside, I was truly surprised by this reveal and thought the way they did it, with contrasting Ichabod and Abraham’s initial duel with his sword fight with the Horseman was fantastic. Well done, show. You got me. And of course this reveal now makes this battle against the Apocalypse PERSONAL.
THIS SHOW IS INSANE AND I LOVE IT.
Let’s talk about Zombie John Cho…erm…Andy Brooks. What are his true motivations here? It is obvious that he still has a soft spot for Abbie and WANTS to help her, but is kind of screwed having bound his soul to Moloch. But at times it seems he is fighting against his blood pact. But as we saw in this episode, it’s a fight he will never win.
Brooks’ presence brought a LOT of creep to the episode from serving as the conduit for the interrogation (the Black Eyes!) to the truly disgusting sequence where he pulled the phial OUT OF HIS STOMACH. And then the phial CAME TO LIFE AND SUMMONED MOLOCH’S MINIONS (a great band name, no?). I screamed genuine screams as the demons began dropping down in pursuit of the Scooby team in the tunnels.
Even with Abraham/The Horseman’s lust for revenge and his opportunity to take it, Moloch is not allowing him to take it on Ichabod just yet, as his minions swarmed on him (and Andy) right at the moment he was about to kill Ichabod. “Not yet” was the only warning. What is his endgame here? With the blood tie between them broken, why would Moloch want to keep Ichabod alive? Hopefully some of these questions will be answered soon.
For everything from Zombie John Cho to Moloch’s demons, I hereby give the Creepiness in this episode 9/10 Sandmen
I feel like the writers realized they went WAY HEAVY with the shippy feels in “The Sin Eater” so they have dialed it back in these past two episodes. As Sage and I just said on gChat, it’s like they went on the internet, saw us all freaking out, and then went “WHOOPS!! WE WEREN’T SUPPOSED TO DO THAT…YET.”
That’s not to say there is still not quite a bit of eye-sexing (check out their faces in the second fist bump gif below) but I am still getting more of a Partners vibe from them lately. Well…a partners that MAY want to bang a few times kind of vibe. I won’t argue with that at all. This week it was Abbie’s protective side taking over as she stood guard over Ichabod’s interrogation of the Horseman. You could see the concern for her partner’s well-being etched all over her face as he started to lose control of the interrogation.
Or maybe she was just turned on, because good Lord, I was during that scene. I will always love Courtly Ichabod, but angry, out of control Ichabod…
I’ll stop before this goes any further. Sorry.
Adorable flirty face are adorable. I almost put this moment in the #SassyHollow category for Ichabod’s pure befuddlement at the purpose of a fist bump, but the faces won out, placing this moment in the shippy category.
Look…I know Katrina is supposed to be Ichabod’s one true love, but I’m not buying what they are selling. However, I DO appreciate that this episode began to fill out Katrina as a character. She is feisty, she is independent, and she is ahead of her time. She refuses to settle for an arranged marriage with a man she doesn’t love. That’s pretty awesome. But for me…the chemistry just isn’t there. I don’t LOOOOOOOOONNNNNNGGG for them to be reunited.
At the same time, I continues to fight my feelings on Ichabod and Abbie getting together, so I am a bit at a loss. The show is fighting me on that one, even if they HAVE backed off a bit on the Ichabbie in the past few episodes.
Now don’t get me wrong…the courtly way that Ichabod loves Katrina is VERY swoony. I mean…he knew which necklace was the best for Katrina and it wasn’t the garish piece that Abraham selected. He knew right away that the simple and delicate necklace was the one for Katrina. Which to me proves that his future descendant is none other than Dawson’s Creek HERO Pacey Witter. Head Canon Accepted.
Pacey: See this? This is you. It’s not showy or gaudy. It’s simple. Elegant. Beautiful.
Pacey clearly learned from his ancestor Ichabod Crane.
Ichabod continues to raise the bar of already unbelievably high expectations us modern ladies should come to expect (nay…DESERVE) from men. He cherishes Katrina, he respects her, and he admires her. I just wish I BELIEVED he was head over heels in love with her. So get on that show, or I will just have to continue to ship Ichabod with myself. SORRY NOT SORRY.
After averaging out the Ichabod/Abbie, Ichabod/Katrina feels, and Ichabod/ME feels, I hereby give the Shippiness in this episode 5/10 Dream Teas.
Whew! And I’m done before tonight’s episode “Sanctuary” airs. Sage will be taking you through our rankings on that one, and she promises not to be super late with THAT post.
Yes, I have no problem speaking for my blog partner.
In the meantime, Sleepyheads, share your thoughts on “The Necromancer” in the comments!