Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Ep 7 (TV Show Review)

The last two episodes of Sleepy Hollow have focused on how our characters have a past that comes back to haunt them in some way, whether it is a jilted lover that Ichabod knew back in the day, or the son of Abby’s mentor who took her in when she was a lost and confused kid. It has certainly been an interesting couple weeks as we saw how Henry is intent on manipulating and corrupting those around the Two Witnesses, especially their staunchest alley Captain Irving. The show has done well in its second season, but I think we can all agree that with a third of the season now over, it is time for things to kick into gear.

This week’s “Deliverance” delivers handily on that last count. At the end of the previous episode we saw that Henry conjured a spider out of the jincan (sp?) that he pretty much stole from the Witnesses and then let it loose on Katrina. The promo for this week’s episode then showed some disturbing things that hinted at how Moloch was growing impatient with Henry’s efforts in the real world and we realized that Henry is a totally insane individual and that he is also pretty damn badass. “Deliverance” really is a magnificent episode that does much to address some recent prominent subplots and also delivers (pun intended) on the promise of grand things happening in this season.

In a nice bit of synchronized verisimilitude with the real world, this week’s episode has the citizens of Sleepy Hollow go vote for their districts in the nation’s midterm polls. It is a nice touch to be sure, particularly since it has Ichabod reminiscing about how America gained its freedom and how “everyone” could vote in those days. Of course, Abby is quick with rebuttals about how “everyone” didn’t include a whole lot of sections of the new nation at the time, and it all provided a nice distraction from the real events of the episode: namely, that Henry wanted the jincan so that he could impregnate Katrina with the darkest of magics and herald the arrival of Moloch in the real world.

Pretty damn scary stuff, I can tell you that. By the needs of this episode, characters like Hawley and Jenny unfortunately got the short end of the stick and were absent for most of it, but we definitely got to see Abraham once again and even saw the beginnings of a rift between Death and War, in what I’m sure is going to be a most interesting subplot from this point on. There have only been some vague allusions to this growing schism before, but given all that Abraham does in this episode, I’m sure that things are going to kick up a notch in that direction and that the Headless Horseman isn’t going to sit around and fume silently. Abraham is a man of action, and that is exactly what he does in this episode and what I expect him to do in future episodes.

Of course, the primary story here is of how Katrina’s forced pregnancy occurs and the measures that the Witnesses take to stop it from happening. I kind of wish that the promos last week hadn’t spoiled it all for me this week, but it is what it is. Thankfully, the writers delivered handsomely on those teasers as we also got to see just where Henry’s loyalties really lie and the lengths he is prepared to go to fulfill the terms of his bargain with Moloch, who granted him family and succor when none was available from his missing parents or the orphanage where he grew up.

As always, the primary actors all performed superbly in this issue. Katia Winter was especially brilliant in this one. She’s been a favourite actor since the beginning of the show and she has gone from strength to strength in her performance as Katrina Crane. Katrina’s pain, her struggle with her supernatural pregnancy, her faith in both her son and her husband, her convictions and beliefs, everything seems preternaturally real to me and I can say without a doubt that without Katia, the show would just not be the same at all.

Tom Mison as Ichabod is charming as ever and his emotions feel so… real in this episode, when Ichabod has to confront the possibility that he might not see Katrina live another day and that his son really has gone all the way into the dark side. The episode has lots of heart-breaking moments, or close to them, and in each of them Tom Mison performs damn well. His chemistry with Katia is very energetic and electric, and I love that the show has become about their relationship with each other as much as it has become about the imminent Apocalypse.

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In the midst of all this, I’m still wondering what the hell happened to the Kindred. It really was an awesome new character and ally for the Witnesses, and I’ve certainly noticed his lack of screentime since the episode where we saw him being born. And the same kind of goes for Abraham as well since he hasn’t done anything of note for a while either. Hopefully, as the season progresses, we see more of these two, especially in a big actions sequence.

All that aside though, Deliverance is still the best episode of the second season, by a good margin no less. There’s no villain of the week format here, and things are focused firmly on how the core cast interacts with each other, which is pretty great. I especially love how all the little things and references from previous episodes are reintroduced in this one, such as the reference to Fredericks Manor and the Church/orphanage where Henry spent part of his childhood. There’s a certain… “weighted catharsis” about it as far as the characters are concerned, being brought closer together by the very things that have defined them as individuals.

Despite all the great stuff we see here, the ending is even better because it shows that Henry is already planning his next trick and that this one is going to be even more devious and creepy. Damn, he just doesn’t take a break from being all-evil!!

More Sleepy Hollow: (Season 2) Ep 1, Ep 2, Eps 3-4, Ep 5, Ep 6.

More Sleepy Hollow: (Season 1) Eps 1-3, Eps 4-6, Eps 7-9, #10-12.

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Posted on November 4, 2014, in Review Central, Sleepy Hollow, TV Show Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

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