Sleepy Hollow Review: Death Has a Name

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There were two major major sections to Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Episode 8 - and it was the first time that I found the more interesting story to be that which was focused off of Ichabod and Abbie.

Ichabod and Abbie decided to interrogate the Horseman with the help of his necromancer, Andy Brooks. The result was that the Horseman had details about Ichabod he didn't dream possible. 

Meanwhile, Irving was finally/wholly convinced of all that was behind and before him and, at Abbie's urging, he got Jenny and the two of them tried to ward off the damage the Hessians were doing to thwart the work being done with the Horseman.

It was the second story that ended up being the most satisfying to watch.

Close-Up of Crane

I had faith since the beginning that Irving was going to be a good guy, but I had no idea just how great of an ally he would end up being to the witnesses. It doesn't hurt that he's played by Orlando Jones, because he has some wicked one liners, and now that his air time has picked up dramatically, he's getting to use them.

Be sure to hit the Sleepy Hollow quotes section to relive them.

It's like he was reined in and now that he's free, Irving is a force to be reckoned with. He and Jenny are a wonderful duo. Everyone who was worried that Jenny might muck with the chemistry between Abbie and Ichabod need not worry any longer because Jenny's involvement only adds to the team because she has been successfully paired with Irving.

He needed someone who understood the situation that he could pal around with, and Jenny worked out great.

I especially loved when they were at the power plant and in the black garb, looking all tactical. They are definitely giving it their all. They are in the moment and on their game. I can't wait to see what's next with this dynamic duo.

Once Ichabod figured out that Andy Brooks was the Horseman's necromancer, they set about using him to communicate with the villain. The first trick was the Horseman dumped Katrina's necklace onto the floor. Ichabod wondered how he got it, of course, but he also noted that it wasn't given to Katrina by him. 

So we had to sit through a long, drawn out and rather boring story about how Ichabod and Katrina fell in love even though she was in an arranged betrothal with his best friend, Abraham. Blah blah blah. Ichabod and Katrina were the ones really in love, but for some unknown reason, they were sticking with convention. None of it really worked for me. 

The end result was that Katrina was calling off the marriage and Abraham blamed Ichabod. As it does, a duel ensued and the Hessians came in and shot and killed Abraham (as they do). They turned him into the Death - the Horseman of the Apocalypse Death. So there wasn't one before that day? Or there was and he was retired so Abraham could take over? I don't know. 

But that's why Abraham knew so much about Ichabod. And that's why so much of what has happened along the way has involved Katrina. She's the key. Death wants Ichabod's wife. What?!

There wasn't a plot as hokey as that on the show yet, but there is now. Moloch didn't want AbraDeath or Deathraham or whatever his combined name might be to kill Ichabod, and so he and Andy Brooks were swept away by Moloch's minions in a swirl of light and sand.

There were some wise words of wisdom said and I thought "Oh, I guess that's kind of cool." But the more I thought about it, the less I liked the idea of one of the Horseman being so closely tied to one of the witnesses and the less I liked thinking that one of the Four Horseman was so newly created... just a couple centuries ago. 

What did everyone else think?

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Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Episode 8 Quotes

Irving: A dead guy, a mental patient and a time traveler from the Revolution.
Abbie: That's our team.

I can hardly believe Jefferson foresaw holding a headless gentleman prisoner.