SLEEPY HOLLOW “This Is War” Review

There’s been a bit of a wait since the last time we saw our two witnesses. But can their story still resonate with a dedicated fanbase? Read on to find out.

The official description from Fox:

Picking up immediately after the spellbinding events of the Season One Finale, Ichabod finds himself buried alive in a coffin; Abbie is trapped in purgatory; Ichabod’s wife, Katrina, has been kidnapped by the Headless Horseman; Capt. Frank Irving is behind bars for a murder he did not commit; and Abbie’s sister, Jenny, is among the wreckage of a horrific car crash. These events were due, in large part, to the shocking revelation that Henry Parish, the trusted friend of Ichabod and Abbie, is actually Ichabod and Katrina’s son and the Second Horseman of the Apocalypse. Now, with Henry’s emergence as the Horseman of War, alongside the Headless Horseman.

I doubt many people looked at the original Washington Irving tale and thought: “man, this would make a great weekly supernatural series.” The creative team behind this surprised more than a few people as they engaged us with some end of the world shenanigans and Revolutionary War tidbits wrapped up in a procedural police drama. It had some shortcomings along the way but the cast and crew offered growth and promise, following an outstanding season one finale.

Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Episode 1 A Widescreen

And here we are in the first outing of an eighteen episode journey. In the wake of “Bad Blood” we see an apparent time jump, danger, the power of the Horsemen of War and timely revelations. The romp exists as an entry that knows what it wants to be, but struggles to wrap up lingering plot elements in a relatively short event. It’s a familiar trend that many franchises suffer from, especially after their established formula delivers a consistent and dedicated following. And that right there is its greatest detriment, as our lead characters rush to reunite and get the TV show back to the basics of its status quo.

Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Episode 1 B Widescreen

Sleepy Hollow is anchored brilliantly by Tom Mison (Ichabod Crane) and Nicole Beharie (Lt. Abbie Miills). Both talents bring authenticity to every scene they’re in, leaving little doubt that whether they’re dealing with problems in Purgatory or the dangers of the real world that these two are indeed up to the task at hand. Katia Winter (Katrina Crane) and Lyndie Greenword (Jenny Mills) make an impact but it’s the scene stealing John Noble (Henry Parrish) that cements the show. He gives our heroes a proper antagonist with real emotional weight behind his performance.

The second season of Sleepy Hollow is off to a rather good start. It had a few moments where the supernatural bits just didn’t click as well as they should, but that was mostly due to the episode’s rush to finish. As a whole there’s more than enough quality to at play to forgive the pacing, especially as a strong cast and crew propel this franchise forward in an opening act that handily earns attention. Recommended.

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