Sunday, October 06, 2013

(Spoilers) Sleepy Hollow: S1E3 "For The Triumph of Evil" Impressions

***SPOILER WARNING: Spoilers may be found in the post below about VARIOUS ITEMS. And I'm going to add in a bit of filler text here to limit how much of the main article gets shown in a preview. That should take care of most of it. Hopefully. And away we go. SPOILER WARNING. ***

Late again. Really liking this show and it just got renewed for a second season this past week. Apparently, this is one of those newer "short" season shows with only 13 episodes per season.

Overview
Big story arc got resolved fairly quickly this week. The monster that both Abbie and her sister ran into as teens in the woods is the featured bad guy this week. He (it?) kills a doctor and a farmer before going after Abbie herself. The relationship between all of these characters is apparently that big event with her sister.

Ichabod and Abbie research the monster, the Sandman, in the archives or storage room they broke into using tunnels last episode. They find a symbol related to it in a book and Ichabod recognizes it from working with Mohawks during the war 250 years ago. This leads to finding a Mohawk shaman who runs a dealership, he puts both Ichabod and Abbie into a dream, and the two defeat the monster in the dream world.


Highlights
The backstory concerning Abbie and her sister gets a lot more clearly explained in this episode. Previously, I complained that their run in with the Sandman didn't really seem that big of an event to traumatize them for life. It turns out that this Sandman put the two to sleep for four days -- major detail. People from the town went looking for and found them just after they woke up. The first rescuer was the farmer who dies in this episode. After being rescued, Abbie's sister confessed to seeing the monster, but Abbie denied it to protect herself, which lead to the sister being taken away and disowning her.

Ichabod gets his first taste of an energy drink -- it's Abbie's go-to instead of coffee. Also, Abbie has to explain to Ichabod what happened to Mohawks, and Native Americans in general, over the past few hundred years. Needing to find a Mohawk shaman, they show up at a car dealership.

Review-ish
Good episode with major details concerning Abbie's backstory, which is still a bit of a mystery. Her sister also gets some more screen time and by the end of the episode, she's escaped from the institution she's been committed to. Hoping to see more of her as she seems like a key piece of the main story.

Also, once again, not a single sighting of the headless horseman this episode. The special effects, costumes, and make-up also continue to be very impressive. The underlying story arc concerning the four horsemen also seems like it's being addressed directly and quickly. I haven't felt like any of the episodes so far have been filler. Maybe this has to do with the relatively short 13 episode season -- and maybe that there have only been three episodes so far. Oh well, come on episode four...


Related
Sleepy Hollow: Fall 2013 TV S1E1 Pilot Impressions
Sleepy Hollow: S1E2 "Blood Moon" Impressions
Hell on Wheels: S3E3 "Range War" Impressions

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