Monday, October 07, 2013

(Spoilers) Sleepy Hollow: S1E4 "The Lesser Key of Solomon" 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. ***

Stop the presses, but I realized that I can watch this show on my DVR right after it's done airing since I have nothing to watch at 10:00 pm on Mondays!

Continuing directly after the previous episode, this one starts off with Abbie discovering that her sister's escaped from the institution. They track her down in a cabin owned by Abbie's dead partner who apparently had a hand in raising her sister, Jennifer. In the cabin, they find a sextant with a map to open a demonic portal.

The three are confronted by what turn out to be Hessians who are part of an order making sure the impending apocalypse happens. They get the map and manage to open the portal. Ichabod remembers the map from seeing it in the sextant, they find the group, and manage to stop them.

Abbie also finds a way to commute Jennifer's sentence in the psychiatric facility.

Ichabod calls Northstar (OnStar) to unlock the car and show him how the stereo works. Hilarious. Again with Ichabod but during a shootout. Once again he's armed with a semi-auto pistol, but his stance is "old fashion" I don't know how historically accurate it is, it just looks very "proper".

So it turns out there's an even bigger backstory to Jennifer and Abbie. Jennifer, apparently, grew up in a bunch of foster homes and Abbie's partner who died in the pilot played a major role in raising her. This means that she has a knowledge of the what's "really" going on. She's also been to South Sudan (?) and Mexico to pick up combat skills. Looks like we have a new major character.

Great episode. This is really turning into a must-see show for me. It's sort of monster of the week, crime of the week, horror, time travel, and mystery. The little comedic bits concerning Ichabod's 250 year time displacement continue to be hilarious. Same goes for special effects and overall production.

This episode formally introduces a secret order working with the horseman and its overseers. John Cho's character was the first known character working with the Horseman, but there's now obviously something bigger going on. Very clever writing with the linking between Hessians from way back when during the way and the modern day secret order. A few shows and movies I can think of have done the undying Knights Templar secret order thing. This is an interesting twist.

Advancement of the main storyline with the naming of the main demon that we've seen glimpses of in the past episodes is also a major development. I'm liking how things are being tied together relatively quickly while things are fresh and recent. What I mostly see in other shows is premiere, big mystery, clue, clue, clue, big clue, clue, clue, season finale, all solved in one hour.

And I realized recently: John Cho's character has disappeared. I don't recall hearing any mention of the fact that a cop car's been stolen or that a corpse has disappeared from the morgue. Going to guess that we'll be seeing him again at some point.

Oh, and no modern day Horseman again. Just a flashback.

Sleepy Hollow: Fall 2013 TV S1E1 Pilot Impressions
Sleepy Hollow: S1E2 "Blood Moon" Impressions
Sleepy Hollow: S1E3 "For The Triumph of Evil" Impressions
Hell on Wheels: S3E3 "Range War" Impressions

Sleepy Hollow [Blu-ray]

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