Sleepy Hollow (S04E13) “Freedom”

Season 4 was never guaranteed, but boy, has it ever been satisfying. There was a lot of fear in the viewing audience when Abbie was killed at the end of Season 3. Fear, and anger. Personally, I was shocked that they decided to eliminate her character, but I have felt this entire season that this was not a matter of dislike of character, OR actress. It has felt with the entire storyline as if they wanted to take the show in a different direction than Season 2 or 3 allowed with the complement of existing characters. I have been very satisfied with the season. The story arc has been interesting, Tom Mison has had free rein to be playful, somber and show off his stage talents within the TV show – quite clever of the writers. Much of the whimsy AND horror of the first season returned with this season. Every single new character was useful. As you’ll see from my recap, this episode really allowed for a lot of closure. So, while I would be sad and disappointed if it was not renewed, at least I don’t have the awful unresolved cliff-hanger feeling.

This episode, in particular, was sweetly satisfying. Young Molly is released, Diana commits to the business, Jenny appears to be staying, Jake and Alex have realized they love each other, older Molly (Lara) is the Witness and gets along well with Crane, Dreyfuss has been called to the Devil and Jobe is a “free agent.” War isn’t gone, but does seem to have declared a temporary truce. We got to see Hell and the Devil (who was both charming AND scary/menacing!). The team is now officially working directly for the President. This season was tightly and enjoyably written. It managed to be light-hearted, serious, funny and scary – difficult attributes to evenly achieve. The special effects were very well done and they returned to filming techniques that Len Wiseman originally introduced the first season. Most importantly for me, the cast seemed to genuinely enjoy working together and that quality makes scenes more believable and invests the audience to a greater degree than just a good story. I sincerely hope that Fox grants one more season, because the writers and the show team appear to still have room, and they had the chops to go a completely different direction this year and still hearken back to what made season 1 so special.

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Sleepy Hollow (S04E12) “Tomorrow”

That black goo was sure to play a future part in the show, and it did, resulting in the resurrection of Henry. He was convincing to the team, because he always was charming in a pretty dangerous way. But, is Henry TRULY evil, or was there some redemption? Given that he came from the black goo….my money is on his evilness. It’s hard to believe there is only one episode left. A 13-episode arc, just like season one started out to be. I hope that we get a fifth season. It’s interesting that we get older and younger Molly both in the same timeline. I continue to be impressed at the impression Tom Mison leaves regarding his closeness to Molly, even with the actress playing older Molly. It’s very sweet.

Sleepy Hollow (S04E11) “The Way of the Gun”

Well… this episode certainly had a MAJOR plot twist. Viewers knew that Malcolm was strong. Really strong. But, it appears that the viewers might have underestimated just how strong Malcolm really is. Dreyfuss’ objective is to raise the four horsemen of the apocalypse to fundamentally alter the future into one that he controls entirely. His power really alters the storyline. One lovely side aspect of this episode is Thomas Mison’s flair for the theater. He is a professionally trained actor and it shows (not that the other cast members are not, but Tom’s clear love for treading the boards is evident).

This episode was a complete game-changer. We got to meet adult Molly. Although there were visions indicating Molly’s future in prior episodes, no one was fully aware of this because young Molly couldn’t readily elaborate on them. There was a lot of wittiness in this episode. It’s one of the things I particularly value about Season 4 – it’s clear, but subtle, breaking of the fourth wall. It’s nice to see what Tom Mison is likely very capable of, and that’s stage acting. He has a commanding presence. The conflict that Jenny feels about parting, but not wanting to leave the team is fascinating. I liked the nod to Jake’s abilities without making fun of him for nerdiness. That gets old very quickly. I would like to see him a little less dense about how people around him feel, but he’s confusing what he’s seeing, and that’s not unheard of. The twist of Crane becoming the Horseman of War was completely unexpected, and it wasn’t even spoiled in the Twitter timeline! (That’s honestly amazing). In fact, even the girl being Molly was not an obvious thing.

It’s probably time to discuss the continuing audience angst over killing Abbie last year, and people’s outright desires to see the show fail. I’m fully aware of the anger people felt at the death of a lead POC. But, the storyline needed refreshing and there was really likely no other way to achieve this without resetting one of the Witnesses. And, basically, it wasn’t going to be Crane. I felt that they were respectful, and continue to be respectful, to Abbie’s character (I’m not going to address anything OFFSCREEN, because I really do not have any reliable information on that). This season, the casting was great, we still get very talented POC and everyone seems to really enjoy being with everyone else. The stories have been interesting and quirky, and at least a little thrilling. All of that is what attracted me to the show in the first place. And, the special effects, location and scenery have been superb. I see throwbacks to Len Wiseman’s pilot techniques and lighting. So, I for one hope to see at least another season, and I’m very appreciative of what they’ve accomplished this year. It’s too bad people read into what happened and have deprived themselves of an entertaining show.

Sleepy Hollow (S04E10) “Insatiable”

There were some delicious hat tips to various pop culture this week. Although I found Diana’s focus on Dreyfuss right on the edge of abrasive, this gets handled in this episode. A feature of the episode was showing that the team was not very successful working individually, but far more successful when they worked as a team.

This episode, as has been the case all season, has excellent special effects. I loved the glowing characters on the cube and the creatures who were infected by the hunger demon. While I liked the emphasis on the importance of teamwork, I thought it was a little heavy-handed and Janina Gavankar strayed very close to unpleasantly abrasive. I also did NOT like Jake making fun of Alex at the party. If anyone should be sensitive to someone making fun of other people, I think it should be him – and the writers should be aware of this. I’m surprised at how protective I feel about Alex – she was not my favorite character to be introduced this season. I thought the Donner Party tie-in was clever. I liked Jenny’s interaction with both Crane and with Donnie. Tom Mison, as always, sparkles in his interactions with other actors. He also conveyed very clearly his wistfulness and loneliness. I like the quiet competence that Jenny always shows. It’ll be interesting to see what Dreyfuss has in mind to capture War, and thus have the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse.

Sleepy Hollow (S04E09) “Child’s Play”

It is a true pleasure to watch the interaction between Oona Yaffe and Thomas Mison. He is genuinely enjoying being with her and with the other cast members and it shows. The ratings situation makes a future season uncertain, and that’s a pity, as this season has been a real return to the first season’s feeling (Yes, I absolutely miss Abbie, but I love this season and its cast as much). The Dreyfuss story arc is extremely compelling. I am looking forward to seeing how Malcolm insinuates himself into Molly’s life, when they are all aware of his evilness (except Molly). I liked the back story on the Vault, as well as Jenny being able to offer independent advice to Diana. The tight relationship continues to grow between Alex and Jake. The only thing I didn’t like about this episode was the running gag about Jake not understanding they had a radio connection with Crane inside the chamber. He’s not that stupid. It was an odd misstep in an otherwise strong episode. The special effects were good for the gollum and its destruction.

Sleepy Hollow (S04E08) “Sick Burn”

This episode brought forth a new storyline of far future Dreyfuss and future Crane, who appears to be worse for wear. It would seem that it’s not useless for Molly to see this future, meaning she must be able to alter it. It was interesting to get the background on the Jennings’ team, and to see the care that every one of the current team shares for each other. I continue to appreciate that Agent Thomas trusts Crane and, more importantly, trusts Molly with Jenny. Alex and Jake very firmly bonded this episode. The question is – will it remain strongly platonic? I think they see themselves more as “brothers in arms” than “lovers in arms.” Interestingly, Molly has seen this corporate future, and so has Dreyfuss, and Jenny has shared this with Diana, but it doesn’t appear anyone has told Crane! I’m guessing this will come back to haunt them.

Sleepy Hollow (S04E07) “Loco Parentis”

Positives in this episode were that Molly and Crane become ever more close, and Diana realizes that she really can’t assume that responsibility. The interaction between Jobe and Jenny was terrific, I suspect more to come. We learned that Dreyfuss had Jobe drawn and quartered, so at some point, there is going to be ‘hell’ to pay. Dreyfuss’ transition to whatever he is now was pretty cool. Never trust people with absolutely black eyes. I loved the hellfire scene between Jobe and Jenny, as well as Jobe’s conversion back to his normal human form. And, frankly undressed Jobe was pretty good looking. There were a couple of negatives, which is why this episode didn’t get an A. It was sloppy to Diana’s ex look so not-military, when he was supposed to have basically just finished a tour of duty, especially since he was supposed to be a Marine. I thought there were a few sound issues, which seem to be connected to Thomas Mison having a cold. But, at least they tried to minimize that impact. Another concern I have is the amount of time that Molly spends at home alone considering that she is 10-years-old. It’s oddly juxtaposed with “arrangements” for pick-ups, etc. This is not intended to disparage working parents, and Molly is mature. Still, it sticks out and that’s a bit disruptive to viewing. On the whole, those are fairly minor issues. I can’t wait to see what Malcolm and Jobe come up with. Is Malcolm Dreyfuss immortal?

Sleepy Hollow (S04E06) “Homecoming”

This show was very satisfying to long-time fans, because we were reassured that Crane still very much misses Abbie, and we finally got a glimpse of her and Joe Corbin in a flashback. The episode nicely wrapped up the Philosopher’s Stone storyline and converted an enemy into a very powerful recurring character. The special effects were fun to see and cleanly edited. Jenny and the rest of #TeamVault are gelling nicely. There isn’t too much of the “I’ve found the most powerful fixit there is” which runs shows into ever-escalating issues that are hard to sustain.

Sleepy Hollow (S04E05) “Blood From a Stone”

This episode had rapid pace and was amusing. The visuals and effects continue to be excellent. In particular, Ansel’s sigils being activated looked cool and the Greek Fire was beautiful. Direction continues to be smooth with good pacing. It’s nice that the audience now knows what the object is, what it is intended to be used for, and why both Dreyfuss AND Ansel want it. It’s also nice that while Diana is understandably worried about Molly and her fate, she’s not gnashing her teeth, and accepts the weird stuff that she’s seen. I hope that the inevitable let down for Jake is not too painful, because I hate to see people emotionally manipulated. I really enjoyed the fact that Crane’s pep talk to Molly’s soccer team was interesting and funny and I, in particular, relished that the girl’s were fascinated and curious and the show didn’t make them look weak, foolish or scared. Bravo!! I appreciate that we will be coming back to Sleepy Hollow. It was fun to explore DC, but it will be nice to return home.

Sleepy Hollow (S04E04) “The People v Ichabod Crane”

If you are afraid of spiders, this episode might be tough to take. This recap is a bit long, but the episode was detailed and had a lot of good information. The episode opens with Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) trying to talk to Agent Thomas (Janina Gavankar). She is wondering where Crane (Tom Mison) is. Jenny…

Sleepy Hollow (S04E03) “Heads of State”

“What fell acts have transpired in this dread den of horrors?” The apartment Crane (Tom Mison), Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) and Jake (Jerry MacKinnon) are looking at is pretty wretched, but cheap wins, and Crane gets a “new” apartment.  Even occasionally obtuse Crane can see the torch Jake is holding for Jenny. It is sweet. Molly…

Sleepy Hollow (S04E02) “In Plain Sight”

With a week to have contemplated the Sleepy Hollow premiere, it perhaps should have been obvious that Molly could be or would be the other Witness. But, many viewers probably fell into the trap of assuming Agent Thomas was that person… The episode opens with a ringing sound. There is a dark room. Outside a…