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Recap/Review: ‘Sleepy Hollow’: Season 1 Episode 5: “John Doe” (with link to watch the episode)

sleepy-hollow-cast-foxSleepy Hollow‘ is already on its fifth episode!  Last night’s installment was titled “John Doe“.  Ichabod and the rest of Sleepy Hollow were joined in the present day by a mysterious little boy named Thomas with a very big problem.

Recap:

John Doe” opens with Thomas, a little boy from the 1500’s.  Thomas is playing in the woods and comes across a little girl that invites him to play with her.  Thomas accepts her invitation and begins to chase her.  As he gets closer to catching her, the girl vanishes and Thomas finds himself in present day Sleepy Hollow.

Ichabod and Lt. Mills are in the cabin from last week’s episode.  Ichabod is moving in to the cabin and out of the hotel he has been in.  While there, Lt. Mills gets the call about the little boy that has appeared out of nowhere over her radio.  They respond and meet the other officers on the scene.   The boy is unconscious but alive.  Upon examination, Ichabod and Lt. Mills discover something odd about the boy.  He is pale and his veins are turning black.  The boy is rushed to the hospital and placed in quarantine.

In the hospital, the boy is monitored via cameras and a television.  Ichabod approaches the monitor to speak to the boy.  While speaking to him, Ichabod discovers that the boy speaks “middle English”, a very old language from the middle ages and that his name is Thomas.  Thomas tells Ichabod that he is from Roanoke, the first US colony that seems to have just disappeared on day.  Ichabod is convinced that Roanoke has moved from North Carolina to Sleepy Hollow.

Ichabod and Lt. Mills head out in search of the lost colony in the woods of Sleepy Hollow.  The search is a success. They reach a pond with a secret, hidden crossing to a small seemingly abandoned island.  One they cross the pond, they are transported back in time to a village in the 1500’s, the village that Thomas is from.  Ichabod and Lt. Mills make a startling discover in Roanoke, all of the villagers are infected with the same virus as Thomas.  None of the villagers seem to be affected by it like Thomas.  This is because Thomas left the island.  On the island, they are trapped in time and the disease is unable to have a negative effect on them.

Upon interrogation of the villagers, Ichabod learns that the plague like disease was brought to them as a curse from the second Horseman of the apocalypse, Pestilence, also know as Conquest.  If the plague gets out of hand in Sleepy Hollow, Pestilence will then join Death.

Ichabod believes that the cure to the plague brought upon them is connected to Roanoke.  To keep the plague from spreading, they must return Thomas to his home on the island.  When they return to the hospital, Ichabod notices that his veins are turning black, he is infected.  Ichabod says he feels fine and then collapses.  After his collapse, Ichabod joins Katrina in a dream-like sequence.  She tells Ichabod that he must be dead because the dimension she is trapped in is a form of purgatory.   Only lost souls caught in the middle of Heaven, Hell and Earth by Moloch can enter the dimension she is trapped in.

Lt. Mills confronts the Captain, played by Orlando Jones, about helping her get Ichabod and Thomas back to the island.  He refuses to help her.  Ichabod returns from the other side and Lt. Mills goes in search of some divine intervention.  She goes to a church and upon leaving, she puts her hand into the holy water then she begins to think that the cure is in the water on the island.

Lt. Mills finally gets the Captain to agree to help her and he makes up an excuse to have Ichabod and Thomas moved.  Lt. Mills leads them through the woods and on their journey, they are followed by Pestilence who is trying to stop them from reaching their destination.  Back on the island, Ichabod, being chased by Pestilence, takes Thomas in his arms and jumps into a spring.  As Pestilence draws closer, Ichabod and Thomas emerge from the water, cured of the plague and Pestilence disappears and appears to have been defeated.  All of the citizens of Sleepy Hollow that were infected are also cured.

Lt. Mills tells tells Ichabod that he belongs in present day Sleepy Hollow.  They begin talking about the first Horseman, Death, and how to prepare if and when he comes back.  At the end, the white horse appears and the Horseman emerges from the water where he fell in and makes his way back to Sleepy Hollow.  Something tells me that we will be seeing him in next week’s episode.

Review:

I think we have gone a bit too long without the Horseman.  It was nice to see them begin to introduce another Horseman of the apocalypse, but the first Horseman, Death, I feel should have more of a presence since he is supposed to be part of the evil orchestrating this whole thing.

John Doe” was a fairly interesting episode, but not my favorite.  I was pretty happy to see Death rise from the water as long as that wasn’t just a tease.  I would love to see him make a return to Sleepy Hollow and make some heads roll.

I am going to continue to watch ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ with hopes that the Headless Horseman will begin to have a much larger roll and more appearances in the upcoming episodes.

 

To watch ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ “John Doe“, CLICK HERE (link is safe and from FOX)

Recap/Review: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Episode 4 “The Lesser Key of Solomon” (with link to watch the episode)

Sleepy-Hollow-Title-624x424Last night’s episode of ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ was titled “The Lesser Key of Solomon” which is explained later in the episode.  The show starts with a glimpse at Ichabod‘s past.  We join Ichabod at the Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773 on a mission against the British, the Boston Tea Party.  After seeing this glimpse at the past, the scene cuts to Ichabod sitting in Lt. Mills’ vehicle.  It would appear he was talking to himself, but he really just locked himself in and was having a conversation with the person that was assisting him to unlock the door.  This is about the only funny part of the entire episode.

The Lesser Key of Solomon” was quite a dramatic one indeed.  There is more into the investigation to find Jenny, Lt. Mills‘ sister, after she escapes from the mental hospital.  It would turn out that Ichabod, Lt. Mills and the police are not the only ones looking for Jenny.  There is a group of strangers in Sleepy Hollow with a very dark agenda. These men are aiding the demon that is controlling the Horseman and holding Ichabod’s wife, Katrina, hostage.

On their search for Jenny, Ichabod and Lt. Mills catch up to her in a cabin that was owned by an old friend.  After a standoff, Jenny explains that this old friend had sent her around the world to collect rare artifacts that could hold clues for what is in store for Sleepy Hollow.  She said that he knew something was coming for him, Death, which we previously learned was the name of the first Horseman of the apocalypse that was claiming heads in their fair town. Jenny presents an object to Ichabod and Lt. Mills that Ichabod quickly recognizes as an object devised by the British to help them during the Revolutionary War.  The object also holds a map to a book of black magic written by King Solomon called “The Lesser Key of Solomon“.  The men looking for Jenny attack them at the cabin and steal the object.  They capture one of the men.

While interrogating the man, evil gets a name, Moloch.  Moloch is the demon that Jenny and Lt. Mills seen in the woods when they were kids, the reason Jenny was locked up in a mental hospital.  Moloch is the demon controlling the Horseman and the apocalyptic events that are taking place in Sleepy Hollow.

At the end, Lt. Mills offers Jenny a deal, a way to make up for turning her back on her when they were younger. Ichabod does some research on Moloch and finds out that he is the god-demon of child-sacrifice, and that he presents a great deal of threat to Sleepy Hollow.

The Horseman did not make an appearance, only in Ichabod’s flashbacks.  As you can probably tell, this episode was again based mostly around the evil in Sleepy Hollow and black magic rituals.  While not being one of my favorites, this episode was still really good.  It is nice that they are taking the time out to go more into depth on the characters and are explaining more about what is going on.  I mean, let’s face it, if the whole show was just about the Horseman lopping off people’s heads, they would quickly run out of material and every episode would be the same.

I am definitely looking forward to next week’s episode of ‘Sleepy Hollow‘.  The series is really shaping up to be one of the best horror-based dramas on television.

If you have yet to see this episode, below is a link from FOX to watch “The Lesser Key of Solomon“.

To watch last night’s episode, CLICK HERE

Recap/Review: ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Episode 3: “For the Triumph of Evil” (with link to watch the episode)

Sleepy-Hollow-Title-624x424I must say that I am thoroughly loving Fox’sSleepy Hollow‘.  Only three episodes in, the series is really becoming intense.  Last night’s episode was called “For the Triumph of Evil” and boy was the episode titled perfectly.

Recap:

Last night, some of the residents of Sleepy Hollow were having some pretty frightening, intense dreams.  In these dreams, they are haunted by a dream demon with hollow eyes and frankly put, looks like a missing member of the Misfits.  This dream demon is a vengeful sort that wishes to right the wrongs of the people he is haunting in dreamland.  When Lt. Mills and Ichabod Crane look into this  dream invader, not so lovingly nicknamed the Sandman, they find that he is linked to Lt. Mills and her past and is seeking vengeance for a past event that all those haunted were involved with that Lt. Mills knows all too much about.

With ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ taking a turn towards demons and the supernatural, the Horseman did not make an appearance in last night’s episode.  “For the Triumph of Evil” was mostly based around the events that took place when Lt. Mills and her sister were lost in the woods, it would seem that those events have a lot to do with the chaos that is unfolding in the lovely town of Sleepy Hollow.

The previous episodes have been packed with a lot of humor to help balance out the horrors of the show, but last night, there was not nearly as much humor.  There were still a few moments that were chuckle worthy, but there were far more dramatic moments filled with tragedy than funny ones.

Lt. Mills and Ichabod Crane strip down a bit and go into dreamland to battle “The Sandman“.  In that moment, Lt. Mills comes to terms with her past wrongs when she comes face to face with the dream demon.

I’m all for crazy couples in television, and I say this because in last night’s episode, there seemed to be a bit of flirtation going on between Ichabod and Miss Mills.  It is not insanely obvious, but if you pay attention, it is there. Speaking of crazy, Orlando Jones‘ character seems to be getting stranger and much more mysterious as the season progresses.

I don’t want to give away what it is, but at the end of the episode Lt. Mills goes to visit her sister, and when she arrives, something is up.

Review:

I know the show is called ‘Sleepy Hollow‘, and when I think of ‘Sleepy Hollow‘, I think of the Headless Horseman.  The Horseman has not had much screen time in the series so far, but I do not mind that.  The introductions to the paranormal and the supernatural the show is giving makes it that much more interesting in my opinion.  In the ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ films, there was witchcraft, but the introduction of demons and apocalyptic horsemen give much more depth to the show and frankly makes the story makes more sense to me.

I am going to continue to watch this show.  I think it is safe to say that I have been sucked into the drama and carnage of ‘Sleepy Hollow

 

If you missed last night’s episode, below is a link from Fox to watch the full episode (I know this works for US viewers, but I’m not sure about UK).

To watch “For the Triumph of Evil“, CLICK HERE 

 

Recap/Review of Sleepy Hollow The Pilot Episode

rs_293x473-130711142629-634.sleepy.cm.71113_copyThe horror-based television shows started with shows like ‘The Twilight Zone‘, ‘Dark Shadows‘, ‘Tales From The Crypt‘ and the ‘X-Files‘, but they really shot to must see status with the 2010 premier of the AMC hit ‘The Walking Dead‘.  Now with horror style television being so popular, many writers are cashing in on the growing popularity of the genre.  Premiering this fall along with a new season of The Walking Dead are Sleepy Hollow and Dracula.  Sleepy Hollow premiered Monday September 16th at 9pm EST on Fox.  I know I’m late with this, but I was too busy to watch it on the original air-date.   I’m sure most of you have seen it by now, so I will give a lot more away than usual.

First the recap.

Written by: Phillip Iscove, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci

Directed by: Les Wiseman

Starring: Tom Mison and Niciole Beharie

I was a little apprehensive about watching a television show based off the classic tale ‘The 1368623561_sleepy7Legend of Sleepy Hollow‘, but I’m glad I decided to give it a watch.  There are a lot of differences between the new television show and the literary masterpiece of ‘The Legend of Sleep Hollow‘.  I am going to start this review/recap from the beginning of the show.

Sleepy Hollow‘ opens with a battle scene that is set in the middle of the Revolutionary War.  In the middle of this bloody battle, we see sleepy-hollow-1Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman before he was, well, headless.  Ichobad and the Horseman engage in battle and Ichabod chops off his head. Fun Fact, not since the pilot episode of Game of Thrones has someone been beheaded in the first three minutes of a television show.   Flash forward to present day Sleepy Hollow, over 200 years have gone by, and all of a sudden Ichabod is awakened and finds himself in a cave.

He wasn’t the only one awakened, the Horeseman also made his return to Sleepy Hollow.650x450xsleepy-hollow-premiere-photo_650x450.jpg.pagespeed.ic.bCvt7X8EGm  The writers sure did not waste any time with the beheadings after the Horseman’s return.  He claims his first victim in the first couple of minutes after his return.  You do not get to see the first victim until police discover his headless body.  His second victim is someone that we have seen previously in horror, Jeff Fahey (Pet Sematary 2) met a gruesome end in a barn.   The Horseman also kills a priest.   If this was any indication of the amount of heads that will role, there will be a lot throughout the course of this show as there were 4 beheaded in the first half an hour of the show.

Not to worry, Sleepy Hollow also offers a bit of humor to go along with the madness.  Keep in mind, Ichabod was last alive in Sleepy Hollow during the Revolutionary War, and he is now in 2013 Sleepy Hollow, there is a lot to take in.  He also shares some comedic downloadand witty moments with a woman police officer.

There is a lot more Biblical referances in the television show.  We find out that the Headless Horseman was never a man, but one of the four Hourseman of the apacolypse, Death.  Ichabod also frequently references a bible that he was buried with.  There is also talk of witchcraft and demons at work.  We also get to see Ichabod’s lovely wife, whom we find out is a witch who’s coven was tasked to keep the Horseman and his head awaybdcc41211aa62a8f10f26d1a2d1727bf from one another.  She is now trapped in the woods by a demon that has summoned the Headless Horseman back to Sleepy Hollow.

I almost forgot to mention that Orlando Jones also makes an appearance as  a very shady detective.  He’s actually creepier than the Horseman.

The Horseman also gets a major weapon upgrade towards the end of the episode.  He’s not just playing with a broad ax anymore.

sleepy-hollow-premiere-FOXThat’s all for the recap.  If you are still curious about the show, watch it.  It could mean different things to different people.

Now for the review.  I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by this one.  I really can’t think of a single thing to gripe about.

The casting is fantastic, Tom Mison really sells the roll of Ichabod Crane.  I am not sure who plays the Horseman, but he is a really intimidating character.  His movements remind me a lot of Kane Hodder’s movements as Jason Voorhees in the late (and better parts in my opinion) installments of the Friday the 13th films.

The script and story line for ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ were exquisitely written and well thought out.  This may be one of the best written shows I have seen yet this year.

The effects and costume departments also deserve quite a bit of recognition for their roles in this series.  The effects were visibly stunning 101_sh05695and the costumes, especially the costumes for the Revolutionary War times, were fantastic.

I was also impressed with the actual level of blood and gore that was shown.  It’s not quite on the same level as The Walking Dead, but for being on such a mainstream channel, it was impressive.

I also enjoy the levels of magic and darkness that the writers have brought in.  It gives the story more meaning and really helps develop a better back story.

My favorite parts though have to be of Ichabod coming to terms with how everything has changed.  It is so entertaining and really well written.

Sleepy-Hollow-Title-624x424I will caution that you must pay attention or you will get seriously lost.  There are a lot of flashback sequences, subtle tweaks to the original ‘Legend of Sleepy Hollow‘ and a lot of back story that could be easily missed if you aren’t paying attention.

All in all, ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ is very suspenseful and is shaping up to be quite a great series.  I know I am keeping it on my watch list.

Catch ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ Monday nights on Fox at 9pm EST.