TV Recap: Sleepy Hollow, ‘This is War’ (Seson 2 Premiere)

Written by Asia Martin

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Summary: Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) and Abbie Mills (Nichole Beharie) return for a second season of battling the demon Moloch and his horseman henchman including Crane’s own son (John Noble).

The Sleepy Hollow season two premiere played viewers like a fool last night and it was wonderful.

Photo Credit: David Johnson/FOX
Photo Credit: David Johnson/FOX

The season premiere opened to Abbie and Crane NOT where they left us in the last episode of season one. The Season 1 finale, “Bad Blood” ended with Crane buried alive in a rickety coffin and Abbie running around purgatory waiting for Crane to get her out. When season two’s “This Is War” starts off, Crane and Abbie are back in Sleepy Hollow at an “intimate” 251st birthday for Crane. After the “celebration,” the two begin a quest for Benjamin Franklin’s (Timothy Busfield) famous key that was struck by lightning. During the birthday scene there’s this temporary feeling of anxiety. The feeling increased when five minutes in and there was still not even a cliché flashback to explain what happened. All viewers got was a quick comment that Abbie’s sister, Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) and Crane’s wife Katrina (Katia Winter) were dead. GASP!

But, as soon as Crane began to question why he could not remember the details of how Katrina and Jenny died and how he and Abbie captured and imprisoned his son, Henry (Noble) — the charade was over. The trickster Henry had them trapped in an illusion in purgatory just so he could get the pair to lead him to Benjamin Franklin’s key. Turns out, Franklin kept the key hidden because it opens the doors to purgatory without any penalty to be paid. (In the series, a soul can only leave purgatory if any other soul takes its place.)

Oh, if you didn’t know by now, every famous person and legendary event that happened in 18th Century America played a role in fighting for or against Moloch (the one pushing for Revelations).

The Sleepy Hollow season two premiere played viewers like a fool last night and it was wonderful.

Crane awoke like a #divergent and exploded himself out of his grave, found Jenny and then rescued Abbie just before Moloch almost followed them out of purgatory too. In the interim, we learn about Moloch’s lair, how he cannot just walk out of purgatory but he is able to communicate with those in the natural world; Katrina is still a damsel in distress and is with the headless horseman tied up in a cabin; and Benjamin Franklin had the key tied around the kite because he was trying to get the “heaven’s fire” to destroy it, duh!

“This Is War” keeps you in suspense all the way through and it’s interesting and funny to hear Crane’s antique opinions on modern technology and traditions. Producers Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci have not disappointed TV land. This season of Sleepy Hollow will most likely and understandably carry on with their cult following.

Photo Credit: James Dimmock/FOX
Photo Credit: James Dimmock/FOX

Rating: 8 out of 10