After a two month hiatus, Sleepy Hollow returns this Friday and FOX has finally saw fit to give us a promo and a sneak peek at the upcoming mid-season premiere. It looks like Crane is still in his feelings about Abbie’s loss (he’d better be), and Agent Sophie is there to fill in temporarily until her return.
I’m honestly not sure what to expect from the second half of the season. While this season has been miles better than the disaster known as season two, it still feels like the magic is gone. Adding unnecessary characters into the mix like Betsy Ross and Zoe What’s-Her-Face have been a drag on the show, and from what I understand, they aren’t going anywhere. At least for the moment.
Here’s hoping they’ll at least be utilized better in the upcoming episodes. Here’s also hoping the writers stop wasting the chemistry between Abbie and Ichabod to prop up his other relationships. It’s hurting the show, and if the complaints by critics and fans aren’t enough to convince those in charge, the dismal ratings should.
We start the episode with Happy Homemaker Ichabod doing his chores while signing Rule Britannia. Odd choice of song considering he actively fought that rule and was instrumental in overturning it here on this side of pond until that whole Witness thing got in the way. But he probably hasn’t had time to watch Empire and learn the Drip Drop song yet, so I’ll give it to him. He brags to Abbie about his Bedfordshire Clanger, one of those god awful dishes that destroyed England’s culinary reputation around the world. (In George Carlin’s version of hell, the English are the cooks for a reason) It’s a dinner and desert all in one inedible crust. Fortunately he burns it and they decide to order take out. Close call there Abs.
But hey, Ichabod is TRYING, something he never did last season, so we are already seeing an improvement. The writers are TRYING, dammit.
Pandora, this season’s Big Bad is not idle. She dutifully conjures up this week’s monster, a shadow wraith that feeds on secrets and then kills you. Seems Shadow only likes the secrets of good guys, because he snuffs a man who is trying to blow the whistle on a scheme to raid the city’s pension fund. The case naturally winds up in Abbie’s capable hands.
Enter Abbie’s new boss to replace the late, great I-forget-his-name-he-was-gone-so-fast. Except Abbie’s new boss is a former flame from the academy by the name of Daniel Reynolds. Hilarity ensues as Ichabod does everything but hoist his leg on Abbie to mark her as his in front of the new/old guy.
Let’s all agree that Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow sucked. It sucked so bad that merely saying it sucked is an insult to shows that merely suck. It sucked so hard that it could have sucked a watermelon through 10 feet of garden hose in thirty seconds.
And well, let’s face it, a lot of the news coming out of writer’s room over the summer was not comforting. Despite welcome deaths of Ichabod’s hellspawn Henry (YAY!) and worthless witch of a wife Katrina (double YAY!) the new show-runner seemed to meandering down the same path as his widely loathed predecessor. All the fuss over (white girl) Betsy Ross was just too reminiscent of the love heaped on (white girl) Katrina. Woo hoo, we traded one sexy white girl love interest for Ichabad for another.
WHAT ABOUT THE FEMALE LEAD???????? Where is Nicole?????
Finally they acknowledged that Nicole was on the show and gave her a love interest too. But they keep parading Nikki Reed in front of the media like a prize mare. *grumpyface*
Needless to say, I viewed the season 3 premiere of Sleepy Hollow with great trepidation. From all the pre-season Betsy Ross hype I was expecting a repeat of the Katrina S2 debacle. We didn’t get one, but we are not out of the woods yet.