This week finds our heroes working for a new boss, Sheriff Leena Reyes (Sakina Jaffrey), who is none too pleased with Abbie (Nicole Beharie) for being late for her first briefing. This doesn’t seem to be too much of an obstacle as the duo, along with Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood), hatch a plan to bring forth a monster to work on their side. Turns out that Ben Franklin (Timothy Busfield) constructed a golem of sorts, a “Kindred,” that could work against the forces of evil, but it was never used. He hid the construct and now it’s up to Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie to find it and wake it up.
Unfortunately, they have to continue the work without Jenny as she’s been arrested by the sheriff for having some nasty weapons in her possession, ones that Ichabod and Abbie sent her to retrieve to also use in the fight against the Headless Horseman, played at various times by Jeremy Owens (weapons), Craig Branham (riding) and Neil Jackson in the form of Abraham Van Brunt.
Henry (John Noble) has some face time with Moloch (Derek Mears, who has played one incarnation of Jason Voorhees, by the way). Henry is genuinely sorry he failed in the plan and is appropriately worried Moloch is going to do him harm, but Moloch has a new plan and tells Henry to continue as instructed and not to fail again.
The now imprisoned Capt. Irving (Orlando Jones) shows up this week, beat up but okay. I was glad to see him again. Abbie and Ichabod have a brief meeting with him, during which they tell Irving that they want him close so they can continue to work with him. He agrees and decides to play the insanity card by telling the truth about what happened to the new sheriff. It works, but the outcome isn’t what he expected. He also gets a new attorney, normally a good thing, but probably not this time.
Katrina (Katia Winter) gets some much-needed screen time this week as well. She’s still a captive, and she overhears Abraham and Henry talking about the new plan, effectively gathering intel. Abraham attempts to convince Katrina that Ichabod is wrong for her, that he has left her behind, and you can see the wheels turning as Katrina realizes she can use this to her advantage. He intends to carry out his own plans to make Katrina his forever, but she persuades him to stay his hand and give her time to come to her own decision about him. Good move.
Ichabod and Abbie find the Kindred (Luke Smith), finish off his body with something pretty interesting, get it to the Horseman’s lair, and manage to get it up and moving just in time. Henry also sends out the Horseman of War (Ed Dabney, riding/Eric Mainade, weapons), and it’s a battle royale between all three. During the chaos, Ichabod gets to Katrina to rescue her, but she convinces him that she can do more good for the cause by staying captive and getting information. The monster fight concludes with no apparent winner, but the Kindred has proven his worth in battle. Now if Ichabod and Abbie can just find him.
It was another fun entry for “Sleepy Hollow” as Season 2 continues to deliver. I was glad to see Katrina have a beefier role. She’s been in peril every second, and it’s fun to see her use that peril to her advantage. She’s a tough cookie, and I like seeing the writers giving her a chance to show that backbone. I also appreciate that she has tender feelings for Henry, which could make for some interesting drama between the two.
The humor is still present, particularly in an excellently-timed scene at a local bank. It was a moment for Mison to really shine as he delivered a profound speech on credit cards, banks in general and a confusing pen situation. His comedic delivery is as good as his dramatic delivery.
The cast’s chemistry is still really strong, and it’s a great thing when you can pair up different characters in different scenes and still feel that chemistry brewing. The new addition of Sheriff Reyes may or may not work, but so far I understand her presence is needed. Jaffrey has a nice way about her, tough and smart, so I’m curious to see if she gets brought into the fold. It’s also interesting to see Jones play serious. I’m used to his comedic roles, so him playing the straight man is still refreshing. Noble = awesome, as always. He’s such a good bad guy.
The effects were well handled this week, particularly with the Kindred. There was an appropriate amount of grossness without going overboard (it is network, after all). I’ve never been let down by the special effects and art direction, and the series just continues to improve in this area.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK
The only thing that makes me a tad exasperated is the sheer amount of time that Abbie seems to have to hang with Ichabod and kick evil butt. I’ve never seen a police lieutenant with that much time. This is forgivable exasperation. As I’ve said before, it’s a high-concept show; there’s going to be moments that make you roll your eyes.
My only other nit to pick is Katrina. She’s a powerful witch. Again, she’s a powerful witch. I’m thinking she should have used those powers at some point after coming back to the real world to avoid capture. I understand the plot line that keeps her imprisoned, but at some point I’d like to see her pull out those witch spells and start wreaking havoc! As they say in “Frozen,” “Let it go!” Sorry, I’ll never reference “Frozen” again.
Overall, Episode 2 delivered the fun again, and I’m glad to see this series back with a vengeance.
GIVING CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE
“Sleepy Hollow” is based on “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. The series was created by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, Len Wiseman and Phillip Iscove. “The Kindred” was written by Mark Goffman and Albert Kim and directed by Paul A. Edwards. It stars Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood, Katia Winter, Orlando Jones, John Noble, Sakina Jaffrey and Neil Jackson.