Sleepy Hollow S02 E15: Spellcaster

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In last week’s episode of “Sleepy Hollow” we had two special treats. Jaime Murray, who plays bad girl Stahma on Syfy’s “Defiance,” was a guest on the show and, our crime fighting duo Ichabod and Abbie did a duet. This week, Ichabod has to stop a warlock from finding a book of spells, while Abbie is forced to work with Frank. I wonder what Henry is up to?

House Shopping

So, Ichabod is looking for a home. He has a realtor showing him a fixer upper when Abbie reminds him that he needs a few things before signing on the dotted line, like a job and money. Poor Ichabod, he really tries to fit in, but it’s going to take a lot more work.

While Abby is explaining foreclosure to Ichabod, the staff of a local auction house is going through some early American artifacts when an angry pilgrim shows up. He’s looking for a special book of spells called the Grimoire. There really is a book of incantations called the Grimoire and there’s even a connection to the biblical Solomon and Michael the Archangel.

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Solomon Kent (Jonathan Schaech) grabs the book and takes off, but not before boiling the blood of the three innocent workers. Unfortunately for Solomon Kent, there are missing pages and it’s up to our crime fighting duo to stop him from getting the missing incantations. We have our monster of the week, a pilgrim warlock.

After investigating the crime scene, Ichabod and Abbie realize they need Katrina’s help. Okay, maybe the writers of the show have been reading my posts, because this week Katrina claims that she’s such a wash out as a witch because she lost her powers while being held captive in Purgatory. But, she’s getting them back. Yeah, but that doesn’t explain why she’s such a wash out with Ichabod. Am I right?

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Abbie and Ichabod search through the warehouse tapes and see the image of Solomon Kent and guess what? Katrina recognizes him. Kent is a warlock who started the Salem witch hunt of 1692 to hide the murder of a young girl who did not reciprocate Solomon’s romantic advances. Ichabod compares the Salem witch trials to the 1950’s witch hunt in this country. It was called McCarthyism after Republican Senator Joseph McCarthy, the man who began his own witch hunt against thousands of innocent people. McCarthy accused and condemned, without proof, people of being communists. To McCarthy, even child labor laws were considered a communist ploy. Sound familiar? The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Frank

Even though Katrina gave Frank a clean bill of health, I’m not trusting the man. He tells Abbie that he’s starting fresh, but where is his soul? Frank offers to help Abbie and Ichabod capture Solomon Kent after they learn that Solomon is planning on doing a bit of time travel to the past. Holy 12 Monkeys! There’s that paradox thing again. If Solomon goes back into time, he screws up the future.

Henry

Henry’s alive and he’s hiding at a sleep cheap motel. The owner and her son try to make Henry feel at home. Has Henry changed? Become good? When the owner is threatened by a few bullies, Henry comes to her rescue.

Conclusion

Last week, it was Stahma and this week we have time travel, is Fox channeling Syfy for better ratings? Your guess is as good as mine. The one thing that makes Sleepy Hollow interesting is all those tidbits of historical events, people and items that they drop into the script. I love when Ichabod mentions an historical event because I have fun looking this stuff up to see if it really happened. Another good ploy is the monster of the week. Keep them coming, but please give them some character, some depth.

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Abbie and Ichabod are reassessing their partnership which is a good thing. Seeing Ichabod shopping for a home was funny, but first, he’ll need to reassess his relationship with Katrina. There is so much about this woman that he doesn’t know. Solomon Kent was able to bring out the dark side of Katrina, but how will she control it and should she? We need Katrina to be a bitchy witch.

Henry (John Noble) is back in all his nasty glory. He hasn’t changed my little sleepy heads. He’s just as bad as ever and I wouldn’t want him any other way. John Noble is just the perfect actor to bring out the badness this show so desperately needs. Henry has a comrade in the fight of good and against evil and, Frank has the Grimoire that he stole from Solomon Kent. I guess we know who still owns Frank’s soul, don’t we. See you next week, my little sleepy heads

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