31 Days of Horror 2015: Sleepy Hollow S03 E01: I Witness


I like watching “Sleepy Hollow” which stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie, but although the cast was excellent, the writing needed to be vamped up, a lot. Maybe with season three, the creators have finally perfected the formula to make “Sleepy Hollow” kick-ass great. On the season two finale, Abbie did some time travel and Ichabod said a bittersweet goodbye to Katrina. But as we all know, our dynamic duo’s fight against evil is never over.



Orange is the new Crane

Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), looking quite sexy with his new haircut, is in prison for sneaking something past customs. Ichabod feels lost; a rebel without a cause. His prayers to a higher being for some meaning to his life, elicits a laugh-out-loud reply from his cell mate. “It’s a hard knock life for us,” the cell mate says, channeling the Broadway Show: Annie, before scooting back into the lower bunk. Crane finally puts out a call to the only person who can get him released. He doesn’t understand why Abbie won’t join him in stopping the second tribulation. Moloch has been destroyed, true, but that doesn’t mean the apocalypse has been put on hold. He doesn’t understand her devotion to her new job. She’s a witness. She has a quest!


Agent Abbie

Nine months have passed since Abbie (Nicole Beharie) has seen or heard from Ichabod. She finally fulfills her dream to work for the F.B.I. and, she is happy with her job. Her boss, Mitch is a hard ass, but Abbie likes him. Abbie and Mitch are on the tracks of the Anaconda, a drug cartel run by a man named Chang. When Abbie gets that call from Crane, she’s not as happy as I expected her to be, but I don’t blame her. Crane takes off on an adventure and never contacts her. Men can be frustratingly stupid no matter what time period they are from.


We have a new enemy and like the Greek myth, Pandora (Shannyn Sossamon) has a magic box which she uses against Abraham. I’m not sure if our favorite headless horseman is dead, but his spirit is sucked into Pandora’s Box where it is used to create a new monster of the week; the red devil known as Yao Quai. Why this woman is here and who she is hunting is not known for now, but I’m expecting her to cook up a bevy of monsters during this season.


I won’t be reviewing this show on a weekly basis, but I will when I think an episode is post worthy. I was happy with the opening of season three. I think the writers have listened to my many suggestions (I’d like to think it was due to me) for a kick-ass monster of the week and the introduction of interesting adversaries for our dynamic duo to battle.


Abbie thinks that Crane’s trip to Scotland to find family was due to his not having a quest to fight. Crane tells her that he felt alone once his wife and son were both killed. The stone tablet that got Crane in trouble with the custom authorities is an ancient story about Sleepy Hollow, but how can this be? The tablet is 4,000 years old.

As usual with “Sleepy Hollow,” we get a new version of history and this time it concerns Betsy Ross (Nikki Reed) whose job as seamstress is a cover for her real job, colonial spy. Seems Betsy had a thing for Crane. Tom Mison makes a handsome Ichabod Crane and he attracts the attention of many ladies including Dani (Alex Sgambati) who works with Abbie. Ichabod is shocked to learn that Betsy’s secret message on how to kill the Yao Quai now resides in a restaurant/colonial gift shop.


It seems the old police station has been sold for a mini mall which leaves the future of the Archives/Bat Cave is question. Where can they move all that stuff? Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) is still around to help her sister, but I can understand Crane felling so out of place. Frank Irving is missing and things are different between him and Abbie.

Abbie tells Crane that he’s not alone. Let’s see if this is true.

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