It’s a parallel episode of fun. In the Enchanted Forest a year ago, Regina – with Robin Hood’s help – attempts to take back her castle, while in present day Storybrooke, Emma and Regina work a con to flush out who cast the curse again. And everyone on this show whom you haven’t seen in a while shows up in a super-charged, cast-filled great episode. It’s both funny and touching; I haven’t gushed this much in an episode recap in a long time and it feels so good.
The entire story and conclusion to Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead season 1 was so utterly fantastic and provided such closure, the series could have ended right there. Fortunately for us (and financially for them), it made sense to create another season starring possibly the most likeable child character in any video game ever. This time around you play as Clementine, whom we protected in the first series as Lee, which presents its own set of gameplay limitations. Because she’s still young, she’s not going to run around blasting zombies, but as it was with the first series, story and the weight of your decisions are key, and there are some moments which can only be pulled off by a “little girl” that made me feel like completely empowered.
Well we waited 10 agonizing weeks and managed to get a new episode on Sunday night in between what was mostly a countdown to the premiere of Resurrection. (Get out of my head, theme song!) Now that we are finally back let’s take a look at what magic can do. It can unleash an evil curse. It can break an evil curse. Perhaps most unbelievably, it can make someone afford an incredibly large and posh apartment in NYC. We are exactly where we left off; Snow White and Co. are back in the Enchanted Forest – in almost the exact same clothes they were wearing when they were ripped out (Charming, fortunately, is not in a coma this time). Emma and Henry are enjoying a pretty sweet life in modern-day America. Although there is this dashing rapscallion in black leather who seems to be stalking them. Emma has an incredibly sweet and thoughtful boyfriend, so we know he will either be: 1) Evil or 2) An innocent who will suffer an undeserved fate. Let’s do this.
We finally come to what we have been waiting all season long. Ichabod Crane changes outfits permanently after wandering dreamlike through what turns out to be an inaccurate war re-enactment in present day. So it’s the exact same outfit but in better condition. Oh, points for cleverness, show. That’s one of the rare moments of humor in this season finale as we end on cliffhangers galore with all of our major characters in dire straits situations.
Things get pretty tense this episode. Just from the way the characters were behaving I was expecting any of them to turn on one another at any moment. Abbie and Crane continue to investigate the meaning behind the date written in Washington’s Bible, while Irving has to deal with the fallout and deaths from the previous episode. Even though the plot is quite serious, there is still that tongue-in-cheek attitude; the show now has a perfect balance and I have high hopes for next season as we wind down. Please show, don’t ever stop making fun of modern life and our ridiculous dependence on smartphones while talking about the end of the world.
This is the first time that I remember being actually creeped out by a demonic possession on a tv show. Continuing from the previous episode, Irving’s daughter Macey is threatened by a demon servant of Moloch, who possess different bodies in order to get close to him. Abbie and Crane look for ways to defeat the demon, which once possessed Jenny.
When Sleepy Hollow returns next year, I hope that the show is settled into its rhythm after the frenzied first few episodes this season and gives proper time to story developments. This episode, while good at being self-contained, simultaneously introduces and dispatches of key characters in a single hour.
Demons, witches, walking dead and plagues have already been dealt with on this show, which means we’re due for a haunted house episode. And that pretty much sums up the whole thing in probably the simplest plot we’ve had this season. A missing heiress leads Abbie and Crane to a once-sanctuary for free people of all races (also doubling as a sanctuary from evil forces), where a new revelation about Katrina leaves Crane a little extra motivated, which would have been more surprising to me if I hadn’t seen the reveal in an episode promo for a later episode (damn it, Fox!).
Irving: “I can hardly believe Jefferson foresaw holding a headless man prisoner.” Crane: “He foresaw holding the worst type of demons that may walk the earth. A product, no doubt, […]
Leave it to a show about the Apocalypse being tied to the American Revolution to be more historically accurate than some politicians (who shall not be named) about Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride. Yes, it’s true, “The ‘regulars’ are coming” is more likely to have been said than “The British are coming,” as they were all British at the time. That’s just one of a handful of historical references in this top-notch episode featuring the return of the Headless Horseman and the duo’s plan to defeat him.