“Note: Poochie died on his way back to his home planet.” ~ The Simpsons
Sayonara, Hawley. We barely knew you, but at least we got to see you shirtless before you go.
On the one hand, this episode gave the distinct impression that it was directly addressing, if not correcting problems that arose in the writing this season. On the other hand, the fact that Hawley was introduced, pushed hard on the audience and then sent packing, all in the space of half a season, does not exactly fill us with confidence about the stability of this show or the idea that the people in charge have a plan and know what they’re doing.
But first, let’s see what we got out of this hour:
Ichabod and Abbie directly addressed the distance that has grown between them and re-committed themselves to their friendship and their mission (such as it is).
Hawley more or less gets written out.
Katrina is sidelined to an extent we haven’t seen since last season.
Jenny is more directly involved in events than we’ve seen all season.
Frank is a free man, back in the arms of his wife instead of wandering some weird CGI dream apocalypse, or dead.
That all sounds pretty good to us, but we’ll repeat what we said in last week’s review: This was a pretty good episode of a show we’re not terribly interested in watching. Yes, the show seems to be returning to its factory settings, which can only be a good thing, but if they’re just going to fight generic monsters that happen to wander through Sleepy Hollow every week, we don’t know how committed we can be to the story going forward. We’ve always said that the show’s main strength was the chemistry its two fantastic leads share, so we’re happy to get indications the show is eager and ready to return to that formula, but we don’t know if it’s enough to carry a warmed-over melange of Buffy and Supernatural.
We’re sounding like a broken record at this point, but one of the things that really set this show apart from others of its type was the utterly batpoop-crazy story at the center of it; a conspiracy involving the masons, the founding fathers, the earliest history of the U.S., the Book of Revelation and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, not to mention witches, demons, and 250-year-old people wandering the earth. The show had a distinct look and mythology to it that set it apart from countless others of its type. When it first debuted we said it was the first time an American show had captured a distinctly “Doctor Who” feel to it. Now they’re just the Scooby Gang fighting evil Indian statues and generic demons. It really wasn’t a bad episode for what it was. It’s just not the show we want to watch and we don’t know if that show is ever coming back.
Maybe there’s a long plan here. Maybe Moloch and Henry will show up next week or the week after or the week after that, and turn Katrina to the dark side, getting this show completely back on track. Maybe these “monster of the week” stories are a way to take a pause and rejigger some of the relationships before getting back to the main story. It’s possible. And if that’s so, we appreciate the effort, but find that the time it’s taking is causing us to lose interest.
In a way, we feel bad for sounding so negative since the Ichabod and Abbie stuff was such a great step in the right direction and exactly the kind of thing we’ve been asking for all season. But even with the leads back to doing what they do best, and the supporting characters more or less in positions reflecting the audience’s preference (i.e., Jenny and Frank are back in the thick of things; Hawley is gone for the most part, and Katrina is not the center of everyone’s attention), if they don’t have a decent enemy to fight or a long-term battle to prepare for, we’re not sure we see the point. It’ll just be another monster-fighting show with rich shipping fanfic potential.
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