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Sleepy Hollow episode 5: John Doe

5 years ago by Gabriel Najar
©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Brownie Harris/FOX

©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Brownie Harris/FOX

October is the perfect month for new episodes of Sleepy Hollow, with early night falls and eerie streets.

October is also a terrible month for new episodes of Sleepy Hollow, because scheduling conflicts with the upcoming World Series means many fall shows will be taking a two week break for America’s pastime—watching television, but with baseball caps!

Conspiracy theorists and colonial history buffs tuned into this week’s episode as Lt. Mills and Ichabod Crane delve into the mysterious history of the Lost Roanoke Colony—an early English settlement whose inhabitants vanished inexplicably.

Inexplicably a young boy wanders off from the lost colony and into present-day Sleepy Hollow and brought with him more than just another lost in time story. (there’s already enough of those.) Another one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse makes his samurai debut—pestilence. The young Thomas brings with him a medieval plague that infects those in Sleepy Hollow, including Ichabod Crane. Through a test of faith, it is up to Abbie to save Thomas, Ichabod, and the whole town from Pestilence’s epidemic.

Death and Pestilence are only two of the Fab Four to make their appearance on Fox’s hit paranormal show. This is counting down to a final showdown between the two witnesses—Abbie and Ichabod—and the four horsemen.

This episode also marks the return of Ichabod’s wife Katrina, who was absent in last week’s episode. Her imprisonment in the dark forest is actually purgatory, where she is kept by Moloch.

The story of the Roanoke Colony adds a paranormal twist to this real world mystery, which makes this episode really exciting and slightly irritating to colonial history buffs—or those who’ve binged on some late night History Channel. In the episode, Crane tells the story of the Lost Roanoke Colony and says that Governor John White’s daughter Virginia Dare was the first English child born in the Americas, when in fact she was his granddaughter. A minor detail discrepancy, but maybe the producers couldn’t afford the extra syllable while filming, probably spending their entire episode budget on the amazing special effect such as: black veins, dissipating horsemen, and lightening backdrops.

Sleepy Hollow will return November 4th with familiar faces such as the Headless Horseman, Officer Andy (John Cho), and Moloch. Ichabod and the Headless Horseman’s tied fate will also provide an emotional plot twist—to defeat the horseman once and for all, Ichabod must die. How will that work out in season 2?

See you in two weeks!

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