Sleepy Hollow Episode 4: The Lesser Key of Solomon

5 years ago by AG Wrider
FOX. ©2013 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Brownine Harris/FOX

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

After three episodes, Fox has renewed the critically-acclaimed show for a second 13-episode season. The sleepy hit proves to be a favorite among fans and critics with its imaginative writing and fantastic cast. Twitter followers and fans of the show should check out Orlando Jones’s (who plays Captain Irving on the show) live tweeting of the east coast broadcast of the show.

So far, each episode of the first season has a big reveal and sheds light on the mystical past of the town and the shady pasts of the series’ two protagonists: Ichabod Crane and Lt. Abbie Mills.

The fourth episode is no exception with big reveals of Crane’s involvement in the Boston Tea Party, and Abbie and her sister Jenny’s lives in foster care system, and Jenny’s hidden relationship with the late Sheriff August Corbin. Apparently Corbin and Jenny have been working together to gather the magical items scattered across the world, but how close was their relationship other than occult treasure hunting?

Also, crazy Germans with ties to the mysterious horned demon (later revealed to be Moloch, an entity that requires sacrifice) wreak bloody havoc against the town and our heroes. They destroy more than just tea in their path to obtain a mystical sextant, which is a key to the seventh circle of hell where 72 condemned souls wait. Crane recognizes the antique ocean navigator as the object his group was supposed to obtain under the distracting guise of the Boston Tea Party.

Torture, a beheading, and a shootout makes this one of the most gruesome and action-packed episodes of the season. This episode isn’t for the weak-hearted, but perfect for the month of October which I expect the series to provide more frightening and grisly episodes during the month.

The episode ends with Abbie beginning the stages of reconciliation with her sister, offering conservatorship over her, a chance to leave the mental institution, and partner up against the recently revealed demon from their childhood. Jenny hesitantly agrees. (Two siblings taking on the supernatural sounds oddly familiar)

The episode sheds light on the characters backgrounds and adds to the season’s plot which hopefully culminates in an epic battle between good and evil. The rocky relationship between Abbie and Jenny adds more depth and mystery to the pair as both characters have their own shady past that comes to light as the season progresses.

Ichabod’s fish-out-of-water encounters with the modern world provide some much needed lightheartedness in a grim storyline that promises more beheadings than a drug cartel. Which reminds me, does the sun even exist in the show? Ichabod is much more than laughs, but also acts as a mediator between the Sleepy Hollow of past and present, and from this episode as a mediator between the two bickering sisters.

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