Major spoilers ahead:
Sleepy Hollow became a bit of a hit last year. Most people know the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman, but this TV series turned the tale on its head by combining it with American Revolution era history and X-Files style mystery solving. It is no surprise that it was renewed for a second season.
The series takes place in modern day Sleepy Hollow. Abby Mills is a detective who accidentally finds Ichabod in a centuries long slumber and the two start to unravel the mystery of what seems to be the coming Apocalypse.
The end of the first season had Ichabod’s wife, Katrina freed from purgatory, but with Detective Abby Mills taking her place. Thought to be ally Henry Parrish was revealed to be the centuries old son of Ichabod and Katrina as well as the Horseman of War. The Headless Horseman of Death took Katrina and Henry left Ichabod buried alive. Credits. Hell of an end to a pretty solid first season.
It is impossible to talk about the premiere without spoilers, so again, be warned.
‘This is War’ starts off a year later with Abby and Ichabod celebrating the latter’s birthday (looks good for being over 200 years old). They soon discover that the first part of the episode is an illusion and that they are still in purgatory and a fresh grave. Henry tricked them to get the information he needed. Wow.
That is a huge fake out, but unlike most of the ‘it’s all a dream’ scenarios, this happens really early on in the episode. The information that Henry needed was the location of a key that can release a single person from purgatory. He intends to release the demon Moloch (the main villain of the series).
Ichabod has to find a way out of the literal grave he’s in and get to the key first so he can release Abby, and not Moloch, from purgatory.
This episode takes several twists and turns. John Cho (Harold and Kumar movie series) makes a cool cameo. The other interesting thing is if you are watching the episode thinking that the first part isn’t an illusion, you might be trying to figure out what has happened in the last year or being anxious about finding out. You might even guess that this whole season will be full of flashbacks to fill in the holes. Nope, all of that falls away the moment you learn it’s a tricksy trick.
Benjamin Franklin is shown in several flashbacks. Ichabod was an apprentice to him and loathes the founding father. Seeing him talk about Franklin is hilarious, especially if you’ve studied the man at any length.
The conclusion, unlike the beginning, is pretty predictable, but seriously, would you want a huge chunk of the season with our heroes separated from each other? Didn’t think so. The ending is nail biting and action packed, so it doesn’t disappoint in any case.
‘This is War’ is a great start to the season. It has good action. The plot is well constructed and straight forward, even with the twist beginning. The character interaction is done well and the historical references are awesome as always. Also, keep an eye out for the awesome new menace at the end of the episode.