Last week’s episode, “Go Where I Send Thee” was a pretty intense episode, pitting the heroes and their newest ally against the villain of an old folk story, he Pied Piper. Where Sleepy Hollow is concerned, such stories are often all too true, and the Pied Piper was one of the creepiest villains I’ve seen on the show as yet. I loved it quite a bit since I’m really liking the character of Nick Hawley, who is more an anti-hero than a villain or a hero, and also because Henry Parrish really seems to be upping his game in the larger plan to take down the Two Witnesses and bring about the Apocalypse.
The new episode this week, “The Weeping Lady” brings back someone from Ichabod’s past, a jilted lover who bears everyone he loves now a great amount of hate. It is a pretty grand episode though it also feels filler, the writing team using the expanded second season to squeeze in more one-off stories. At the same time though, it also shows that things aren’t going according to he plan for Moloch and Henry, and that they are being forced to make some adjustments. As usual, loved a lot of things about the episode, though I wish that Abraham aka the Headless Horseman aka Death was being given more to do.
Unfortunately the new episode is devoid of flashbacks to Ichabod’s time with George Washington and his armies, though we do revisit the era when we meet with Ichabod’s former fiance Marie, betrothed to him since their childhood. She makes for a rather interesting villain later on, though I can’t help but say that her motivations weren’t all that motivating for me as a viewer. Oh, she does great as the Sleepy Hollow urban legend Weeping Lady, and the circumstances of how she kills her victims are pretty great, but the two personalities are very, very different from each other, nigh unrecognizable in fact, so I didn’t get along so well with her.
However, Nick Hawley is back for another great romp with the Two Witnesses, and I loved him once again. He is more of an ancillary character this week rather than the whole action macho-man of last week, but I still enjoyed his scenes, and the unpredictability of it all since he really is such an awesome character. He challenges the Witnesses at every turn, forces them to confront the moral grey again and again, and he always comes out on top, one way or another. And the closing scenes with him set up an interesting dynamic with another character, a series regular, that I can’t wait to see more of. It hints at both their pasts, shared pasts at that, and I’m very, very intrigued.
For all that the episode focuses so much on the Weeping Lady, it is a surprise since many of the larger, season-wide subplots aren’t dealt with, such as what is going on with Frank Irving, now that Henry has his soul bound to him by a contract signed in blood or even what the mystery and circumstance of Sheriff Reyes’ involvement in the tragic death of Abby and Jenny’s mother. That is something I dearly wished to see in this episode, but none of that happens, so I’m kind of put off.
But at least, we do get to see more of Katrina and how she is working to break the enchantments placed around the cottage where Abraham is keeping her. The dynamic between the two of them is still pretty damn shaky since she doesn’t love him at all, for he is the Horseman of Death, a harbinger of the Apocalypse, and as such as he is evil to the core. And because she loves Ichabod and is married to him. Her loyalty and faith both are tested in this episode, and the same holds true for Ichabod as well. That was an interesting angle to take, one that is undoubtedly going to have much larger repercussions as the season progresses since the ending of this episode changes up the dynamic between these former friends.
Most of all, I really liked Abraham in this episode. He wasn’t as abrasive as he’s usually been before, almost likable in fact, and I like that change. More personal character development is good for a character like him. Though I still wish that Death was doing something other than standing watch over his bride-to-be. He has been an important aspect of Moloch’s plan for the Apocalypse since day one, but in this season he has done curiously little, whereas last season he was killing people left and right to prepare the way for Moloch to enter into the real world. None of that is happening now, his role taken over by Henry Parrish aka the Horseman of War, who is more content to cause mischief all over Sleepy Hollow rather than do something immediately tangible and effective.
Don’t get me wrong, I like both characters, especially Noble’s Henry Parrish, but there’s something of the grandiose missing from this episode that I would love to see brought back. It is still kind of fun to see how Henry keeps trying to drive a wedge between the heroes, forcing them to confront certain truths about the others and what not, and how he keeps coming up short, though he does win some small victories in the end.
And that’s what happens in the end, and what I would love to see more of in the later episodes. There’s some great stuff happening in the show and Henry is going to be the instigator of much more devious and terrible events, so I’m fine with giving him a pass on some things, truly.
And finally, one of the things that I really liked in this episode was that there was mention and depiction of the Colonial appreciation society, a group of LARPers basically who dress up in period clothes and act out events of the era and what not. Their dynamic with Ichabod is an interesting one here, as one of the members remarks early on that she loves how he never breaks character and everything. Nice little touch that I really appreciated.
A pretty solid episode as usual, at par with any of the good episodes of the last season..