Review/Recap Sleepy Hollow | ‘This Is War’


By: Cynthia Ayala

“Following the revelation about Henry Parish, Abbie is stuck in Purgatory, Ichabod is buried alive and Katrina is kidnapped by the headless horseman; Frank remains behind bars for a murder he didn’t commit.”

-Synopsis provided by Shazam

This show was great last season and this did not disappoint. The episode opens up picking up where the last season left off and then jumps to one year later…or does it? Turns out the first apx. 15 minutes of the show is just an elaborate vision created by Henry (played by John Noble) – who just happens to be Ichabod’s son – in order to find the location to the key to purgatory. The key allows more than one person to exit purgatory, no sacrifices needed.

Just like last season, it is the good guys versus the bad guys as they race to find the key, following the clues left by good old Benjamin Franklin and seek a way to help Abbie escape from Molock and purgatory.

One of the key factors that makes this show so amazing is the humor of Ichabod adjusting to technology and the new world around him. In this episode, he thinks he is going to die so with his smart phone he tries to record a good buy video only to have it not record. Then he was lucky enough to start a car and crash it into a building to save Jennifer (played by Lyndie Greenwood) but with the bad guys shooting at him, is unable to put the car in reverse (of course I can’t say anything because I don’t even know how to drive – now everyone knows). Tom Mison is so brilliant, especially when he captures his character and ties it back to the past, connecting to his immense dislike of Benjamin Franklin who he thought was a narcissist. Maybe it is true, but who knows. All I know is that Mison makes it real, he makes is believable even though everyone watching knows that it is not

Of course, let us not forget the amazing talent of John Noble who does evil so well. However, given how much his character has suffered, it is hard to hate him.

This episode was amazing. It was funny without even trying; just simple easy laughs that I’m sure were difficult to write due to the easiness they exuded. The pace was fast, keeping up the beat of the race between good and evil and the episode was an overall thrill.

Directed by: Ken Olin

Written by: Mark Goffman

Starring: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Lyndie Greenwood & John Noble

Genre: Supernatural/Police Drama, Horror

Original Air Date/Time/Channel: September 22, 2014 | 9 PM EST | FOX

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