Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Episode 4: The Lesser Key of Solomon

Sleepy Hollow (Screen: Hulu/Fox)

Over?! Was it over when the Germans opened a hell gate and tried to bring about Armageddon?! (Spoiler: No, it was not. Sleepy Hollow already got a second season pickup.)

Previously, on Sleepy Hollow:  No previouslies whatsoever. This is an interesting phenomenon – the show is assuming the audience understands what is happening. Message to executives: Who are you, and what have you done with the people who normally run Fox?

Instead, it’s slightly olde tyme text telling us we’re at Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773. Ah, I was wondering when we were going to get some revisionist history. Men take axes to boxes of presumably tea in an event that will become known far and wide as the Boston Right Wing Fringe. Nearby (or perhaps elsewhere, since this show finds geographic continuity as spurious as that pesky constraint of time) a small detachment of rebels, including Ichabod, sneak into a warehouse that Ichabod is “quite certain” is the right place. Inside, Ichabod gets stuck on door duty since “Colonel Washington’s orders were firm – bring back the crate, and you… alive.”  In a nice touch, there are some bits of French spoken among the party.

In a less-nice touch, all of this is shot in BlurryEdgesVision(tm), which is either supposed to tell us this is a flashback, or that this involves something supernatural. Either way it’s irritating, and a poor substitute for good production design. But that’s neither here nor there as the rebels come upon a Hessian who refuses to step aside and give up what they came for, choosing instead to speak some martyr-esque prose and then blow up everyone except Ichabod, who is now thankful he was guarding the door Way Over There.

Ichabod v.o.’s about death and love and Katrina in some very very pretty prose. He’s sitting in a car by himself. I’m sure it will all be explained soon. Erm, now a woman is sort of conversing with him, but it sounds like her voice is coming through the radio. He offers sage advice in a very radio-friendly tone of voice, making me hope against hope that the cover identity Abbie picked for him is the host of a late-night lonely-hearts radio advice show. “It is I who should thank you… for unlocking this vehicle from afar, and showing me how the entertainment system operates.” Hee, Ichabod learned a new term. Also, hee, he’s been talking to ‘Northstar Assistance’. Well done on that scene, everybody.

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