Monday, January 13, 2014

REVIEW: 'Sleepy Hollow' Possesses Several Characters to the Benefit of the Abbie-Jenny Relationship in 'The Vessel'

FOX's Sleepy Hollow - Episode 1.11 The Vessel

When Macy becomes the target of evil forces, Captain Irving makes a desperate plea to Crane and Mills for help and seeks answers that lie within Washington's Bible. Meanwhile, a frightening chapter of Jenny's past is revealed.

After a month, Sleepy Hollow is finally back. It feels so good to have this show's out-there craziness back even if it is just for two weeks this month. The two hour season finale comes next week. So "The Vessel" understandably could have been a place-holder episode. Well, the closest thing Sleepy Hollow could get to a place-holder episode. Fortunately, it was not that - even though a lot of time was spent on Irving and his family, one of the less intriguing plots of the season. Plus, the return of Nicholas Gonzalez's boring detective (that's just gonna be his name for this review since I really don't care about learning his actual name). And yet, the episodic plot was still firing on all creative cylinders. It tied in the Irving family drama into the main stuff much more cohesively while also giving Ichabod, Abbie and Jenny a very fun quest.

Things start off with Irving trying to get the possessed people to confess to threatening him and his family (because apparently he was recording it the whole time). And then things got much worse when Irving and family go to a "safe house" only for Hunger Games daughter to get possessed, kill the priest and look all kinds of scary.

Ichabod, Abbie and Jenny have to try to stop this demon by finding a lantern that will send it back to hell as Ichabod stands over it saying a bunch of stuff. At first, things were pretty leisure in their investigation. Irving did tell them they needed to find an answer before night and yet they were just nonchalantly viewing and reviewing and playing backwards a video with no real sense of emergence or a frantic time frame.

But that's okay because they are also getting to the real reason behind Jenny's shunning of Abbie for the past seven years, right? The interactions between those three have been the emotional highlight of the series so far. The material leading up to the hug between the two sisters here is no exception. The drama presents a very good and intriguing reasoning behind Jenny's distance and willingness to be arrested which feels totally in line with what we know about her.

Some more thoughts:
  • Ichabod Reacts to Modern Things - Skinny jeans and the pause button.
  • During his executive session at the TCA press tour, FOX president Kevin Reilly said the show will be going into production on its second season in March 2014 - which could mean an earlier return date this fall.
  • Also, the second season is currently set for just 13 episodes but an addition handful may be ordered later.
  • But why would the other detective wipe away the salt just because Boring Detective told him to? Serious, outside of Jenny and Irving, the detectives on this show are terrible at their jobs.
  • Also, did Boring Detective do a much better job of hiding other detective's body because how in the world did Irving miss seeing that when he and wife went outside.
  • Goodbye Priest David Fontana, we hardly knew ya. Seriously where did he go when the Irving family was talking in the cabin? Perhaps now you can just go back to being a sane judge on The Good Wife.
  • The special effects were pretty great during all the possession stuff. I was worried when the episode started with the blood dripping to the floor only to disappear - which looked really bad. But those fears were for naught.
  • Next Week: Ghost George Washington!