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20 November 2013 @ 12:30 pm
this week in Sleepy Hollow  
So Abbie taught Ichabod about the fist bump; it was a thing of beauty and a joy forever.

My main wish for this show (aside from cutting back on or avoiding the more egregious historical-inaccuracy shenanigans) is that it could just slow the pace down a bit. This week's revelation (so to speak) - that the Horseman was actually Ichabod's friend and Katrina's former fiancé - really feels like something that should have been in the season finale, so that we could have had a chance to know something about those relationships beforehand, rather than having the relationships raised and ended all in one episode. (I also think this would have helped to avoid the ridiculous situation where Ichabod thinks that the best time to tell his friend that he and Katrina are in love (what is the eighteenth-century equivalent of "sorry, bro"?) is on a crucial top-secret mission, because we only have forty-five minutes, so the conversation and the duel have to happen in the same scene.)

I am very much interested in where they are planning to take Andy's character, though (I am hoping for some kind of undead redemption story with him, but probably won't get one. John Cho is great at being creepy and yet abject and pitiable, so I hope they make lots more use of him). Ichabod sass-interrogating the Horseman made my day, and his loss of control was a useful thing to see from him - I like that just as he doesn't always know everything about history because he lived through it, he's not always right or perfect. And I loved Abbie's calling him out on his arrogance, to believe that he was somehow responsible for his friend's choices. Jenny and Irving made a great double-act, and I love those moments where Jenny is just genuinely taken aback by some of the things that have happened to Abbie lately; she seems to underestimate her sister a bit (after all, she's the adventurer and the rebel, right? Abbie's just a cop in a sleepy town*), but we all know that Abbie Mills is made of pretty stern stuff.

*Pun actually not intended, I swear.
viomisehuntviomisehunt on November 20th, 2013 08:10 pm (UTC)
Abby and Ichobob were very cute, which is why I greeted Ichobob's announcement that they need his wife with a heavy heart. Don't want to speculate too much, but I imagine the season-finale will involve Ichobob having to choose between wifey's salvation or whatever and Abbie's life.

I love John Cho, and the role here, but he's so busy; I'd like to see him come back, because he's hot and Ichobob needs a little competition for Abby. and I like the team of Jenny and Irving too. Glad someone else picked up on that very nice bit of chemistry. Also glad that someone else felt the middle of the woods, on a way to a secret mission was not exactly the right moment to tell your best bud, that his fiancee is dumping him for you.

Edited at 2013-11-20 08:13 pm (UTC)
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on November 21st, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
The problem I have with Katrina is that so far, her whole function has been to issue cryptic (and maddeningly incomplete) warnings, which means that she's not a dynamic character the way that Abbie and Ichabod have been; it's hard to root for her because we don't know her yet. I'd be more interested in her if we could actually see her interact with other characters in a real way. (And given how quickly this show is moving, they might well get her out of purgatory in the next episode!)
viomisehuntviomisehunt on November 21st, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
Just because she gets out of purgatory doesn't mean they will bring the character to life, though.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on November 22nd, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
That's certainly true - but they'd have a better shot at it! Ichabod and Abbie are growing and changing because of their experiences and because of their interactions with each other, and Katrina is pretty much literally in stasis. Just getting her to *do* something would automatically make her at least a little more interesting.
Neaneadods on November 21st, 2013 12:56 am (UTC)
I'm with you - the show moves too fast. When the "last week on" is 5 minutes long, they're packing too much in!
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on November 21st, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
Hee, yes! I find myself having to pay genuine attention to the "previouslies," because I *don't* always remember what happens from week to week!