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16 February 2015 @ 10:14 pm
…huh.  
I spent much of tonight's episode of Sleepy Hollow rolling my eyes and being totally uninterested…and then in the last five minutes, they managed to hit upon the one thing that could make me excited about the season finale! I can't exactly say "well played," but time travel is my weakness, and I have to say that I giggled at the musical cue reprise from the pilot - "Sympathy for the Devil," this time being played on what sounded like a fiddle, as the camera pulled back to reveal the "village of Sleepy Hollow" sign from 1781. And I'm very curious about how eighteenth-century Ichabod, in his own world, will interact with Abbie. I would actually like to see that play out over several episodes, the way it had to when they first met.

But you cut it really fine there, Sleepy Hollow. You almost lost me.
 
 
 
chelseagirlchelseagirl on February 17th, 2015 11:41 am (UTC)
That is EXACTLY how I felt, and that's almost exactly what I was going to post. I was leafing through a magazine for most of the episode in order to distance myself emotionally from the ruins of a show I once adored.

Then I thought, Abbie, you brave idiot, you are always going through portals after Katrina and you don't even LIKE her.

And then there was the payoff.

And now I'm looking forward to next week like I have not looked forward to this show since last season.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on February 18th, 2015 01:56 am (UTC)
Hee, I thought the same thing: "oh, Abbie, you can't just leave Katrina to whatever ridiculous thing she's conjured up, even though it would totally serve her right."

I have definitely not been this excited about an episode in a long while!
Neaneadods on February 17th, 2015 03:14 pm (UTC)
I've been feeling the same way; right when I was ready to write off this show forever, they flip it around, get rid of Henry, hand Katrina a crapload of agency, and then play with time travel and race.

I'm a bit surprised that they didn't leave the season right on this episode and then deal with the time warp all next season. As it is, the whole "Who will be sacrificed" and my automatic response is "Ichabby is the show. Nice knowing you, Kat."
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on February 18th, 2015 01:54 am (UTC)
Yeah - it's like they spend tons of time on things no one actually wants to see (*coughHawleycough*), and then seem to be on their way to get rid of a really rich and interesting storyline in one episode! I would definitely watch a season of Abbie having to deal with the eighteenth century and Abbie and Ichabod having to get to know each other and build up their trust in each other all over again.
chelseagirlchelseagirl on February 18th, 2015 10:28 am (UTC)
I didn't really see Katrina exercising agency so much as being swayed by a man, abandoning the principles that kept her going in Purgatory for a couple of hundred years because her darling boy told her to. Yeah, she grabbed onto witches' rights as her motive, but it felt like it was all about teaming up with and then trying to bring back Henry.
Neaneadods on February 19th, 2015 12:26 am (UTC)
The thing is, when she was in Purgatory (and much of the time she was out) she was the damsel in distress and the witch ex machina that smoothed over plot points. At least on Monday she finally said "Imma make a decision that I want to make for MY reasons and screw y'all."
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on February 19th, 2015 12:57 am (UTC)
I don't know…given that she didn't seem to care about those reasons at all until someone else told her to - and then suddenly she was all "rah rah witches, George Washington reneged on his promise to us, which I have totally not mentioned before at all, ever, but is nevertheless deeply important to me; and also my marriage to Ichabod was a total sham because he is a mere mortal, even though practically a full third of my dialogue has consisted of the phrase 'my love' up until this moment" - I have a hard time reading that as agency. Or coherent characterization. :)
Neaneadods on February 19th, 2015 10:34 am (UTC)
I'm with you on the incoherent characterization. I think they expected this to get canceled in the first season and were left flailing for the second season.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on February 19th, 2015 11:37 am (UTC)
Yes, probably! That often seems to be the case with second seasons...