TV Review: Sleepy Hollow 5

Monday 11 November 2013 by

Sleepy Hollow, Universal Channel, TV, HorrorOf all the shows that I’ve been watching (from the hastily abandoned Atlantis to the flagging Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) this has got to be the only one truly going from strength to strength (the jury’s still out on Dracula).

Sleepy Hollow – episode five – John Doe

*mild spoilers alert*

This episode, it looks like Ichabod Crane isn’t the only person to jump out of their own time and turn up in modern day Sleepy Hollow. A young boy turns up in the woods, speaking Middle English (Crane has a slightly awkward, shoe-horned bit here to explain what Middle English is) and with a curious virus that shows as black veins, and kills in the most spectacularly gooey, bloody fashion. Oh, and it’s highly contagious.

But they key to the cure lies in where the boy came from, and when Crane himself comes down with the virus, it’s a race against time.

Last week we had the Boston Tea Party, this week we’re heading for The Mayflower and one of the first British settlements in America (the town Roanoke, which mysteriously became a ghost town almost overnight). The writers really are enjoying themselves romping through American history.

Anyhow – turns out the virus is from one of the Headless Horseman’s mates – the not-so-headless horseman, Pestilence.

I rather enjoyed this episode – less for the plot (although the whole Roanoke thing was well done), but because we had a lot more Crane and Abbie, with brilliant dialogue (Crane’s disgust with plastic is my favourite) and when Crane falls ill we really start to see what he means to Abbie.

And then there’s a whole new dynamic to contend with (disappointingly, Abbie’s sister has gone and Katrina has reappeared – turns out she’s in purgatory – but it’s not them). This time, Abbie’s ex, Detective Luke (played by Nicholas Gonzalez) has got his suspicions about the British newcomer and wants to know more. Can Abbie protect Crane from the supernatural stuff and an overly curious detective?

I get the impression that Luke is not meant to be an entirely likeable character, but I have sympathy for him and think he could be an integral part to the series… I can predict what will happen to him though: he’ll betray Crane and Abbie and then die heroically in a redemptive act. Poor Luke.

This is a series that may prove to be as addictive as Supernatural (on which note: I have at last caught up with season nine and can safely say it’s back to its best).

Rating, Four, Review

What did you think of episode five? Do you think the series has legs?

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