TV Review: Sleepy Hollow 8

Thursday 5 December 2013 by

Sleepy Hollow, Universal Channel, TV, Horror

Sleepy Hollow – episode eight – Necromancer

*mild spoilers alert*

The Headless Horseman is all trussed up. And now is about time to find out exactly what Death has against Crane so much – and a little more about this apocalypse everyone’s so upset about.

There is one disadvantage to being headless – you’ve not got much opportunity to talk. Our dead-not-dead friend Brooks is about to prove useful; as it turns out he’s a necromancer, which means that he’s the Horseman’s mouthpiece. Creepy, slightly regretful, and still in love with Abbie, Brooks tries to warn them that they might not want to hear what Death has to say… and they might not even want Brooks in the same room as him.

But there’s more. Crane has come across Death before… but not as he recognises it. I won’t give away any more than that because that really is too big a spoiler, but suffice to say, Death had a much more familiar face before he lost his head. And Crane is pretty upset by the revelation.

To make it worse, Brooks warning about putting him in the same room as the Headless Horseman turns out to be true, and the bad guys manage to free and snatch the Horseman from the good guys’ grip.

The Headless Horseman is perhaps superfluous to the main part of this story; we are shown more and more of Crane’s history and it turns out to be increasingly important. It was no coincidence that Crane was picked to be Death’s nemesis…

… Okay, could I love this programme ANY MORE!? It’s clever, it’s heartwarming, it’s spooky and uncomfortable and funny. I’m falling in love with Tom Mison as Crane, and I can even forgive Katrina a bit. Because what is so brilliant is the way it doesn’t patronise, it’s nuanced and welcoming. I don’t go in for storylines based on religion as a rule (Supernatural aside, of course) but this one is just fantastically done. There’s something delightful about the tacky parts, and when they want to spook you, they really do spook you. Orlando Jones is excellent comedy value, with added kick-ass-ness (that’s a real word), and Lyndie Greenwood is the kind of person I would love to be in a sticky situation.

There’s not a lot wrong with this series so far – even if it did start on shaky ground.

Oh, and can I have Tom Mison come round my house for dinner please?

Rating, Four, Review

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