TV Review: Sleepy Hollow 11

Monday 3 March 2014 by

Sleepy Hollow, Universal Channel, TV, Horror

In rapid catch-up mode, I’ve made it at last to the Sleepy Hollow series finale. But before we can get that far, we have one more episode to round up…

Sleepy Hollow – episode eleven – The Vessel

*mild spoilers alert*

The focus of this episode is Captain Irving and his family, which makes a change from Crane and his wife. The demons are after something, and they are using Irving’s daughter to get it. The demon is after Washington’s bible (the one buried with Crane) and is targeting Irving to get it. But that’s not all – this particular demon knows our heroes quite well, much to Abbie and Jenny’s dismay.

I’m overjoyed to see the return of Jenny. She’s got to be one of the best characters going. The more that is revealed about her the more I like her – even if she was possessed by a demon. Irving is pretty awesome too, though there are some moments when you’re waiting for him to man-up and take control. Crane and Abbie took a bit of a backseat this episode, despite being set on the mission to help save Irving’s daughter, as they are left a bit out of their depth for the most of it. Irving’s daughter, Macey (played by Amandla Stenberg) is outstanding, playing the central piece of the story and driving it forward, and turning out to be a pretty impressive demon.

As for the storyline itself, as I said, it was one of the best of the series. There were a few moments of “really!?” (the whole Washington thing really gets to me) and some leaps of faith, but for the most part it felt like an authentic part to the overall arc, and the baddie of the week was a particularly good one (a demon jumping from body to body is always going to be good).

If we could just sidestep the Washington stuff, this would be a 5-star review, but it really does taint the quality of the episode. You can instantly tell that it’s created to make space for the next few episodes to build to a grand finale, and it sits uncomfortably in the middle of intense drama. I’d rather have spent more time with the demon and Irving.

Rating, Four, Review

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