Sleepy Hollow Season 1 Episode 5: John Doe

I would have written the teaser text in Middle English, but I don’t have that font on my computer.

Previously, on Sleepy Hollow: Ichabod Crane (d., on the field of battle, 1781) fought under George Washington, was saved by his wife casting a spell on him1, and woke up 250 years later into a world he doesn’t recognize and with the Four Horsemen threatening to bring about the end times. And no one believes him. Why are we suddenly feeling the need to catch the audience up on stuff, particularly stuff that has no real relevance to this episode? Tom Mison apparently had to record a voiceover specifically for this purpose – this is why you can’t afford to use ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ on the soundtrack any more!

O’m’gerd that wasn’t even a previously-on! That was a one minute synopsis of the four episodes of the series before they do thirty more seconds that somewhat connect to this episode. What. Ever. Sleepy. Hollow.

Forest, where a little girl in a white summer dress hums happily and gathers leaves. She’s younger than Flashback Abbie and Jenny, but could maybe be a younger younger version? Someone watches her from behind trees – a freckle-faced boy who looks like he escaped from a RenFaire. That’s a lot of buttons on the kid’s vest is all I’m saying. The girl smiles and asks if he’s lost, then runs off giggling happily, saying ‘Betcha can’t catch me!’ The boy follows through the woods, laughing as well, and this is shot in HazyVision(tm). While that’s different from BlurryEdgesVision(tm), I’ve got to assume Ichabod’s dreaming again?2

The girl disappears behind a tree, cartoon style, and the boy is suddenly pursued by one of the horsemen. This one has a horned helmet, carries a bow, rides a black (I think) horse and I could look up which one it is but, for once, I’m actually sure this will all be explained soon. The boy halts at a paved road and a car whizzes by. He then takes off down the road and the horseman vanishes into a black swirl when he reaches the woods’ edge.

  1. It’s not that romantic – she’s a witch. But a good witch!  
  2. So many question marks means this scene is less spooky and more confusing. Also, I’m not quite sure how much hay to make of the fact that the girl winds up being an evil spirit and also being significantly darker-skinned than anyone with whom the boy would have spent time. This stuck out a little bit after the fact.  

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