Why Watch? Sleepy Hollow’s ‘Paradise Lost’

Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane in FOX's Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow (Photo: FOX)

Better than Milton! raves maybe one of our reviewers.

Between travel schedules, ‘jobs’, and familial commitments, lovers of Sleepy Hollow Tanya and Mooch don’t always get the chance to watch an episode within the week after its initial broadcast. Fortunately, at least one of the pair does. Even more fortunately, the other of the pair is more than willing to make wild guesses as to what transpired.

This week’s transcript was edited for space, discourse on dental plans, and continual mourning for the absence of John Cho. 

The podcast may still occur, one of these days.

M: Hello!

T: Hello there. I’ve got chocolate AND tea – so prepped.

M: I have… Independence Day on tv.

T: Oh well, Bill Pullman as the president. You cannot beat that.

M: Have we seen any other founding fathers aside from Franklin and Washington? Jefferson got name checked a few times I think…

T: That’s it.

M: Although promo photos tell me next week involves Abigail Adams. And her bosom. As played by Michelle Trachtenberg. And Michelle Trachtenberg’s bosom.

T: Wait, I wanted BETSY ROSS. And Molly Pitcher! GRRRRRR. And Martha!

M: There’s still time – we have seven years of this show after all.

T: Truth. Well, maybe truth; we’ll see if it’s truth.

M: Can you imagine them trying to stretch this over five and a half more seasons? Anyway – tell me how they did this week!

T: Oh goodie. Do you have any predictions? Did you see a preview? Do you have Hopes you Know Won’t Live Up To Your Standards?

M: Yes, no, and probably?

T: Shoot some out there!

M: Lessee… this goes one of two ways: either sort of a second part of a two-parter where the core group spends an hour dealing with Henry, possibly in purgatory somehow. Or they quickly go back to ‘normal’ and we get a monster-of-the-week with a less-restrained Henry pushing his master plan, and Abbie having to fend of Reyes’ suspicions about her involvement in Irving’s escape/death.

Also, Hawley makes a move on Abbie and Jenny gets miffed. (That one fits in either scenario.)

T: HA. Oh man. Okay so: it felt to me like this episode was a “hey! gather together and let’s remind everyone who the players are!” type of episode. It was the first page of an Agatha Christie mystery with the various characters named and their relationships given convenient little descriptions: Abbie Mills: Witness, Cop, Fighter. Sister to Jenny Mills. Ichabod Crane: out-of-time Witness, distrustful of the term “organic” as applied to vegetables, husband to the witch Katrina and father to Henry. Etc etc etc. There were convenient pairings-off in terms of action, but there were also conspicuous absences – want to hazard a guess or two as to those missing peeps?

M: No friendly unnamed deputy?

T: Nope!

M: Actually, he has a name, but it’s only been mentioned once or twice. Ummm – no Reyes.

T: No Reyes!

M: No Hawley?

T: GONG. There was Hawley.

M: No……… Henry?

T: NO Henry!

M: Ha!

T: Seriously, show? Bring us back and don’t even bring back Henry?

M: I mean, a little at the start, right?

T: Oh, there was talk of Henry…

M: How the hell did things start? In media res?

T: Ichabod wakes up in the clearing; he finds Abbie, and Jenny, and Katrina. But no Henry. No Moloch or pile of ash or whatever remains. No Irving. And…. they’re not in Purgatory, they’re in Sleepy Hollow.

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