Sleepy Hollow: Review of the episode “The Midnight Ride”- It was the Regulars are coming.

sleepy hollowWARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE EPISODE WILL FOLLOW.

Now that Crane has been separated from his blood tie with the Horseman, things look to take a different turn in the town of Sleepy Hollow, the battleground in the war between good and evil. With the Masons as allies, Crane and Abbie look to be gathering the means in which they can take on the Horseman and the demonic forces that aid him. Of course, we all know that things won’t be that easy.

The episode opens in Boston, on April 18, 1775, the night of Paul Revere’s ride. Revere and his three companions make their rounds, warning the colonists of the impending arrival of the British troops (As Crane admonishes a museum guide in a later scene, Revere told the colonists discreetly that the Regulars were coming, as it wouldn’t make sense to say the British were coming, since they were all British.). Revere and his fellow riders are ambushed by the Horseman and then things flash back to the present, where Crane is astonished at how well stocked Abbie can keep the cabin. He’s also rather amused by the notion of paying for bottled water, continuing the series humorous moments of Crane dealing with the modern world. He does master leaving a message on a cell phone though, but his attempts to use a computer produce some unwanted results, like his accidentally logging into a sex site.

Crane goes to meet the Masons, only to find them beheaded. He and Abbie explain the gruesome scene to Captain Irving, who’ssleep hollow2 still struggling to hold on to his skepticism even in the face of the continuing strange goings on in his town. He tells the pair to seek out clues. Crane searches the library in the Masons’ house, growing frustrated and vowing to kill the Horseman for what he’s done. As he and Abbie further search, Crane realizes that the Horseman had come in search of his skull. They relay this information to Irving, who tells them that the skull was sent to a lab for further testing. Irving goes to the lab to retrieve the skull, and narrowly escapes when the Horseman bursts in and attacks.

Abbie and Crane set out to destroy the skull, knowing from Katrina’s warning that if the Horseman gets his skull, the other three Horsemen of the Apocalypse will rise. In a couple of amusing scenes, Crane tries a sledgehammer, and then using explosives to destroy the skull, all to no avail. As the pair leave with the skull, Crane spots what appears to be four lanterns in a window, only to find they are the heads of the Masons killed earlier. Abbie discovers the heads are lined with silver, prompting a memory in Crane about a manuscript Revere had received from John Adams bearing the symbol of the devil’s trap. The two go in search of the manuscript, and find that it is encoded with a cipher. Crane discovers the password for the cipher on the backs of the teeth in the Horseman’s skull.

As Crane works on the manuscript, Abbie is confronted by Andy Brooks, the sheriff’s deputy killed by the Horseman and resurrected as his servant. Andy appeared earlier in the episode to Abbie’s ex, Morales, and told him to stay away from her, as Andy was the only one who could protect her. It’s while Abbie is trying to contact Morales by phone to cancel a meeting for coffee that she encounters Andy, who delivers some dire warnings to her. Crane encounters the two talking, and has Andy deliver a message to the Horseman. Working with Captain Irving, the pair devise a scheme to trap the Horseman in a cage designed by Thomas Jefferson that has a barrier to contain supernatural forces. Crane engages the Horseman in a thrilling chase through a cemetery, and using fake skulls he and Abbie lure the Horseman into a trap ringed with UV lights. The lights are substituting for the sunlight, which they need to trap the Horseman. The trap is successful, but the episode abruptly ends there, leaving us hanging until next week.

Once again, the show succesleepy hollow3ssfully merged some tense action sequences with some humorous moments. It still hasn’t gotten old with Crane trying to understand the modern world and technology, as well as the moments where he is perplexed by what modern Americans perceive to be a good understanding of their history. This is nicely turned on its head when Abbie confronts him with some facts about Jefferson, who Crane thought he knew (“I guess you really can never truly know someone,” he mutters at one point.). Mison and Beharie still share some great chemistry between them, and Orlando Jones does a nice job as Captain Irving realizes that everything Abbie and Crane have told him is true.

It’s another solid episode for this series, which continues to be strong as it makes it way towards the end of its first season. It was a little disappointing that the episode ended so abruptly, but at the same time has me eager for next week’s show to see how the captured Horseman will be dealt with.

 

8.5/10

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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