Sleepy Hollow, Episode 22 “And the Abyss Gazes Back” Broadcast on October 27, 2014
Written by Heather V. Regnier
Directed by Doug Aaniokoski
Abbie and Ichabod are stretching through yoga, but Crane stops upon hearing such exercise is good for his buns. Ichabod is peeved and distracted with what Katrina has told him and would feel more relaxed drinking. The pair go to a bar where their imbibing is interrupted by a scuffle involving Joey Corbin, Sheriff Corbin’s son. The young man is ejected from the bar and outside Abbie says she’s sorry for what happened to his platoon and his honorable discharge. He says it’s none of her business and he blames her for his father’s death. Meanwhile, at Pioneer Point, something is stalking two men drinking. Icahbod and Abbie discuss Joey on their way back to the cabin. Their conversation on super heroes is cut short after receiving a call about a disturbance at Pioneer Point. On the scene, the pair narrowly avoid hitting the creature that was stalking the men, as it leaps out of the road. They find the creature’s huge footprint as well as his victims, with one man hollowed out. Nearby is unconscious Joey, who’s awakened and begins to babble, “It’s just the beginning. Dad knew. It’s gonna kill us all.” Cue opening title montage and first commercial break.
I was impressed with a lot in this episode, beginning with Zach Appelman who plays Joey. He’s stepping in as a new character with a lot of backstory with several characters and he does very well. I was glad to see Clancy Brown, if only for a scene, as he’s just fun to see on the screen. Orlando Jones gets to do some meaty scenes dealing with the predicament that John Parrish has put his character, Frank Irving, in. John Noble gets to drip out evil with every line, but that’s what I expect him do. He’s particularly nasty in this episode. Leads Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie are the strongest when together, and their banter is the best for genre television. Their characters are absolutely comfortable with each other and I could listen to them have a conversation for an entire episode if that’s the direction it took.
The good: The acting, Zach Appelman, the return of Clancy Brown, Orlando Jones being fantastic, Mison and Beharie being absolute fun, fantastic make-up and transformations for the creature of the week, a really nasty CG effect in the final 90 seconds of the episode, and Daniel Boone!
The bad: Really overly dramatic moment when Parrish confronts some of the heroes. Too easy to enter and exit. Bordered on being silly.
The final line: A fun episode with only one off moment. This show continues to be an excellent supernatural-historical-crime romp. Overall grade: B+
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.