Friday, October 3, 2014

Sleepy Hollow - The Kindred

With Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and her sister Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) safe, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) turns his attention back to rescuing his wife Katrina (Katia Winter) from the Headless Horseman. Terribly outgunned, Ichabod chooses to use Benjamin Franklin's (Timothy Busfield) incomplete Frankenstein's Monster to fight the Horseman and War (John Noble). Using the head of the Horseman, Ichabod and Jenny finish the monster who turns out to be a powerful ally and distraction even if the plan to rescue Katrina ultimately fails.

The lives of the Mills' sisters and the quest to stop Moloch's rise aren't helped by the town's new sheriff (Sakina Jaffrey) who is still blissfully unaware of Sleepy Hollow's more unique tourist attractions. With Jenny jailed by the new sheriff, Katrina choosing to stay with the Horseman, and Irving (Orlando Jones) locked in a mental institution, Ichabod and Abbie see their list of allies slowly dwindling once more (even the Kindred rights off without a proper farewell). And just what use War has for Irving, who he tricks into signing a contract in his own blood, is yet to be seen.

Frankenstein's monster is the latest example of the show's bizarre mash-up of history and sci-fi/horror. Although the Kindred exits stage left, I'd expect to see him return at some point this season given how impotent Ichabod and Abbie have proven against both the Horseman and War's new mindless armored pet. The logic behind Katrina's choice to stay and be Ichabod's mole within the enemy camp is shaky at best given the danger she's in and how much harder the witnesses will find it if Katrina's son and obsessed stalker are successful in bending the witch to their will.

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