Let me start this review off by being honest. I have been pretty disillusioned with Sleepy Hollow for a while now. I had no intention of writing this review personally, instead I was planning on passing it off to a guest blogger. Fox had other ideas though, granting me only one viewing, which I quickly used up for myself.
Having said that, I was still beyond excited when I got the email informing me season three’s first episode I, Witness, was available for viewing by the press.
Warning… spoilers may follow.
This isn’t our Sleepy Hollow. It feels different, very different. That’s not to say it’s bad… only different. Let me preface the rest of this review by saying the episode I watched may not be the episode that eventually airs, as was the case with Minority Report. Certain parts of this episode were bleeped out and the opening credits were hidden entirely. There were also people talking in the background. I swear I heard Mark Goffman. Seriously.
Anyway, I’m just gonna try and get into what I know you guys care about: Abbie, Ichabod and Jenny.
As we were previously told, the two Witnesses have been separated. They are brought back together when Abbie gets a call to pick Ichabod up. They are reunited, quickly bring Jenny back into the fold, and are off fighting demons again.
Another warning… walk away Ichabbie shippers. Walk away.
Betsy Ross. She’s already been a divisive character in the fandom and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. In this episode, she’s everything we thought she’d be. She’s a kick ass warrior in a corset who gets to kiss Ichabod. Their personal relationship is discussed in this episode and will no doubt be a part of the show as Betsy reportedly makes her way into modern times via her magical flag. Cue the #Ichabetsy shippers and my big fuckin’ eye-roll, because seriously, who gives a flying fig about Ichabod and Betsy’s relationship. (Sorry, I could not hold that in).
Pandora. We have ourselves a female villain. Yeah. She’s gonna be trouble and that’s about it. She raises hell and then sits off on the sidelines… for this episode at least.
Daniel Reynolds and Joe Corbin do not appear in this episode.
Things worth noting in I, Witness, Abbie has a huge office at the FBI that Ichabod loves. Jenny has a job, and that’s about it. If I had to rate this episode on a scale of 1-5, I would give it a two. And this is from a die-hard Sleepy Hollow fan. I ride or die for this show. But not this particular episode. And it hurts me to say that and I struggled with even writing this review because I don’t want to upset anyone. I truly don’t. I want people to tune in. I will. But this review, as poor as it was, my honest opinion on what I just watched.