An Abbile Mills-less ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Returns
Just got finished watching the S4 premiere of Sleepy Hollow– decided to share some of my thoughts. For those of you still interested in watching the show, it returns Friday, January 6th at 9pm, right behind the winter premiere of Rosewood.
Here we go…
1. Cinematography is the star of the season four premiere of Sleepy Hollow, titled Columbia. Ichabod is in Washington DC and they don’t want you to forget it. Shot after shot is dedicated to showcasing the district’s spectacular scenery and landmarks.
2. Abbie Mills is really gone. While it’s only been two weeks since her death, both Ichabod and Jenny seem to have gotten over the death of the second Witness pretty quickly. Abbie gets a quick mention twice during the premiere and then everyone moves on. There are no new scenes featuring Abbie, nor any flashbacks. It’s pretty sobering.
3. Malcom Dreyfuss, played by Jeremy Davis, is essentially Henry and Pandora 2.0. He has a thing that needs another thing and when he gets those things he’s going to unleash hell on Earth. The End.
4. Diana Thomas is no Abbie Mills, but not for lack of trying. Like Abbie, Diana loses her partner to the supernatural and has a hard-luck story to tell. But where Diana falls short, is that she doesn’t make you care. When she’s confiding to Ichabod about her daughter’s mental disability, neither she nor Ichabod can seem to muster much emotion. It’s hard not to compare that moment to when Abbie tells Ichabod what she and Jenny saw in the forest that day and how it forever changed their lives. Likewise, whereas Diana is over her partner’s death in a matter seconds, Abbie grieves for Corbin and makes us grieve with her.
5. Ichabod and Diana are no Abbie and Ichabod, also not for lack of trying. Again, it’s hard not to compare Ichabod’s relationship with Diana to that of his relationship with Abbie. Ichabbie was fiyah. Chemistry is subjective, but few people can deny that Ichabod and Abbie just fit. Tom and Nicole fit. The writing for these two, especially in season one, was almost poetry. Abbie and Ichabod are and will forever be Sleepy Hollow. I pronounce Dichabod dead on arrival. But…
6. I’m calling it now, Diana’s daughter, Molly, is the new Witness. I’ve spoken about this with several other bloggers who have watched the show and they all disagree, citing Molly’s age; 10. But I’m sticking with my declaration. Yes, Molly is a child. No, she and Ichabod obviously can’t be partners in the sense of how Abbie and Ichabod were partners, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be the second Witness. I also think Molly will be the catalyst to strengthen Ichabod and Diana’s [so far] non-existent bond.
As I said in my review of the S3 premiere, this is a different Sleepy Hollow, even more so than last year. Abbie is gone and you feel it. The town of Sleepy Hollow is gone and you feel it. For most of the show even Jenny is gone, and you feel it. This is now the Ichabod Crane show. It’s all about Crane and making Crane feel good and loved and wanted. Now, is that bad? I don’t know, that’s up to the fans to decide, but for me, I can’t see myself watching this show on television week after week.
The heart of Sleepy Hollow was never the demons and much like the ones from S3, S4’s premiere demon feels like he’s been thrown in there for the sake of having a demon of the week. The same with the flashbacks. They seem haphazardly thrown in because hey, they think that’s what originally made the show a hit.
Quiet as kept, demons and twistory flashbacks were not the reasons behind Sleepy Hollow’s original success. It was the personal stories. It was the Witnesses and watching their bond and friendship grow as they sought to save the world and heal their own wounds.
Having said that, if you enjoyed season three of Sleepy Hollow, I fully believe you will enjoy season’s 4’s premiere episode. If you loathed season 3 of Sleepy Hollow, as I did, then you might wanna move along. Fox has a number of mid-season pilots that are actually worth your time, including 24:Legacy, The Mick, and the final season opener of Bones.