Sleepy Hollow: For the Triumph of Evil Review
Reviewed: by Tyler Olson
***The review below contains minor spoilers.***
For the second straight week, the headless horseman decided to play on a sandy beach somewhere while some other demon worked at getting rid of their pests. It is rare for a smaller evil to be more terrifying than the more famous one, but this week's version of the sandman was just that.
Freddie Krueger would have been proud of the work of Ro'kenhrontyes. Not only did this sandman haunt people in their dreams and force them to relive their greatest sin, but he also had a wicked slash with his claws and a great effect on them after they awoke. Turning the eyes to sand was a fantastic side-effect of his work, and their continued nightmares was a fantastic idea. If he didn't cause some viewers to lose sleep, I don't know if there will be anything this series can.
After 3 different evil entities for our unlikely pair to combat, the similarities between Sleepy Hollow and Supernatural is getting incredibly long. Although, the Sleepy Hollow writers do need to take a page from CW's series and stop having the characters tell us about their sins and just roll into the part where their sins come to haunt them. That scene in the dream sequence would have been much more effective if it wasn't spoilt earlier in the episode.
Why doesn't Ichabod have an Encyclopedia of monsters yet? I thought that heading to the local library, or an occult store, would have been one of the first things they would have done. Better yet, introduce a modern character who is familiar with everything that goes bump in the night to help them out, oh, and make him English with a strong accent just to make Ichabod squirm.
The only really huge disappointment in the episode was Jenny's refusal to help. With everything we knew about her from before, she felt like a character who would have been ready to leave the asylum, steal some weapons, and get ready to fight the apocalypse. This recurring trend of modern characters refusing to believe or help has to be the largest flaw this series has so far; let's hope it doesn't last.
Three episodes into Sleepy Hollow and it looks like this series is definitely going to be one that I will continue watching this season. It's still far from perfect, but it has all the makings of a fantastic paranormal TV series with just a few tweaks.