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SLEEPY HOLLOW’S “Dark Mirror” Proves to be a Wild Ride

By on March 5, 2016
Sleepy Hollow

Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane | Co. Cr: Tina Rowden/FOX

By Chris B.

Buckle up, Sleepyheads; “Dark Mirror” is a wild ride.

While relatively benign, brunch at the Mills/Crane home reveals two relevant items.  First, Crane’s citizenship has hit a snag; he’s missed a critical interview while rescuing Abbie, but Jenny’s assurances of solving this problem the American way (i.e. throw gobs of money at it) thanks to Joe’s inheritance, quell his concerns.  Also, Crane and Jenny both know that something is off with Abbie, but both are smart enough to realize that pressing her to talk will only cause her to retreat further.

The normalcy is quickly disrupted by a call to a crime scene where two professors were murdered with a “menagerie of evil” which Crane deduces is from a legend of his time, the Jersey Devil.  Though Abbie laments, “It would be nice if just once, the story were just a story,” this one has apparently come to life, complete with “the skin of a snake, the head of a goat, and the sting of a scorpion.”  Japeth Leeds, a scientist and Franklin rival, was the Colonies’ answer to Victor Frankenstein, with a bit of Hawthorne’s Aylmer thrown in.  But while Aylmer used his wife, Leeds experiments on himself.  He drinks one of his own potions, convulses, then emerges as the lethal conglomeration of animal parts.

Rejuvenated, and it Feels so Good

The Witnesses travel to Leeds’ home in New Jersey, the foundation of which still stands, where Crane decodes the alchemical code to a the former occupant’s version of a Franklin stove.  As they investigate the lair, they discover a drawing of The Hidden One and recognize that it is service to his master that has motivated the Jersey Devil to surface.  Also, Abbie is struck by a golden version of the symbol she worships, playing off its discovery as just “something on the table” and asks Crane as casually as she can if he knows what it means.  Crane believes, found here, it “can only represent evil.”  Gulp…

In one of the more far-fetched schemes I’ve seen on this show, the wax cylinder that the emblem is attached to feeds a movie projector with the rickety, middle-school-filmstrip version of “The Pandora Story.”  Apparently, The Hidden One, so-called as he was forced to the underworld, outcast to the Catacombs of the Dead by his brother (who ruled over humanity above), to guard the Box of Evil.  He passes the box, the only tool powerful enough to kill the brother, to Pandora, who then opens it and unleashes the evil within.  However, The Hidden One is banished once again by humanity, “betrayed,”  and he is calling monsters to Sleepy Hollow to use their power to reconstruct a golden hourglass that had once syphoned evil, and the artifacts of the murdered professors are pieces needed to complete that overall puzzle.  A bit campy is the supposed grandeur of the lightning rod attracting “the fire of the gods” atop a rocky cliff.  The Witnesses do dispatch the Jersey Devil, but not before he releases the Sands of Life, rejuvenating The Hidden One.

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