SLEEPY HOLLOW Review: Sisters and Dentists and Monsters
BY The Screen Spy Team
Published 7 years ago
By Jennie Bragg
Where were we? Oh right, at the end of last week, Crane was back on track with being a Witness and side-by-side with Abbie again. Whereas Abbie was barely holding it all together after almost losing Crane and having Pandora get into her head about what it would feel like to be alone again. This week, Abbie continued to deepen her relationship with Jenny, hold off her new boss Daniel and … well we’re not sure what is going on with her relationship with Crane.
Meanwhile Pandora is still trying to freak people out, especially Abbie. She got help from this week’s monster, the tooth fairy. Only, as Crane noted, not the Disney-fied version of the tooth fairy that slips in at night to replace a lost tooth with a coin, but a creepy one that eats children’s souls. The open wound from the lost tooth lets the tooth fairy in, and the child is lost in 48 hours. Oh, and the demon is invisible to adults.
The Witnesses and Jenny try to puzzle out how to stop this creature, the Abyzou, and decide it is the coins that are the key. The silver coins ward off the Abyzou, hence the origin of placing coins under the pillow of a child whose tooth has been lost. This all is revealed through this week’s twistory, as we learn that Paul Revere, Revolutionary-Era dentist, battled this demon. Except it’s a little more complicated than the team at first thinks.
A Tricky Balance
Last week’s episode pulled off Sleepy Hollow’s greatest trick, when it’s working: balancing the scary and the poignant and the funny and the flashbacks. To quote Crane quoting Paul Revere, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. This week seemed to lurch about from the farcical to the serious and back again. The Sisters Mills scenes were lovely, as we saw them talk about their past and what the sister bond really means. But Crane was back to being mostly comic relief here, and much of it seemed out of character and over the top for this show. In the scene at the dentist – Ichabod Crane’s version of “David After the Dentist” – Tom Mison is comic gold and it’s absolute fun to watch him play a loopy Ichabod. Especially his bitmoji of him astride an eagle – the show going meta again, as Ichabod sees for himself how adorable his fan art is. But it would have worked better if it stood in contrast to the usual, dignified Crane in the rest of the episode. Also, in that opening scene at home, Ichabod has somehow become a sitcom cliché: the man-child who needs a wife to whip him into shape.
Next week is the Bones crossover, which looks to be good fun, so let’s hope the balance is back. The mix of Jenny, Joe, Abbie and Crane is still working. Pandora is somehow more mysterious even as she reveals more of her herself. And clearly there is much more to be learned about Corbin and Papa Mills.