By Thomas Gillen
After spending most of its second season hovering between renewal and cancellation due to low ratings, Sleepy Hollow has been re-booted, once again capturing the magic of the first season when Ichabod Crane was resurrected after 250 years.
When Sleepy Hollow concluded its second season last February, the final episode served as a potential series finale. Two main characters were killed off, and the bulk of the main story was wrapped up with the surviving main characters going off into the unknown.
Season three picked up six months after the events of season two’s finale. As the episode opened on Oct. 1, we were introduced to our new villain, Pandora. This mystical creature effortlessly defeated the Headless Horseman, using her box of chaos to absorb him and create a new creature. It’s only a matter of time before our main characters and the television audience confront a new threat to the quiet hamlet of Sleepy Hollow.
After last season’s events, Abigail Mills has left the Sleepy Hollow Sheriff’s Station and is now an FBI agent, pursuing a career she put on hold after discovering she and Crane are Witnesses, individuals who must stop the apocalypse.
The chemistry between Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie is outstanding. Since season one, their friendship has only increased, as different characters have entered the storyline.
Crane and Abbie become immersed in the investigation of two mysterious deaths and soon discover that evil has returned to Sleepy Hollow.
The arrival of Pandora triggers the second of seven tribulations in their mission against evil. When Ichabod and Abbie return to the old archives, they catch up with Abbie’s sister, Jenny and discover the location of the secret to destroying Pandora’s monsters. The location of the secret is a general store called Colonial Times.
Another strength of Sleepy Hollow is the show’s ability to constantly create situations that play on Crane’s Rip Van Wrinkle syndrome, having him make fun of modern technology and behavior.
For this season premiere, it was having him visit a restaurant with a Colonial era theme, and feeling right at home. He even reprimanded a worker who was wearing a tri-corner hat the wrong way. This gave a nice humorous tone to an episode foreboding more evil for Sleepy Hollow.
Eventually Ichabod, Abbie, and Jenny discover the demon’s weakness and devise a trap to draw it in. In the ensuing fight with the creature, Abbie’s boss is injured but she succeeds in killing the creature while protecting Crane. After the demon’s defeat, the two Witnesses are kicking back in a bar when Pandora appears and shows interest in Ichabod.
Season three of Sleepy Hollow is off to a good start. After removing several troublesome characters, the action and the show’s main story arc once again focuses on the core characters and their mission as Witnesses.
New episodes of Sleepy Hollow air on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on Fox.