This week on Sleepy Hollow, there’s a new police Sheriff, Jenny is back in jail, Irving’s in jail, Ichabod doesn’t understand why banks chain their pens to desks, the Headless Horseman fights Frankenstein’s Benjamin Franklin’s Monster, and Katrina is still a damsel-in-distress. Hit the jump to find out my thoughts and spoilers ahead.
As Katrina is still a captive of the Headless Horseman, “The Kindred” revolves around Ichabod and Abbie’s attempt to rescue her. They discover that Benjamin Franklin created a Frankenstein-like monster called the Kindred from the body parts of various deceased soldiers. And the Kindred should be powerful enough to take on the Headless Horseman. However, Franklin never actually managed to raise the monster, since he lacked a crucial ingredient: a body part from the Headless Horseman himself.
Abbie goes to talk to Frank Irving, who is in jail and having a rough time with the other inmates, to learn where he stored the head. She also convinces him to plead insanity, as the local institution has more lax visiting hours, meaning they can discuss what’s going on with each other much more easily. Meanwhile, Jenny goes off to get some guns for the upcoming rescue attempt, but the new head of the police department, Sheriff Reyes, catches her with the guns and arrests her for illegally possessing them.
Ichabod and Abbie have to follow through on their plan without her, and go off to face the Headless Horseman. They raise the Kindred just in time and it faces off against the Horseman, giving Ichabod the distraction he needs to go rescue Katrina. Katrina, however, doesn’t want to be rescued. The Headless Horseman will chase her down wherever she goes, and she has currently convinced him that there might be a chance for her to finally love him. She wants to stay behind to act as a mole to all of his and Henry’s plans. She also reminds Ichabod that Henry is their son, and that they need to try and save him too.
The episode ends with Irving in Tarrytown Psychiatric, Jenny’s former psych ward, and his new lawyer turns out to be none other than Henry. Henry has him sign some documents, but the pen he gives Irving cuts his finger. Irving ends up signing the documents in his own blood, and like everyone else in the world when handed paperwork to sign, he didn’t read them beforehand.
This episode was interesting—we got a new Sheriff and we got to see Irving again—but my biggest complaint is with Katrina. Last season, Katrina’s role in the narrative was that of a damsel-in-distress trapped in Purgatory, who also made the most of the situation by spying on Moloch and info-dumping his plans to Ichabod and Abbie. This season, she’s a damsel-in-distress trapped by the Headless Horseman, and she’s going to work as a mole, which probably means she’s going to info-dump all of his plans to Ichabod and Abbie. Though it is nice to learn that this time she’s “choosing” to remain his captive, knowing full well the danger—once he’s convinced she loves him, he’s going to intertwine their blood and behead her, so they can be together forever—I am concerned that she’s falling into the same traps that her character fell into in Season 1. I would really like to get to know Katrina better, instead of just watching her make the most out of being someone’s captive. I also want to see how she and Abbie will interact, knowing that Ichabod has been spending his days hanging out with another woman whom he deeply cares for.
On the bright side, I was pretty happy with Sheriff Reyes. However, while an interesting character in her own right—she has her own motives, is very perceptive, and she knows something else is going on—she is a typical hardass. Every time I have ever watched a show with police, whenever the former captain leaves for one reason or another, the replacement is always a hardass who has a new way of doing things that clashes with whatever system our protagonists already have set up. I know that in some ways this is realistic—from an outside perspective, something is obviously happening in Sleepy Hollow that Captain Irving wasn’t dealing with, so they want a replacement who will solve all the current issues—and I am interested in seeing what the show does with Sheriff Reyes. She clearly has a history with both Abbie and Jenny, and through her we learn a little bit about their upbringing and their mother. She also has her own personal reasons for taking on her current position. Reyes’s introduction just felt a little too clichéd to me. On the whole, though, I did like her, and I look forward to seeing more of her in future episodes.
I also look forward to seeing what’s going to happen to both Irving and Jenny now that they’re both incarcerated and Abbie can’t just break them out. Also, Henry may possibly own Irving’s soul or have absolute legal power over him. Whatever power Henry has over Irving, whether legal or spiritual, it cannot be good. As I absolutely adore Irving’s character, I’m terrified for his well-being. I guess we’ll just have to wait until next week to find out what’s going on.