The Horror Honeys: Sleepy Hollow: Season 2, Episode 11 ~ Magnum Opus 1

Sleepy Hollow: Season 2, Episode 11 ~ Magnum Opus 1

A Horror TV Honey Mid Season Episode Review by Lisa


Well, it's that time of year again. Time for the mid season finale. I do not know who started this, but I'm not sure if I care for it or not. It certainly makes the writers kick things up a notch at a time when some shows start getting sluggish, but it also, usually, means a cliffhanger. I don't know about you, but I have a real love/hate relationship with cliffhangers.

One of Sleepy Hollow's many strong points is its ability to merge so many different myths, religions, urban legends and historical facts together and this episode was one of the very best examples of this. You mix some Clash of the Titans, Indiana Jones, DaVinci Code, The Fugitive and any sword fighting movie you like and we've got ourselves this week's episode of Sleepy Hollow. Hell, Ichabod even pulled off some pretty solid parkour action during the fight scene, so we can add Kung Fu to that list as well.

Every week I attack American Horror Story for blatantly borrowing story ideas from well known sources. Why does Sleepy Hollow manage to pull it off when AHS doesn't? Sleepy Hollow always acknowledges its sources and then successfully manages to merge all of these into their own brand of storytelling and that is why their obvious Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade moment was fun and not exasperating.  Had there been an elderly Knight waiting for Ichabod and Abbie to choose the correct sword, that would have been too much, but the writers always seem to know when to back off. Are you taking notes AHS?

It really was delightful to see the Headless Horseman ride again. It never stops being a fantastic sight and it was also wonderful to be reminded of Abraham and Ichabod's history. It's a shame that they were such good friends only to be driven apart by jealousy. Ichabod was 100% on point when he told Abraham, "you chose the mantle of death, you chose Moloch-two choices made in an instant that insured Katrina would never love you." Unfortunately, Abraham is also on point when he reminds Ichabod that Katrina always returns to him.

While I can understand Henry is a child scorned, he really must find a way to get over his hatred towards his parents. I mean, this is just becoming ridiculous. What would the world look like if every heartbroken child was able to conjure up Moloch every time they felt like it? It's been centuries Henry: go see a therapist and learn to deal with your feelings. Everyone knows the opposite of hate is love. Just give in and love your parents. Well, your father at least. The jury is still out on Katrina. 

Can we talk about that gorgon? That little glimpse of the gorgon hanging from the ceiling just before reaching the door as Ichabod shut it was truly suspenseful. In fact, there was a great deal of suspense in this episode as our two heroes tried to obtain that sword. As usual, it is their faith in one another that allowed them to be successful. Abbie said it best when she asked, "what do we have that they didn't?" "Each other," Ichabod answers. Preach it Ichabod, preach it!

As part one ends with Henry standing before a fully formed Moloch, I am simultaneously excited and nervous. It certainly looks as though they are teasing a major death in part two. Who will it be and will we cry or celebrate?

Random thoughts:

The bit with Miss Jenny and Captain Irving felt half hearted and merely tacked on. Both of these characters have been grossly under utilized this season.

Katrina really needs a new outfit. I was reminded by a reader that she is still wearing the clothes that were given to her at the ER from the lost and found. Um, grody.

Again with the underground tunnels? This one even had a cool spiral staircase! I sure do wish I had as much time on my hands as our founding fathers did.