The episode opens with a freaky dream. A lot of people dream in this show, and it’s often indicative of what’s going on (or what’s going to happen). By the way, if anyone didn’t know, Abbie’s sister Jenny is in a psych ward for the same ‘vision’ Abbie had. I think there’s probably a little bit of survivor’s guilt involved as a result.
Regardless, the dream comes to fruition in a sense, and crime solving ensues. I think that I’m a little irritated that Crane won’t wear normal clothing, because he presumably has only one set of olden clothes – the set he was buried in. I do think it’s really cute that Abbie and Crane wear their hair the same way though.
Jenny, Abbie’s sister, is all kinds of wonderful. Sassy, a little bitter, but one of those lucid crazies. I’m really super enjoying that the characters in Sleepy Hollow are like, well balanced and stuff? Not a lot of archetypes to be had.
We soon learn that the monster of the week is the Sandman, hence the freaky dreaming, and also why eyeballs are turning into sand. And hey, how about a little history of America during your horror story? I hope it’s accurate, because I know very little about Native American history, to be honest.
I know, I know, suspension of disbelief happens at weird times (Headless Horsemen and time traveling soldiers I believe…) but I am doubtful that all Mohawk descendants just happen to have a bottle of dream-world-walking tea lying around. Scorpions, also not easy to come by in New York. So, despite a reasonably good job so far, we still get a ‘Stahp using stereotypes – but let me confirm them, just in case.’ moment. A minor complaint, perhaps, but, a complaint.
That being said, I am still convinced Crane wears a wig. HOWEVER the rest of the character design/prosthetics is so FREAKING cool I do not care. The Sandman design? Simple, classic, scary. Love love love. I hope they can keep the momentum.
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While I agree that the show is entertaining and pretty to look at, the ‘history’ is absolutely dreadful! The first episode had a witch burned (we hanged witches; we didn’t burn them) in the wrong century (it was the 17th not the 18th) and then buried in a Catholic cemetery (on holy ground? as if). And there probably wasn’t a Catholic church in Puritan Salem then anyway. As for the constitution being based on the Iroquois confederacy — no, no, and no. Try classical prototypes (Athenian democracy/Roman republic) and lots and lots of Enlightenment philosophy. Why do TV types think it’s okay to mutilate history?
Okay, see, I -knew- they exaggerated the witch thing! Even in the Salem trials, no witches were ‘burned’. Googling ‘New York Witch Trials’ turns up very scattered results too. Although I should say that I don’t think that his wife was a known or accused witch, so that burial might have been okay (even though Catholicism was probably a small and under-represented religious group at the time, I think?) Definitely some exaggerations there.
However – I think I remember some influence of the Iroquois Confederacy on the newly formed Americas, structurally? That might be a history myth since debunked. (A quick Google says that historians haven’t reached a consensus). Either way, they are definitely playing loosey goosey with history for sure.
I just want to add that I love your reviews and always read them!!! And thanks for your reply to my earlier comment!
Aww, thank you so much!! That makes my day! 🙂