Sleepy Hollow: If You Can’t Trust An Angel, Who Can You Trust?

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

Returning after the winter finale that shook most of us, we find everyone safe and sound. Everyone that is except Henry. Six weeks into the future there have been no evidence of any kind to suggest that evil is still out there. A realization that Ichabod is having a hard time accepting. Or it happens to be the thing he’s focusing on instead of tending to his rocky marriage.

Ichabod and Abbey venture out to a farm he believes could give some answer to the who of the question of evil that remains. There must be more evil to fight. If not, Ichabod would have no purpose and be forced to address the Katrina issue. Then they hear what sounds like an incantation.

Inside a barn we find three demons of the more predictable persuasion. Abbey announces them and they are met with resistance. Almost immediately an angel presents himself. For those that haven’t seen this episode, think Supernatural. There is a definite Supernatural vibe about this angel. I’m referring to the CW show in its tenth season, not the adjective to describe the nature of a person or entity. Orion intrigues me immediately. I keep thinking “please let this be the Castiel of this show”, must keep expectations realistic. This angel uses what looks like his halo to expunge one of the demons, the other two depart on their own accord.

The Angel’s name is Orion. Six weeks ago, there was a great quake in Purgatory that allowed Orion to escape. Thus introducing our new plot direction. If Orion escaped Purgatory, what else managed to free itself? Ichabod receives a text from Katrina. Abbey suggests he leave to take care of whatever it pertains to. Then Abbey says something that most fans of fantasy oriented shows would laugh at, uncontrollably

Abbey: If you can’t trust an angel, who can you trust?

Abbey finds Orion enjoying the outdoors. Once a prisoner of Purgatory, he finds small joy in things often taken for granted. Abbey jumps right in with the question most people would have when realizing they are in the presence of a real angel. Ironically, I am perfectly content with Orion’s answers. There was no way they would have written in the answers to life.

Side note. The Katrina: Finding the good amidst the evil narrative is starting to wear very thin. Granted, it seems since the last episode, she may have been correct about Henry. Not to nitpick, but I’m still skeptical. Considering that Henry was the only person missing after the death of Moloch. I am working on a theory but it is founded in a very simple logic. Might not have legs.

Katrina has this convoluted idea that she can remove the Horseman from Abraham. Basing this solely on the idea that Abraham loves Katrina, Katrina loves Ichabod, Abraham gets jealous of Ichabod, Abraham decides to become the Horseman to seek revenge upon Ichabod. Katrina’s infinite wisdom tells her that she can separate good man from the evil spirit. Even if Ichabod refuses to assist, she will press on without him. Simultaneously, Orion expresses his need to Abbey to find the new master. The demons that escaped are without a master now that Moloch is dead. Orion claims that their new master is the Horseman of Death. Otherwise known as The Headless Horseman aka Abraham.

Jenny is a Mabie’s attempting to pick up the local bartender. She put out a call to Hawley. When Hawley shows up, there is a subtle but noticeable marking of territory. Hawley plays it up that Mike Donnolly (the bartender) is not her type. While also giving signals to the man in question to back off.

Abbey leads Orion to where they keep Abraham. Orion is impressed by Mills. Here’s where it gets interesting. Orion talks up her valor and character as if fighting the evil was a choice she made when she didn’t have to. Abbey and Ichabod were always under the impression that being a witness meant fighting. Orion’s words would indicate that their responsibility was to observe. Orion is pleased they chose to fight.

Abbey and Ichabod convene getting each other up to speed. Right about the time Abbey rejects any such idea to save Abraham is the same time Orion expresses his plans to Katrina to kill the Horseman. Abbey runs to basically tell Katrina to get bent. Orion tells her that Katrina fled just moments ago.

As assumed, Katrina went to Abraham. While his is the Horseman of Death he is still an honorable soul from the 1700s still holding to customs of chivalry and honor. He promises to cease any and all evil intentions while she attempts to return him to his human form. Abbey, Ichabod and Orion enter the chamber to find that Katrina has already freed Abraham.

Fan reaction: Seriously, Katrina is more trouble than she’s worth. I really wish the writers would kill her off. Let Abraham do it. This motherly sense to fix people is really getting old.

As soon as the truth of Katrina’s rescue of the Horseman is realized a pissed off Angel departs. The conversation does not get much better from there. The conclusion of which is to find Abraham, bring him back and discover if Katrina can do what she says she can. If not, then plan B can follow. A telling admission that each viewer should agree with is that there is something off about our angel. He’s hiding something.

Jenny and Hawley attempt to use this Egg of Sumaria as a sort of demon GPS. The romantic fallout spat notwithstanding, Hawley is inspired to break the egg. Inside is a smooth metal ball. By staring at it, Hawley can see the road traveled by said demons. The demons are with Abraham. Thanks Katrina.

Abbey summons Orion. He comes immediately, but with reservations. Abbey informs him that they know the location of the Horseman. Then Ichabod calls to tell her that he has discovered some intriguing things about Orion. Throughout history, Orion has been present at most of the most horrific moments in ancient history. Pompeii and the Byzantine-an Plague just to name a couple. The question being, “Is Orion always present before catastrophes to prevent them or ensure they happen?”

While I still hold out hope for the angelic story to be one I haven’t seen before, that hope is diminishing. Orion shares with Abbey his short-term and long-term goals. By killing the Horseman, Orion would gain the Horseman’s powers and begin to rebuild this world into a paradise. Using his ‘weapon’ he will cleanse the earth of evil. And ultimately execute the ‘judgment’ upon humanity like God did with Adam and Eve. He aims to go from angel, to fallen angel, to God of the new earth.

Inside the barn Orion and Abraham face off. Ironically, it seems that Abraham has the upper hand. Orion throws his ‘halo’ and Abraham ducks. Moments later the halo returns landing in Abraham’s upper back. The halo absorbs the victim’s power for Orion’s use. Abbey and Ichabod know they need to retrieve or destroy the halo. Abbey distracts Orion long enough for Ichabod to remove and destroy the halo by using Abraham’s ax. Orion escapes.
Abraham should be at least a little grateful for preempting his demise. The only thing stopping him from killing Ichabod in this moment is the prospect of becoming human again. At the cabin, Ichabod addresses the elephant in the room with Katrina. They need to seriously consider redefining their marriage.

Ichabod and Abbey have the figurative kiss and make up over their disagreements. They consider that maybe Orion will take his time regrouping. Especially since his halo was shattered. Ichabod leaves and Abbey fondles the miniature halo that allows her to summon him.

A tattered figure enters a convenient store. It’s barefoot and dirty. It goes straight for the refrigerated section. Opens a carton of milk and chugs it. The figure is Frank Irving! He asks if he’s in Heaven or Hell. The store clerk replies with three words. Its-Sleepy-Hollow.

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