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The Blacklist: A Lifetime Hiding For No Reason

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So, have we actually seen the last of Ian Garvey? Although it appeared that the dirty cop’s life was drawing to a close during the final seconds of the most recent episode of the NBC series “The Blacklist,” long time fans of the show realize that appearances can be deceiving. Staring with the first season’s finale, when Lizzie appeared to take the life of her estranged husband Tom Keen, we’ve witnessed many characters cheat death. I’m certainly not ready to accept that the United States Marshall has breathed his last breath.

The episode entitled “Ian Garvey Conclusion (13),” contained more twists and turns than the Appian Way, including the welcome return of two familiar faces in Raleigh Sinclair III, and Postman Anthony Pagliaro. We once again saw that any attempt to double-cross Raymond, turns out to be a deadly mistake for the perpetrator, as Zarak Mosadek realized in his final seconds. If Raymond could withstand the attack on his empire and life, by the woman who knew where all the bodies were buried, it will be an incredibly tough task for any enemy to defeat him.

Once again we will dispense with our normal recap format, and jump right to the final moments of this chapter. Although Garvey never got to share his secret with Elizabeth Keen, and Jennifer Reddington, enough information got revealed to make this viewer feel secure that the man we know as Raymond Reddington’s actually an imposter. In this viewer’s opinion, the only question remaining’s the true identity of “OUR RAYMOND.” While Garvey’s words failed to convey the truth to Keen and Reddington, what he said to Jennifer, solidified my opinion that the man we know isn’t the former United States Naval Intelligence Officer.

Before dissecting the final moments of most recent episode, I would be remiss in not addressing an issue that’s troubling many long time fans of the show. There’s a significant segment that despises the idea that the character we’ve followed for five years, isn’t the man we believed him to be. Many will feel cheated and even betrayed if “OUR RAYMOND’S” an imposter, and I can easily understand that mindset, though I don’t subscribe to it.

From the moment “OUR RAYMOND,” dropped to his knees and doffed his fedora in the series debut, I’ve been transfixed with the “Concierge Of Crime,” portrayed by the amazing James Spader. As I’ve written many times, the character embodied by Spader’s, his King Lear. It’s a disgrace that he’s never even been nominated for an Emmy Award, portraying one of the most compelling characters in the history of Television. It’s an indictment of an organization that seems to believe that the medium begins and ends with HBO and Netflix, and what critics find appealing.

Spader’s part of a select few performers that can cause me to giggle like a schoolboy, and get misty-eyed minutes later. He’s invented a multi-layered character, a man who cattily exclaimed to Diane Fowler that she talked too much, before ending her life with a well-aimed bullet. A stone-faced assassin that takes perverse pleasure in emasculating men in front of their wives. He’s also capable of amazing compassion, treating a young boy with birth defects like any other child, and providing him with an array of ice cream sundaes.

He’s a man without a country, a collector of fine items, but he also enjoys simple pleasures. Throwing quarters into the pool at the Terra Vista Motor Lodge, for a young girl to fetch. Roaring with laughter watching The Three Stooges with Dembe, while giving his full attention to playing Oregon Trail. The elation he experienced acquiring Winston Churchill’s homburg, radiated through the screen.

This character’s the reason I’ve been devoted to this series, it really doesn’t matter to me if his name’s Raymond Reddington, or Latka Gravas. I have no allegiance to the man whose affair with Katarina, resulted in the birth of Masha, Unless he’s the man we’ve spent the last five seasons with. In my eyes “OUR RAYMOND,” being an imposter would only add another layer to the onion.

Let’s return to the bar in Baltimore, as a badly injured Garvey comes inside after Jennifer unlocks the door. Ian just escaped the clutches of Reddington and Zuma, by forcing Dembe to crash the car he was driving into a tree. He’s now a fugitive of the law, after Sinclair turned Anthony into Garvey’s doppelgänger, who then shot Mosadek to death in front of a bunch of witnesses including TEAM-RED. Jennifer’s unaware she’s wearing a bug that’s transmitting her location to the Task-Force, and that Lizzie’s hiding in the back room.

Jennifer’s seen the news reports that Garvey’s wanted for Mosadek’s murder, and she asks him about Tom Keen’s and Singleton’s murders. Garvey quickly realizes his surrogate daughter’s been talking with Liz, and then he discovers the bug when he grabs her coat to get her car keys. He tells Jennifer he didn’t kill Mosadek and he needs to clear his name, he’s got lots to tell her, but he’ll reach out to her when he’s safe. She begs him to tell her then and now.

He then takes her face in his hands and tells her that she’s been living a lie for the last thirty years. He goes on to say that she’s spent a lifetime hiding for no reason. Those words could only mean one of two scenarios took place. The bones could belong to the REAL Jennifer Reddington, and Lily Roth had memories implanted in her that caused her to believe that she’s Jennifer Reddington, and Naomi’s been complicit in causing her to believe that. We can’t rule that scenario out, but I’d say the odds of that being correct are miniscule.

The more likely scenario’s that “OUR RAYMOND’S,” an imposter, he’s not the man that abandoned Carla and Jennifer on that Christmas eve of long ago. Nor is he the man that had the affair with Rostova culminating in Masha’s birth. That scenario seems even more likely as the action continues, starting with Lizzie coming out of the back room with her pistol aimed at Garvey. He says she doesn’t want to arrest him, or she’ll never learn Reddington’s secret. She tells him he’s got two choices, reveal everything and go to prison, or remain quiet and she’ll kill him.

She tells him to put his hands on the bar and start talking, and Garvey asks why Tom didn’t tell Lizzie what was in the bag, and Reddington and Dembe enter the room with their pistols aimed at the dirty cop. Raymond replies that he killed Tom before he had a chance to tell Liz, and that if the Marshall makes a sound he’s a dead man. Keen then tells Garvey to talk and aims her pistol at Red, saying she’ll take him out if he shoots Ian.

Suddenly, Jennifer starts to speak, she asks Raymond if he’s got any idea who she is? She then starts to recount her memories of sitting in her pink pajamas in her pink room waiting for her daddy to come home for Christmas Eve, but he never arrived. Raymond then says her name, but doesn’t lower his pistol and his eyes remain cold as the arctic. He remains that way as she tells him that she and her mother wondered what happened to her good and decent daddy. However they soon found out that her daddy wasn’t decent, and he betrayed his nation. Garvey became her surrogate father, and he’s the reason she survived all the turmoil in her life. She begs him not to shoot the Marshall for her sake.

Raymond’s face never softens even for an instant, how could this possibly be the daughter he abandoned nearly thirty-years before? How could Jennifer not reach “her daddy,” when we’ve seen this man filled with compassion for those without a child/parent bond? Instead of adhering to her wishes, he asks Dembe to take her out of harm’s way, allowing Garvey the opportunity to shoot Red. Keen responds reflexively shooting the dirty cop who drops to the floor. It appears that Reddington suffered a shoulder wound, and he walks out of the bar as Jennifer calls 911, with Dembe, under his own power.

Garvey’s grievously wounded and Keen shouts to him that he’s not going to die without telling her what he knows. Paramedics soon arrive and Lizzie and Jennifer ride in the ambulance with Garvey. Upon his arrival at the hospital, doctors are not encouraged by his vital signs. Keen screams to Garvey that it’s his last chance to tell them, he pulls off his oxygen mask but he’s unable to speak. A medical team member shouts they’re losing him and wheels the gurney away, leaving Jennifer and Liz in the hallway.

So if “OUR RAYMOND’S” secret throughout this series, has been that he’s indeed an imposter, who is he and why did assume this role? Regular readers of this page will recognize some of what’s contained in the next few paragraphs, but my theory’s been fleshed out since I revealed it back in late December. Once again let me preface the following by stating this is pure conjecture, I’m not privy to inside information, nor blessed with remarkable perception.

We’re going to be doing some time jumping throughout the seasons over the next few paragraphs. Hopefully I’ll prove to be an insightful guide during our journey, instead of wasting your time.

Raymond Reddington’s Elizabeth Keen’s Father.

As we all remember Harold Cooper recovered Raymond Reddington’s bloody uniform, and the DNA from the uniform’s a match for Lizzie’s, in the season four finale. What many seem to forget, is Dembe’s reaction when Raymond told him Keen believes he’s her father. Red explained that Lizzie believes that’s what Kate had prepared to tell her, and Keen’s unaware of the suitcase from Tansi Farms. Her believing that falsehood would buy them time to recover the valise, but things didn’t go according to Hoyle.

Tom realized the truth when he grabbed his duffel bag filled with the bones and the CODIS report, identifying the bones. In one of Ryan Eggold’s strongest moments in the series, his face registers disbelief, acceptance, and then anger in a matter of seconds. He quickly comprehends that the man’s an imposter and he’s taken on this role in part to get close to his wife. When Raymond pages him, he tells the imposter he knows everything and he slams down the phone in disgust. He then fires off a call to Lizzie, telling her to go to their apartment and wait for him. He never gets a chance to share the information with him.

Voices Carry.

During the series’ first two seasons, we joined Liz on some flashbacks to her childhood. We hear a male voice shouting her name’s Elizabeth, and we’ve come to realize that’s from the confrontation between Reddington and Rostova. Although we’ve never witnessed the scene playing out, we saw the aftermath in “Requiem,” as Katarina returns home with four-year-old Masha, consoling her daughter by saying he’s a very bad man. When Keen shoots Tom Connelly taking his life, she suddenly remembers shooting her father. The male voice we heard in the flashbacks, wasn’t James Spader’s. The REAL Raymond Reddington died that night, and Masha’s memories got manipulated by Dr. Krilov.

Madeline Pratt.

Way back in season one, we’re introduced to the beautiful and deadly Madeline Pratt, and Raymond gains her sympathy by telling her an enthralling tale. It’s Christmas Eve, and he’s heading home with a carload of presents. He runs into a storm, has to abandon the car, and hoof it home. He thinks to himself that this will be an evergreen story that will get revisited every Yule Time. Silly Daddy had to walk home and arrived with no presents. He sees the smoke from the chimney, walks in the house and sees his family’s slaughtered. He picks up his daughter’s limp body and smells the blood on her neck.

When Pratt asks Reddington if the tale’s true, he refuses to confirm it. So was this story just a fanciful yarn concocted to gain Pratt’s empathy, or did it actually take place? Even though Raymond’s the master of deception, I’ve always accepted that story as gospel. He bared his soul, and spoke of an event that he likely only discussed when it took place long before. So did Raymond Reddington have a third family? Or was this story about the Imposter’s family? With everything he loved destroyed, would that make him more receptive to becoming Raymond Reddington?

Dominic’s Unknown Son?

Who would take on the role of Raymond Reddington, and why on earth would he do it? If we take the “Cape May,” episode as anything more than an opium induced fantasy, then “OUR RAYMOND,” had a deep connection and affection for Katarina Rostova. Many of us assumed that his feelings were romantic, but could those feelings have been fraternal? Is our imposter in reality Katarina’s brother and Dom’s son?

We know Katerina was a KGB agent and we recently discovered that Dom’s a former KGB operative known as Oleander. What if Dom had a son who settled in the USA? Possibly another KGB operative, or perhaps a civilian whose family was executed because of his ties to his father and sister? After losing his family, he faced the probability of losing Masha and his sister, if he did not become the former Naval Officer. Perhaps his becoming Reddington actually saved Masha’s life?

We were introduced to Dom for a reason, and he wouldn’t be portrayed by the great Brian Dennehy, if he was an unimportant character. I believe that Dom will reappear in either episode 21, or 22, and he’ll reveal to Lizzie and the world what secrets “OUR RAYMOND’S” hiding.

The Story Continues Wednesday at 8:00pm on NBC.

The Blacklist: A Widow, Mom, Cop, And Daughter

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It remains to be seen how or if, the dangling threads left hanging at the conclusion of the latest episode of the NBC series”The Blacklist,” factor into the long-term story arc of season five. Whether this episode’s Blacklist member, Mr. Raleigh Sinclair III, returns to the series or not, fans of the show got to witness some magnificent acting performances.

DISCLAIMER: This viewer could watch John Noble read the phone-book for hours and be entertained. Noble created one of television’s most iconic characters, Dr. Walter Bishop, in the FOX series FRINGE. Bishop’s a discredited scientist, who constantly crosses the median line between genius and madness, assisting an FBI task-force that deals with scientific anomalies. After spending years locked away in a mental institution, Walter lacks any social graces, however he’s capable of amazing insight.

Noble’s ability to play quirky characters that still retain their humanity. made him the perfect actor to inhabit the skin of Raleigh Sinclair III, another character with a superior intellect, who maybe as crazy as a loon. Sinclair pushes his clientele like a Marine Drill Sargent, yet later in the hour we see another side of him, a mild-mannered seemingly feeble-minded old man.

As if the casting coup of Noble wasn’t enough the show doubled-down, bringing in Martha Plimpton, to portray Dr. Sharon Fulton, a Bureau psychiatrist, who must approve Elizabeth Keen mentally fit before she’s reinstated to active duty. Once again I have to admit to a bias in her favor, having watched her grow-up from the gawky tom-boy character she played in Goonies.  Fulton’s not a warm and fuzzy character, and the actress makes her suitably prickly and combative.

Three plot-lines intertwine throughout this episode, two of them will certainly carry on throughout this season, with the third one remaining open-ended. We’re going abandon our normal linear recap-format, to concentrate on those three paths, and what they might portend for the future.

The Blacklist Member Of The Week:

Raleigh Sinclair has an extensive list of satisfied clientele, who have been able to murder the subject of their revenge, or people who just got in the way, while having seemingly airtight alibis that they were miles away when the murders took place. The elderly man who resembles a librarian’s known in the criminal world as “The Alibi,” due to his ability to make it appear that his clients’ are in two places at once. Sinclair establishes a regimen for his clientele, over an extended period of time, interacting with regulars they encounter daily.

After the client becomes known to the people they interact with, Sinclair hires somebody that looks similar to the client, and enhances their resemblance with prosthetics. The day the client commits the murder, the doppelgänger takes their place in their daily routine, so that the people the client encounters tell law enforcement, that they saw the client while the crime took place.

Sinclair just helped a man named Sam DeMarco, murder his business partner and get away with it, after hiring a homeless man named Kahil Shula to perform DeMarco’s daily rituals. When law enforcement interview the folks DeMarco regularly interacts with, they all assuredly respond that they saw him the day his partner got killed. Shula, who Sinclair promised would be handsomely compensated for his efforts, wound up dead at the hands of “The Alibi.”

Sinclair’s latest client’s named Brian Barrett, a man consumed with a desire for revenge, after he came home early from work, and caught his wife having sex with another man. We quickly determine that despite Raleigh’s mild-mannered appearance, he’s as much of a disciplinarian as a football coach during training camp. Barrett’s five minutes late for their meeting, and Sinclair’s ready to walk away, until Brian assures him it won’t happen again.

Raleigh then gives Barrett a shopping list, including running shoes in a color that stands out. He also provides him with a route that he wants him to run every morning, and to interact with the same people daily, so that they expect to see him each morning. Sinclair informs Barrett that he’ll be in touch once he determines it’s time to carry out the crime.

After Raymond informs the Task-Force through Samar about “The Alibi,” Aram takes a look at the photograph that the surveillance camera took of DeMarco’s doppelgänger, and realizes it’s not an exact match. Through facial-identification software, he’s able to identify the man as Kahil Shula, a homeless man without a permanent address. Harold gives the file to Raymond, who heads over to a homeless shelter that he funds.

Raymond meets a homeless woman at the shelter who was friend’s with Kahil, named Delores. (Yet another great acting performance by guest star Marcia DeBonis.) After telling Raymond that he’s got an honest face, she tells Reddington she saw Shula get into a gold car with an EZ-Pass on the windshield. Mojtabai’s able to narrow the list to one hundred vehicles and puts the drivers in a binder. Delores quickly picks out Sinclair from the book. None too soon it turns out, as Barrett’s about to shoot his estranged wife in a parking garage, while his doppelgänger runs his morning route.

Raymond finds Sinclair’s safe-house and it’s filled with head-molds, and prosthetic pieces. He also finds information on Barrett’s situation, including his daily route and how he intends to kill his estranged wife. He gives the Task-Force enough information to apprehend Barrett, while he and Dembe go off to meet Raleigh.

Barrett’s waiting in the parking garage when his estranged wife arrives. She tries to dismiss him and walk past him, however he stops her in her tracks when he pulls out a pistol. He then tells her he wanted to kill her the night he caught her, with the wine bottle he held in his hand. He didn’t follow through on that impulse, because he didn’t want to go to prison, but now that fear’s gone.

He fires off two shots and hits her in the shoulder, she runs and attempts to hide. We watch as his double goes through Barrett’s morning routine, interacting with all the regulars. Brian finds Nicole crouching between cars and says goodbye to her as he raises his pistol. Just then Ressler and Navabi drive up, and Barrett fires at the shot at their windshield. Navabi chases him through the stairwell, while Donald attends to Nicole.

Barrett fires off a shot at Samar in the stairwell, then tries to flee by going back into the garage. Ressler stops that escape quickly, as he knocks him to the floor while doing about 20 MPH. Navabi thanks her partner for the assist, and Donald replies anytime.

The double named Eckhart, after finishing his assigned route returns to Sinclair’s car, and doesn’t comprehend what’s going on when Raleigh says about your payment, then pulls out a pistol. Suddenly we see Dembe knocking on the driver’s window with his gun, as Raymond climbs into the backseat. Eckhart asks about his money, and Reddington responds that if he leaves now, he’ll live to die another day. He then tells Sinclair he’s been looking for him, and suggests they go for a little drive.

Sinclair believes Raymond’s been sent to kill him by a man he somehow wronged in Jakarta, but Reddington quickly assures him that’s not the case. He tells Raleigh that he’s heard whispers of his work for some time, and admires him greatly. He tells him that he’s brought Sinclair to their present location, to save him getting captured by the FBI, if Raleigh will agree to his requests.

We of course don’t know yet what those requests were, but I think we can be assured that Raleigh Sinclair III, is now another member of Raymond’s “Island Of Misfit Toys.” The Task-Force had to settle for Sinclair’s client list, containing names of 51 murderers. Even those acquitted of the initial murder they committed, can be charged with the murders of their doppelgängers. Raymond provides a burial and a funeral ceremony for Kahil Shula, and stands with Delores at his grave.

Family Counseling

Although we’ve yet to determine if Dr. Sharon Fulton’s friend or foe, her personality conjures up memories of both Laurel Hitchin and Julian Gale. She’s proud of her self-proclaimed blunt, pull-no-punches style, pushing and prodding to get at what she perceives as the truth. It’s up to her whether Lizzie gets to return to active status, and she’s not going to just rubber stamp anything.

She asks Keen why she wants to return to the Bureau, and Elizabeth responds that her goal’s to capture Tom’s killer. She tells Fulton she needs her help in overcoming her anger and grief, but the psychiatrist replies that she thinks anger keeps people sharp and willing to take chances. However she does have great interest in talking about Keen’s father.

Although Reddington praised therapy, saying that it turned him into an entirely different person, (Was that line confirmation that “OUR RAYMOND’S,” is in fact an imposter, or laughing at those of us who subscribe to that theory?) he’s got no desire to meet with Fulton. In fact the only meeting he agrees to, takes place in the back seat of his car, with Liz in the front seat, and Zuma standing outside the vehicle.

She prefaces her remarks by announcing how blunt she’s about to get, then tells Reddington that he disgusts her and he’s a glorified serial killer. She tells him that if he wasn’t Keen’s father, that she’d have already signed her reinstatement papers. She then recounts Keen shooting down Tom Connelly, and going on the lam with Red, as Lizzie defends her actions. Fulton then asks Reddington if she should believe that any child of his could live up to the standards of the Bureau?

Raymond stares her in the eye, and exclaims she wouldn’t believe a word he said. He says that it’s her job to push Keen past the anger and the grief, and to discover what her true essence’s composed of. Fulton then asks him what would that be, and Red smiles and says everything that he’s not. He then looks at his watch, says their time together has ended, and says good session tough stuff.

Keen and Fulton have two more sessions, the first one doesn’t go smoothly. The shrink tells Elizabeth that she’s holding back, and she’s afraid of admitting stuff to Fulton and to herself. She says that until Keen’s ready to do a profile on herself, as she would a subject, she can’t approve of her reinstatement.

Lizzie returns near the end of the episode to Fulton’s office, and she said that it’s her turn to be blunt. She sais that the two of them are just wasting each other’s time, and she needs to be reinstated to capture the man behind Tom’s death. She then tells Fulton that as a young girl she loved ballet, and at ever recital she felt a presence in the audience. she went on to say that she felt that same protective presence at her graduations and her wedding.

Keen says that she knows that Raymond’s capable of some heinous acts, however he’s also capable of incredible kindness, as he’s displayed to her over the years. She then tells Dr. Fulton that she would describe her own profile as widow, mom, cop, and daughter.

Bring Me The Head Of Ian Garvey.

One large piece of information about the season’s major story-arc got revealed in this episode. Although Detective Norman Singleton, works with  Ian Garvey, he’s not a crooked cop. He’s been naïvely keeping Garvey in the loop as to the whereabouts of Keen and her involvement with Reddington. However that spigot of information will likely run dry for Garvey after this episode.

Elizabeth’s set-up surveillance cameras in her apartment, and she’s come up with some photograph’s of Singleton breaking into her place. She naturally assumes he’s a dirty-cop, but actually believes that she works for Reddington, and that the two of them took over operation of the Nash syndicate.

Seems that Singleton’s also a member of some law-enforcement Task-Force, apparently lead by U.S. Marshall Ian Garvey. After telling the members of the unit of the connection between Reddington and Keen, Garvey tells him to keep tracking her and reporting his findings.

The moment of truth arrives, when Elizabeth catches the detective in her apartment, pulls her weapon and tells him to put his hands up. She starts to call the police to report a robbery, when he tells her he’s got pictures of her and Raymond, if she turns him in, he’ll return the favor. She puts down the phone and they start talking.

He says his instincts tell him that they’re on the same side, but how can she explain the connection to Reddington. After she establishes that she can trust him, she says that if he reveals any information he’s about to learn, Reddington will kill him. She then says she needs to make a phone call.

Some of the cops on Garvey’s Task-Force, meet with the Marshall, and one of them suggests they grab Keen and get her to give up Reddington. Garvey dismisses the plan, saying if they do that they’d have Federal Agents all over them. He tells them to stay patient and allow Singleton to unwittingly do their dirty-work.

However those odds likely greatly decreased, after Lizzie took Singleton to the Post Office, and Navabi told him the particulars about the Task-Force. Liz smiled at Singleton and said she told him she could justify her connection to Reddington, he nodded and said it was indeed valid. He also told her he thought he could help her find the dirty-cop responsible for Tom’s death.

The Story Continues Next Wednesday Night at 8:00 pm on NBC.

Forever: Revenge Is A Long Game

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Photo Courtesy Of ABC

Warning: Spoiler Alert

“My name is Henry Morgan. My story is a long one. It might sound a bit implausible. In fact you probably won’t believe me. But I’ll tell you anyway, because beyond all else, I have lots and lots of time.”

That’s the way that Dr. Henry Morgan entered our lives last September and introduced us to the ABC freshman series “Forever.” The show’s first chapter concluded Tuesday, wrapping up a bunch of loose ends quite nicely and giving the fans a cliffhanger ending, whetting our appetites for the second chapter. Some time between the series premiere and the first season’s conclusion, millions of viewers got drawn into the tale of a man whose life stretched for well over 200-years, altering their schedules if needed, to be in front of their Televisions, Tuesday nights at 10:00 pm.

Why did so many TV viewers lose their hearts to Forever? Because in an era of cookie-cutter series, this show blazed its own direction, becoming something quite special in the process. The Television highway’s littered with series, that sounded great on paper but couldn’t transfer the concept to the small screen. The formula for great entertainment in any of the visual mediums is quite simple in principle, but very tough to execute. It all comes down to great writing and acting, everything else is just frosting. If you baked a lousy cake, the best frosting on the planet won’t make it taste good.

Series creator Matt Miller and his writing staff, took a great concept about a man that regenerated each time he died and made the viewers care about him and the people that filled his universe, in the past and the present. Ioan Gruffudd, the actor that brought Morgan to life, could have portrayed the NYPD Medical Examiner as a Sherlock Holmes knockoff, but he made Henry his own. Incredibly charming and frustratingly stubborn, Morgan became a flesh and blood three-dimensional character, as audiences winced each time he got hurt and cheered when he was victorious.

Surrounded by a stellar cast both in the present and the past and a story that drew its viewers deeply into the characters lives, fans looked forward to returning each week. Combining aspects of procedurals, fantasy, history and an epic love-story, Forever defies simple categorization as it takes the best aspects of all those genres, resulting in the best new network series, in the 2014-2015 television season.

The episode begins in the backroom of a New York City museum, as a female employee grabs a box of ancient artifacts off a shelf. She takes out a piece of clay pottery, then reaches into the box and cuts herself. As her finger starts to bleed she sees what she got cut by, an ancient dagger wrapped in a cloth.

The scene shifts quickly and we see the young woman dead on a New York City street, with Detectives Jo Martinez and Mike Hanson on the case, joined by assistant Medical Examiner Lucas Wahl. Lucas comes up with some improbable theories about the homicide, Jo says they should wait for Morgan to arrive. She’s told that Henry’s got the day off, to attend the funeral of Abe’s mother.

Henry and Abe standing in the water’s edge with Abigail’s ashes in an urn, Abe gives a tribute to his mother saying to him she was an angel. He asks Henry if he has anything to say and Morgan says she saved me, but I couldn’t save her. He says he keeps thinking about her final moments, trapped by Adam and feeling terrified.

We have our first flashback of the evening, as we travel back to London in 1945 as Abigail and Henry are just getting to lean about each other. She sees the wound on his chest, he says he caught a stray bullet early in the war. He then sees a cigarette burn on the back of Abigail’s neck and demands to know who scarred her. He then begs her to let him protect her.

Returning to the present he tells his son that Adam will pay for what he’s done, but Abe tells him that Adam’s immortal so Henry can’t get revenge. Morgan replies that revenge is a long game and all he has is time.

Henry’s back at work the next day and Lucas gives his interpretation of the autopsy results. Morgan then shows his assistant what he failed to notice, a shallow cut on her neck that looks to have come from a bread knife and a deeper cut. He then notices her infected finger, that got cut by the dagger in the museum and the white powder on her hands, usually found on museum employees. Hanson says that a missing persons report just came through that matches the victim, Blair Dryden a 27-year-old museum employee.

Henry and Jo head to the museum to meet with the head curator Diane Clark and she takes them back to where Blair worked. Through the use of a blacklight, Henry discovers where Dryden got cut, then they see the outline of the dagger on the cloth. Apparently Blair had the dagger in her possession and got killed for it. Henry suddenly realizes that the dagger is the one Adam’s been searching for and excuses himself to go home and talk to Abe.

Morgan tells Abe about the dagger and about Adam’s theory and Abe makes the connection that if the dagger could kill Adam, then the pistol that killed his father for the first time, might end Henry’s life. He immediately puts the gun in the safe, then he tells Henry that he needs a companion. He says that he’s not immortal and Henry needs a confidante, for after Abe’s gone. Someone to share his secret with.

Martinez and Morgan get a tip that Blair may have visited author and artifacts expert Aubrey Griffin before she hot murdered. The famed archeologist is now confined to an electric wheel chair. He tells them that Dryden visited him regularly with items from the museum to get identified. He says that she’d been there the night she got killed with the dagger that supposedly was involved in the murder of Julius Caesar.

Griffin tells the pair that legend has it that Caesar’s Dagger’s surrounded by death and kills all those who come in contact with it. He then bemoans the fact that he allowed Dryden to leave his apartment unaccompanied at 10:00 pm. Jo asks why she stopped by so late and he told her she had dinner with her fiancé.

Jo and Mike interview Dryden’s fiancé and it turns out that his best friend Xander, pretended to be a mugger and took the dagger without hurting Blair. Morgan, Martinez and Hanson head to Xander’s place and find him tied to a chair, close to death, his face and torso covered with long cuts from a knife. The two detectives split up to search the place and tell Henry to stay in the room. Xander gasps for air and Henry attempts to save him, but Adam comes out from the shadows and tells Morgan that he’s too far gone to be saved.

He says the guy told him he didn’t have the dagger and Adam’s search after torturing him proved he was telling the truth. Adam hears Martinez returning and tells Morgan to stay away from his dagger, then he ducks into another room. Jo come back and starts to head for the room that Adam’s hiding in but Henry goes in first. Adam slits his own throat with a blade and disappears before Jo can get in the room. She berates Henry for his actions, saying she nearly shot him.

Back at Abe’s shop, Morgan tells his son that he needs to protect Jo from Adam even if she ends up hating Henry. He says that he needs to get the dagger and kill his nemesis. Abe says that Henry’s not a killer and if he attempts to take that route he’ll lose.

We’re back in London in 1945, as Henry approaches another British soldier and asks him if he’s Johnny Haygood. The guy says Henry must be Abigail’s new boyfriend and Morgan tells the soldier he better stay away from her or Henry will take care of him. Haygood then stands up and towers over Morgan by about eight-inches and asks Henry if he wants to take it outside.

The two men start fighting outside the pub, with each of them hitting the other in the face. Abigail arrives and calls for Henry, just then Haygood pulls a knife and pushes it deep into Henry’s abdomen. When Morgan falls to the street, all disappear except for Abigail who cradles him in her arms. Henry repeats that he’s sorry and she won’t understand, then takes his last breath and disappears. She sits there alone and calls his name.

Back at the precinct, Lucas tells Henry and Jo that there’s a connection between Blair’s and Xander’s murders. He then points out the welts formed on Xander’s skin underneath the blade marks. He also tells the pair that the same white powder from the gloves was on Xander’s body. Jo and Henry head back to the museum.

As Jo starts to talk with the curator, Henry notices that the burly guard on duty’s wearing gloves and carrying a telescopic baton. Martinez says they’re going to offices to check out suspects but Henry says he’ll join her in a bit. He then follows the guard back to the locker room as his shift ends, but the guard realizes Henry’s following him and ambushes Morgan, beating him with the baton. Jo arrives shortly after with he gun pointed at the guard, Henry thanks for her help.

After they get the guard in custody, Martinez asks Morgan if he’s trying to sabotage this case. He tells her he believes in the curse of the dagger and he’s terrified she’ll get killed. She rolls her eyes and walks away. Hanson tries interviewing the guard, but he remains silent. Henry notices he’s shaking and then notices the guards bloated and his skin tone’s bad and says the man suffers from kidney failure.

Mike takes a break from the interrogation and Morgan pours some antacid into a cup of coffee, hands it to Martinez and says perhaps the friendly approach would be more effective. She gives the guard the coffee, which he takes a drink from and asks him about his boys. Now the guard starts talking and Jo asks him about the blade. The guard says he wants his lawyer, then grimaces and falls to the floor. Henry runs in and says he’s having a heart attack and tells Jo to call for an ambulance.

Henry tells the guard he’s dying but that Morgan can save him if he tells him where the dagger’s at. The guard whispers into Henry’s ear and Morgan tells the EMT’s that the man’s suffering from a magnesium overdose, then tells Jo he’s late for a dinner engagement and leaves.

Morgan heads to Aubrey Griffin’s place and the archeologist dryly says that the security guard ratted him out. Henry  asks Griffin why he’s so obsessed with the dagger and Griffin produces the journal of Joseph Mengele. He says while reading about Mengele’s heinous experiments, he discovered that one of the patients kept returning to life. When he died he’d regenerate in a nearby river. He says that the patient attributed his regenerative powers to the dagger and Griffin wants to meet this immortal.

Suddenly they realize someone else is in the other room and Griffin hands Morgan the dagger. He stands by the door ready to stab Adam, but it’s Jo who opens the door. She tells him to give her the dagger, he asks her to trust him and she replies not anymore.

She drives him back to Abe’s shop and asks him what she means to him. Henry says she’s his friend and partner and he feels very strongly about her. She then says that he’s frustrating and confusing, but he taught her to look at life differently and how to feel again. She then tells him to leave the car and once he steps out she drives away.

Henry heads to the station and asks Lucas to get him the dagger out of evidence, but Wahl says that Jo already told him that if he takes the dagger he’ll get fired and possibly prosecuted. He then tells Henry to go to his office and take care of his paperwork. Morgan starts to question his assistant, who forcefully tells him to do his paperwork.

Henry heads into his office and sees the dagger on top of his pile of papers. He comes out to the lab and thanks Lucas, Wahl tells him that he considers himself lucky to be so close to greatness every day. Then he says that commands are not constraints, Morgan asks Lucas if he just quoted Milton and Wahl says he looked up the quote to seem smart. Morgan tells him he’s very smart and leaves to go meet Adam.

Henry takes the subway, unaware that Jo’s following him. However he loses her by using a construction passageway. Adam tells Morgan he’s very glad to see him, Henry pulls the dagger from his coat and drops it on the ground in front of Adam, then says goodbye. Adam says that Henry can’t walk away without playing, then fires the pistol that first killed Morgan into the air.

Henry sneers at his nemesis, asking him if Adam thinks he fears death. Adam smiles and says that Morgan’s greatest fear’s that his secret will get revealed. He shows Henry a picture he took from Abigail when she took her own life, it’s Henry and Abigail in the late forties with Abigail holding Abe. He then asks if Henry realizes Martinez followed him on the subway. He says that if she didn’t hear the first shot, she’ll certainly hear this one and fires a bullet into Henry’s heart.

Morgan falls to the ground and Adam says when Jo arrives she’ll either find him truly dead, or watch him disappear. Henry motions for Adam to come close to him as he wants to tell him something. He struggles to get the words out, but he says he’s not a killer he’s a doctor. He then stabs a syringe into Adam’s neck. Adam gets to his feet and staggers to the subway platform. Henry vanishes just before Jo arrives, but she sees his watch on the floor.

Adam has a seizure in the subway station, then falls to the ground. He wakes up in a hospital, with a doctor and Morgan standing over him. The doctor tells Henry that Adam’s suffering from locked in syndrome, he’s completely paralyzed as are his muscles, but his brain’s functioning perfectly. Henry asks if Adam can understand them and the doctor says he can and the condition could last Adam’s entire life. He walks away and Henry leans in and tells his nemesis not to worry, they’ll find a way out of this. After all they have eternity together.

We return once more to 1945, as Henry sneaks into Abraham’s window to say goodbye to his son. Abigail walks in and Henry tries to explain things, she touches his face and says you poor man, then she hugs him tightly.

Back in the present Abe and Henry are playing chess, when Martinez knocks on the shop door. Henry answers it smiling and asks if she’s arrived with a new mystery? She says maybe then hands him his watch, he thanks her profusely telling her it got stolen and he was about to file a report. She says she thought he’d say that, then asks him to explain the picture of Henry, Abigail and Abe she also found.;

She says to Henry that she hopes he can explain the photo and Henry just stares at the picture. Abe says tell her and Henry says it’s a long story.

Sleepy Hollow: Renewing A Partnership 233 Years Before It Began

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Last we spoke, Abbey Mills had been transported back to Sleepy Hollow, 1781. Where she was promptly arrested for being Black. She name dropped ‘Captain Ichabod Crane’. Meanwhile we find Ichabod in mid battle against the red coats where he looked like a 200 year prequel to the Jason Bourne films. A man approaches Ichabod in down time to report of this strange woman. Ichabod dismisses the news as he is not to leave the battle field. That was a specific she gave. Even referenced a soldier with something on his hand. A reference to the man we would come to know as the Headless Horseman.

The next scene goes just as you might expect. Abbey is a stranger to Ichabod and he dismisses her claims quickly. That is until he is passed a message and Abbey recites it verbatim. Later, Katrina comes into the infirmary tent looking for Ichabod. The time line has shifted. Abbey warned Ichabod. So Ichabod does not get wounded. And thus, she cannot complete her spell that sends them on this course they’ve been on for two years now. A wounded soldier does inform Katrina of the strange woman who calls herself Abigail Mills. Abbey and Katrina still have their memories. This is bad news.

On the field of battle our two eventual partners survey the situation. Ichabod does not yet possess the ability to process what Abbey is telling him. But, she’s been right so far. Later, Ichabod is reprimanded from what appears to be a superior officer. Ichabod asks about ‘this woman’ and the man before him tells him, “If you want her, buy her at auction”. He arranges to have Abbey turned over to him in transport for a camp for ‘runaway slaves’.

In the carriage ride, Ichabod is stern. Skeptical doesn’t quite cover it. He asks questions and Abbey answers them. Even to the extent of describing the events that lead to Ichabod and Katrina’s engagement, as said by the man who experienced it. Then she tells him that they, in 2015, work together to fight off the impossible. Ultimately coming to the revelation that most of the assistance they get come from books written by men who are (currently) still alive. With Washington and Jefferson in Virginia, that only leaves Benjamin Franklin.

Abraham appears looking for Ichabod. Katrina walks up behind him and lays it out. Well, enough to swindle Abraham. She knows he, the horseman, is Abraham. Ichabod has betrayed her as well. He has joined forces with another woman and they present a great threat to Katrina and Abraham. She extends the black book and says, “find them and kill them”.

When they meet with Benjamin Franklin, his reaction surprises Ichabod. He is welcoming and rather pleased to discover that all of his ideas are still around 200 years later. Ichabod is still skeptical and asks Abbey to tell Franklin of this woman sent to kill him. She beats around the bush by only saying she’s a witch. Franklin then sends Ichabod away. It’s important to remember that Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, all of them knew far more than Ichabod was aware of. He knew before she told him that the witch in question is Katrina Crane.

The next step is to attempt to undo the traveler spell. Thus negating everything that has happened since Abbey and Katrina traveled. The first stop is to meet Ms. Grace Dixon. Abbey’s great great great great Grandmother. Before they can begin this plan, the Horseman makes a forceful entrance. They fight the Horseman for a moment. Then Franklin stands holding a small grenade-bomb. The Horseman decapitates him. But the bomb thing still works.

After the death of Franklin, Ichabod locks Abbey up again. Refusing to believe anything she says, he asks the question Franklin specifically told her not to answer. What did she discuss with Franklin in private? When she tells him who the witch is, he cuts her off and leaves. She informs him that Katrina is pregnant. She yells at him to check her phone. The password is his birth date. In the pictures, he will find one of both of them.

Ichabod returns home to find Katrina has laid out a series of peculiar herbs alongside an open book with very odd writings. She is cryptic and insistent about the location of the mad woman. Ichabod is beginning to believe in small doses. Then a man barges in with the request of his presence by General Washington. Immediately. He sends the man on and leaves to retrieve Abigail Mills’ little black box with the pictures in it. This feels like a Zoolander “the files are IN the computer” moment.

Watching 1781 Ichabod Crane trying to access an iPhone is priceless. “Slide to unlock” and he slides the phone along the table. He navigates his way to the photos icon and watches a video of himself talking about waffles with Abbey in the background. Meanwhile the Colonel invites himself into Abbey’s cell. He aims to punish her. She is nice enough to explain that close quarters attacks have evolved. He tries to strike her and it ends badly for him. Ichabod arrives just as Abbey has put the Colonel to sleep.

Katrina was able to gain some information from the Colonel. Even take a some dried blood from his arm which she used to see where Abbey and Ichabod were going. Then killed the Colonel.

The reunion between Abbey and Grace Dixon is an emotional one. Not just on the surface, but because Ms. Dixon didn’t need to be told the specifics. She already knew that Abbey was one of the witnesses. Reversing the traveler spell can be done, but it will require using all of the power than protects the house. Moments later, the Horseman and Katrina arrive. Ichabod must face them to buy Grace time and Abbey cannot leave the house as part of the counter spell.

Ichabod is losing the fight while Grace prepares the counter spell. Abbey begins to read the incantation. The counter spell freezes time, the moment before Abraham’s blade slices Ichabod throat. Katrina knows what’s happening and shouts out, “you cannot stop this”. The imagery of this montage suggests otherwise.

Both women are taken back to the moment before the travel. Katrina is pissed. She goes into full blood magic rage. She wants Abbey dead for killing Henry. Ichabod reaches for a knife but Katrina summons it to her instead. Ichabod pursues, until Katrina’s miscalculation leads to her knife stabbed into her body. Ichabod holds her as she dies with Abbey watching on. I have said, yelled or shouted at my television to kill her off at least twenty times. While I am satisfied momentarily, it was a very well done scene.

Jenny and Irving race into the church. Not knowing what happened with Jenny and Irving upon Henry’s death, she greets them with her gun drawn. She is convinced all is clear. Then informs the group that Grace told her the biggest battles are yet to come. Thus, setting up a future series of events that are both not tied to the previous battles and has no definitive end in sight.

Sleepy Hollow: Cracks In The Liberty Bell And The Space Time Continuum

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Ichabod and Abbey are at a place where rules are important to their future success. One of which is about Abbey quoting A Princess Bride and ruining the end of the movie for Ichabod. There’s also that bit about putting nothing or no one ahead of their duty to be witnesses. Maybe a little foreshadowing about Katrina. My vote is for the writers to kill her off, but I’ll take a step back.

There is a replica (I think) of the Liberty Bell and for some reason, those around it are experiencing something supernatural. A select number of people have their eyes go white and inflict harm on other while under a trans of some sort. One that Henry is responsible for.

Abbey and Ichabod are about to pursue this strange occurrence when Jenny comes running up. She explains that Irving has been lying to them the entire time. She quickly explained how he did it and that he asked Jenny to get his family out-of-town. To protect them from him. Using the Gorgon’s head is a last resort.

As it turns out, unsurprisingly as it were, Ichabod was responsible for the crack in the Liberty Bell. Also, the Liberty Bell was not the only bell made from this mold.

Katrina has now gone around the bend, including practicing blood magic. She used the blood magic to conjure Henry. Henry than takes her to his home, only now it looks much brighter and filled with life. She is skeptical of his ‘new leaf’ but he offers her a gift that would seem intriguing for the moment. The black spell book that Solomon used in the last episode. It seems that Henry’s goal is to have Katrina complete the Awakening ritual or ‘ring the bell’ and thus awaken thousands of descendants from Katrina’s former coven.

With a little research we discover that one of these bells has markings that suggest witchcraft and it has also been present during many terrible events. Regardless of its past, it must be prevented from ringing again. So, let’s crack it. Ichabod will work to remake the black powder charge he used on the first bell in 1773.

Ichabod and Abbey procure the ingredients to make the black powder charge and remove and transport the bell in question. They have knocked down a brick wall. The idea is to roll the bell through that doorway, set off the charge and crack the bell so that it can’t ring again. That is until Irving showed up with a single shot, bolt-action sniper rifle and starts shooting at it/them.

Jenny decides to buy them some time. She runs toward Irving shooting recklessly at him. When there is a break in the action, Irving demands to know where his family is. Good Irving told her to hide them and not divulge their whereabouts to Evil Irving. He reloads his rifle and says that the next time he’ll shoot to kill. Then Jenny comes from behind a post and unloads what she has in Irving’s chest. Each shot drives him further down until finally he is on his knees. Jenny looks concerned, than Irving looks up. Eyes solid and black. Solid black.

Ichabod and Abbey struggle to move the bell, then Henry and Katrina show up. Ichabod urges Henry to let Katrina go. But, he is forcing her. The betrayal in Ichabod’s eyes after putting 2 and 2 together is real. Katrina does not retreat in the slightest from her stance on this new path. To make matters worse, she is under the impression that Ichabod is now beneath her and Henry. Ichabod makes a nice verbal plea that included “What you say next, you cannot unsay.” Then using magic, they lock Ichabod and Abbey behind the wall they tore down.

The prevailing theory is that they will take the bell to the old Sleepy Hollow Town Hall, which has been boarded up for decades. The new plan is to “arm themselves to the teeth” and scale a full frontal assault, hopefully giving them enough time to destroy the bell.

Ichabod announces himself quite loudly. Henry ventures down to take care of this speed bump. This time Ichabod actually pulls the trigger but Henry stops the bullet. Then Henry made the mistake of comparing Moloch to Ichabod. With Katrina’s feelings on the back burner, Ichabod can take off the kid gloves (pun intended).

Ichabod: You’ve not learned a thing since Moloch dragged you from your fettered box.
Henry: Moloch was self-righteous and self-serving LIKE YOU. He abandoned me just like you did.
Ichabod: I DID NOT ABANDON YOU, HENRY. I did not even know you existed. You’re as much a man out of time as I. You cling to the past so tightly like an angry unruly CHILD.

Abbey comes barreling at Henry full speed in her SUV. At not quite the last second, Katrina slams the SUV to a halt. Then explodes it, presumably with Abbey still inside. Ichabod and Katrina share shots at each other. For the record, Katrina is the wrong party here. Henry goes to investigate and hopefully confirm that one half of the required witnesses is dead. He notices a seat belt wrapped around the cars accelerator. He runs yelling, “The Bell, The Bell!” Abbey would have blown the Bell by now, but had lighter troubles.

Meanwhile Irving is literally on Jenny’s tail. She has led him, intentionally back to where they keep the Gorgon’s head. Separated by a glass window, Irving begins to talk like the game is already over. Even references what his family will know once the bell tolls.

The two witnesses are tied to a support beam while Katrina and Henry begin the Awakening Ceremony. While they are distracted with the task at hand, Ichabod and Abbey free themselves but remain as if they hadn’t. Ichabod passes Abbey a Colonial era pistol. One of a pair. Ichabod will use the other one. Abbey will try to shoot Henry while Ichabod with tend to the bomb on the bell the Warlock and Witch have yet to notice.

Abbey: Are you ready for that?
Ichabod: Duty above all else, Left Tennant.

Ichabod shoots first and Henry as predicted stops the bullet. Abbey turns and shoots Henry in his sternum. The bullet that hit Henry begins to grow a glowing aqua colored hole. That hole grows and Henry falls. Instead of tending to the bell, everything focuses on Henry. Ichabod even comes to his side. And in a matter of moments, Henry dissipates like a cloud of dust. Can’t help but think Katrina and all her new-found power are not going to like this at all.

Irving has a large cast iron candle holder almost a long as he is tall. He’s raised it above to break the glass keeping him from Jenny. As if someone flipped a light switch, he stops. He falls to the ground then from his mouth, out pours black smoke (normally used to symbolize the presence of demonic possession). He immediately (while in an exhausted state) asks how he got there and if Cynthia and Macy are alright. Jenny leaves her secure room to discover it really does seem like the Good Irving.

Ichabod attempts to put her pain at ease, suggesting this wasn’t her fault. A five-year old could predict the next line. “No, its yours” and she proceeds to conjure magic she may or may not have control of to inflict pain and even death on Ichabod and probably Abbey too. Katrina angrily and loudly recites an incantation that creates a relative tornado looking vortex before her. Abbey lunges to stop her just as it has completed. The spell worked sending Katrina back to her time. But it also brought Abbey along. To 1781. Cue the stares. Nope, it gets worse. Abbey literally gets arrested for being black. And will only speak to one person. Captain Ichabod Crane.

Sleepy Hollow: Jefferson Lives

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Three men that appear to work for Public Works, venture down an underground shaft. They discover a strange entry. They open it and two of the three are curious to see where it goes. Before the third could decide, all three get pulled below by some sort of creature or man.

Ichabod: It is possible, Left Tennant , that I am fully assimilated in this era. A man completely comfortable in this time and place…
(Ichabod looks over to see two teen-aged girls taking selfies)
Abbey: And go…
Ichabod: Instant Gram. What happened to experiencing life? Instead of posting it.

The three missing persons case brings Abbey and Ichabod to the scene of the crime, or above it at least. There a man is attempting to sneak photographs of the scene. Abbey goes to shoo him away. He reads every signal and typical cop answer to deduce that they have nothing. He’s a journalist that has covered multiple military operations and he’s not buying what she’s selling. He is also from Sleepy Hollow and does buy the ‘strange occurrences’ that come with Sleepy Hollow.

In short order our duo find signs of witchcraft around the ‘entry’. Using 3D imaging, Abbey was able to map the tunnels below them. This impresses Ichabod as there is only one man who could have designed this particular setup. Thomas Jefferson (played by Steven Weber). Then next to the entry, Abbey finds a cell phone and a partial video of the thing that took them.

Irving shows up to Mabie’s asking Jenny for a favor. Awesome, considering his new-found allegiance. He tells a story about reconciling his marriage and getting his wedding ring out of police evidence lockup, but we all know that’s B.S. Right when Jenny plays it off as if she doesn’t have the ability to do what he’s asking, he takes a drink from his glass. Jenny spots a few small tattoos that resemble supernatural symbols. It’s not until then that she agrees to help.

The entry apparently belonged to a room, or more specifically a ‘chamber’. The chamber was named by Thomas Jefferson, “The Fenestella” The creature that grabbed the three men, was a damned soul to guard the Fenestella.

Once down the shaft, they see nothing. Abbey even attempts to communicate with one of the workers. The creature can hear them and is coming for them. When he arrives, he is joined by many others. Abbey and Ichabod attempt to get out of there. Just before reaching the top of the ladder, one of them leaps and grabs onto Ichabod. Then Calvin Riggs (the military journalist and brother to one of the missing) arrives lighting off his camera’s flash which does allow enough time for Ichabod to get to safety.

Riggs all but demands to know what’s going on. They do their best to deflect and move on. Riggs stands firm. Ultimately, Abbey agrees to give him limited access to the case with no intention of letting him in on the supernatural element of the situation. Riggs claims its not a war, something that he is clearly in the dark about.

Ichabod: We have no idea if we can trust this man.
Abbey: My gut says we can, I don’t know why but it does. By the way, it was you guys that put freedom of the press in the Constitution…
Ichabod: Well, we did not predict the 24 HOUR NEWS CYCLE.

The creatures in question are called “Revers”. Like colonial centuries but alive. Hibernating essentially, but alive.

Jenny and Irving break into the evidence lockup. Irving pulls a box. And it in no way has anything to do with his wedding ring or any other personal effects. Then Jenny pulls back the hammer on the gun she has pointed at Irving. He talks her into lowering her guard and he throws her against the wall and runs out.

Abbey, Ichabod and Riggs make their way back to the entry. Ichabod uses Riggs camera as a distraction allowing he and Abbey to get down safely. Once down there the Revers descend. A door opens slightly and the two jump in closing it behind them. The look of the inner Fenestella resembles something more befitting a pillar of colonial society. A body emerges. Thomas Jefferson. Not a flash back to a time, but Thomas Jefferson alive and well. Like Crane, 200 years long after he should have died.

How is this possible? Great question that Jefferson is happy to answer. He created a cube to give the Fenestella continual power. Then the Order of the Sacred Heart added their brand of witchcraft to it. Essentially, this person is actually a holographic representation of Thomas Jefferson projected from Jefferson’s actual mind, feelings and memories. I hate to reign on Sleepy Hollow’s parade, but… A manufactured ‘cube’ that has continuous and unlimited power and a hologram of the actual likeness, personality, and memories of someone who was supposed to have been dead for a very long time. This episode is a direct rip-off of Marvel’s Avengers and Marvel’s Captain America: Winter Soldier. The cube of power is the Tesseract and Jefferson’s hologram is Dr. Arnim Zola. There is a bigger point to be made.

“Good writers borrow, great writers steal.”-Oscar Wilde

They try to express upon Mr. Jefferson the urgency of rescuing the men who were abducted. Jefferson’s proxy hologram in turn tries to convey to them that the men in question couldn’t matter any less. Jefferson believes they are here to access the information in the Fenestella. Jefferson urges them with a line that carries some weight.

Ichabod: I fear you underestimate the importance of our mission…
Jefferson: Your mission, is the very reason I’m here, Crane.

Back in the lockup, Jenny finds Irving and puts her gun on him allowing him to explain. He found a book with a trinket that he fused to his hand giving him ‘temporary salvation’ to pass Katrina’s test. As a side effect, he restored his humanity. As he explains it, this is about reparations. A ledger lead him to this. A flash drive with access to accounts in excess of 1.3 million dollars. Security for his wife and daughter. Suffice it to say, I am all kinds of confused now.

We now have to weigh the safety of two maybe three men with the information in this chamber. Washington and Jefferson chronicled everything they knew about the witnesses and the mission at large in the Fenestella. Attacking or even disrupting the Revers nest could destroy that information.

Ichabod: If this place holds all the answers to every question we have about our roles as witnesses, why would you keep this from me?
Jefferson: The prophecy was quite clear. No interference until the second witness appeared.
Abbey: So now that I’m here…?
Jefferson: Your mission can begin in earnest.

Jefferson pulls out a box about the size of a large jewelry box. How his hologram is doing that I don’t know. Inside are scrolls and books that may identify certain ‘mentors’ along the journey. Abbey suddenly identifies Corbin as one of these mentors. This structure, this Fenestella was constructed specifically for these two. Crane was selected over 200 years ago for this and Abbey was selected 200 years before she was born. However, the decision for the two witnesses is clear. The lives of the innocent outweighs the knowledge stored within. That is mildly upsetting.

Abbey gets the men to safety and hopefully medical attention. Crane ventures down to set off an explosive that will destroy the source of the Fenestella’s power and thus destroying everything including the Revers.

In the aftermath, Riggs asks Abbey about what they’re official story will be. She responds with the typical B.S. that he was expecting. Then she explains that this will not be the last incident like this. She asks whose side he’s on. And yes, he responds correctly. Riggs walks away then suggests Abbey should check her email. The email reads, “Trust me. I never reveal my sources.”

Katrina wakes to find Henry sitting across from her. He claims he killed Moloch for her, for Katrina. Further explains that it is now time for them to start “our work”. He places a black rose’s stem in her hand. Clasps his hands around hers. She opens her hand to see blood. Then Katrina awakes from that dream in a slight panic. She walks over to wash her hands and we see the blood trickle into her sink. She looks over her should to see the black rose and six single drops of blood.

Sleepy Hollow: Katrina Discovers The Dark Arts And Henry Reveals His Intentions

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A man and a woman catalog historical artifacts. The man leaves the room. After which, a dark man in dark clothing emerges. He takes one of the items from a glass case. Security demands he turn around and put his hands in the air. Instead he pulls out a knife and slits his own wrists while muttering something under his breath. He then gestures to the woman and security guy, choking them from a distance and causing them to bleed from their eye sockets and eventually die.

The book stolen is a very famous book chronicling the knowledge of the time pertaining to black magic. Both Ichabod and Katrina recognized it immediately.

We finally have a Henry sighting. A long-term motel guest who for some strange reason is captivated by infomercials and being left alone. He sees the report on the news about the auction house robbery. The details claim that the blood on the scene appear to have been boiled. The motel attendant (a non-threatening middle-aged woman) asks, “have you ever seen anything like it?” His answer seems more human than any others to this point. Maybe he is not currently plotting anything.

Woman: Every seen anything like it?
Henry: Yes I have. And if I could forget all about it, I would.

Ichabod explains to Abbie the source of basic magic. Katrina’s magic comes from nature. Others from fire or even blood. Sorcery from blood is a form of magic often referred to as “the Dark Arts”. Abbey calls in a favor through someone at Quantico. The result is damaged security footage, now becomes usable. The face comes into focus on our dark mystery man. Katrina gasps for air suddenly.

Ichabod: Do you recognize him?
Katrina: His name is Solomon Kent. The Warlock that all witches fear. Killing Moloch must have released him from Purgatory.

Katrina tells a story in flashback form of Kent’s history in a Puritan town that would become “Salem”. His love was not reciprocated, when he attempted to convey his feelings more directly, the woman in question was badly hurt. Instead of facing the music, he cut himself and used the blood to cast a spell making this woman appear evil (in her facial features). Then Kent, a warlock himself, proclaimed that “Witches are among us”.

Katrina attempts the sense the book’s “mystical signature” as a means to track the relic. In a vision, Kent turns a page of the book to discover that the middle section is missing. Katrina elaborates that the book’s powers, and by some extension Kent’s powers cannot surface until the book is whole.
Irving walks up on Abbey and is met by her gun. She is still skeptical of where his allegiance lies. Irving gives it to Abbey straight, considering his emotional state when she didn’t trust him. While that was difficult to take, he understood why. Then he explains how he went to Katrina and says that she verified that his soul is clean. One problem. Katrina said, “the horseman has no hold on your soul” be in that episode we also learned that the horseman has no hold on the soul because she found no soul at all.

Henry arrives back at his motel room to find a young man working on his faucet. The young man strikes up a conversation about Henry’s wood working. The young man is also a bit of a hobbyist in that realm. Henry asks about the kid’s mother (the lady from earlier, pertaining to her limp), he gladly answers. Henry comments that she must be very strong. The kid then jokingly said, “who needs a father anyway”. An idea that strikes a chord with Henry. A rare smile creeps in.

After hearing the news about Irving putting everything in the past behind him, Ichabod develops a theory about Solomon Kent. He believes Kent will attempt a resurrection spell to bring back the unrequited love (Sara Osborne) that he accidentally killed. Problem is that if Kent resurrects Sara Osborne, her soul will not be the only one to enter our plane.

Abbey knows of a shipment to the same auction house and they plan to intercept Kent when he arrives. As predicted Kent is there. Ichabod and Abbey flank him on either side. The second he notices them, he tosses them with his magic like rag dolls. Just then Katrina arrives to neutralize the situation. He recognizes her as her grandmother, Helena. Then a very wordy witches standoff takes place. While Kent spins his version of reality, he cuts himself and summons two blood demons. Abbey got one of them, which leaves a loose blood demon.

Kent did in fact find the missing pages and reunited them. The close book glowed yellow sporadically. Eventually the yellow glow transferred to Kent’s hands. Before Kent could finish whatever he was doing, Katrina blew a handful of some sort of dust his way. This stopped the yellow glow and create a small dust storm around him. He reached for the book and Katrina flexed out her arms, palms up. Creating a white glowing source of her own. The book’s power wins in this moment.

Ichabod (to Katrina): I will find Kent. And when I do, there will be no magic that can protect him.

After a little brainstorming, their minds click into gear and consider something they didn’t before. The basic idea that Kent had 400 years to rethink everything is still intact. Instead of a resurrection spell, Kent plans to go back in time. One major problem. And by major, I mean the huge elephant now in the room. If Kent goes back and changes anything we could have a Back to the Future 2/Butterfly Effect on our hands. Potentially rewriting history and altering the path from that moment on. Abbey, Ichabod, Jenny, Momma Mills, Irving, the whole thing could be flipped upside down or never existed in the first place.

Abbey and Ichabod head to the munitions hold under the precinct. Ichabod is skeptical that their mortal weapons will be enough. Then Irving arrives, to Ichabod’s surprise. Irving still has come pull with the surrounding police resources. They’ll need a chemist. Then Abbey suggests Irving and Ichabod head out so she can get ready to face Kent. Ichabod has a different idea.

Ichabod: No. I will face Kent. You asked me before about my commitment to the cause.
Abbey: You don’t have to prove anything to me.
Ichabod: No. I do not. I will prove it to Kent.

In the woods, Kent begins his incantation. A portal opens up revealing his desired time and place. He actually said her name out loud, then his gaze is interrupted by a flash bang. Before Kent can conjure anything, Ichabod shoots him with his crossbow. Then we begin a game of arrogant hide and seek. While he is focused on Ichabod, Irving shoots him in the neck with what looks like a poisoned dart. The plant that Kent ingests before using his blood magic is said to be like using steroids for magic. The dart may have been designed to neutralize that effect.

Ichabod: Atropine. Found in gypsum weed, which you use to boost your powers. I high doses, it results in hallucinations and seizures. Something we know from modern chemistry. (He steps recklessly into a puddle) Your magic is vulnerable to elemental energy such as lightning. In the twenty-first century, we make our own lightening. (Abbey flips a switch on a generator frying Kent)

Ichabod is not finished though. He pursues, hitting Kent’s limp body repeatedly while proclaiming the names of the Von Tassle’s including his wife. Abbey pulls him off. Then they both realize Frank is not around. They run away to find him. Three seconds later Frank walks up to the warlock’s body. Removes the book of black magic and breaks Kent’s neck with his foot. Abbey calls out for him, and Frank quickly tucks the book down the back of his pants. Breaking his neck made Kent disintegrate. Thus, no book is no issue. It seems that Abbey’s initial instincts might have been correct about Frank Irving.

Abbey shows up at the cabin to congratulate Crane and offer to take he and Katrina out for beers. Katrina wished to be undisturbed as she rested. The moment they left, she left the bedroom. She found the flower on the table and began to levitate it as she did in the cold open. In their first interaction, Kent told her she could master her true potential if she embraced the dark side. While her lovely red flower hovered, her eyes went completely white, the flower turned blue, then exploded. She’s beginning to like it. That is now two new problems on our collective plate.
The next morning Henry awakes eager to find the gang of three that threatened the motel lady and her son. Henry confronts these three thugs but not in the way you might think. He tells them that their display reminded him that there is a natural order to things. There are sheep and there are wolves. Henry is a wolf. Then he broke all of their necks without touching them.

Henry travels to the woods. Specifically the spot where the white trees once stood and he killed Moloch. Irving slowly joins him. Irving is calm. “The witnesses now trust me again”. And Irving hands Henry the book.

Henry: No longer am I the Horseman of War. No longer will I be defined by anyone else. From now on, destiny bends to my will. You were wrong Captain Irving, when you said this is where it all ended. This…is where it all begins.

The First Annual NOTTIE AWARDS

Collage Created By Jason Jones
Collage Created By Jason Jones

It’s that time of year, when everybody’s coming out with their “Best-Of Lists” and we are adding yet another list to the pile. Welcome to The First Annual NOTTIE AWARDS, our version of the numerous Awards shows that get televised across the planet. Our list varies from other awards, in the fact that we cover the entire year of 2014. The NOTTIE AWARDS, breaks down the year starting with the 2013/2014 season’s conclusion, going through the summer shows as the first half of the year. The second half of the year covers the 2014-2015 Television season, making sure that all performances throughout the year, receive the recognition, they deserve.

As you peruse the list, you’ll notice that all categories have four names, except for two categories; Most disappointing series of the second half’s vacant. The other category that breaks the rule’s the Best Supporting Actor, in the second half, there were far too many outstanding performances to limit that category to just four actors. In all categories, the name listed first and in blue, won the category, the runner-up’s listed second and in red, the third and fourth names are just randomly listed.

All choices were made by Jason Jones and I, all decisions by the Judges are final (Although, We’d Love Your Feed-Back.)

And on to the Awards:

First Half

Best Actor: James Spader-The Blacklist, Tom Mison-Sleepy Hollow, Lee Pace- Halt and Catch Fire, Sean Bean-Legends

Best Supporting Actor: Peter Capaldi-The Musketeers, Walton Goggins-Justified, Jon Voight-Ray Donovan, Tom Felton-Murder in the First

Best Actress: Mackenzie Davis- Halt and Catch Fire, Joelle Carter-Justified, Kerry Bishe- Halt and Catch Fire, Kathleen Robertson-Murder in the First

Best Supporting Actress:  Amy Acker-Person of Interest, Tamla Kari-The Musketeers, Sarah Shahi-Person of Interest,  Marissa Neitling-The Last Ship

Most Disappointing Show: The Leftovers, The Black Box, Resurrection, Power

Best New Show: The Blacklist, Legends, Halt and Catch Fire, Murder in the First

Most Underrated Show: Justified, Supernatural, The Musketeers, Halt and Catch Fire

Best Show: The Blacklist, Person of Interest, Legends, Justified

Second Half

Best Actor: Jeff Daniels-The Newsroom, Ioan Gruffold-Forever, Elyes Gabel-Scorpion, Matt Ryan-Constantine

Best Supporting Actor: Sam Waterston- The NewsroomJohn Noble- Sleepy Hollow, Judd Hirsch-Forever, Misha Collins-Supernatural, Jesse L Martin-The Flash, Mark Sheppard-Supernatural, Michael James Shaw-Constantine, Robert Patrick-Scorpion, Mandy Patinkin-Homeland, Robin Lord Taylor-Gotham, Sean-Pertwee-Gotham, Donal Logue-Gotham, Rupert Friend-Homeland

Best Actress: Claire Danes-Homeland, Anna Gunn-Gracepoint, Emily Mortimer-The Newsroom, Alana De La Garza-Forever

Best Supporting Actress Olivia Munn-The NewsroomJacki Weaver-Gracepoint, Elizabeth Henstridge-Agents of SHIELD, Chloe Bennett-Agents of SHIELD

Most Disappointing Show: None Applicable

Best New Show: Forever, Scorpion, Constantine, Gotham

Most Underrated Show: Constantine, Forever, Scorpion, Sleepy Hollow

Best Show: The Newsroom, Homeland, Person of Interest, Forever

Sleepy Hollow: A Hero Will Rise And A Soldier Will Fall

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Courtesy of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Part two of the Fall Finale picks up in real-time from the conclusion of last week’s episode. Ichabod and Abbey race down a country road with the Sword of Methuselah in tow. Ichabod makes a crack about not being inclined to trust a small electric device during an Apocalyptic Storm. That’s when the GPS and engine die. In their moment of desperation, due to the lack of transportation, Ichabod politely suggests that this moment calls for commandeering a vehicle. He looks to a not new motorcycle. Abbey gets on first. Ichabod looks nervous. That is until they arrive at the country house.

Ichabod (excitedly dismounts the bike): I WANT ONE OF THESE. As soon as all of this is over.

Inside the country house where they expected to find Moloch, Henry or Abraham and did not, they find something equally as troubling. A very intricate scale model of Sleepy Hollow. On this model we find multiple black flags. Ichabod finds some yarn and connects all of the points created with black flags. The pull back reveals a pentagram over the entire town of Sleepy Hollow.

They find at least Katrina and Abraham outside. Abraham is attempting to complete the binding ritual, this would connect Katrina to Abraham with or without her consent. Ichabod unsheathed the sword and takes on Abraham. The sword is so strong in fact, the Ichabod is able to break the Horseman’s ax with it. Ichabod gains leverage and put the tip of the sword over Abraham’s heart. His life for the location of Moloch. Abraham claims the sword must gain a life for each it takes. If Ichabod kills Abraham, the sword will most likely take Ichabod’s soul. There’s an obvious solution that was telegraphed many episodes ago. Let’s see how long it takes them.

Katrina shackles the Horseman in the same holding cell they held him in last season. A big question needs to be answered with the apocalypse around the corner. If push comes to shove, will Ichabod do what is necessary?

Abbey: Moloch knows your weakness is your family.
Ichabod: I will lay down my soul to stop this apocalypse.
Abbey: But are you willing to lay down your son’s?

It didn’t take as long as I thought. If the sword needs a sacrifice and will consume the soul of the person doing the killing, they the best course of action is to get someone to wield the sword who has no soul. Enter Frank Irving.

Katrina stands before Abraham trying to gain more information. They aren’t yelling, but everything they say would carry in a facility such as this one. Whether Katrina is saying what is required to get the information, or if she is speaking the truth. It sounds, despite her alleged love for Ichabod, she has feelings (on some level) for Abraham. In which case, she can die right now for all I care.

Back at Ichabod’s cabin, Jenny is working on a computer. She discovers a digital message from Irving. Sounds basic enough, but at the end he says, “Frank Irving signing off. 9-2-3-1-7-8-0” September 23, 1780. This clue leads Ichabod and Jenny directly to him. Underground.

(Shotgun is cocked)
Irving: Hands up!
Ichabod: Captain…? It’s us.
Jenny: We need you Frank.
Irving: This is it isn’t it?

Frank is hesitant at the idea that he could potentially die and Henry would keep his soul. Then Frank gives his condition. If anything happens to him, if he dies, Jenny is to care for his family. A request she gladly agrees to. In the holding cell Abraham stands arrogant in defiance. With Frank standing a foot in front of him with the sword, still indignant. Abraham makes a reference to how much Frank has sacrificed. He informs The Horseman, that Henry already has his soul. Nothing to sacrifice.

I have not seen the entire Orlando Jones catalogue. However, I have seen a variety of works from Drumline to Mad TV, Biker Boyz to The Replacements and many other in between. I even watched Evolution. More than once. I don’t believe this to be hyperbole. This scene with Frank Irving showing Abraham exactly what he is willing to do, is in my opinion the single greatest moment in Orlando Jones’ acting career to date.

Abraham finally does cave and gives up some helpful information. The four white trees. The same ones that seemed to appear out of nowhere when young Abbey and Jenny Mills awoke in the forest. As Moloch and Henry burn each of the white trees, more and more evil will be permitted in as they merge this world and purgatory. Lightning, Blood, the Demon Army, and the fourth tree will complete the formation of Hell on Earth.

They come to the conclusion that Frank with the Sword of Methuselah is not enough and they will need to ‘weapon up’. Jenny and Ichabod hunt down Hawley. They find him in a dive bar not quite three sheets to the wind, but working on it. He is excited to see his friends came to party. Hawley is, as expected, less than enthused. He gives one last attempt to deviate about the Doomsday-ers and being 0 for 10,000 in predicting the end of the world. Then it starts to hail. Blood. It starts hailing blood.

All return to the Archives. Hawley is explaining the weapons he brought and exactly what the lore says about them. Then Katrina starts to put an enchantment on a gun. Hawley attempts to stop her, but she doesn’t hear him. Jenny interjects to tell him that Katrina is a witch. Hawley then looks over to Ichabod and says, “nice work”. He asks where Abbey is and Jenny tells him that she’s with the Horseman. To this point the worst thing Hawley has seen is the Wendigo. He doesn’t even know that there is a Horseman, that there are really four of them, or that the Headless Horseman is essentially tied up in their basement.

Hawley: Wow… This. Ain’t. No. Wendigo.

Abbey asks Hawley to babysit the Headless Horseman. In a moment of hesitation for trusting Hawley with this task, Abbey tries to impress upon him how critical this is. Call it unrequited affection for Abbey, it could be the logic of the predicament. Either way, there is a calm with Hawley now that should (for now) instill some confidence in his ability to do this.

Before everyone reconvenes, Ichabod and Katrina are alone in the library of the Archives. Ichabod starts a conversation about what she meant when she said to Abraham she ‘cares for him’. This conversation starts out innocent enough. But Ichabod has been a ticking time bomb on this subject. All of the lies and deceit have come to a head. By the end of this conversation, Ichabod and lunged toward her in anger, raised his voice in anger and voiced his distrust and even question the very merits of their union. To which Katrina gets very cold very quickly. They both decided to consider themselves soldiers with a role to play in this war until it is over.

The third tree has begun burning. This is the arrival of Moloch’s demon army. To which Moloch will use along with ‘War’ to find and retrieve Abraham. Not good.

The team advances through the trees toward Moloch’s location. They are met by the demon army. All of which seem to be revolutionary era like Ichabod. They march shooting their muskets . A shot hits Abbey and she drops immediately. Frank surges ahead and wields the sword like Russell Crowe in Gladiator. He’s no ninja to be sure, but the sword allows him to be effective. Ichabod is a kid getting back on his bike. This is all muscle memory for him. War approaches as the two men of strength look on.

Frank advances with almost an arrogant confidence. War does not seem impressed. They have a medieval like sword fight. Frank seems to be learning on the fly. And in a swift motion takes War’s arm. The arm holding the fiery sword. Frank gets cocky and attempts a video game like finishing move. This buys War enough time to kick him to create separation. Frank collects himself and starts again. From Ichabod’s perspective he can see Frank getting faster and eventually even in a position to land the fatal blow to War. Then we watch as War dies slowly like. Like the Wicked Witch of the West, but instead of water it’s his internal fire that does him in.

Frank has been hit. It doesn’t take long. The wound cannot be closed and the bleeding cannot be slowed. Ichabod and Katrina saunter back towards Abbey and Jenny. The can sense something went terribly wrong. After the break, Abbey is steadfast. She is determined to use the sword and take out Moloch. It’s a typical response. Someone she cared for is dead, so now she must lay it all on the line to end this. They try to consider who will sacrifice their life to take out Moloch. Abbey insists that she will. Then if she falls, then Ichabod. Then Katrina. Then Jenny. This is a horrible idea.

Ichabod is the only person in the room that has any experience at all using a sword. Abbey may be trained with a gun, but I don’t see her being effective. Now Jenny on the other hand, I’m positive can handle a sword. And Katrina? Give me a break. I don’t think she could wield a bread knife.
Moloch orders Henry to retrieve War’s sword. Henry has dramatically over estimated his value to Moloch. Moloch would have him go even if it means he will not survive. “There were Horseman before you, there will be Horseman after you.” He is also to slow down the team. He enters the church to find Abbey holding a sword. Henry uses the roots beneath the church to restrain Abbey and then Jenny. Even Katrina. That is when Ichabod appears with the actual Sword of Methuselah, point inches from Henry throat.

Henry lays on the ‘father’ bit thick. Ichabod still with the sword at his throat begins to relate this moment to that of the biblical story of Isaac and Abraham. Ichabod all but begs Henry to let them pass and take out Moloch and free Henry from his clutches. Henry puts on an emotional display that lowers Ichabod’s guard. Long enough for Henry to gain the upper hand. The ladies all restrained and Ichabod on his knees and Henry, sword in hand.

Moloch stand over all including Henry. Katrina is tied to the last white tree. Moloch instructs Henry to sacrifice his mother, Abraham be damned. The moment before Henry is to do just that, Ichabod shouts, “Take me instead”. Henry holding the sword asks about the story of Isaac and Abraham again. Ichabod says nothing but looks on intently. Henry then starts in on the details of the story but conceptualizing.

Henry: Who would worship a deity who commands a man to sacrifice his own son? Any man willing to sacrifice his child, should die! As well as any god.

That moment, Henry raises the sword to relieve Ichabod of his very life. He swings but not with intent. Completely misses Ichabod and turns. When he yells, “as well as any god” he stabs Moloch in the chest with the Sword of Methuselah. Moloch goes from a slick black color to bright red as the life is removed from him. The team look on in a blissful horror, attempting to take in what is happening. The camera pulls to show each one as they look on.

It’s in this moment, that the concept of ‘witness’ changes slightly. Maybe Ichabod or Abbey were never meant to be the ones to end the apocalypse. Maybe it is a literal definition to the term ‘witness’. Sure they had to do the work. Everything they did served a purpose toward an end. However, from where we stand, being the ones to actively do the deed that stops the apocalypse maybe was never the intention.

Sleepy Hollow as of the conclusion of this episode leave us for their ‘Holiday Hiatus’, but will return in January. Check back to NJATVS often for any updates and we encourage you to enjoy the many other shows and television related content we cover.

Sleepy Hollow: Know Thyself, Completely

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Courtesy of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Abbey attempts to redirect their attention by engaging in a mental exercise. A guessing game. Ichabod is not entertained. This rejection of technology to uncover some detail they have not as of yet found, was interrupted by Katrina’s call. Katrina was able to use a spell to communicate with Ichabod and Abbey with the use of a mirror. Not much was said, but the damage was done. Shortly thereafter, Henry was able to reopen the connection and hear everything the witnesses plan to do.

With Henry listening in, Abbey and Ichabod discover text that seemed cryptic in general. Until Ichabod discovered that it is anagram. By rearranging the letters, he is able to decipher the code. The ‘Chosen Words’ is an anagram for the Enoch’s Sword. A sword, legend has it, can kill any earthly creature. Moloch being reborn on Earth’s plane, makes him an earthly creature.

At the same time Jenny is attempting to sneak Irving across the Canadian border. Abbey gets a text alert from Sheriff Reyes. They are waging a manhunt for Irving. Jenny relays this message to Irving. Whose only response is, “no texting while driving”. Irving’s temperament is lacking optimism. Using an odd drawing and the reflection from a glass, Ichabod finds the depiction of a snake used in an early American political cartoon. The same exact image forms a river near Sleepy Hollow. Another message in the text that may present complications if they are to find this sword’s resting place.

“Know thyself, completely or Perish when you attempt to see.”

Jenny sees a roadblock checkpoint up ahead. She insists that she can talk her way out of it with Irving hiding in the back. Irving will not accept that. She slows down but doesn’t stop. Irving jumps out of the moving vehicle.

Abraham shows up to get the sword, kill the witnesses, or get the sword then kill the witnesses. The Horseman is able to knock off a plaque off the stone wall. What follows is a game of cat and mouse in an effort to delay the Horseman. It works wonderfully, as Ichabod was able to stay out of harm’s way until sunrise. Like a vampire, Abraham began to smoke under the sunlight.

Next we follow Ichabod and Abraham on a flashback. And a subtle glimpse into the enthusiasm and fervor from Abraham regarding the new world and Ichabod’s eventual place in it. Then Ichabod has an epiphany. Everything that has led him to this point, confirms that he and Abraham have been connected from the start.

Abbey was able to see what was on the plaque the Horseman knocked off and took. It was a snake eating its own body. One of the many symbols of meaning to the Knights Templar. “Above as is below”. And thus, they find the same symbol on the ground. Which in the vein of Indiana Jones or National Treasure leads to a hidden stair case. Down the winding stair case is an open, dark room. This room is filled with statues. Or more aptly, the bodies of people who have previously entered this cavernous room and were turned to stone. We have a Medusa situation.

The line in the journal that reads “or Perish when you attempt to see” is a direct reference to a “Gorgon”. A mythical serpent-like creature we most normally associate with Medusa. Abbey’s “women in my family cut down in their prime” speech notwithstanding, they need to attack this creature without gazing upon it. Enter Abraham. Sure, let’s invite the Horseman of death to dance because the lack of a head may prove beneficial. What could possibly go wrong?

Jenny waits for Irving on a bridge nearby. She receives a voice mail from a restricted number. The burner phone she gave him. He is ditching her for her own safety. He’s going to fight instead of run.

Katrina strolls in on Henry who is unwrapping something that looks like a ram’s horn. It is the trumpet from Mount Sinai. The one that brought down the Walls of Jericho. This is the instrument that Moloch will sound when the beginning of the end is to commence. Henry also shares with Katrina that he found the poison she made with the intention of killing Moloch. Then he decides now would be a good time to put an end to the visual charade. The farm-house begins to shed and break. Peeling away the facade of a comfortable home and revealing that it is not what it seems.

At the Gorgon site, the witnesses wait for Abraham to arrive. They then get him to chase them down into the Gorgon’s lair. There, Abraham begins chopping the heads off of stone statues of former people. Eventually the Gorgon approaches. Ichabod uses his camera feature on his phone to watch. This gives them enough of a distraction to find the sword’s location. In a room we will call the ‘sword room’, they find many swords. This feels like an updated version of the ‘Knights of the Holy Grail’ scene from Last Crusade.

While Abbey attempts to ‘choose wisely’, Ichabod stands watch outside. Long enough as it were to see Abraham decapitate the Gorgon. Abraham’s ax almost does the same to Ichabod before he runs. The lair is enchanted. Everyone will be seen as their true self. Ichabod can see Abraham and Abraham can speak. And what happens now is Abraham demanding justice for Ichabod’s betrayal and Ichabod illustrating that Abraham’s predicament is completely of his own doing. At this moment, Abbey decides on a sword. When she lifts it, they all transform into snakes.

Abraham forces his way into the sword room. Where there is no sword. At the moment when Ichabod begins to play up the idea that they like so many before them have come for not, Abraham decides that this would be a great opportunity to kill Ichabod. Just then the ‘horn of Jericho’ (I’m being extremely loose with the history) sounds. Abraham stops immediately. What happens next might be the best moment of dialogue of the series thus far.

Abraham: Moloch calls me to his side.
Ichabod: Then go. Run to serve your master. No matter what the outcome of today, you’ll always know the truth. You’re jealousy made you thus. Not I.

Abraham departs. After delivering a great and strong line, Ichabod begins to fall apart. Abbey is able to bring him back. Abbey says part of the prophecy again, and this time it clicks in Ichabod’s head as he gazes upon the water in the large chalice that made up the sword display that earlier became snakes. He sees his reflection. He can only see himself through Abbey’s eyes.

One problem. It’s not water. It’s oil. Ichabod takes his torch and attempts to light the oil. It doesn’t work. But why? What do they have that the others that failed did not? Each other. They light the oil together and it works. Revealing the hilt of a sword at the bottom of the chalice. In this great Indiana Jones meets Excalibur, Abbey insists that Ichabod have the honors. He reaches in and pulls out the sword as if he himself had pried the sword from the stone.

Ichabod: We shall not witness the Apocalypse on this night. Moloch shall not rise.