Sleepy Hollow S1 Ep7: The Midnight Ride

For a show that came out of the gate looking like it was going to be another “monster of the week” supernatural dramady, Sleepy Hollow pretty much bucks the formula. Sure, each episode has a conflict or mystery that is mostly resolved by the end (or, at least, takes us a step closer to a larger victory), but the stories blend into each other like a good serial — which, of course, it is. In episode 7, we get out first glimpse into Captain Irving’s life (and Captain Irving gets his first glimpse of the Headless Horseman), undead Andy returns, Ichabod uses a laptop for the first time, and we learn that Paul Revere was a pretty clever dentist.

sleepyhollows1e7horsemanLast week, things got real when Ichabod was kidnapped by Freemasons and nearly ended his life to stop the Headless Horseman. This week, it looks like we’re going to pick up where we left off, with Ichabod meeting with the Freemasons again to discuss the next steps against evil (despite kidnapping and encouraging Ichabod to commit suicide, the Masons are good guys). That plan goes to hell when Ichabod arrives — alone, since women are not allowed, something he promises to remedy in a formal voicemail to Abbie — and finds the lot of them decapitated. Seems the information about the Horseman, known only to them, got them killed. Figuring out what that information was is the driving force of the episode.

Historical references include Paul Revere’s famous ride, which we see in the beginning, then see incorrectly described to a group of schoolchildren at a museum, with Ichabod exasperatedly making corrections (to be fair to American historical museums, I doubt many still describe Revere as hollering “The British are coming,” as that version has long since been debunked). Ichabod, Abbie, and Irving also get into a prolonged and somewhat heated discussion about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings, one historical detail Ichabod didn’t know about. Ichabod was shocked — shocked! — but not so much because Hemmings was a slave as because Jefferson had committed adultery. Which all has implications for Ichabbie. I still think Abbie and Katrina (who was absent this week) have some kind of cosmic connection, so I’m not bothered.

The highlight, though, was Captain Irving’s run-in with the Horseman. After grudgingly agreeing to fetch the Horseman’s head from a lab so Abbie and Ichabod can destroy it, Irving comes face to face with him (literally and figuratively, if you know what I mean), and has some cool action hero moments before escaping with the head. Remember how Irving said “assume I know everything”? It’s still not clear whether he knew the Horseman was real or not before, but he sure does now — another big turning point for the show.

Like previous episodes, “The Midnight Ride” wraps thing up with a win for Team Ichabbie (and Irving), but it’s definitely a “to be continued” moment. Next week: what the heck will they do with the Horseman now that they have him where they want him?