Sleepy Hollow Recap: “Magnum Opus”

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*SPOILERS AHEAD, darlings*

So far this season, Ichabod and Abbie have escaped purgatory, Katrina has been held hostage by the Horseman and (sort of) given birth to Moloch, Irving has been locked up in the psych ward and then escaped from it, and Jenny has a might-be-evil quasi-boyfriend named Hawley. 

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Ichabod and Abbie have stalled in their war against Moloch and so distract themselves with silly parlor games. Katrina interrupts them with a mirror-call, and warns them that Moloch has actually made it through to their world after all. Little do the Witnesses know that Henry is listening in and hears their entire plan to obtain the Sword of Methuselah, a sword which will allow them to kill the Horsemen and Moloch.

Henry sends Abraham to intercept them and take the sword for his own nefarious purposes (when did the Horseman of Death become Henry’s lackey?) and the Witnesses arrive at the sword’s hiding place at the same time as Abraham. Luckily for Ichabod and Abbie, the sun rises before Abraham can get to the sword. Unluckily for them, however, the sword is guarded by a gorgon, and they can’t get near the sword for fear of being turned into a stone statue.

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Abbie decides that the way to defeat a monster you can’t look at is to get someone headless to do it for you. After manipulating Abraham into defeating the gorgon for them, Abbie is locked in a room with about a dozen swords to choose from. Ichabod quotes the prophecy at her, “Know thyself” and flounces off to play swordfighting with his former best friend.

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Meanwhile, Jenny is taking the recently-escaped Irving across the border to Canada. Now the second season of Sleepy Hollow has been very light on Irving’s storyline, but his escape from the psych ward is going to drop-kick him into the fray for the second half of the season.

Irving never makes it to Canada. When it comes down to it, Irving is a man who faces his demons head-on–no matter how literal they may be–and after leaving Jenny a note, he disappears into the forest to take his fate into his own hands. It is likely that Irving will head back to Sleepy Hollow to confront Henry about the soul bargain he made unintentionally. A lot of foreshadowing has happened in the first front half of the season that indicates that Irving may kill someone and lose his soul. My money’s on it being Henry.

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Speaking of Henry, our Horseman-of-War-turned-Moloch-nanny is having some quality bonding time with his mother. It’s heartwarming, watching Katrina try to save Henry, and Henry in turn feeds his mother’s essence to the Dark Lord. It’s really quite…bittersweet. Katrina’s determination to save her son from damnation is equal to Henry’s bitterness that Katrina saved Ichabod and became trapped in purgatory for her trouble, thereby condemning Henry to misery. Their push-and-pull relationship has been at a stalemate for most of the season, and the fall finale will tip the scale. Katrina has been little more than a pawn and a bargaining chip for Henry and Abraham, and her history with the men of Sleepy Hollow ensures a steady supply of drama. Personally, I hope Katrina gets to be one bad ass witch in “The Akeda” and show these men that she’s not a poker chip.

There’s a fair amount of the episode devoted to flashbacks of Ichabod and Abraham’s friendship in the colonial days, and it hurts to see what jealousy and the need for revenge can do to a friendship. In the gorgon’s cave, everyone’s “true face” is shown, so for the first time in over two centuries Ichabod can look Abraham in the eye. It’s a faceoff and conversation I’ve been waiting for since season one. “It would seem, my old friend, that our story is ever to be told in swordplay,” Ichabod says to Abraham. This is what intrigues me about their relationship: the battle to wipe Moloch from the earth is almost secondary to these two boys fighting over a girl.

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Abraham and Ichabod’s competition for Katrina’s attention/affection is something that resembles every high school movie ever as well as gives our hero and anti-hero actions rooted in very human emotions. In the grand over-arching plot of good versus evil, it’s easy to forget sometimes that our heroes and villains want because they are human. Moloch is a static, pure evil, which makes him far less interesting than, say, Henry, who fights on the side of evil due to some very confusing, slightly-Oedipic feelings toward his mother.

When Abraham fights Ichabod, it reveals the motivation for the Horseman of Death. Rather than believing in Moloch’s larger cause, he follows the Dark Side because he’s been promised Katrina. This has been his motivation throughout the series so far, and “Magnum Opus” just reaffirms it. Now, last week, I speculated that Katrina would likely meet her end this season, and if she does, I wonder whether Abraham will continue to be loyal to the Dark Side. “Magnum Opus” proved that emotions between the two former BFFs aren’t dead, and Katrina’s death might be the catalyst to push Abraham to Team Witness. (One can hope?)

On the other hand, Ichabod’s life has been continuously influenced by either Abraham and Katrina since the eighteenth century, and when it came time for him to really, truly, know himself so that he could find the sword, Ichabod doesn’t know what direction his path should take. In the end, the Witnesses work together to obtain the Sword of Methuselah, yet the Trumpet has sounded and Moloch has risen.

Is anyone else creeped out by the newly risen dark lord?

Coming Next Week: Feels. 

Until next week, Sleepyheads.

-The Collectress

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