11.24.2013

Black Girls' Night Out: Abbie Mills

***Warning:  Spoilers ahead.***

Oh, show.  Show, show, show.  Sigh.  If we were several seasons in, I'd be tempted to use the words "jump", "the" and "shark" in a sentence after this week's episode.  But since it's only the eighth, I'm willing to grin, bear it and trust that the writers have a grander plan in mind.  A plan so awesome that it will make the rather ridiculous revelation that came at the end of the episode make some kind of sense.

That doesn't mean I have to like it, however.  And I don't.  So this is going to be short and sweet.

Abbie and Ichabod

The show picks up right where we left off last week and that's with Headless all chained up below ground, suffering under a ton of UV lights.  Ichabod is off-kilter the entire episode, doing an unwelcome imitation of a bad cop while Abbie spends the majority of the time giving him major side-eye.  I don't know whether dude had a double-shot espresso on his way to the interrogation or what, but he's turned all the way up and it's a bit unsettling.

During the interrogation, we learn that the Headless Horseman isn't the badass, mysterious, supernatural being that we all know and are in awe of.  Instead, he's Ichabod's cuckholded, bitter best friend Abraham (introduced in flashbacks), who's managed to carry 200 year old hurt feelings into the present and wants nothing more than to get revenge on Crane.  Why?  Because he used to be engaged to Katrina, and she left him for Ichabod.  Yes, you read that right.  Unfortunately.

Sigh.

So now, we have to brace ourselves to live through a love triangle between Ichabod, Katrina and the Headless Horseman.  In one fell swoop, they took all the menace out of that character for me.  He became a pathetic lump of a man who can't let go of the past.  I was actually embarrassed for him.  For her part, Katrina continues to be used as a plot device, which eight episodes in, I can't figure out.

And for the first time this season, I think we've seen Abbie and Ichabod truly out-of-sync.  After learning that Ichabod betrayed his best friend and left him for dead in the woods while they were out on a mission, Abbie gives him the benefit of the doubt and basically tells him to get over himself. 

They have a nice moment after the threat of the week is dispensed, but something still seems a bit off.  I'm curious to see how that plays out going forward.  Especially now that plot device Katrina is supposedly more important than ever because the Horseman wants to make her his boo again.  Or...something.  Hell, I don't know.

Abbie and Andy

This relationship is both sweet and tragic at the same time.  Even in his pseudo-evil, zombie-like state, Andy obviously cares deeply for Abbie and wants desperately to protect her from Moloch and the Horseman.

John Cho plays him beautifully and along with Jenny and Irving, he's one of the best things about this episode.  His acting, from his sad, tortured moment with Abbie in the tunnels to his channeling of the Horseman's deep, scary voice, was top-notch.  I was hooked in every single scene he was in, and I hope he makes another appearance before the season finale.  I don't want to have to wait until next season to see him again.

Bonus:  Irving and Jenny

My, my, my.  Who knew?  Captain Irving and Jenny Mills finally come face to face and the sparks fly.  So what's their ship name going to be?  So far, I've seen Jirving and Captain Jenny.  Whatever it is, I'm down.  They were both badass in this episode, and it makes it a hundred times better that they were being badass together.

They had chemistry with some to spare, and I wouldn't mind seeing that play out over the next few episodes and into next season.


8 comments:

  1. ...we learn that the Headless Horseman isn't the badass, mysterious, supernatural being that we all know and are in awe of. Instead, he's Ichabod's cuckholded, bitter best friend Abraham (introduced in flashbacks), who's managed to carry 200 year old hurt feelings into the present and wants nothing more than to get revenge on Crane. Why? Because he used to be engaged to Katrina, and she left him for Ichabod.

    Talkin' bout turned up? I was turned all the way up after watching this pile of horseshit (pun intended). Is this the writers' feeble attempt at making useless Katrina RELEVANT? If so, they can keep it. They can have every slice of that nonsense.

    Y'all know I have...tendencies...and the Horseman had my complete attention. I was feenin' for this guy; every time he was on screen, I was happy. Here is this ultimate badass, who not only carried a battle-axe, but also a shotgun and an assault rifle. I didn't give two fucks about his background because, like Michael Myers, he's a lot more interesting just being a menace with no explanation.

    But no. Nooooooo. They had to go and give him a backstory, and then make it a bitchmade one at that. He's a butthurt lovesick punk-ass bitch whose wittle feelings are hurt because he chose the wrong woman to trophy-erize. Never mind that we never see Katrina & Ichy fall in love; them fools met just last week, and seven days later, she's ready to leave her wealthy fiance (did she even mention she was boo'ed up last week???) for Ichabod? Where is this great love of which we were told? If anything, their "courtship" was frigid at best; there is absolutely zilcho chemistry between the actors, and there was nothing about them last week that even remotely hinted at the slightest bit of passion that a great love requires. This is what Katia Winters meant by us being "sold on Ichabod & Katrina?" Clearly, she wouldn't know a sale if it jumped up and bit her on the ass. The only things I'm sold on are Captain Irving, Jenny, Andy, and Abbie & Ichy. Katrina can go jump on the discount rack.

    The writers clearly and absolutely dropped the ball. If they don't get it together quick, fast, and in a hurry...like within 5 or so episodes, they're going to lose me as a viewer.

    Captain Jenny. I'm already on board, swabbing the deck.

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    1. I'll be joining you if it comes to where the focus become "Ichatrina"

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    2. Well, in all fairness, Ichabod is a hottie. I mean, I think if I was boo'd up and he gave me a nod I might reconsider...hahahahahaha.

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    3. the Horseman had my complete attention. I was feenin' for this guy; every time he was on screen, I was happy. Here is this ultimate badass, who not only carried a battle-axe, but also a shotgun and an assault rifle. I didn't give two fucks about his background because, like Michael Myers, he's a lot more interesting just being a menace with no explanation.

      THIS.

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  2. "200 year old hurt feelings"

    Hahahahahahahahahaha!

    I'm sorry…


    What an embarrassing horseman.

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    1. What an embarrassing horseman.

      For real, though. Talk about how the mighty have fallen. I never seen such a bad-ass get fucked over in record time like this. Dude fell and then began to crawl...leaving his balls miles and miles behind him.

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  3. I thought I was saying " Suck" to some parts of Sleepy Hollow, the part where Katrina comes in. Man, when I watched a few seconds of her, I switched back and forth because there was nothing there. I mean, she was only there to look good and that is it. I could see if she was active in something( eg. Harrison in Scandal),but she is just there. There is nothing exciting about her at all. She is really a waste of time and space. With Katrina being there, there are a million and one things the could be doing with the other characters. Heck, even the guest stars they had on the show were far more exciting than her.

    If they take the focus away from Abbie and put it on Katrina, my days of watching SH will be over. I just see this as away to appease those anti-Abbie fans.

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  4. Where is Student of the World...I think she commented about liking Orlando Jones and I chastised her b/c he was old enough to be her daddy. Turns out, he is like married to a 25 year old so if she meets him in real life she might want to give a holla b/c he clearly likes 'em young.

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