12.15.2013

Black Girls' Night Out: Abbie Mills

This week's episode of Sleepy Hollow is all about one thing:  manpain, manpain and more manpain.  I'll be honest.  I'm really not a fan of this particular trope.  In my experience, it usually comes at the expense of female characters.  Either they end up dead, sidelined or their characterization gets sacrificed at the alter of it. 

Unfortunately, our dear Abbie is currently being sidelined at the moment so the writers can pursue the Ichabod/Katrina/Jeremy storyline, and both the show and the ratings are suffering for it.  Since the series premiere only ten episodes ago, the ratings have fallen from an excellent 3.5 in the 18-49 demo (the rating most important to advertisers) to a paltry 2.2 for this current episode.

The network should be deeply concerned by this recent turn of events.  If they are smart, they'll make sure this mess is straightened out before the second season starts or there likely won't be a third.

Anyway, I've rambled on about my discontent long enough.

The episode starts out with Ichabod bah-humbugging his way through log-splitting at the cabin while Abbie does her best to cheer him up.  She fails.  He's still cranky and surly and has me longing for the day when he either gets over himself or gets some damn therapy.  Whichever comes first is fine with me as long as it happens soon.

 At Crane's request, Sin Eater Henry Parrish swings by in the hopes that he will be able to help him communicate with Katrina.  After some dire warnings about fear and the consequences of their actions, he does as Ichabod asks and connects Crane to his wife.

With some not-so-subtle prodding, she finally tells him about his son, where the kid ended up and that her own coven was out to get her because of the spell she put on Ichabod.  We learn that she fled to Abbie's ancestor Grace Dixon to have her child (because...why not?), and she had to leave him behind for his own protection. 

Although she's previously given him no reason to trust anything she says, Ichabod swallows Katrina's story wholesale and promises to get her out of Purgatory.  I suppose the moment was meant to be touching, but the only thing I felt was the ginormous anvil that the writers had dropped on my head.  "See how in love they are viewers?  They are so in love!  Come on...you can see it now, can't you?"  Uh sorry, but no...I can't.  Watching the two of them interact is like watching very uninteresting, extraordinarily bland paint dry.

Abbie and Ichabod also later learn that Jeremy, who has inherited Katrina's witch powers, burned down the Dixon house and killed Grace (and likely everyone else in the household).  What is it with the Cranes and having a hand in the death of black folks?  First Ichabod and now Katrina and their son.  I'm just sayin'.  And I call bull on the fact that Crane has more of an emotional reaction to that news than Abbie does.  In fact, Abbie seemed perfectly fine with it.  Sigh.  Really, show?

Through their research at the historical society, our heroes discover that Katrina's coven are hiding in plain sight at a carnival on the outskirts of town and heads over so they can protect them from the world's-creepiest-doll-turned-murderous-Golem.  But not before there is a moment between Crane and Abbie under the mistletoe where he really does look like he wants to practice the tradition with her, and I sigh loudly at the games the writers continue to play.  The showrunners love to remind us every chance they get that he's married, but somehow these kind of scenes keep making their way into every episode.  Sorry, guys...you can't have it both ways.  Either he's a married man and madly in love with his wife or he's not.  Make up your minds, please.

They make their way to the carnival and Ichabod high-handedly orders Abbie to "wait here" while he goes to deal with the witches.  Seriously though...I'm really going to need him to stop doing that.  And given Abbie's sullen acquiescence, she agrees with me. 

Crane and the witches trade some snark (the witches won that round, by the way), they school him on the true nature of his crazy son and then the Golem arrives and kills them.  After some obligatory rampaging by the monster-of-the-week and running and screaming by our heroes, Ichabod manages to kill it and all is right with the world.  Except it's not. 

Back at the station, Moloch pulls Ichabod into a vision and gleefully tells him he touched Abbie's soul once and will have it again, permanently this time.  The kicker?  Ichabod is the one that will deliver it to him.  Crane comes back to himself and tearfully tells Abbie what Moloch told him.  People have speculated since the beginning of the series that Ichabod will have to choose between freeing Katrina and giving up Abbie and that may be coming to pass.  From the unhappy rumblings I've been reading on Tumblr, however, if this is where the writers are going, they're going to have to tread very carefully.

Not surprisingly, my favorite parts of the episode are all Frank Irving related.  He apologizes to his ex-wife Cynthia for never being there and spends some lovely time with his daughter before their bonding time is rudely interrupted by a very nosy demon.  The demon asks a flabbergasted Irving whether Macey is strong enough to fight for her soul, which scares the bejeebers out of both me and Irving.  The captain snatches up the demon (disguised as a nice, average-looking street vendor) and demands to know what he's talking about.  Without answering, the demon jumps into another unsuspecting person, and Irving is left trying to explain himself to a couple of uniformed cops.  He only gets out of a trip to jail by flashing his own badge. 

Note to the writers:  Sorry, Jeremy, but Irving and Macey is the father/child relationship I'm most interested in seeing.  Can we please get more of that and less of the Misadventures of the Crane Family?  (Also, as an aside, I find it almost laughable that Jeremy has more characterization in one episode than Katrina has had in ten.)

Unfortunately, there was no Jenny or Andy this week, and their presence was definitely missed.  Here's hoping we'll be seeing them again before the season finale.


7 comments:

  1. I wished that they wouldn't have ordered those extra episodes for SH so soon because if this is the way Abbies character, ratings will go down under.

    Man, I almost went in a coma looking at the scenes with Katrina. She may be part of the story, but she is boring. I'm sorry but she's a basic statue. She's supposed to be a witch but I think I seen more exciting witches on the wizard of oz. This is an absolute waste of time. Maybe they should have gave Katia Winters another character because its not working with her being Ichabods wife.

    I do much want SH to be a successful show and I especially want more for all of the gang on there but one thing that most producers make their biggest mistakes is bumping of supposed lead Black women from the show.Something told me to be cautious with SH and I'm glad that I did because of crap like this. As one poster I read on anther blog said, you'll never see producers bump off a famous White actress for a Black one and that is true. If the people behind SH isn't careful fans will abandon them

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  2. But not before there is a moment between Crane and Abbie under the mistletoe where he really does look like he wants to practice the tradition with her, and I sigh loudly at the games the writers continue to play. The showrunners love to remind us every chance they get that he's married, but somehow these kind of scenes keep making their way into every episode. Sorry, guys...you can't have it both ways. Either he's a married man and madly in love with his wife or he's not. Make up your minds, please.

    For real...what's up with these? Which is it? They keep saying Ichabbie will never happen and that Katrina, Katrina, Katrina. Then what's up with moments like these? Crumbs to keep the fangirls coming?

    They make their way to the carnival and Ichabod high-handedly orders Abbie to "wait here" while he goes to deal with the witches. Seriously though...I'm really going to need him to stop doing that. And given Abbie's sullen acquiescence, she agrees with me.

    What is up with that? Whatever happened to his ride-or-die attitude towards his fellow Witness? He can follow her into a dreamscape but she can't come with him into a carnival? Maybe she just wanted some cotton candy. It doesn't always have to be all about him.

    Note to the writers: Sorry, Jeremy, but Irving and Macey is the father/child relationship I'm most interested in seeing. Can we please get more of that and less of the Misadventures of the Crane Family?

    Girl, PREACH. The Crane family is turning out to be a train wreck and the writers should be ashamed that they've propped up this half-assed mess for millions to see. I didn't even bother rewatching this episode; I find myself decreasingly interested in this show, and I'm wondering who in their right mind shows preference for a character like Katrina (she's been in how many eps in a row now?), over characters like Jenny and friggin' Brooks. Replace Katrina with those two, ditch the stupid Jeremy Crane storyline, and SH's ratings would be through the fucking roof!!!!

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  3. @Ankhesen-What is up with that? Whatever happened to his ride-or-die attitude towards his fellow Witness? He can follow her into a dreamscape but she can't come with him into a carnival? Maybe she just wanted some cotton candy. It doesn't always have to be all about him.

    I don't see it as that. He went into the dreamscape to protect her. He went to deal with the witches for the same reason. He cares enough about her to put himself in harms way.

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  4. I didn't even bother rewatching this episode; I find myself decreasingly interested in this show

    I didn't watch the episode and I am no longer interested.

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  5. I swear I was propping my my eyelids trying to stay awake watching this episode. I may hafta ditch out completely, because for all the reasons K so eloquently brought up in this post. This would make, what the third show with POC leads I've had to abandon because the writers just can't seem to let go of the white white white? They just can't seem to believe that the excellent rating numbers are due to the Black and Brown people and their story arcs. Just can't believe themselves into ratings circling the drain.

    Someone needs to contact someone and get them schooled.

    What also worries me is IF they fail to get this show back on course and it FAILS 2nd season or not: Guess Who is going to be blamed? "Oh see, well they shouldn't have a multi-racial cast on shows". and/or "Look at them trying to pull off a Black woman lead" etc etc I just do NOT want to see that happen.

    And the frustrating thing is it is just a simple thing to fix.

    And lastly - sorry for this being so long, I'm totally pissed off - having Ichabod going all boohoo over his son and making a WHOLE EPISODE wasted by trying to find out what happened. Um weren't these two supposed to be trying to save the world with the doomsday clock ticking, but no, they gotta take a whole side track into the life of this kid who has nothing to do with saving the world.
    Or did I fall asleep during that part? Seriously, they could have had it be a subplot where they crack open those research books, while having the main part of the episode be something awesome and moving the story along besides.
    But NO. They are desperately grabbing at any straw to keep Katrina in the mix. I find it ironic she bears the same name as that hurricane that devastated the lives of so many Black people. Yes I said it.

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    1. Sorry Cinnamon, I realize YOU wrote this post. No excuse but I was het up and so used to K posting from my sojourn At The Bar. HUGGS I do apologize.

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  6. "Also, as an aside, I find it almost laughable that Jeremy has more characterization in one episode than Katrina has had in ten."

    RIGHT?

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