After receiving a vision from his dead wife Katrina (Katia Winter), Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) attempts to convince Abbie (Nicole Beharie) that a witch (Monique Ganderton) is on her way to Sleepy Hollow which a resurrected Dunn (John Cho) helps bring forth and lead her to her victims. After doing some digging, and prowling around in some Revolutionary War era hidden tunnels long forgotten under the streets of Sleepy Hollow, Crane and Abbie discover the witch is targeting the descendants of those who burned her at the stake.
With no Headless Horseman this time around (other than in Ichabod’s vision), the show’s weekly monster-of-the-week premise is given it’s first real test. The results aren’t great. Ganderton might have made an interesting character, but “Blood Moon” instead chooses to hide her under a massive amount of make-up and use her as a mindless beast lead around by the buffoonish Dunn for all but her final scene. The still unclear structure of the Sheriff’s Department (which I noticed is still without a Sheriff) continues to blur the lines on just how much power Abbie has and what oversight Irving (Orlando Jones) has over her.
The episode continues to try and grow the relationship between its two leads and includes more flashbacks of Ichabod’s past as well as Abbie’s first meeting with Sheriff Corbin (Clancy Brown) to better define her character as well. After successfully stopping the witch, Abbie is granted a vision of her own from her dearly departed Sheriff and a message of Room 49 where the audience learns her sister Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) is a inmate at a psychiatric institution.
I’m pleasantly surprised to see Brown back for another cameo and hopeful we haven’t seen the last of the Sheriff. I’m also wondering how long Cho is going to stick around as the demon’s helper bringing forth the baddie of the week. Although I thought the witch was disappointing and the introduction of the tunnels (which would work better if they didn’t look so obviously like sets) not handled as well as it could have been, the series’ second episode does introduce several elements which may play a bigger role as the series continues. Given the previews for next week’s episode, it will be interesting to see what role Jenny has to play going forward.