"Wherever this road takes you, and it won't be very far, I want you to know it's not personal" So deputy Andy Brooks, played by a reanimated John Cho tells the future victim of a reborn witch from the 18th Century in 21st Century Sleepy Hollow, Westchester County New York. The poor victim gets a minute of airtime before he's incinerated and eviscerated in his Volvo. Deputy Andy died last week after having his neck broken, but all those supernatural forces work to make him a Dracula's Harker, doing all the heavy lifting in the corporeal world. The various plot lines and genre referents continue to be introduced and the undead and dead referents become clearer with the introduction of psychiatric concepts of transference and objective countertransference so that the audience can better frame what might normally be the POV delusions Lieutenant Abbie Mills encounters in this episode especially with the paternal connection she and her sister who's institutionalized on chlorpromazine have with the late Sheriff Corbin.
This episode has both territorialization and deterritorialization in that the narrative from the Colonial period has more than a battle with the Biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, but a looming subplot which may bring Ichabod Crane's wife Katrina from some Purgatory to the present. Deterritorialization comes with the plot device of a massive witch culture divided between good and evil that is seeking to recuperate itself in the Hellmouth of Sleepy Hollow, where history as archival document and monument is hidden, not unlike historical materialism itself below the existing fabric of the town. This episode takes place in excavated Colonial passages just as we now have Ancient Greek as the Lingua Franca of the underworld. Fortunately black powder still explodes as we see Crane's continuing re-civilizing process take amusing revisionist turns, firing one shot from Abbie's extra Glock sidearm without realizing it's a semi-automatic. This and motel-room archeological encounters gives some of the framing amusement including a sub-textual reference to our present-day teabaggers with Crane's perhaps continuing commentary on present day taxation on the receipt for the standard cop staple, doughnuts and coffee. That Mark Snow is doing the music gives us hope that Twin Peaks imagery will soon appear. Why Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks hasn't yet gotten in on this will remain baffling. So another demon gets destroyed pretty much like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and this coming week's episode gives us a monster that facially resembles Voldemort, so Republicans will make an appearance as well since the Captain, played by Orlando Jones, will probably figure in the village politicizing of future plot twists. New Episode on Monday
Sat Sep 28, 2013 at 6:09 AM PT: Re: spoiler alert - apologies for writing this in a time zone ahead of broadcast. I may give up on watching this program eventually if only because some of the narrative may get even too formulaic for even my avoidance behavior