The Headless Horseman Rides Again!
Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills enacted a plan that would trap the Headless Horseman in this week’s installment of Sleepy Hollow. It’s been a while since Death has put in an appearance for more than a scene, but “The Midnight Ride” was definitely worth the wait. Ichabod and Abbie continued to bond over their loneliness and secret lives, while the Horseman raced against time to find his head and kick off the next phase in the apocalypse. The Horseman wasn’t the only one to return this week. John Cho returned as the Horseman’s minion and Abbie’s old partner Andy, but this time there’s a twist.
“One if by land. Two if by sea.” The episode begins as usual with a flashback. This time to 1775 as Paul Revere takes his midnight ride, hence the title. The true story about that night, according to the show, reveals that the Headless Horseman was riding during Paul Revere’s midnight ride. He chased him into Lexington, and was after a manuscript Revere had in his possession that told how to defeat Death. This alternate version of history was really fun when partnered with Ichabod and Abbie’s visit to the museum, and Ichabod’s horror at the misconceptions about the famed silversmith that school children where being told during a school tour. Two of the “lies” Ichabod was horror-stricken to hear was a that in the modern day we are led to believe that Revere shouted as he rode, “The English are coming,” but Ichabod reveals to Abbie that Revere’s actual quote was, “The Regulators are coming.” This makes sense. As Ichabod also pointed out, most of the people at the time in the English colonies was British. At least originally, and thus would have English accents. His other heart attack nearly came when a museum guide told school children that one of Paul Revere’s talents was being a dentist as well as a silversmith. Tom Mison had some of the best comedic lines and scenes of the series to date in this episode, and I loved every minute of it. (More…)