Let’s be honest, my fellow Sleepyheads, Season Two hasn’t been the juggernaut we might have hoped for. Sure, there were lots of good episodes, and even some great ones (like the midseason finale), but on the whole it was a little uneven. It was, after all, the season that set #AbbieMillsDeservesBetter into motion. But even the most jaded fan amongst us has to admit that the past two weeks had exactly the snap and momentum we’ve been waiting for since October.
The final moments of “Awakening” last week saw Abbie Mills sent back to 1781 Sleepy Hollow in a mirror of the first episode of the series, right down to her nearly being run down on the road into town like Crane was. This week, Sleepyheads got to enjoy Abbie making her way in colonial America and convincing Crane to trust her, and it was every bit as enjoyable as those first episodes were. Rather than do a total recap, I’m just going to hit what I thought were the high points and the feels. But yes, there will be SPOILERS AHEAD, so don’t read any further if you haven’t seen “Tempus Fugit” yet.
History/Twistory: If you know nothing else about me, know that I am a history geek, so some of the best parts of this series are the history/twistory moments. “Tempus Fugit” had some really great ones.
Ben Franklin: As a Ben Franklin fangirl, Abbie’s meeting with Ben was a real high point for me. From the warm (and so stereotypical) welcome he gave her on his doorstep to his acceptance of her being from the future to him reaching for a bomb when Headless came into his laboratory (this should henceforth be known as BAMFranklin), it was a great sequence. I had some doubts about Timothy Busfield portraying Franklin when the season started (mostly because I am fiercely protective of Ben, and that wig was a little too-too), but he really did an outstanding job. It’s hard to portray a legend with humanity, and Busfield managed it. The historical accuracy of the Franklin portrayal is something else entirely (Ben Franklin was in France in 1781 and he didn’t invent the post office), but since this is also the show that had Franklin inventing the Kindred, I went with it. For me, that has always been the genius of this show, that even though I know exactly where they’re deviating from history (my BA and MA in history finally pay off), I just don’t care because the twistory is entertaining and somewhat believable. Besides, decapitating Franklin took balls, yo. Mark Goffman (who wrote this episode) killed a Founding Father and a national hero, and what’s more, he gave Crane the words to explain Franklin’s import: “The most influential man in the war effort is dead.” Thank you, Mark, I’ve been calling Ben that for years and no one listened to me. Maybe they’ll listen to Ichabod Crane.
Slavery: Sleepy has always taken a light touch when it comes to addressing this part of America’s past, but the show never shies away from it. Back in the very first episode, Crane asked if Abbie had been emancipated. In this episode, Abbie talks about habeas corpus not being the law for people of her skin color for another hundred years. An American colonel tells Crane that if he “wants” Abbie, he can “buy her at auction.” These remarks, while kind of rushed, aren’t twistory, they are history. Slavery wasn’t completely abolished in New York State until 1827, and “papers” were a necessity for blacks in this country for decades after that (watch Twelve Years a Slave to see what could happen if they didn’t have them). I appreciate that even though the Sleepy show runners play a little fast and loose with some facts, they acknowledge the really important ones.
Ichabbie Shippers Rejoice: Could we have gotten any bigger than “The password is your birthday. Look into the photos for our selfie,” Ichabbie fans? I THINK NOT. That video about the waffles was exactly the light moment we needed in a pretty dark episode, served an important plot role, and gave us the Ichabod vs. Technology moment we’ve come to expect in a time period where it was nearly impossible to have one. (Props to Tom Mison for having Ichabod taking “slide to unlock” very literally and sliding the phone across the table—acting genius.) And then later, when Abbie tells Crane “we hug it out”…yeah. Ichabbie shippers thank you very, very much for all of these beats, Mark Goffman.
Meeting Grace Dixon: Although it was only a quick meeting (this entire episode just flew by, didn’t it?), I loved Grace and Abbie finally getting to spend some time face to face. I loved that Grace almost immediately recognized Abbie as the Witness and was so happy to see her. And mostly, I love that Grace is a better witch than Katrina (because really, she whipped the counter-spell up in no time at all and didn’t need John Dee’s grimoire to do it).
Which brings me to Evil Katrina: Anyone else wish Katrina had been able to be evil for more of the past two seasons instead of just a damsel in distress? Because Katia Winter has some serious acting chops when given the opportunity to show them. Cleaning the colonel up only to kill him? That’s just cold. And awesome.
Katrina’s death: This one got to me on a number of levels. I haven’t been the biggest Katrina fan, mostly because she’s been relegated to the role of plot device. In the last two episodes of this season, however, she’s come into her own as a mama bear ready to kill to protect, and it was glorious to behold. The fact that at the moment of her death she sees Jeremy leads me to believe that (if she really is dead, more on that shortly) she gets a certain level of happy ending. Mother and son reunited. Now as for poor Ichabod…damn. Even though the episode ends with the Awesome Foursome of the Mills sisters, Irving, and Crane together again, I feel still bad for Ichabod. Not only is he out of his own time, but he is completely separated from his roots. As long as his family was around, no matter how completely messed up their family dynamic was, he had a connection to where he came from. Now he’s truly a “man out of time.”
“Renew Sleepy Hollow”: The biggest feels from this episode came from not knowing if Sleepy is going to get a third season. Its uneven ratings this season means that it’s on the bubble, and despite a lot of hints dropped during “Tempus Fugit” for where it might go, this might well have been the last episode. And if it is…well, I’ll just be over in the corner shaking and crying, okay?
Days of Future Past: Ending this article like that would be too depressing, so I’m not going to go there. Instead, I’m going to focus on what might be in Season Three.
The Secret War: Franklin told Abbie that there were “levels” of people involved with the War and was surprised that they hadn’t met more of them in 2015. We know Katrina’s coven continued into the 21st Century, but who else is out there? And why are they falling down on the job of contributing to the war effort?
Grace’s Journal: Grace said the last pages are blank because those are for Abbie to fill out with details of their future battles. So even though Headless, Moloch, and Henry are out of the picture, the war isn’t over and there are theoretically other baddies to fight. Who are they? Pestilence?
Is Death Ever Permanent?: I mean, Irving and Henry both came back from the dead already, so who’s to say Henry and Katrina won’t come back? Or Moloch, for that matter?
Reyes and Hawley: With Henry and Katrina seemingly out of the picture, there are two characters who could get bumped up to regulars, right? Maybe we’ll actually see Reyes figuring out the stuff that’s going on in her jurisdiction? Way stranger stuff has happened on this show, so why not?
The Burden of Choice: When Abbie tries to comfort Crane after he killed Katrina by telling him he had no choice, he responds “Yes, I did. We all did.” Crane is not the type of guy to show his emotions, but killing his wife is bound to have an effect on him. And even though Crane told her to do it, the fact that his partner killed his son is also huge. What are the repercussions going to be for Crane, and for his partnership with Abbie?
Fox had better renew this show. I have questions and feels that won’t be denied, and I know I’m not the only What’cha Reading staff member with that problem. If you need to vent yours and don’t have a really long article in which to do so, let’s hear them in the comments below!