Sleepy Hollow, Episode 24 “Heartless” Broadcast November 10, 2014
Written by Albert Kim
Directed by David Boyd
No recap–Hooray! The episode begins with a funny conversation between the recently reunited Ichabod and his wife Katrina discussing their love. The discussion quickly turns to the topic of secrecy, leaving Crane feeling mixed in his emotions. Abbie barges into the cabin revealing she’s placed a trace on Henry’s computer activities. “Now that we’ve bloodied his nose he’ll be more dangerous than ever,” she says. The scene then shifts to Henry’s hideout where he pulls a beating heart from a receptacle. He speaks an ancient phrase and the heart glows red. A naked woman appears across from him, causing Henry to smile, “Welcome, my dear. We have much to do.” At a club the newly clothed woman watches a geeky boy pine over a girl. Assuming a similar look to the girl he wants, she draws the boy to the dance floor. They end up in the back seat of his car where she changes into her true form, a horned demon, and then inhales his soul. Later, Ichabod and Abbie have arrived after being called by several officers to the scene. They find the corpse of the young man horrifically aged and realize that his death is supernatural. Back at Henry’s, the Horseman communicates via mirror how upset he is at losing Katrina. He wants her back. “You’re not to go after her. It’s Moloch’s command,” says the Cranes’ evil offspring. He dismisses the Horseman with a wave as the succubus arrives to expel the soul she’s gathered. She releases it into a large glass jar that Henry has, already containing a large quantity of wispy, red life essence from previous victims. He sends her out to get more once she’s done. “Our lord needs more sustenance.” Cue opening title sequence and first commercial break.
This was a fun episode. There’s a nice tracking sequence involving Katrina that proves her worth to helping her husband and Abbie. The effects done on the succubus’s eyes are subtle but very effective and her soul sucking was very cool. The succubus was a fun monster and she was there to move a plot point forward in the series’ season arc. Katrina’s nightmares were a nice bit of foreshadowing for the episode’s cliffhanger. There’s a nice conversation between Abbie and Katrina in a graveyard, and similar one between Abraham and Ichabod. In fact, there’s much fence mending in this episode between the two women and the two men. I like that the show is addressing this conflict between the genders quickly, rather than milking it to death. There’s been some obvious jealousy between Abbie and Katrina, and with Abraham and Ichabod, and it looks to be solved for now. The development of Katrina’s character was also very well done, as she’s now officially very different from how she was shown in the first season.
The good: The men and the women hashing it all out, Katrina evolving into a new type of character, the Horseman pining for Katrina, John Noble being a good threat without having to twirl his moustache in the process, good CG effects, and Neil Jackson getting to make Abraham likable. A good story from Albert Kim.
Fun line: “Macking on a lady.”
The bad: The overall makeup on the succubus that wasn’t CG was fairly rote in design and looked like cheesy makeup when shown in close up. That’s only in two scenes, so not much to grouse about.
The final line: A fun episode that moved the characters and the series’ arc forward strongly. Overall grade: B+
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!”, he reviewed comics for TrekWeb, and he currently reviews Trek comics at TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for two years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.