The problem is balance. This weeks episode, "Blood Moon," starts off with what promises to be a mythic centered episode but quickly falls into MotW when Ichabod reminds Abbie that the Horseman has vanished and is nowhere to be found. Sentiments like this are a giant red pointing arrow that you're not going to get a great deal about the mythic arc of the show. So, in our first non-overarching story of the week, how did Sleepy Hollow do?
Dreams are also problematic if they are over utilized or overly convenient. The former I'm open to thus far but for the latter this is the second time a dream has held important episodic and mythic information that otherwise our main characters would have been without. If Katrina were not popping into Ichabod's mind to give him frustratingly vague clues, would he and Abbie have ever figured out this week's mystery? And when Katrina does pop into his head why can't she just say, "you're looking for a witch who is trying to resurrect herself using the ashes of the family of those who burned her at the stake?" See the frustration? On the one hand, I--as a viewer--have to suspend my disbelief that Katrina can't just outright tell Ichabod what he needs to know for the sake of a 42 minute long episode, but on the other hand the circuitous speaking is annoying.
So thus, this week's MotW: a Dark Magic witch by the name of Serilda of Abaddon who was burned as a witch many centuries ago but promised to come back to life is burning people alive and taking their ashes. Also apparently her power were bound by Katrina. Or something. I'm not actually sure because if her powers were bound how did she manage to cast this spell in order to bring herself back? Either I missed something or we needed a way to tie Serilda and Katrina together. (Head theory: I get the feeling Katrina is not an agent of the "good coven" and the light because she wears way too many black diaphanous dresses. Black diaphanous robes are a trigger for "there is evil afoot.")
Along the way we have an extraordinary amount of secret places and secret information that have somehow been kept from the public knowledge, despite Sleepy Hollow now being a bustling town with several Starbucks. Secret labyrinthine tunnels with the bones of witches who were not allowed to be buried on consecrated grounds. A room full of old books and police files, stashed away out of the precinct (I'm fairly confident this doesn't happen in real life). Chambers inside of chambers that hold gunpowder left over from the American Revolution. It's all a little...tv structured. Overall, I had to keep telling myself that in TVLand the characters need access to this type of stuff in order to "win" the day but it was slightly hard to remember that when there's an entire room full of old helpful books (in Romani Greek) stashed away somewhere.
Miscellaneous Notes from Blood Moon
--I came for the mythic storytelling, but I'm staying because of Ichabod and Abbie. These two work so well together as partners, it's great. Ichabod is hysterical. Perfectly dry British humor. Watching him try to figure out his hotel room with the help of Post-Its was the highlight of the episode. I also really enjoyed his incredulity over the amount of money it costs for a bag of doughnut holes.
--Let's hope the Headless Horseman comes back next week. MotW is fine but you gotta give me what I came for if you want me to stick around forever.