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‘Sleepy Hollow’ S4 Ep 4 preview and advanced review: Why is Ichabod Crane on trial?

Well Sleepy Heads, now you know what I meant when I said Sleepy Writers are keeping a quick pace this season. Some of us may have assumed that this season would focus on locating the new Witness. Instead, Ichabod Crane and Jenny Mills rather easily stumbled upon the inheritor of Abbie Mills’ Eternal Soul. Now they are faced with an unexpected dilemma: What do you do when the Witness is an innocent little girl?

You can’t blame Crane for hesitating to tell Diana Thomas about her daughter’s destiny. However, Molly shares an undeniable bond with Ichabod and it one the Diana is very aware of. I really like the way Diana slowly put the peaces together throughout the course of “Heads of State.” After all, she is a former marine and Homeland Security Agent, so she innately notices the little details and clues. And Diana isn’t the only one.

Alex runs a search and discovers there is only one Ichabod Crane…ever. Jake adorably believes Crane is a time-traveler. Well, at least he’s warmer than Alex. Ultimately, Crane is called-out by his new crew and confesses the truth. He isn’t a time traveler, he’s just an “old man” who awoke from the past. Jake’s reaction is priceless (his puppy crush on Jenny is cute too, but she shuts him down before anything gets started). As they reveal more about Abbie and their shared experiences, Diana realizes that the mysterious drawing in Molly’s journal is of the four white trees from Abbie’s past. Essentially, Diana takes the burden off of Crane’s shoulders by confronting him about his bizarre connection with Molly.

Only three episodes in and the jig is already up! I’m glad they’re cutting to the chase because it feels much more interesting and it is a good way to keep Abbie’s spirit alive on the show. It seems like a Witness’ Eternal Soul retains memories (at least of her/his supernatural experiences) from the previous person who held the mantle. Perhaps the visions Abbie saw in her childhood were signs coming from the life her Eternal Soul had before. We’ll eventually learn more about how the Eternal Soul works and I can’t wait to have a few things cleared up. Instead of theorizing, let’s move on to Friday’s new episode, “The People vs. Ichabod Crane.” If you were moved by the revelation in the last episode, then brace yourselves for what lies ahead.

Sleepy Writers take us on a bumpy emotional roller coaster in episode 4. Henry’s (John Noble) highly anticipated return stirs up a flurry of feelings in guilt riddled Crane. Henry menacingly pours salt on Ichabod’s open wounds. Noble is deliciously evil, as always. Also, if you think the memory of Abbie has been neglected this season, then tune into this episode. Crane’s been trying to put up a brave front, while admitting that he still misses his partner. However, the past weighs very heavy on his soul. The trial pushes him to openly speak about losing Abbie and reveal how much it deeply hurts him. Keep your hankies handy because Friday’s episode is going to bring ALL THE FEELS on multiple levels.

Take a look at FOX’s official description and episode images below:

DESPAIR COMES FOR CRANE ON THE ALL-NEW “SLEEPY HOLLOW” FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, ON FOX

When a monster fashioned to make its victims live out their most personal and haunting memories hits D.C., the team must find its weakness to save one of their own. Meanwhile, Jenny forms an unlikely bond that could be important in saving the world. Can the group prevail against one of the most insidious monsters yet? Find out in the all-new “The People v. Ichabod Crane” episode of SLEEPY HOLLOW airing Friday, Jan. 27 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (SLH-404) (TV-14 L, V)

Cast: Tom Mison as Ichabod Crane; Janina Gavankar as Diana Thomas; Lyndie Greenwood as Jenny Mills; Jeremy Davies as Malcolm Dreyfuss; Rachel Melvin as Alex Norwood; Jerry MacKinnon as Jake Wells; Oona Yaffe as Molly Thomas

Guest Cast: John Noble as Henry Parrish; Kamar de los Reyes as Jobe; Onira Tares as Grace Dixon

 

As these images reveal, this week monster spins a wicked web. The creature’s creepy lair gave me total “Lord of the Rings” vibes. Let me know if you feel the same way when you tune into “Sleepy Hollow” on FOX this Friday at 9 p.m.

Check “Sleepy Hollow’s” YouTube page (HERE) for the latest sneak peeks.

What do you think of the last episode? Are you surprised to see the new Witness storyline moving so fast? How do you like the pacing of the season so far? What do you hope to see in the next episode? Do you have any insights on the Eternal Soul? Do you have any theories about Malcolm Dreyfuss and his pal, the mysteriously powerful Jobe? Share your thoughts below!

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