but we really thought for a second there that Katrina was going to die and we were excited by the story possibilities that opened up. When she didn’t die, we realized how much more worth she’d have to this story as a ghost rather than a witch.
As for Team Anti-Moloch, I just flat-out do not understand why it has been deployed this way this season. Despite the extra screen time, Katrina, as Genevieve Valentine has pointed out, is more problematic than ever, and Hawley is no Peter Bishop. Part of the problem is, there’s no chemistry between Hawley and anybody else on the screen. Maybe hook him up with Moloch? Or Headless? Because at this point, the other potential pairings do nothing for me.
And just like that, the show has robbed me of any joy from Katrina, ever. No one has campaigned harder than me for Katrina as awesome villain, but that only works if it’s not an enchantment! She needs to choose evil! This is just one in a series of creepy violations being visited upon her.Katrina Crane: inheritor of the sad trombone, at the end of a monster of the week that only reminded us that the dinghy of this season is going in circles.
Katrina again seems more like a prop than a character and I do wonder how much longer we can live in hope that she can continue to serve any sort of purpose beyond being their human version of Wikipedia to speed the story along when they can’t be bothered with another research scene.
Question: Please tell me that the dreaded Crane family drama hour on Sleepy Hollow is over? I was very disappointed with the first half of this season and I am looking forward to the second half if only it gets back to the first season formula. Also, any news on a renewal, and if heads will roll for the decline in ratings and upset of fans this year? — Tina
Matt Roush: My, what a bloodthirsty reaction — although given this show’s proclivity for beheadings, perhaps perfectly in keeping. What we’re witnessing in Sleepy Hollow is a classic sophomore slump, more noticeable than some because the first season was such a breakout hoot, and much of the second such a drag (except I’ve lost none of my affection for Ichabod and his rants against 21st-century excesses). It’s possible there could be a housecleaning to bring new writer-producers on board, though I’ve heard nothing to that effect, but even if the show can’t entirely redeem itself by the season finale, I can’t imagine Fox will bail on it just yet. Nor, for that matter, should we. Although I wouldn’t blame you if you saw a plot description for another Katrina-centric hour.
Speaking of which, another name for Sleepy Hollow these days could be Katrina, Katrina, Katrina. And before you say it, this is NOT about shipping Abbie and Ichabod, which I admit I do. But I’m perfectly happy having that be a sloooooow burn. The problem with Katrina this season is that she keeps messing EVERYthing up. Where did her super powerful witch magic go? Better yet, where did her brain go?
Katrina is boring. There, I said it. She’s like a warm glass of milk you’re forced to drink and then choke on halfway through. And Ichabod is a gentleman and a scholar who deserves more than a lying witch. (That’s not a euphemism, she really is a liar and a witch.)
And here you have the dreaded sophomore slump. It’s possible, of course, that there are viewers out there who wanted to see more of Ichabod’s wife , or wanted to hear her and Ichabod argue over their grown son’s mother fixations and Satanic leanings. The ratings, however, would indicate otherwise.
The odds are stacked so high against Team Crane that it would’ve been nice for them to get an ally who could actually help them gain some ground. Instead, we got stuck with a mostly powerless witch who for some crazy reason is stuck in the middle of a love triangle between Ichabod and Abraham. I am not interested in Katrina’s conflicted feelings toward Abraham. I am not interested in Ichabod and Katrina working through their marital woes. I’m not interested in Katrina forcing her way into Team Crane. I’m not interested in Katrina’s poorly veiled jealousy toward Abbie. I’m just not interested in Katrina. Period.
I’m not sure this even counts as a worst because every show needs a villain, but Katrina is definitely the villain of Sleepy Hollow. It’s not Moloch, it’s not Henry, it’s not us dirty, sinning heathens in the audience who don’t pay attention to the religious references and are just here for the crazy. It’s Katrina.