This Sleepy Hollow episode, “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” was Part 2 of a Bones-Sleepy Hollow crossover, and frankly, the second half of the crossover, the actually Sleepy Hollow episode, was better to me than the Bones portion. First of all, I’ve never been a fan of Bones, and after watching this crossover, my feelings on the show have been hardened. Temperance is a pill. As my sister said, she was that kid in class that would always correct the teacher (or anyone), saying, “Well, actually…”. That “dis bi***” face that Ichabod made after he tried to explain the emotional side to love and life was exactly how I felt. Moving on.
In my last Sleepy Hollow recap, I wrote this small passage:
[W]hat I do know is that the whole situation and my look at the Twitterings online about Betsy Ross (whom I’m getting to) made me think about why we want Abbie to get with Ichabod in the first place. I mean, I get the argument that black women need to be at the center of main-tier relationships in TV shows. That’s a completely valid thing and I get behind that so don’t misunderstand me. BUT, is there a dangerous element of wanting a black woman to be “validated” as it were, by the white male gaze, after centuries of being denied and/or wrongfully exoticized by it? I’ll write more on this in the coming days, but I just want to throw that out there, because sometimes, certain discussions about Ichabbie makes me slightly uncomfortable, to be frank, and because Danabbie is still a very real possibility as well. If Ichabod can have his woman for the moment, then Abbie can certainly have Danny for a moment as well.
I wrote I’d have an article about it, and here it is.
Edited to properly reflect Joe Corbin’s career
Sleepy Hollow’s latest episode, “The Sisters Mills,” was the best one of the season so far. It really captured the Season One feel of drama, action, and genuine horror that has eluded the show in recent times. But, at least for this episode, the horror was back! Whoever wrote this episode, let me commend you and hope that you and/or others will continue to keep the horror quotient up, because that’s been sorely missed.
Oct. 21st’s episode of Empire, “Be True,” featured Andre trying to get his soul right with his family, himself, and with God ultimately, but one of the other developments of the night was Michael getting with that artist guy and later discovered by Jamal, who was about to tell Michael he could come on tour with him!
I was excited to have the opportunity of talking with Rafael de la Fuente about Michael’s departure from fidelity and what his actions could mean for Jamal and Michael’s future together. We also talked about de la Fuente’s quick first trip to set, working with Jussie Smollett, and his favorite Cookie moment.
Edited to reflect more accuracy with ratings numbers
I’ve been keeping tabs on Sleepy Hollow‘s ratings this season, and even though we’re only three episodes into the season, I think it’s time to start looking at things objectively instead of subjectively. Sleepy Hollow is facing some tough times when it comes to ratings, and if support doesn’t come soon from viewership, the tough times are going to get even worse.
First, before getting into this recap of the latest episode of Sleepy Hollow, “Blood and Fear,” let me throw a bit of worry into the Sleepy Hollow fandom. The ratings are not the greatest, to be conservative about it, even with the gains the show makes in the +3 and +7 rating measurements. We need to get the people who sloughed off after Season 1 and in the middle of Season 2 to come back. Hopefully with the improvements the new season has, they will slowly return, but if you know someone who quit during the last two seasons, try to convince them to come back, because I want to see some more Sleepy Hollow on my screen. I have a gut feeling about Sleepy Hollow, but I won’t share it since I don’t want to jinx it. (But if it helps—or not—my gut feeling about TV has been right more often than not.)
Now, onto the recap.
The latest Empire episode, “Poor Yorick,” had classic Empire shenanigans, and I do mean “shenanigans.” Hakeem and Jerk Jamal fighting on the set of the awesome Black Panther-in-the-future music video. Lucious and Cookie being lovers at war. Cookie selling out Lucious again after facing the possibility of going to jail again. Andre and Rhonda digging up poor Vernon, only to have Lucious and Thirsty help them out with the process. Vernon’s decrepit body showing up in the Booby Prosecutor’s car. Also: Cookie invoking Sandra Bland as she was being carted away to an interrogation room.
If it’s all standard stuff for Empire, then why have the ratings begun to slip? Since the Season 2 premiere, the ratings have been slipping slowly. Of course, for Empire, a ratings slip is like a billionaire becoming $1000 short. There’s not much to complain about. Or is there? Because even with a billionaire, losing a $1000 a week begins to add up.
The latest episode of Sleepy Hollow, “Whispers in the Dark,” sounds like an Isley Brothers song. Indeed, this episode might as well have actually been called the Isley Brothers song, “Footsteps in the Dark,” since there were just as many darkened footsteps as there were secrets. Footsteps such as Ichabod’s who has just made himself at home in Abbie’s house, seemingly for an ulterior motive.
It seems like every Empire react I’ll be making this year will be “Jamal’s a big jerk.” And he is still a jerk in the latest episode, “Fires of Heaven.” Like, I get that Lucious is a the king of jerks. But Lucious seemed like he never had a chance to be anything other than a jerk. His jerkiness seems to come from having to live tough in order to survive. But Jamal? As pampered by money and rejected by his father as he is? He’s going to try to act tough and not speak to Cookie, the only parent who gave a damn about him? Jamal’s made me resort to using curse words!