Sleep Hollow continues to develop an engaging story, told with the creepier elements of a horror movie. Episode 3 is entitled For the Triumph of Evil, and finds our heroes, Crane and Mills, facing a vengeful “Sandman.” The title of the episode comes from the quote attributed to Edmond Burke, “the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men to do nothing” eluding to the need to do the right thing despite the cost.
The reinvention of the world of Ichabod Crane has continued to evolve in this third installment of the opening season of the show. In this episode we are presented with a new supernatural threat and a deepening of the relationship and history of sisters Abby & Jenny Mills.
The episode brought into play a native american myth of Ro’kenhrontyes, which was a nice change of pace going into the native american mythos. Ro’kenhrontyes is a kind of vengeful sandman who punishes those who do not do right by their neighbors. Yet, while the episode was a little slow and not as suspenseful as it could have been, it was interesting coming to a fuller understanding of the history between Abby and her sister.
There is more to the story than just the two of them happened to see the demon and the four white trees. They lost four days of time and the man who found them, Mr. Gillespie, also saw the demon. Yet, Abbie and Mr. Gillespie both kept their mouths shut, while Jenny told everyone what she saw.
After watching the episode a second time I was struck by a thought, did Jenny Mills summon Ro’kenhrontyes in order to punish those that would not support her? The interaction she has with Ichabod, which is the only time she interacts with anyone throughout the episode, she said how her conscience was clear and if Abby could say the same. It sounded much more ominous the second time around then it did in the first viewing.
It seems to make sense considering first Jenny’s former psychiatrist, Mrs. Vega, a woman who came to realize that Jenny wasn’t insane, but remained quite anyway, was the first to die to Ro’kenhrontyes. Next was Mr. Gillespie, the man who found them, who also saw the demon, but refused to say anything or come to Jenny’s defense, also died to the dream demon. Lastly, it came for Abby, Jenny’s greatest betrayer, who refused to say anything at all, even though it meant her sister was taken from her.
The other piece that started fleshing out was the back story of Ichabod’s history with the native Mohawks. He speaks of the Mohawks as not only great allies during the Revolutionary War, but as a model for what became American governance. He was shocked, and a little outraged, by the fact that these people are almost non-existent now.
The story of Sleepy Hollow is deepening and becoming richer, which is really needed if it is going to survive its first season. But, the balance of elements — the horror movie suspense, the creatures, the lore, the history, the cults, the conspiracies, the campy dialogue — all go to support this show as a contender for viewership.
If you haven’t started watching this show and like fantasy and fiction, I would strongly recommend watching the first three episodes on Hulu and see for yourself.
Written by: Iam Bloom