I'm a sucker for history. I've made it very well known to family and friends how much I love books like the Dan Brown Robert Langdon series because of their twists and turns revolving around history. I'm also a sucker for wizards, witches, and all things Supernatural. So when you find a gem like Fox's Sleepy Hollow where both history and the supernatural are entwined perfectly, you can't help but feel like you've bitten into a heaven filled, creamy slice of goodness. Sleepy Hollow definitely has that effect which is why we still have it on air.
Season 3 kicked off 9 months after the events that ended season 2, with the deaths of Katrina Crane & Henry Parrish after the defeat of the demon Moloch. Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) traveled to his ancestral home in Scotland while Abby Mills (Nicole Beharie) finally fulfilled her dream of attending the FBI Academy in Quantico and is now Agent Mills. When the two finally get together after a long absence without communication, they find each other in an ICE detention facility where Ichabod was arrested trying to smuggle into the US a very curious artifact. More on that later.
Whilst Ichabod Crane and Abby Mills reunites, another evil has come to Sleepy Hollow. This one comes from the Greek myths as ancient writer Hesiod once wrote:
From her is the race of women and female kind: of her is the deadly race and tribe of women who live amongst mortal men to their great trouble, no helpmates in hateful poverty, but only in wealth. Only Hope was left within her unbreakable house, she remained under the lip of the jar, and did not fly away. Before she could replace the lid of the jar. This was the will of aegis-bearing Zeus the Cloud gatherer.
Hesiod was talking about the first woman ever created by Zeus: Pandora.
Portrayed by Shannyn Sossamon (Wayward Pines), she appears out of the darkness with a power so great that she is able to capture the Horseman of Death. She communicates with a mysterious box in which she traps the Horseman's power, thus maybe ending the existence of the soul of Abraham Van Brunt.
The actual box visually looks very cool, and they didn't waste any time revealing what actually lies inside. It's this dark cloud-like vortex that spins like a never ending storm going round and round. It somehow commands Pandora, who refers to the box as a sort of 'dowry' when she runs into Abby Mills at a local watering hole where her sister Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) now works when she isn't chasing the globe after supernatural artifacts.
Now back to the scroll that Ichabod recovered from Scotland. The ancient text spoke of the Witnesses and referred to them as, destroyers. Being that Ichabod and Abby are the aforementioned Witnesses and that their mission is to defeat 7 tribulations in order to save humanity, this curious hint only adds more spice to an already tasty dish of a show.
Also joining the show this season is 'Nikki Reed' (Twilight), who helps George Washington fight the Red Coats as Betsy Ross. Creating a whole new version to the historic american icon, making her out to be more like Lara Croft, rather than the homemaker who wove the very first American Flag for General Washington. Betsy gets dirty in the trenches as a special operative who found a way to destroy an ancient Chinese demon who was unleashed both in the past and the present. There were hints thrown that Ichabod and Betsy may have been more involved as an item, rather than just as compatriots fighting on the same side.
Sleepy Hollow is most definitely one of the top shows on FOX, arguably their best show for many fans. It blends the historical elements the writers create with the supernatural so well, that it might just tempt you to go back and open that old, high school book on the American Revolution still catching dust in your closet.