“Sleepy Hollow” Season 2 pilot “This Is War” aired Monday Sept. 22, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on FOX. The 40-minute premiere kicked off where the first season left off. Read on to learn more about this episode.
After a lengthy “previously on” sequence, the episode took off to where the last season left. We saw Ichabod trapped inside a coffin by Henry, revealed to be his son Jeremy, the second Horseman, War. Calling out to the lieutenant or anyone near who might hear him, the scene shifts out to a surprise birthday party by Abby for Ichabod’s birthday, to which he finds the modern concept of blowing out a candle and wishing strange. The duo began discussing about revenge and how to cope with the events of the past year, of which, concluded to the death of both their loved ones, Katrina and Jenny. As a gust of wind mysteriously opened their door, Abby received a call prompting her and Ichabod to seek out a history professor who might be in danger.
As they arrived on the scene, they found themselves on the presence of the Headless Horseman who seemed to be looking for something that was connected to Benjamin Franklin. Ichabod revealed that Franklin was in fact, his mentor and his apprentice at Washington’s insistence. As soon as they found the documents hidden in a secret compartment, a fight ensued, which ended with the Rider fleeing.
Checking out the documents they retrieved, Ichabod recognized a sketch of a key, revealing that Franklin’s lightning and kite experiment’s purpose wasn’t for harnessing electricity, but rather to destroy a certain key, hoping that the heavenly fire would incinerate it to ashes. The “Ghenna” key held the ability to open the purgatory, which will be able to bypass its one rule: A soul cannot leave unless another takes its place.
Abby and Ichabod then decided to confront Henry, who is now their captive, asking him to use his powers as a Sin Eater to reveal the whereabouts of the key, which becomes a failed attempt as the documents don’t hold sin. Abby told Ichabod that she remembered that Jenny was sent by Corbin to go to Philadelphia to acquire an important sketch book belonging to Benjamin Franklin. Ichabod then felt a strange sensation, realizing that he remembers the past year happening but cannot account any details about it, or how they were able to imprison Henry describing, it as if “[his] memory blurs the day Henry betrayed [them].”
Henry who broke off his chains and revealed that everything that occurred was an illusion set to find out the whereabouts of the key that will enable to free Moloch from Purgatory. Ichabod then “flung” back to his grave. He promised Abby that he will return for her before they got separated.
Henry then used his powers on Jenny, now his captive, discovering a code in which he has to decipher to reveal the location of the key.
Finding himself trapped again in his coffin, Ichabod reached out to his phone to contact anyone but realized that he has no reception. Mad, he punched his coffin, to which bits of earth fell on to his mouth, and he recognized the taste and smell as sulfur. He then tried to record a message for Abby, telling that if he doesn’t survive, he would like her to know that he never stopped fighting, to which humorously he found out it didn’t record. He ignited a makeshift wick that blasts open his coffin. Jenny, who was able to kill her guard,quickly texted Ichabod her location, which Ichabod conveniently finds. He then rescued Jenny by driving an ambulance, of which he does not know how to drive in reverse, escaping the confinement.
We now find Katrina in the hands of the Headless Horseman, who desperately tried to flee her captor. She was given a necklace by the Rider that enabled her to see and talk to an image of the rider now with a Head.
Meanwhile, Abby back in purgatory, met up Brooks who explained that Moloch was preparing for war, in which he will use the key to get out off purgatory along with his demonic army. Brooks helped Abby to find a way to communicate with Ichabod, similar to how Katrina was able to talk to both her and Crane. The process was made possible by a magic mirror in Moloch’s lair.
Abby now warned Ichabod of Moloch’s plans, and she urged Ichabod to protect the key instead of coming back for her, to which Ichabod denied telling her that the Bible foretolds of two witnesses and that they must stick together in order to succeed. Ichabod remindedAbby of her medallion which will protect her from Moloch, but she told him she dropped it, and she will go back to look for it.
Ichabod and Jenny were able to get their hands on the key before Henry’s men did, finding it inside a brick wall in a clock tower, thanks to Franklin’s aphorism, “the key to success lies under the alarm.” With key in their grasp, the two were now set to go to Purgatory, but Ichabod insisted to go alone. Jenny reminded Ichabod not to eat or drink nor accept anything from anyone in Purgatory. Reciting an incantation, Ichabod proceeds to Purgatory.
Looking for the medallion, Abby was found by Ichabod, who then offered her a drink, only to be stopped by another Ichabod. The two Ichabods fought with one emerging victor. He then grabbed Abby and told her to recite the incantation so they can go home. Realizing something amiss, Abby decapitates the impostor. Ichabod went to her, asked how she knew that it wasn’t him to which she replied that the fake Ichabod called her “lieutenant” instead of “leftenant.” The two began to recite the incantation, which opened out a gate to the world of living before Moloch catches up to them. After its use, the key disintegrates.
Ichabod, Abby and Jenny celebrate their “little” victory, prompting that their victory is only an opening salvo to which Abby ends “This Is War.”
Henry, failing his mission, was soon confronted by his master who tells him there is new work to be done pointing out to a gatelike contraption where a suit of armor emerges. Using his soul to control it, Henry presented a sword that the armor holds up high bursting into flames. He is the Second Horseman, he is War, and he brings not peace with a sword.
There you have it for the recap of “Sleepy Hollow” Season 2 Episode 1 “This Is War,” which aired on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on FOX. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates about this show, including spoilers and recaps.
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