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'Sleepy Hollow': Its season finale is nothing short of spectacular

'Sleepy Hollow' aired its two-part season one finale and the twists in the plot show that 'Sleepy' has become one of the best new series on television. 'Sleepy Hollow' stars Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie.

By David GriffinScreen Rant / January 22, 2014

'Sleepy Hollow' stars Tom Mison.

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The Sleepy Hollow season one finale is nothing short of spectacular, as Abbie, Ichabod, and the rest of the gang fight for the survival of the human race. There are twists, turns, and more whiplash than should be allowed in a two-hour event such as this, but creators Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek) deliver a finale that will leave us all begging for the return of one of the best new series on television.

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Pulling off a quality finale is no easy task, and every show does it differently. HBO’s Game of Thrones reaches its climax each season during the penultimate episode, leaving the finale as a setup for the following season. Unlike the aforementioned hit series, Sleepy Hollow has decided to let us taste all the delicacies in its final hour. In a show that has been as unpredictable as any since Lost, what else would you expect? 

As with many of the reviews this season, it seems appropriate to begin by discussing the comedic aspects of these two episodes before tunneling into the horrors our heroes had to endure. Sleepy Hollow has not only given us terrifying moments and thrilling action sequences, but it has become one of the funnier shows on television. This may be blasphemous to say, but as far as comedy goes, Sleepy Hollow can at times outshine the “big boys,” like Modern Family. Perhaps that is too bold a statement to make, but where can one watch a grown man make a declaration of love and devotion to Siri, as we all witnessed this week? Ichabod’s observation of Abbie’s numerous friends on her social networks was also a moment of pure hilarity: “How is it that you have 500 friends?” Drama and comedy are difficult to mix, yet Sleepy Hollow appears to do it effortlessly.

While the finale plays like a 2-hour non-stop-thrill-ride, it is comprised of two individual episodes. The first, entitled ‘The Indispensable Man,’ leads Abbie and Ichabod on a journey to find the map to Purgatory that has been buried with General George Washington. Tom Mison gives another stellar performance, as the wearied-faced revolutionary weighs the importance of saving Katrina over saving humanity. Even after coming to an “accord” with Abbie, Ichabod’s photographic memory will not allow him to forget the map that will take him to his beloved.

Ichabod fulfilled the prophecy by giving Abbie’s soul to Moloch, but it was not on the demon’s terms. Abbie and Ichabod’s ever-evolving relationship has been one of this seasons’ strengths, and it was none more powerful as Abbie agrees to stay behind in Purgatory. It’s important to note that many (this reviewer included) feel that at some point, Ichabod and Abbie could form a romantic relationship; however, it could be a detriment to the series to take such a path. How much more passion can the two show for one another as they embrace with Ichabod promising he will return for her? Sex, or any other kind of physical contact would only cheapen their love for each other. In the future, would you like to see a more romantic link between our two heroes, or is their friendship enough?

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