Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills are visited by an evil sleep demon known as The Sandman in the third episode of Sleepy Hollow. Review after the jump.
Much like last week’s episode, we start off with a dream, only this time it’s Lieutenant Abbie Mills who is asleep. In the dream, she is in the police station and witnesses Ichabod talking to her sister. When she intervenes, the room goes dark and she is approached by Ichabod – his eyes white with no colour.
We then move to a situation in the town. A psychiatrist is threatening to jump off a building and insists she talks to Mills. Mills tries to talk the woman down but then realises that, like Ichabod in the dream, she too has glazed over eyes. The woman tells Mills that she is doomed and then jumps to her death.
It turns out that Sleepy Hollow has been visited by The Sandman – a demon with black holes for eyes and a gaping mouth. The Sandman is forcing people who have lied and done wrong to kill themselves and we find out that Mills is next on his list. Years earlier, after the incident in the woods with her sister, Mills kept quiet about what she saw and allowed her sister to be carted off to the loony bin. The Sandman is now looking to punish her for what she did.
Looking to prevent her ultimate demise, Mills and Crane visit a Native American car salesman and, after some convincing, talk him into helping them out. Both Crane and Mills are put to sleep with a concoction of traditional Indian tea and venom from a scorpion, in order to battle The Sandman on his territory.
Once again, Sleepy Hollow mixes up traditional myths in a modern setting with great results. The Sandman was a suitably creepy character and was a welcome addition to the Sleepy Hollow mythology.
Another plus point seems to be the great chemistry between Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills. Credit needs to be given to actors Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie who play off each other perfectly.
Episode 3 “For the Triumph of Evil” is another great instalment in this television series. Sleepy Hollow is quickly becoming this generation’s The X-Files. A must watch for Horror and Sci-Fi fans.