Twitter Fans #MoreInterestingThanKatrina
A Twitter hashtag captured my attention over the past several days #ThingsMoreInterstingThanKatrina. Some passionate fans went all in to vent about what is arguably a primary contributor to “Sleepy Hollow’s” sophomore slump. I won’t pretend to be impartial here, the recaps are clearly Team Ichabbie.
In its first season, “Sleepy Hollow” was a surprise hit for Fox. The crisp, witty and gleefully absurd show took advantage of the potent chemistry between its leads Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie who were backed up by a talented well-utilized and refreshingly diverse cast. The first season finale was a terrific shocker, what came next was shocking for all the wrong reasons.
In the beginning, Ichabod and Abbie’s primary mission was to prevent the End of Days. The duo spent most of their time trying to defeat Moloch’s plan to reunite the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse which would bring on doomsday. Though he had a lot on his plate, Ichabod also sought to free his wife Katrina from Purgatory. In most of her scenes, Katrina was relegated to breathy cryptic messages. Since getting sprung from the netherworld, the series has turned into the Saving Katrina Show — and that’s its most glaring problem.
While Katrina is an easy target for Ichabbie fans, I should think Ichatrina loyalists would demand much more for her. And what about Katia Winter? What’s it like to be on a quirky show where the other actors get to have all the fun? While Ichabod, Abbie, Jenny and Captain Irving get to deliver laugh-out-loud lines, Katrina gets to whisper “Save me, Ichabod, save me” or the equivalent of that. Abigail and Jenny get to play action girls. In the midst of battle, they aren’t reduced to heaving bosoms on the periphery. They join in the fight with guns blazing. Lyndie Greenwood’s badass Jenny is the second coming of Sarah Connor.
What does Katrina do? We were told that Katrina is a powerful witch but she’s demonstrated as much mystical ability as a freshman Hufflepuff. Ichabod, Abbie and Jenny are adept at incantation, so it doesn’t seem that they need her help. Why the writers opted to diminish Katrina’s magical powers is as much a mystery as their choice to nearly sideline Beharie, who is the lead actress.
Despite it all, I still love this show and think the writers are too smart to shove Mrs. Crane down our throats without an endgame. What if the helplessness is all an act? Perhaps the writers plan to jolt viewers with the reveal that Katrina is the Big Bad. TPTB have given plenty of indicators that something is fishy. For all the trouble Crane and his Leftenant Mills go through to repeatedly save Katrina, she finds a way to make their efforts all for naught. This season, Ichabod learned that his wife is a prolific liar. Here’s the biggest puzzle, Katrina seems to flip-flop about which man she wants, her husband or the Horseman. That’s right, dreamy heroic Ichabod or the Horseman of Death. Now, you gotta admit that Headless has some swagger — especially when he struts about shirtless, but Witch, please. It’s hard not to believe the writers are Ichabbie shippers because there certainly has been a lot of murmuring, embraces, stolen glances and hints. Ichabod throws shade at and delivers some severe side-eye to newcomer Hawley. Remember “Heartless“?
As far as I’m concerned these theories are all #ThingsMoreInterestingThanKatrina.
But that’s just my opinion, I want to hear from fans on both sides of the aisle. Please leave a comment on how you feel about Katrina, and why.