TV Review Round-Up: Sleepy Hollow, Flash and Arrow (Week of 10/6-10/10/14)

If you missed last week’s episodes of Sleepy Hollow, The Flash, or Arrow, my TV recap will fill you in on what you missed, and tell you what to skip and what you need to see for yourself.

Sleepy Hollow 2.03

Sleepy Hollow’s season two has been off to a good start, and episode three, which aired last Monday, introduced a new supernatural threat: coins. That’s right. Henry Parrish- also known as Ichabod’s son, also known as War, one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse- is causing chaos with a coin that possesses the holder.

Abbie and Ichabod team up with a supernatural expert, because obviously Sleepy Hollow has a supernatural expert, though he looks more like a surfer dude than a Winchester. He was useful though, and I wouldn’t mind seeing them team up again.

Katrina remains a captive of Abraham, as per her suggestion, and so far it hasn’t really served much purpose. She overhears Abraham and Henry discussing their plans just a little too openly and loudly, and I can’t be the only one who suspects that Henry will use Katrina as some sort of trap for Ichabod and Abbie. Katrina’s just a bit too obvious about her eavesdropping, and Henry’s the Horseman of War, so I tend to think he has the upper hand here. Maybe this captive situation will prove useful, but right now it just seems like an easy trap.

Score: 4/5

Director: Jeffrey G. Hunt Writers:Melissa Blake & Donald Todd.

Watch Sleepy Hollow on Fox, Mondays at 9/8c.


The pilot episode of The Flash aired last Tuesday, and if you missed it, that’s really okay.

The pilot episode focused on the origin of Barry Allen’s super-speed powers, and skimmed the trauma of his childhood, complete with a side of dead mom trope. It didn’t really push any boundaries or try anything out of the ordinary, which is fine, as the episode was really meant for viewers with little to no knowledge of the Flash.

Grant Gustin plays the reluctant hero type somewhat convincingly, though he’s much better at the loveable, goofy genius trope. As Barry Allen, he’ll have to balance the two, and so far he’s much more goof than hero, though it’s understandable as he’s only just gained powers and is still learning what to do with them. So far he’s been put to the test, acquired a fancy supersuit, and got the genius, innovative support team that superheroes tend to require.

The pilot packed a lot of information and action into one 45-minute segment, and ended up glossing over quite a bit, namely the particle accelerator, Barry’s family, and the nine months he spent in a coma. You miss a lot in nine months, but Barry wasn’t fazed. He didn’t even acknowledge it, actually; I know if I was out for nine months, I’d want to know all the movies and music I missed. But I guess he had a more pressing issue to deal with. Still, coma aside, I hope that as the season progresses, the writers are able to flesh out these details and give us more. Hopefully once they find their footing, they’ll be able to balance the action with the information, rather than throwing everything at the viewer at once.

Score: 3/5

Director: David Nutter.

Watch The Flash on the CW, Tuesdays 8/7c.


Season three of Arrow premiered last Wednesday, and it was action right from the start, with the whole team involved. A couple things have changed: John is about to become a father, and Oliver is significantly less broody. But some things haven’t changed so much: Felicity remains an adorable badass, and Roy still has anger issues. Thea’s gone, Sara’s gone, Laurel’s on top of her game, and Detective Lance is now Captain Lance.

I enjoyed seeing the team dynamic, as I find it much more interesting than the lone vigilante type. Oliver and Felicity came close to being A Thing, and then once again, didn’t quite get there. Personally, I find the will-they-won’t-they storyline a bit tired; they’re cute together, and I’m bored of watching them dance around each other. Do it or don’t, and let’s move on.

This episode also saw a brief cameo from Barry Allen, which has me hoping for some crossovers between this show and The Flash. And of course, Team Arrow wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from Sara. I was hoping she’d be back for good, but with the way this episode ended- well, I’m not pleased.

Overall, this isn’t an episode to skip. Despite the ending, it had good action, good team dynamics, and featured more flashbacks and more answers as to what Oliver did for those mysterious five years. It was a solid start, and I’m looking forward to what this season has to offer.

Score: 4/5

Director: Greg Winter

Watch Arrow on the CW, Wednesdays 8/7c.