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Sleepy Hollow - S02E11

Drama . Thriller . Adventure . Fantasy

Unforeseen sacrifices must be made and loyalties are put to the ultimate test in the fight against evil.

Episode Title: The Akeda
Airs: 2014-12-01 at 21:00
  • Glenn Garvin

    By the end, Sleepy Hollow seems less like a show than a garage sale of used story pitches.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    While the show is certainly handsomely done, the fish-out-of-water dialogue already feels a little green around the gills.

    Variety Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    It’s all done with a cold efficiency and a gloomy, disinterested tone.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    You have one of the most complex and mixed-up and irritating mythology soufflés ever to be delivered in a single pilot.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    [A] lavishly entertaining but hopelessly convoluted new supernatural thriller.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    It’s a program that bounces around tonally and narratively, never feeling like its head is in the right place to know where it wants to go. Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Success is the exception for shows that try to weave mythologies this complex, and Sleepy Hollow falls back early on predictable conventions like having Abbie’s deceased ex-boss leave copious files on mysteries he could never solve.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Chris Conaton

    Somehow, this ludicrous premise and uneven plot elements cohere into a fast-moving, exciting hour.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Sleepy Hollow got my attention, but I’m not yet sure if it’s good, ridiculous, good but ridiculous, or good because it’s ridiculous.

    Time Full Review
  • Michael Starr

    Sleepy Hollow has an interesting premise and some terrific CGI effects (re: the Headless Horseman), but I didn’t buy into the show’s mystical/mythological/sci-fi overtones, a mishmash of history, witchcraft and muddled Biblical prophesy that left me confused instead of intrigued.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Mison and Beharie work well together as Ichabod and Abbie.... On the down side, Orlando Jones so far is stuck in the muck of a prototypically officious police captain named Frank Irving.... Whatever befalls its denizens, Sleepy Hollow gets off to a better and more “believable” start than anticipated.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It is aware of just how ridiculous it is, and it tries to cram in as many wacky ideas as can fit into the opening hour without falling into complete camp.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Joanne Ostrow

    Cultural commentary mixed with the mystery, along with lavish production values, gives Irving’s tale a clever twist. The hour is trying to cover a lot of bases, but it may find its focus.

    Denver Post Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    Plenty of places for this series to take its engaging leads, one of the odder crime-fighting pairs on TV, doing battle against one of TV’s creepier-looking if expressionless bad guys.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    In its pilot, it achieved its modest goals without leaning too far into pompousness (as is the case with "Almost Human") or slicing off too much ham (hello "The Blacklist").

    The Huffington Post Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    It's witty but never overly pleased with itself, and even when it's predictable, it's predictable with a wink that says, "Come on--you know you needed that to happen."

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Billy Nilles

    Sleepy Hollow is quite fun, if you're willing to suspend all disbelief and go for the ride.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    For reasons known only to its creators, the pilot for Sleepy Hollow seems determined to jam into one hour what could have easily, and more enjoyably, been spun out over several.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Matthew Wolfson

    [Lieutenant Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod Crane's (Tom Mison)] sharp banter, coupled with campy scenes of the horseman riding around town severing peoples' heads, makes for a mutually reinforcing combination of amusing and absurd TV.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    Sleepy Hollow is is fizzy if formulaic fright-night fun. [20/27 Sep 2013, p.141]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Suspend disbelief, not to mention your knowledge of Washington Irving's classic tale, because the illogical hodgepodge of myth premiering Monday night is great fun.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Even amid the excess exposition, you'll be able to spot a few enjoyable jolts, some clever, throwaway culture-shock moments and the charms of the show's two stars. Combined, they give the show more than enough room to grow into an entertaining weekly adventure.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Nancy DeWolf Smith

    Sleepy Hollow is great fun and gorgeous to look at.... The mythology of Sleepy Hollow is richly complex.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It’s fun, it’s entertaining, it’s got some scares and some action and plenty of secrets to unveil.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Nothing scary here, but Hollow is fun enough, and promising enough, too.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    The first new network show of fall is a supernatural adventure that manages to drop a few good scares.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • David Sims

    Sleepy Hollow works because it approaches everything with a relatively straight face, yet never seems to be taking itself too seriously.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dan Lucas

    This could be a watershed moment in TV's long and inglorious history of idiocy, a drama that unintentionally almost matches Arrested Development for laughs.

    Under The Radar Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    The mythology comes on hard and heavy in the first hour, but like ABC's blink-and-you-missed-it spring thriller "Zero Hour," it's ponderous yet silly.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review