You might be forgiven, if it wasn’t your job to watch it, for thinking that Sleepy Hollow is all about the adventures of a time-traveling Ichabod Crane (played by Tom Mison) in the modern world. And true, he’s the one whose son is in cahoots with a sinister guy named Moloch to usher in the end of days and whose wife has been taken to parts unknown by one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse (who, side note, is also the Headless Horseman we know from the Washington Irving tale as well as Crane’s wife’s former fiancé).
But fans of Sleepy Hollow, which continues its second season tonight on Fox at 9 p.m., know that there would be no show without Lieutenant Abbie Mills. One of the sci-fi drama’s most distinct pleasures is watching Crane and Mills — the latter played by Nicole Beharie — exhibit a deep-seated and reciprocal need for one another. Here are five reasons Beharie is nobody’s sidekick:
1. Like Crane, she’s got skin in the game.
Crane’s goal from episode one has been to reunite with his wife, Katrina. While he’s pursued her with a romantic single-mindedness (at least up until the finale, when he basically told Katrina and Abbie he’d figure out a way to keep both of them out of purgatory), Abbie’s personal investment in the plot is equally noble. Her sister was put in an asylum because she refused to confess to seeing Moloch in the woods years ago, while her mentor and father figure Sheriff Corbin was killed by the same otherworldly forces. So far, Crane and Abbie have been able to work together toward their uncommon goals. It’ll be interesting to see if the twosome ever wind up as adversaries as conflicts of interest potentially arise.
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