Show of hands: Who thinks Sleepy writers Albert Kim and Mark Goffman (who’s also Sleepy‘s showrunner) dreamed up this whole “Kindred” thing purely as a vehicle to get Abbie to say “Franklinstein’s Monster”?
(My hand is up so high right now, you guys.)
If so, of course, I’m fully on board. The whole mythology of The Kindred—a gruesome patchwork collection of dead soldiers’ body parts described in an ancient Coptic text, then brought to life by Benjamin Franklin and a bunch of witches by order of George Washington to fight the first horseman of the apocalypse—is exactly the sort of bats— tomfoolery that made us all fall in love with Sleepy in the first place. (The show’s writers and producers call this stuff “twistory”; I call it “delightful nonsense.”) As a bonus, tonight’s episode contained some real plot momentum—more than that reset button of a premiere, at any rate—and marked the beginning of a new, more interesting role for Katrina. (Though honestly, anything at all would be more interesting than “Chief Damsel in Distress.”)
Until the end of the hour, though, “The Kindred” revolves around a familiar story line: Save the Witch. Now that Abbie’s jaunt to Purgatory is over and done, Ichabod can concentrate once more on finding and holding onto his beloved wife. He really needs to put a freakin’ bell on her, or something.
Thanks to Ichabod’s knowledge of Headless’ past and Abbie’s ability to solve 7th grade-style word problems—if Headless travels x miles per hour on horseback, and sunrise occurs at Y a.m., how far can the demon get before he has to take shelter?—the two quickly figure out that Katrina’s being stashed at the old van Brunt estate in Dobbs Ferry. Thanks to Corbin’s old Codex Tchacos (no library is complete without one!) and Franklin’s handy notebook—and, implicitly, Jenny for snagging both texts—the Scooby Gang then comes up with a brilliant plan: Raise the episode’s namesake beast, a creature that’s just as strong as the Horseman of Death himself. Only this time, the monster will be on Ichabbie’s side.
There are just a few flies in the ointment. One: The Kindred can’t be summoned unless they can attach one of the Horseman’s own body parts to the corpse Benjamin Franklin created. (There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write.) And two: There is, quite literally, a new sheriff in town, and she’s not quite as chill as Captain Irving.
NEXT: Jenny fights the law; guess who wins