TV Club: Abbie and Ichabod find a boring villain in Sleepy Hollow

So hey, remember last week when I went to great lengths talking about how season three’s biggest problem was its lack of effective tension? Yeah, I’m regretting that now. Not because I think I was wrong, or that I’ve changed my mind, but because it means I’m going to end up repeating myself today.

“Novus Ordo Seclorum” is not a very good hour of television. It’s not the worst episode the show has produced, but it fails to generate any real suspense or concern, despite all efforts to the contrary. There are events here which should be momentous, reveals that should intrigue us with future possibilities, sacrifices that should wrench our hearts. And yet it all feels rather middling. The sense that everyone is simply going through the motions is hard to shake, and no matter how often our heroes talk about facing off against …

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