Season 2, Episode 14
Air Date: Monday, January 26, 2015 at 9/8c on Fox
“We are far greater than the sum of our parts, but we cannot rely on our bond to last unless we tend to it.” — Ichabod
I’ll ignore the fact that everyone seems to be forgetting all hell broke loose – literally – just a few short weeks ago when Moloch (Marti Matulis) was defeated after Henry (John Noble) put a sword through his midsection. I understand that fighting evil can be taxing so a night out at the bar, singing karaoke is justified. But the fun isn’t going to last and our band of evil-crime fighters need to step up their game.
“Kali Yuga” presents us with an interesting dilemma involving the handsome Nick Hawley (Matt Barr). My pleas for Hawley and Abbie (Nicole Beharie) to hook up have been squashed now that it seems Jenny (Lyndie Greenwood) and Hawley may have rekindled their on-again/off-again romance. Hawley has always been a private guy; he doesn’t talk much about himself or his past, but his past is about to pay him a surprise visit in the form of Carmilla Pines (guest star Jaime Murray).
Carmilla is Hawley’s foster mother, of sorts. She took him in when he was young and had nowhere to go and taught him everything about retrieving (stealing) artifacts. Carmilla’s return comes as quite a shock to Hawley but he reluctantly agrees to help her steal something from the vault belonging to Henry Knox (Ron Rogge) – the namesake of the renowned Fort Knox – now under the care of his ancestor Theodore Knox (Ron Rogge), a black market antiquities dealer. But Carmilla isn’t the same woman Hawley remembers. She’s now an immortal creature with razor sharp teeth and venomous claws. Carmilla tells Hawley the item she needs him to steal from the vault will supposedly restore her to human form. There’s a saying – never trust a con man – in this case, con woman.
The cunning Carmilla doesn’t want the statue of Kali Ma to regain her human form; she wants it to transform Hawley into the same immortal creature she is. “You won’t abandon me again, Nicky. We were family and thanks to the Goddess Kali, we will be again.” Talk about abandonment issues…sheesh! Stage five clinger here, guys. I don’t blame her actually. Did you see Hawley shirtless? Thank you, Matt Barr, and the writers who wrote this scene, too. Hawley being shirtless adds more depth to the scenario. At least that’s what I tell myself. As an aside, I adored seeing Murray guest star in “Kali Yuga.” I’ll always think of her fondly as H.G. Wells on the Syfy series Warehouse 13. Murray uses an American accent as Carmilla but I wish the director would have let her use her natural British accent. It would have added an international vibe to the character who certainly seems worldly.
Meanwhile, the tension between Ichabod (Tom Mison) and Abbie could be cut with a knife. Their “bond” has been tested and found waning in these troubled times. He didn’t consult her about saving his son Henry; she didn’t tell him about the silent alarm she installed in their underground archive lair; and she also didn’t tell him about the trinket the dark angel Orion (Max Brown) gave her to summon him whenever she wants. Abbie may still harbor ill will towards Ichabod’s wife Katrina (Katia Winter) for a variety of reasons, but the real problem between Ichabod and Abbie lies in their mutual lack of communication. While these two hash out some issues as they try to escape the vault, I wonder if darker forces are at work here pushing these two apart. I guess nothing says ‘let bygones be bygones’’ like singing “Proud Mary” together.
In other story lines, Frank Irving (Orlando Jones) enlists the help of his ex-wife Cynthia (Jill Marie Jones) to represent him in court. I can’t be the only one to see this is all wrong. The state isn’t prosecuting Frank and he’s being exonerated of all charges. Say what? If you recall in season one, Frank was charged with the murder of the two police officers guarding his house, as well as his daughter Macey (Amandla Stenberg). We all know it was the demon Moloch at work but Irving went down for it. What is this new evidence Judge Aldrin (Ashley LeConte Campbell) speaks of? And did you notice the snide comment she makes to Cynthia?
Cynthia is understandably concerned about Frank’s return. He was dead and now he’s not. Their daughter was possessed by demons in season one and Frank’s soul belonged to the Horseman of War, aka Henry. Katrina helps them figure out whether Frank’s soul is still bound to Henry . Katrina tries to play devil’s advocate asking Frank, “Where is Henry?” I don’t know what the writers have in store for Frank. The flashback he has after drinking the potion Katrina gives him perplexes me. And why are we able to see Frank on video but his reflection in the window is nonexistent? What does this mean?
“Kali Yuga” is an intriguing and methodical episode. The ground work is laid for future episodes with Carmilla since she escaped. I’m saddened Hawley is leaving for a while to hunt down Carmilla but this allows the writers to provide more of a back story for Hawley. Perhaps they will also be able to shed light on the various adventures he’s had in procuring rare and supernatural artifacts. “Kali Yuga” also resolves the issue of Ichabod and Abbie’s quarrels but there is still tension among them. Will this continued tension weaken their bond as witnesses?
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