We learn the name of Ichabod Crane's mysterious son in the last episode of Sleepy Hollow, "The Golem". His name is Jeremy and it took me a few beats to couple the fate of that star crossed youth with the tragic story of "Jeremy" of Pearl Jam fame. Here's how the song opens.
Of mountain tops
With him on top
Lemon yellow sun
Arms raised in a V
Dead lay in pools of maroon below
Daddy didn't give attention
To the fact that mommy didn't care
King Jeremy the wicked
Ruled his world
Jeremy spoke in class today.
The stories of the two Jeremy's are not dissimilar, nor are they identical. Crane's son, Jeremy, didn't get attention from Daddy much like the youth that Eddie Vedder wrote about. With each, tragedy ensued and death was just a step behind.
The fact that "Mommy didn't care" doesn't apply to the Sleepy Hollow Jeremy. Katrina certainly cared and went to great lengths to protect her son. I find that it interesting that Katrina throws her arms up into a V during the opening credits much like the Pearl Jam Jeremy does in the songs lyrics.
Here, Katrina seems to be casting a spell and the (family) trees bloom around her. Her son, Jeremy, is the progeny of the "Witness" and a overt Witch and this has endowed him with certain powers. Sadly, these powers go unchecked and he is quickly demonized. (Obvious "Firestarter" homage.) The powers of the Pearl Jam Jeremy grow unchecked also, yet his demons were internalized causing him to act out in a self destructive way.
Watching Jeremy Crane's life play out before us saddened me. There is something about a youthful life wasted that pushes my buttons. The Jeremy of Pearl Jam infamy ended up taking his own life. He couldn't reach his parents and they in turn ignored him. He built a fantasy world that he lorded over high above the rest. But it was steeped in the blood of the people that didn't appreciate him.
Jeremy Crane suffered from a lack of guidance also. Something that now haunts Ichabod Crane. If only he had been there for his son. His wife would not have been banished and his son's heart wouldn't have been silenced. Note the Coven said his heart was silenced, not dead, silenced. My feeling is that he is being held in stasis somewhere. Either for his own protection or for the protection of others.
(It was done with Ichabod why not Jeremy?)
This may be a stretch but I think "King Jeremy" of Sleepy Hollow is the key to defeating Moloch. Moloch is the pagan god of child sacrifice. A sacrifice that demanded the children be given to fire. Unsettling to be sure but it is interesting to see the Sleepy Hollow Jeremy command fire. Control it no,summon it yes.
Perhaps Moloch fears Jeremy's power. While Jeremy is out of the picture Moloch can flourish. Should he be found it may mean the end for Moloch's gambit.
King Jeremy ruled the world in the Pearl Jam song. Albeit a one that existed only in his head. I wonder if the King Jeremy of Sleepy Hollow has a higher calling. He may just a MacGuffan, something tantalizing but always out of reach. The writers don't want to outshine Ichabod and Abbie with a larger character so I think Jeremy will be left to the periphery. Sought after yes and oh so close but a promise never quite fulfilled.
Elsewhere in the creepy department, Irving's daughter Macey was reintroduced and we learn she is being shadowed by the forces of evil. With Moloch being the god of child sacrifice this is truly ominous.
Irving had a great run in this episode. His character has matured so much that it is hardly recognizable from it's original iteration. I think the writers see the value in Orlando Jones and decided to fill him out in a different way.
Will Macey's fate be intertwined with that of Jeremy? I believe so. I offer no proof as of yet but the lines are being drawn. We all know it is impossible to escape your fate from Fringe. The dark shadows of fate were referred to again in this episode.
From this, I'm reminded of the old saying,"Suffer the children."
The King James Bible quotes Matthew as saying, "But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
So are Jeremy and Macey doomed to die but their sacrifice brings hope to the world by defeating Moloch? It makes me wonder if Sleepy Hollow would take a world view of children in this way. We've gotten a lot of talk of family and generations. And we've seen our major characters be connected by lineage and fate. So where does it end?
Certainly a war is coming. But when Moloch referred to war I think he was specifically referring to "War" one of the riders of the apocalypse. The Sleepy Hollow Scooby gang will have to supply a counter-punch. Now that Henry Parrish (John Noble acting a little too much like Walter but so what I still love him) is on board I think they will use his powers to summon Jeremy.
Eddie Vedder sang of his Jeremy and spoke of, "Unleashing the lion". Jeremy Crane will be that lion. Maybe the role of Macey in this confrontation will be to tame the lion. She'll be the one to direct his fury. I'm just afraid it will cost her dearly. Or rather, cost her father dearly. Irving openly asked what God's role in all of this was.
God's role will be to send an Angel and then call her back.
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