Perhaps the most noticeable difference between this episode and any that came before it is the marked improvement in the production values. Whereas before the show seemed just slightly off — maybe in the same way that The Walking Dead‘s grime looks a bit underdone — this year’s Sleepy Hollow is buried beneath layers of much-needed atmospherics. This is a welcome improvement in one of the most promising new shows of the past few years. It’s a rare thing for a series to be both incredibly agile at science fiction world-building and also willing to poke fun at itself. I guess when a show centers on a biblical war that involves the founding fathers of the US, the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, and a ponytailed man who looks to have been plucked from a renaissance faire, it’s pretty much doomed unless it comes out with its tongue firmly planted in cheek. Happily, it’s still there.