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Fandom Friday: Good Katrina or Evil Katrina on 'Sleepy Hollow'?

Sleepy Hollow‘s second season has been rife with tension, and that’s not counting the drama written into the script. The fans and critics alike had risen as one voice and declared themselves ​tired of Katrina Crane. To paraphrase the majority, “Either make her evil or get rid of her!”

But there’s a contingent that argues for Katrina’s worth to Team Witness as a good witch. Let’s analyze both camps.

Good Katrina

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The folks who believe Katrina is best when she’s a good witch also believe that she’s best when she’s the one getting Ichabod’s attention. Katrina is his wife, after all (whether or not you count the fact that Ichabod was technically dead, nullifying the marriage, or at the very least, putting a significant strain on the word “marriage” itself). To this camp, Katrina should be the apple of Ichabod’s eye, not his partner-in-apocalypse, Abbie.

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Team Good Katrina also believes Katrina has proven herself to Ichabod and Abbie. She saved Ichabod from death, putting her at odds with her coven and the Freemasons. She tried to save her son from evil forces, even though Jeremy (Henry) seemed to have found his way to evil forces on his own. Even after learning her son’s fate, she tried to save him from himself. Let’s also not forget she even tried to save Abraham from his fate, overwhelmed by guilt about the hand she played in his turn to the Dark Side. Basically, she’s a saver. What’s wrong with wanting to see the good in everyone, Team Katrina implores. What’s the matter with her wanting to save everyone she loves? Abbie got to save Corbin’s son Joe from a fate worse than death. How come Katrina can’t save Henry or Abraham?

Evil Katrina

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The larger contingent of fans have a whole lot to say about why there’s something wrong with Katrina saving everyone she loves. First of all, Joe didn’t chose to become a monster, if memory serves; Abraham and Henry did. Why save someone from a fate they themselves chose? Katrina feels guilty, but guilt only goes so far. It’s the person’s choice that tells more about their moral barometer.

In the larger scope of things, after adding up the pluses and minuses, Katrina has a lot more minuses on her tally sheet. To paraphrase Black Widow, she has red on her ledger. A lot of it.

Team Evil Katrina argues that Katrina knew what was right and wrong from the beginning. If we really want to get real, keeping Ichabod alive keeps the Apocalypse going. The coven and the Freemasons wanted Ichabod to die since, at the time, his blood was tied to the Horseman. However, Katrina—who’s supposed to know what’s up with the Apocalypse—keeps Ichabod alive, thereby keeping the Horseman alive.

Furthermore, she decides to leave baby Jeremy with Grace Dixon, who is not a witch and wouldn’t know how to handle a powerful warlock baby. Yeah, Katrina said she was trying to keep Jeremy safe, but wouldn’t a warlock baby be safer with his witch mother, not a mortal? And isn’t it suspicious that she leaves the bomb of a baby with the one person meant to give rise to Abbie Mills? Was she trying to kill the Mills line before it even began?

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Third, she nearly killed Abbie in the car when she was trying to tell her about Henry in the first place. What about that? These (and many more) instances would lead one to think that Katrina was methodically trying to make the End of Days a reality, with her at the head.

There’s the contextual evidence against Katrina, but there’s also the behind-the-scenes stuff involving how Katrina’s been written in the first place. Her “good witch” shtick would be great if she actually did powerful magic and if she had more agency as a character. Most of her characterization depends on Ichabod liking her. Without Ichabod, Katrina falls apart from a written perspective. She’s never given a distinctive point of view; she’s always reacting to things or somehow being at the center of calamity. This actually leads to a third camp of fans, who believe Katrina should just be gone, period.

No Katrina 

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Katrina has been a nonstarter to this camp. She’s caused more harm than good, has been written as a prop for male characters to lean on, and has no clue how to be an effective witch. She’s a scene-stealer, and not in a good way. She’s more of a black hole that sucks the life out of the scenes she’s in. The fans in the “No Katrina” camp would just like to see her gone, whether that means she’s killed, gets sucked back into Purgatory, whatever. As long as she’s not there mucking things up with her non-witchiness.

Most fans of Sleepy Hollow would agree that the success of the show rests entirely on Ichabod and Abbie. The point of convergence for Team Evil Katrina and Team No Katrina is that when the show tries to make itself about Ichabod and Katrina instead of Ichabod and Abbie, the show becomes a shell of its former self. It’s like it’s trying to morph into some sci-fi soap opera that pushes the main black character to the side. (Yes, there’s a racial element to this, seeing how sci-fi is a genre that doesn’t have much minority representation.)

Most fans want the show to go back to being what it was, which was a hilarious, insane, scary romp through the Apocalypse with Ichabod and Abbie as our guides, slaying monsters and making witty (and truthful) commentary on today’s society.

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So with all of this said, I ask you: Which Katrina do you like better?

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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