Connors' Column: "Sabrina" is a bewitching binge

January 31, 2020

Hearing “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” was going to be available on Netflix at 3 a.m. last Friday was music to my ears. Did I stay up to watch it as soon as it was released? Yes. Did I regret it? Absolutely not! Despite tarnishing my sleep-schedule, the new season was engrossing and enticing. Be warned if you haven’t seen any of the series, there may be one or two spoilers from seasons one and two! 


The third part of Netflix’s “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” was released on Jan. 24 and contains eight episodes, each rounding out at about one-hour long. It centers on a teenage witch named Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) and her struggle to balance the life of a normal high schooler with having supernatural powers. After finding out that her father is the devil (literally) in season two, Sabrina now also has to cope with her newfound identity. 


The previous season ended on an intense cliffhanger, with a variety of issues left to be resolved. Primarily, when Lucifer Morningstar (Luke Cook) and Nicholas Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood) get trapped in Hell, Sabrina is forced to deal with the loss of both her father and boyfriend in the new season. Although comforted by her coven, family and friends, all three groups seem to find themselves endangered after the first episode.


The third season unites Sabrina’s natural and supernatural worlds with mutual enemies and common unsolved problems. As the Pagans––a rival cult––threaten the existence of Sabrina’s coven and hometown of Greendale, she finds herself engrossed in a high-stakes competition with Caliban (Sam Corlett), Prince of Hell. 



Aside from furthering her academic and witching careers at Baxter High School and the Academy of Unseen Arts, this season also includes several scenes in Hell. The addition of a new location further complicates Sabrina’s life, much to our entertainment.


That being said, unlike in the previous season, Sabrina finds herself failing to balance her human life and her life as a witch. By clearly demonstrating her struggles, the show reminds viewers that the all-powerful Sabrina is merely a teenage girl, calling on us to be more empathetic.


Following last season’s mediocre performance, the newest release did not disappoint, raising the bar for my expectations. Importantly, the show progressed with improvements in both the acting and storyline. However, in the spirit of full disclosure, the show has its flaws. Although it seems unrealistically far-fetched at moments, when paired with a good laugh, it becomes more entertaining. 


As per usual, the drama includes hints of comedic relief through the usage of common phrases such as “Praise Satan” and “What the heaven?” For instance, the satirical reversals of common phrases further exemplify the unconventional creativity of the show. 


Although not as captivating as last season’s ending, the third release also ended on a cliffhanger, which caused me to become more invested in the show. Thankfully, the horror fiction series was renewed for a fourth season. While its release date has yet to be confirmed, I will definitely be watching.


Overall, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is a drama that mixes the evils of Satanic worship with that of the teenage years. It is both entertaining and captivating, thus calling for an easy binge-session. If you enjoy teen dramas such as “Riverdale” and “The Vampire Diaries,” you are sure to enjoy this.


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