by Ayumi Davis / News Editor
With battles fought above and below, part three of the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” was truly action-packed. Sabrina and the Fright Club go at it again to save the world from yet another looming apocalypse, this time from Pagans, people who revere nature and worship many (dangerous!) deities. On top of saving the world, Sabrina must also fight for the throne in Hell.
The “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” started back in 2018 as an original series on Netflix. The series was produced by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also produced “Riverdale” and the remake of “Carrie” in 2013. The show was met with excitement when first announced, due to the popularity of “Riverdale” and hadn’t failed to meet expectations with its new take on the old comic.
Like any other season, Kiernan Shipka truly brings the character of Sabrina Spellman, the goody-two shoes witch, to life as she tries to balance her teenage dilemmas on both Hell and Earth. The Fright Club (the name characters Harvey, Ros, and Theo started calling their group after saving the world last season) actors Jaz Sinclair, Lachlan Watson and Ross Lynch gave performances too, often playing the “frightened” friend trope in a way that gave both humor and a human touch to Sabrina’s sometimes inhuman antics. But my props go mostly to the other main cast members—Lucy Davis, Miranda Otto, Chance Perdomo, Tati Gabrielle, Richard Coyle and Michelle Gomez. Each of these actors brought feelings tension and suspense to this dark adaptation of the classic comic.
Part three, for the most part, was a fun watch. Featuring a mix of teenage romance and angst amidst demons, battles, gods, and, of course, hot guys, elements of this season seemed true to the lightheartedness of the original source material. As the show had in parts one and two, there was a certain amount of cheesiness in combining the supernatural and teenage romance, but it had done well to play into these tropes in a way that was fun and self-aware.
But this season, at times, it was almost too cringe-inducing for me, which says a lot coming from a show that was originally written as a ‘90s sitcom. Some of the dialogue between main characters, such as Sabrina, broke the tension and suspense of certain scenes, often with just a few poorly placed words. These lines were tacky and cliche, stating the obvious, at times. Even though viewers finally got to see Hell and had a whole new slew of enemies to look forward to, the show just wasn’t as spooky as it was in part one.
One of the most disappointing parts was the ending of season three. While it was left open-ended, in order for part four to have relevance, the final battle for the survival of Earth felt easy. It felt generic. Although the twist had been unexpected, it didn’t have the impact it needed to “wow” viewers. In fact, the decisions made by Sabrina were almost upsetting to watch.
Following the initial announcement of the show in 2018, there was a bit of fear by audiences that the series would fly off the rails, as its sister show “Riverdale” has. With critics claiming that the numerous and sometimes outrageous plot points that fail to make sense in a cumulative storyline, hopeful viewers like myself were concerned that Sabrina’s revival to TV would follow the same fate. While the show succeeded in stifling that fear throughout parts one and two, part three is making those initial concerns crawl back, and I slightly worry about how the proceeding parts will unfold.
Overall, the beginning and the middle parts of part three were strong, and had me sitting on the edge of my seat. But the ending let me down, and left me feeling frustrated after what I thought to be a strong buildup to the season’s finale. While I fear for part four, I have hope that it will deliver the same as parts one and two, and that part three was just a hiccup, a bump in the road.
6 out of 10 torches.
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