Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 is a fun and enthralling descend into hell.
Welcome to Hell! This third part of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is the best part yet. The series is settled in and the characters as well as the story itself are feeling very comfortable in their skins, but not too comfortable for there are many supernatural and horrific problems to be solved by Sabrina and her Fright Club.
There is lots of room for humor which hits the mark every time, scary stuff, teenage drama, teenage romance, problems of an apocalyptic magnitude, songs, kings of hell, old problems, new problems and Sabrina is in the centre of it all.
This third part consists of 8 episodes each with a duration of 56-60 minutes. It’s a continuous story, but each episode has it own little problem as well. With new sceneries, like Hell and new enemies, it’s a new chapter in the exciting life of Sabrina.
Lucifer is trapped inside Nick and brought to hell by Madame Satan/Lilith and now Sabrina is determined to get her boyfriend back. It takes the Fright Club on a journey into Hell and back, but bringing Nick with Lucifer inside back to earth, comes with severe consequences.
Now Sabrina has to deal with Caliban who challenges her for the throne of Hell, pagans who are coming to town determined to bring the Green Man back to life to devour mankind, while Blackwood has his own sinister plan to bring forth the Eldritch Terrors. It’s a lot to deal with but Sabrina is smart and cheeky and brings it all to a successful conclusion, or does she?
Why you should watch it
This series is getting better by the minute. It’s fun and made with a lot of passion for this series as well as for horror. With lots of references and nods to other horror films or books or board games, it’s a fantastic horror series. The fun, horror, teenage romances and problems all blend together in a wonderfully told story that is well balanced.
There’s a new love for Theo, Robin who turns out to be a hobgoblin. Dr. Cee asks Hilda to marry him. Harvey and Roz are even more in love. Prudence and Ambrose make a great power couple and Zelda finds herself in a completely new surprising love situation.
We even get some songs and cheerleading routines, but the serious stuff is never forgotten. Especially Nick who has a big trauma after being trapped inside his body in Hell and tortured by Lucifer, is having a difficult time coping.
It’s is a very playful show, with characters who are balanced out well at this point and everyone has settled in. This means more fun and focus on the story, which is very wel paced, while it unravels in a very natural organic way. The series has a unique voice, with a charismatic tone.
The journey into Hell to free Nick is a dark reflection of The Wizard of Oz. Instead of the yellow brick road, there’s a blood red road, and a very scary scarecrow and an evil tin man, and Madama Satan as the Wizard.
The way this third part is told is very well done, with Hell as a main decor, which is beautifully and creatively shaped. We get some campy fun in Hell and a new character Caliban spices things up.
But the real threat comes from the pagans with their carnival, which reminds strongly of the book Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. But there is also a strong nod to The Great God Pan a book written by Arthur Machen, when the pagans come to town. Reminding us of the Old Ones, the old gods ways before christianity. And a little nod to Midsommar (2019), when Sabrina is wearing a crown of flowers, on the brink of a break up.
For the first time, the Church of Night, the dark side of Christianity but still based on Christian religion, is confronted with other religions. Paganism, religion of nature, a religion that stems from Greek mythology but also voodoo brought in by Mambo Marie, a great new character.
These new religions bring new characters but also new insights for the Spellmans and their future. It mixes, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation together in a sincere way. It shows how we can be tolerant, kind and respectful, without losing ourselves, by learning more about everything that is different.
Girlpower had never been this strong in the series. It’s now time that women acknowledge their subjugation to men and finally do something about it. They stand up, not to men in general, but they stand up for themselves. The women aren’t superheroes, they still are human beings, though witches, of flesh and blood, who have to make choices and have emotions, but that makes it all the more refreshing to see how women take back their power in a trying but sincere way.
My favorite part
I loved it from the beginning till the end. I loved Hell as Oz, the references to other important horror books, the characters, the cheekiness of Sabrina, which gets her in trouble every time although she means well. Hilda and Zelda are more prominent and great characters, the Fright Club is endearing and Mambo Marie is a great addition to the series and witchcraft.
But the last two episodes I liked best. It begins with astonishing and terrible deaths. It looks like all is lost, even for Harvey who gets a Wickerman treatment, and Theo and Roz screaming like hell. How can this be put right? Well, luckily we have Sabrina. It’s a real mind bending episode that reminds more of The Pandorica Opens, from Doctor Who season five, than of Back to the Future. It’s a paradox, it’s impossible and Sabrina knows how to make it even more complicated, while conjuring up some great but far-reaching ideas, so time is indeed totally messed up. It’s great! It’s a perfect ending for a perfect season.
Epic factor: ★★★★★
Scare factor: ★★★☆☆
Entertainment factor: ★★★★★
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Cast and crew
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is based on the Archie Comics and created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It stars Kiernan Shipka (Sabrina), Lucy Davis (Hilda), Miranda Otto (Zelda), Chance Perdomo (Ambrose), Michelle Gomez (Miss Wardwell/Lilith), Ross Lynch (Harvey), Jaz Sinclair (Rosalind), Lachlan Watson (Theo), Tati Gabrielle (Prudence), Gavin Leatherwood (Nicholas) Alessandro Juliani (Dr. Cee) and Richard Coyle (Faustus).
Music: Adam Taylor. Cinematography: Craig Powell. Production companies: Archie Comics Publications, Warner Bros. Television. Original network: Netflix.