Although not a critical bomb, part 2 of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was a bit of a disappointment (especially for me), so I approached part 3 with trepidation. Would it be more of the same or would it be a course correction? I wanted to know, so I watched every single hour (in nearly 1 sitting) when it debuted on Netflix to find out.
But First, A Quick Recap of Part 2
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After taking her place as a member of the Church of Night, Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) proceeds to become the most entitled bossy-boots version of herself. She has a point, to an extent. Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle) wants to reshape the Church of Night into a(n even) more patriarchal version, which just feels regressive. I mean, they’re freed from societal norms–why mold the future into a tattered facsimile of the past?
However, the way Sabrina goes about enacting her rebellion is enough to leave a sour taste in anyone’s mouth, witch or mortal. They’ve bent the rules for her in a number of different ways, but it’s still not enough for her. She won’t even do the basic work, relying instead on the Weird Sisters, for example, to help her game the Top Boy competition.
If her attitude seems odd, then the revelation (pun intended) at the end of the season explains it all. Sabrina is not the daughter of Edward Spellman. No, instead, this little rebel is the child of the original rebel, Lucifer Morningstar (Luke Cook). Now risen, he wants Sabrina to ascend to the throne as the queen of hell, ushering in the apocalypse. But dad, I have homework!
At season’s end, though, Sabrina has foiled Lucifer’s plans. However, her boyfriend Nick (Gavin Leatherwood) has had to sacrifice himself, acting as a vessel to imprison Lucifer. Sabrina ends the season by vowing to spring her boyfriend out of hell.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3: A Preview with Mild Spoilers
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So understandably, Sabrina begins Part 3 of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina already in progress on that plan. Like Mordor, though, one does not simply walk into hell, so it takes some doing. But she does it, and then she unfortunately loses track of Nick’s emotional state.
This is believable, for the most part, because Sabrina, after all, is still a kid. However, it doesn’t make it any easier to watch. Nick has been hurt and he’s obviously in pain, but it takes the entire season for anyone to reach out to him, really. To her credit, Sabrina tries, but then it just gets swallowed up in everything else she has to do.
Sabrina’s trying to keep so many balls in the air that she loses track of more than just her boyfriend’s troubles, though. For example, before you can say, “By the pricking of my thumbs,” a carnival rolls into town with obviously ill intentions. I mean, more than usual, even for a regular carnival. The malevolent carny folk manage to plant themselves so deeply into Greendale that they’re able to do real damage before anyone seems to notice.
Of course, it’s not Sabrina’s fault, not entirely. In the wake of overthrowing Lucifer (and Father Blackwood’s absconsion), everything is a little topsy-turvy. As it turns out, if you choke off your power source, then your power starts to dim. Sabrina’s aunties, particularly Aunt Zelda (Miranda Otto), have their hands full with the aftermath. By the way, Zelda, especially her relationship with her sister Hilda (Lucy Davis), has been one of my favorite parts of the series, and that doesn’t change with part 3.
So, Should You Watch Part 3?
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Despite the fact that Sabrina frequently (frequently) got on my last nerve, I enjoyed the 3rd part of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. If you’re very invested in certain ships, then it might be a rough ride for you, though. However, this isn’t the end–part 4 is coming, maybe as soon as this year–so only time will tell what’s in store for our favorite couples.
But on the whole, this was a great season and a marked improvement on part 2. One of the biggest problems I had with that season was that everything felt too scattered. It played like they didn’t know if they’d get a renewal, so they tried to shove as much story in as possible. This season, fortunately, they trimmed more extraneous storylines in favor of plot points that dovetailed into the main story. That makes for a more entertaining (and more coherent) season overall. It’s not perfect, but it’s getting there. And it’s still a lot of fun.
Have you watched part 3 of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina yet or are you planning to? Share your thoughts with us about it on social media or in the comments below. (Be advised, though–there might be spoilers in the comments.)
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.