Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4: Should You Watch?
I thought season 3 (or in the parlance of the show, “part” 3) was a course correction, especially in comparison with season 2. You’d think they’d build on that, making Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 4 the best yet. Uh-huh. You’d think. Spoilers for season 3, and light spoilers for season 4 below. So if you want to be
disappointed surprised, bookmark this and come back so we can yell together.
When We Last Left Sabrina: A Brief Summary of Season 3
In case you already forgot the last part, which had the longest gap between seasons of any Sabrina installment, let’s recap. After freeing Nick (Gavin Leatherwood) from hell, Sabrina then immediately put him on the backburner so she could go back and basically play games in hell. There was a little more to it than that–she was trying to keep Caliban (Sam Corlett) from the throne–but not much. Since she was so busy with the hell games, she didn’t notice a whole carnival’s worth of Green Man-worshipping pagans come to town. In fact, they almost took over Greendale before Sabrina was like, “Wait, what’s happening?” She also didn’t notice Nick falling apart. But no matter–let’s move on.
The season ended in your basic Hecate ex Machina. After ditching Lucifer as their Lord and tailor, the Church of Night pivoted real quick to Hecate. In case you didn’t know, she’s the goddess of a bunch of cool shit, like the moon and witchcraft and the night and even ghosts. Anyway, Caliban got the drop on Sabrina, but through a bunch of hand-wavey nonsense about a time loop, Sabrina actually won. She went back in time and stopped everything bad from happening, essentially. The previous version of her became Sabrina Morningstar, who reigns in hell alongside her husband (Caliban, again) and her daddy Lucifer. Meanwhile, regular ol’ Sabrina Spellman is back in our world, where Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle) ended the season by unleashing some of my fellow Eldritch Terrors.
And Now the Same Thing But for Season 4 (Mild Spoilers)
So that’s what happens for the bulk of season 4: in a monster of the week format, each episode sees Sabrina and the gang having to deal with yet another Terror. Some are real, real dumb–ooh, the darkness, how spooky. Oh, you’re going to make me depressed? Babe, you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. Anyway, some are a teensy bit chilling–as always, nothing’s really scary here–while some are fun, like the one that strands Sabrina Morningstar in an episode of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Beth Broderick and Caroline Rhea, image via Netflix
However, when Sabrina split herself into two in season 3, Ambrose was very clear about the kind of risks that posed. Like, catastrophic universe-collapsing risks. Unsurprisingly then, that’s exactly the kind of challenge that the Greendale population faces in the final season. Actually, it’s unsurprising for two reasons. Number one, as I said, Ambrose already posed it as a danger. And number two, that’s kind of what they do on these shows–every season it’s like, oh no, the world’s gonna end. Must be a Monday!
Anyhoozle, that’s pretty much how the second half of the season goes–oh no, we have to stop the world ending, etc.
But For Real, Should I Watch Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Or Not?
image via Netflix
I mean, darlin’, it’s your life. Watch it or not–I’m a sign, not a cop. But I will say that I don’t think you’re going to binge it like past seasons. In fact, the words that kept coming to me as I watched the season were things like “laborious” and “chore.” It’s crazy, because on one hand, the season feels like it’s rocket-fueled, like they’re trying to burn through as much story as possible. And on the other, it’s like, but do I care, though?
On that note, like its sister show, Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has never been shy about shedding storylines and plot details. They’ll introduce something and then it’s as if it were all a dream. But that habit is in overdrive as this season is rushed as hell. Watch as they invent new elements and then completely forget them–sometimes in the same episode. Like, Roz (Jaz Sinclair) is a witch, I guess. Robin (Jonathan Whitesell) and Theo (Lachlan Watson) might leave with the hobgoblins, which are a thing right now, but never again. Nick told Sabrina she wasn’t worth the sacrifice like, five minutes ago, but now he’s like, “We’re endgame.” Also, Harvey (Ross Lynch) exists!
I mean, I just now remembered there’s a whole side quest plot about a Sometimes They Come Back… Again pop-punk band. Sure. That plotline passed into my brain like a gentle breeze and then left, just as ephemeral as it was when it arrived.
Because ultimately, what season 4 left me with, besides a lingering feeling of annoyance, was not meaningful stories. Instead, I’m left with questions. So many, many questions. Liiiiiiike:
MAJOR Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 SPOILERS TO FOLLOW
What’s the deal with Lucifer? Like, why was he menacing–a legit threat–in earlier seasons, but he was a big, soft baby in this one? Why did Father Blackwood largely vanish from the plotline he orchestrated? Whatever happened to that kid who died in season 1? Wow, y’all are really gon’ go there with Mambo Marie (Skye Marshall)?
Or, what’s up with the Void? For instance, why did Sabrina have to go there when Robin could have just rocketed in there and back? Also, why did the set design for the Void looked like I made it with 15 minutes, a trip to the Dollar Tree, and a hot glue gun?
Why Tho, image via Netflix
And finally, of course, that’s really how y’all gon’ end this, huh? By killing off Sabrina? And then pretending the Cain Pit no longer works, I guess? And then having Nick k-word himself so he can be with Brina forever and ever because Netflix already has a sterling reputation for depicting teenage suicide? Bitch, am I supposed to think this is romantic???
Huh. So I mean, if that’s what you’re into, then sure.
You can watch season 4, all of which is streaming on Netflix.
That was just a sampling of questions I had, but if you have questions about the seasons or comments, then feel free to list ’em here or on our social media.
featured image via Netflix
Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. 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.