Review: ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ answers season one questions

Despite drawn out conversations, 10 new episodes provide laughable moments


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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is a comic book series originally published by Archie Horror and has recently been picked up by Netflix. Season one, which was released on Oct. 26, 2018, had a strong rating from viewers. The season ended with Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) becoming a full-fledged witch who was no longer in a relationship with Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch). Her satanic powers gave her a new hairstyle, which provided Sabrina more confidence to start a new relationship with young warlock Nicholas Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood). The episodes of the second season were released on Friday, April 5, 2019, with new secrets and the revelation of the true origins of Sabrina.

Season two started out with the young teenage witch trying out various styles of clothing to combine with her new hairstyle. Sabrina is now fully ready to begin her life as a normal witch and pledge her soul to Satan (Luke Cook) as it is a tradition for witches and warlocks to do when they turn 16. However, knowing how Sabrina has defied him in multiple moments, their relationship might not be good. Satan is also known as the Dark Lord; once witches or warlocks write their names in his book, they receive their full powers. However, these powers come with side effects to one’s personality, and in turn, this makes the show more entertaining.

As a full-time student in the Academy of the Unseen Arts, Sabrina starts to embrace her witch side, until she angers Father Faustus Blackwood (Richard Coyle). The audience will be able to see more students in the Academy and the interactions provide a new view than just the usual main characters in the show. Sabrina rebels in the Academy, but because she is a witch she has to follow the rules making this season more talk and less action.

Betrayal is spread throughout all 10 episodes, making this season more dramatic and heartbreaking than ever before. Mary Wardwell, also known as Lilith (Michelle Gomez), has more screen time than ever, but her performance makes the audience doubt her wickedness. With how things are looking, Lilith could have her own church of worship just like Satan.

Sabrina’s aunt, Zelda Spellman (Miranda Otto), now teaches in the Academy under the influence of Father Blackwood. If she isn’t careful, secrets about a certain baby could be revealed and that’s what makes the episodes worth watching. Sabrina’s other aunt, Hilda Spellman (Lucy Davis), reveals her wicked side as her character’s image has turned for the better. Last season she was living too much in her sister Zelda’s shadow, but this season she is more independent.

Drama, evil kings, new main characters and the stealing of gum is what awaits viewers in the second season. Despite a good number of laughable moments, several conversations take up too much screen time making the season a bit boring. However, the few action parts make up for the boring parts. With all that is revealed in the season combined with the action, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” deserves 3.5 out of 5 stars.