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[Netflix Review] Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 2 (2019) ★★★★★

Sabrina Spellman strikes a match with The Dark Lord behind her in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 2

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina gets hotter as the ascent to hell gets closer.


Hell has no fury but a woman subjugated. This second season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina digs deeper into the prophecy about Sabrina and delivers some shocking truths, an epic ending, with a lot of hellish adventures on the way.

It all gets a little bit more serious, the stakes are higher, there are new enemies, new loves, sinister plots, with a main underlying theme that addresses the subjugation of women. It’s a lot to take in this season, a lot is happening but this season takes its time to give everything as much attention and focus at it deserves and is needed to unravel the story of Sabrina the teenage witch.

This second season consists of 9 episodes with each a duration of 54-63 minutes. With no filler scenes, only thrills, romance and humor, it’s a continuing story that is waiting to be unraveled and that won’t disappoint. 


Plot

After Sabrina has signed her name in the Book of the Beast, things have changed, for her, for her family and her friends. But what she doesn’t know yet, is that a sinister plot has already set in motion and she is a pawn in Lucifer’s game to full fill a hellish prophecy. In the mean time she tries to change the Church of Night, falls in love with Nicolas Scratch and helps her friends with their personal problems. 

But Faustus Blackwood has his own plans for the Church to convert it to the Church of Judas and to return to the old ways, with his misogynistic and old fashioned hateful doctrine. While Miss Wardwell/Lilith has her own plans to kill Sabrina and to claim her throne. 


Why you should watch it

This second season has some important themes about love, sexism, the subjugation of women and why men nor women tend to put a stop to this unjust practices. It’s like Lilith said that it was all she ever knew. A sad and weak reason, as Sabrina notices. But a still very much alive reason today.

These themes about why women are suppressed or why they let themselves be subjugated is well woven into the story, without a preachy or activistic tone to the audience. It’s through Sabrina others can stand up against evil powers and she shows them that it is possible and this series can do the same for its viewers. 

Aside from this, this second season has a lot to offer. Some scary fun moments, a lot of humorous scenes often subtle but fun, many references to other horror films, whilst the story of Sabrina gets more and more unraveled in a sinister shocking twist for Sabrina.

But there is a lot of romance too. Sabrina and Nick fall in love, as well as Harvey and Roz. Zelda gets married to Faustus for power, but it turns out to be a huge deception. Hilda and Dr. Cee hook up and he turns out to be possessed by an incubus. Even Lilith falls for the charmes and true love of Miss Wardwell’s finance Adam.

Not all is paradise in hell, because not every love turns out to be true love, some struggle, some get deceived, some get really hurt and others are betrayed. Luckily Hilda and Dr. Cee are doing just fine. 

But there are some serious moments as well. The doctrine of Faustus is horrible, the arrival of witch hunter angels is terrifying and the imprisonment of Ambrose who is accused of killing the anti-pope is intense and his almost execution is horrifying. 

Of course Sabrina doesn’t sit back, but fights back to set right all injustices and wrongdoings. Not always in a successful way but always with her heart in the right place. But like the first season already proved: the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And at the end of this season she faces the severe consequences of all her good doings. The ending is as ironic as it is epic and has a grand finale when all the elements of the series come together. 

Just like the first season, it’s a well balanced second season, with great cinematography, great dialogues, outstanding acting, storytelling at its best and is socially relevant as well. 


My favorite part

When Sabrina wants to get rid of her powers she does a mandrake spell, unknowingly putting all of her witching powers into a mandrake root who resembles her as a clone like the pod people from Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). She even does the pointing and screaming part. It’s a lot of fun and a great reference and an ode to the original story, while making it their own as well.

This series has a unique voice even though it can remind you of Buffy the Vampire Slayer sometimes due to the new established Fright Club by Harvey, Roz and Theo who keep Sabrina and the story grounded. Their actions in the last episode proves them real fighters of evil and true friends.

This second season is a great follow-up on the first season, making the story complete but has an opening for many more stories and adventures to come too. 


Ratings

Rating: ★★★★★

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), Ross Lynch (Harvey), Jaz Sinclair (Rosalind), Lachlan Watson (Susie/Theo), Tati Gabrielle (Prudence), Gavin Leatherwood (Nicholas) Alessandro Juliani (Dr. Cee) and Richard Coyle (Faustus).

Music: Adam Taylor. Cinematography: Craig Powell, Stephen Maier. Production companies: Archie Comics Publications, Warner Bros. Television. Original network: Netflix.


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