TV Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Part 2

Part two of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina sees Sabrina starting her new life at The Academy of Unseen Arts. She’s now a fully fledged witch involved in a burgeoning relationship with her classmate, Nick Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood) and throwing herself into her studies. It’s not long though before she realises that letting go of her mortal life won’t be that easy.

With Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle) ready to do whatever it takes to bring about his own backwards misogynistic tenets to the church, Sabrina comes directly into his firing line. It’s not helped by the fact that her Aunt Zelda (Miranda Otto) seems intent on marrying him. If that wasn’t enough, there are witch hunters on the loose, the Dark Lord has plans of his own for Sabrina, Lilith/Ms Wardwell (Abigail Cowen) is up to no good and Harvey (Ross Lynch) and Roz (Jaz Sinclair) are becoming more than just friends .

Last year the first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was my favourite show of the year. I was so excited for the second season that I could not wait for it to come out so I could devour it.

Honestly I was a little disappointed. Although this series still has some interesting storylines that reflect the idea of the Church of Night as a metaphor for the patriarchy it meanders around so much in the middle that I kind of wanted to just skip to the end. And the last couple of episodes really were very exciting… it just felt like it took too long to get there.

I hate to say this but I also started to find Sabrina herself a bit annoying. Morally torn part one Sabrina was so relateable but fully witchy Sabrina is so self-assured that she borders on arrogant.

Fortunately Ambrose (Chance Perdomo) is still a delight and Aunt Hilda (Lucy Davis) is my forever fave. She is basically pure #mumgoals.

While a lot of people don’t enjoy the socially conscious element of the show, I am a big fan. I like the fact that the show looks at relationships, sexuality, feminism and gender identity. People can pretend that these topics are not relevant to a teen fantasy show but they are part of human life and the more these topics are treated as normal the more conscious people will be.

The show has been renewed so there will be a further season. I definitely want to see more from Sabrina but I can’t help but feel like it could be on a downward slope.

3.5/5

10 Comments

  1. I remember Sabrina The Teenage Witch, from the 90s. I used to think the girl playing Sabrina was quite sexy. Looking back now, I am not so sure.
    I haven’t seen this modern version though.
    Best wishes, Pete.
    (On a side note, have you seen ‘After Life’? I just reviewed it, and think it is the absolute dog’s b******s.)

    1. I’ve not watched After Life yet but it’s on the list!

  2. The Happy Book Blog.

    I still need to watch this🙂

    1. I really enjoyed it but a lot of people really didn’t. I think it’s one of those that either clicks or doesn’t.

  3. I agree with you. My take was a lot more… let’s say… non-positive. But I focused on the positive and not the negative.

    1. It seems to be a bit of a love-hate show.

  4. I also have a few issues with this season but I really love how inclusive it is. It’s amazing that they touch topics like gender identity that are highly relevant today.

    1. The topics the show raises are excellent but it just didn’t live up to the first season.

  5. I must say, I tried to watch this show and didn’t even make it through the first season, I just disliked it so much. Keep wondering if I should try to finish it.

    1. It seems to be very love/hate.

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