Anyone who has enjoyed the magical aspect of Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina education should be pleased to see the second half of the series's first season doubled to [Harry] Potter and Buffy the Vampire Hunter while also drawing some Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings . One of the most consistent ideas proposed by George Lucas and J.R.R. Tolkien is that world-changing forces can easily be abused. In this last Sabrina run, the heroine's decision to sign her name in "The Book of the Beast" at the end of the first half of the season means that she is now one of the most capable witches on earth, and these new skills change them.
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The Season's Second Half The Netflix debut on Friday, April 5, includes 10 more episodes – though one of them, a Christmas special investigating Sabrina's family history, first appeared on Netflix in December. (Out of the nine new episodes, the critics were pioneers for five.) Though it's supposed to be the same season, Part 2 feels like a new phase for the show. Sabrina Fans should enjoy it anyway, but it certainly is different.
The biggest change is that the new episodes shift Baxter High's action away towards Sabrina's other school, the Academy of Unseen Arts. After helping to save the mortals in her hometown of Greendale, Sabrina decides to follow her suggestion that something sinister – or at least scarier than usual – happens to her father's strictly fundamentalist high priest, Faust Faust Blackwood. It becomes more active in the educational programs of the Church, in the hope of further exploring it and perhaps infiltrating it from within.
As Harry Potter, Buffy Summers, and several generations of Skywalkers and Bagginses have learned, evil pulls hard on those who approach it, even though they have good intentions. Kiernan Shipka is still the best reason to see the show, especially as Sabrina goes out between the open-minded, kind-hearted teenybopper she was at the beginning of the show and the more driven and occasionally evil young woman she becomes and her changes.
Fair Warning: Most of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina are still the biggest mistakes. Each chapter is exhaustingly long and usually runs in the range of one hour. The moments of lightness are too sparse and given the overall dark appearance and tone of the show, this can lead to punishment. The rare colorful moments are a treat, as in the opening sequence of Chapter 12, "The Epiphany," in which Sabrina turns in her room and tries on new outfits with magic. It's too bad that Aguirre-Sacasa and his creative team do not tap this funny site more often.
The second half has a more pleasing episodic structure, which is a welcome change since the mid-season Sabrina stuck in his own mythology. For example, "The Epiphany" is mainly about Sabrina challenging the Academy of the Unseen Arts' sexist rituals by competing with her new potential friend Nicholas Scratch in a series of challenges for the position of "Top Boy." Comparing to Harry Potter books are clearly intended.)
In Chapter 13, "The Passion of Sabrina Spellman", Sabrina returns briefly to Baxter High. where the Dark Lord Satan tempts her to use her powers to solve the problems of her friends. Chapter 14, "Lupercalia," finds out that Sabrina and Nick are attending the Academy's annual celebration of teenage debauchery. In the very good chapter 15, "Doctor Cerberus & # 39; House of Dread," a Tarot reader predicts the possible future possibilities of different characters.
The first three episodes of the second half of the season have staged parallel stories between the Academy and Baxter High. While Sabrina is against patriarchy in an attempt to become Top Boy, her friend Susie quits as a trans man – now called Theo – and tries it for the boys basketball team. While Baxter High releases a production of Romeo and Juliet (with Sabrina's best friend Roz and ex-boyfriend Harvey), the Academy of Unseen Arts organizes its own blasphemous desecration of a biblical story. The Lupercalia in chapter 14 takes place at the same time as the dance of Baxter's Valentine. And so on. The show contrasts the "normal" teenage life with what Sabrina does.
Chapters 15 and 16 begin to push further into the main story arc of this season, which includes the possible involvement of Father Faustus in the death of Pia Faustus, Sabrina's father, a high priest who campaigned for a liberalized, mortal-friendly Church of the Night. In the last episode, which was previously provided to the critics "Blackwood," there are no Baxter High characters other than the headmaster of the school, Madame Satan. Given what happens in Blackwood, it's possible that the rest of the season will be more serialized.
For this reason, the new episodes are unlikely to convince anyone who does not enjoy chilling Sabrina's Adventures earlier chapters. However, they show more depth than before and a stronger thematic command. Essentially, the producers still make a supernatural melodrama that makes fan-friendly references to previous genre favorites, including casting Buffy / by Angel Alexis Denisof and Twin Peaks ] / Ray Wise of Reaper in key roles. But they also bring a targeted, stubborn criticism of institutional sexism.
Even the vicious women of the show – Madame Satan, the Academy's popular girls, the "Weird Sisters," and Sabrina's aunt Zelda – are sympathetically framed by a male-dominated culture and are forced to exercise their power as ladies subjugate aggressive, moody men. In these new episodes, Theo's richest subplot is Theo, openly accepting the identity of a boy and quickly disappearing from private, male-only spaces where the boys bully and disparage.
What's most exciting about the second half of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina ? S first season, however, is how the heroine becomes the one she fights against. She attacks her satanic gifts and integrates herself so fully into the larger plans of the Church of Night that she may not come out. This is a classic fantasy hero dilemma, given new life by the spooky Shipka, who preserves Sabrina's curiosity and brightness, even as she delves deeper into the darkness. Their performance and the strong feminist perspective of the series give the old bow a new relevance.