Now that I’ve finally been able to catch up on the third season of Netflix’s dark fantasy series, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” I have some thoughts. But before I got back into Sabrina’s world, I had a few setbacks — which included binge watching the wrong show, "Zumbo’s Just Desserts.” While the Australian series centered on a baking competition was both terrible and mesmerizing, I was so glad to get back on track with our favorite witch and her dysfunctional life in Greendale.
The third season is comprised of eight episodes all running about an hour each, like the previous seasons, but something was off with our witch friend. Unlike other seasons where I was glued to the screen and unable to turn away, this time I found myself turning off the binge session frustrated with Sabrina and her antics. A few times I even, *holds breath,* scrubbed through sections of dialogue. Sabrina, the baddest witch, was not the same. It took no time for me to discover what the issue was and why I became so undone with what was unfolding on the screen.
Boys! Sabrina let her emotions over boys ruin everything! Multiple monumental moments happened throughout the season when Sabrina’s friends or coven needed her most yet she was worried about a stupid, silly, hormonal boy.
The season begins with Sabrina risking her life and the lives of her friends to go to Hell and retrieve Nick (boyfriend) from Lilith (Queen of Hell) in Pandemonium (the city in Hell).
Oh, did I forget to mention that Nick has the devil/satan inside of him? Last season, Nick literally sacrificed himself and his body to be the prison to entrap the devil aka Sabrina’s real father. Such a great boyfriend.
After almost getting herself and her friends killed in the first 30 minutes of the first episode, Sabrina forges a deal with Lilith to take over as Queen of Hell. This moment is the beginning of the plot that will follow our protagonist throughout the season.
Because of her silly affliction called love, Sabrina continues to put herself, her family and her friends in danger.
Sabrina works with Dorian, the owner of the exclusive nightclub, Dorian’s Gray Room, to help extract blood from an angel witch-hunter. While draining the blood, Sabrina is distracted by screams in the next room; her boyfriend Nick was purposely being whipped by sex demons. This distraction allowed Dorian to drink most of the blood they had managed to extract. That left only a small vial for Sabrina to bring back to her coven to restore their power they had lost.
I wanted to reach into my computer screen and slap Sabrina and tell her to stop letting her emotions get in the way. Following her emotions have only put her, her friends and coven in further danger. Fortunately for her, the moment she comes back to her senses happens in a less violent way. Prudence Blackwood, Sabrina’s former nemesis and finger wave goddess, sees Sabrina struggling to get over her emotions when Nick breaks up with her. With the help of Prudence, Sabrina realizes how she has done everything for him and in return she received nothing.
Although this revelation is great —#breakupwithyourboyfriend — it happens a little too late. We are on the seventh of eight episodes and now we have to fix all the issues that have arisen because Sabrina focused all her energy on saving her boyfriend.
Whenever the Netflix gods decide to release the fourth season of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” let’s hope our favorite young witch does not base her emotions off her love for a boy. And if so, the next season will be just as tumultuous and annoying as the previous one.