All those who have invested in Sabrina and co.’s adventures for the last two years, will finally get an answer as in whether or not our beloved gang will succeed in rescuing Nick out of the depths of Hell. Part 2 was ten times darker than when we first started hanging out with the Spellman-family, and you better get ready for an even darker ride of biblical proportions, and hope everyone survives this part in Sabrina’s story.

Part Three of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina kicks off exactly where we left. Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) has defeated her father Lucifer (Luke Cook), yet the Dark Lord remains trapped within the human prison of her beloved boyfriend, Nicholas (Gavin Leatherwood). ‘Brina and her loyal mortal friends Harvey (Ross Lynch), Ros (Jaz Sinclair) and Theo (Lachlan Watson) – aka “The Fright Club” – embark on an emotional mission to free Sabrina’s love from eternal damnation, before he burns in Hell under Madam Satan’s (Michelle Gomez) watchful eye. However, the Dark Lord’s unseating has sent shockwaves through the realms – and, with no one on the throne, Sabrina must assume the title of “Queen” to defend it against a challenger, the handsome Prince of Hell, Caliban (Sam Corlett). Meanwhile, in Greendale, a mysterious carnival rolls into town, bringing with it a threat to the Spellmans and the coven: a tribe of pagans looking to resurrect an ancient evil…

If you thought Sabrina’s journey in the last season was dark, when she wore a crown made out of thorns and condemned a group of Christian devil hunters (aka Angels) to the deepest pits of Hell – you better close your eyes now, because shit’s about to get DARK! This third season is more of the same, yet more elevated, more developed and goes deeper than you ever thought was possible. Harvey and Rosalind’s relationship grows at a steady and very steamy pace, while Theo finally gets noticed by a mysterious young man, who arrives at a most unusual moment, to conquer his heart. The romance in this season is passionate. When their virginity becomes an important part in whether they’ll survive the Apocalypse or not, these tender relationships get put under a lot of pressure.

More magic, more myths and legends and a lot more creatures inspirit every episode. Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) is a force to be reckoned with. Her on screen presence and chemistry with literally every other character is not just powerful, but godlike. This is an actress who developed her character on screen so gracefully, without ever letting down the energy that is clearly needed to convince an audience into believing she is Sabrina. A very important part of this season revolves around Prudence Night (Tati GabrielleThe 100), who’s even more badass than in the previous two parts, yet it feels like she’s just there to “slice and dice” and bring an extra layer of emotion in what’s already a rollercoaster of shocks and thrills.

A crossover between Riverdale and Greendale – which takes place in the same universe – seems imminent and fans of the other “dale” will definitely pick up on some references and even characters that visit the town. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina does confidently stand on its own and doesn’t need to cross paths with anyone from the other town. It might not have as big of a fanbase as Riverdale, but it’s clearly the superior and less melodramatic show of the two. We do get a bit more of a Riverdale-vibe, with Sabrina as a cheerleader, and “The Fright Club” performing famous pop-rock numbers – such as Wheatus’ “Teenage Dirtbag”, in their garage. It is however, the inventiveness and originality of the series’ (developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa – who also created Riverdale) screenplay, that really knows how to keep a steady pace and never shows signs of slowing down.

Part Three of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is an addictive hell-bent thrill ride from start to finish, you’ll have to make sure you don’t find yourself dreaming about pagans, banshees or voodoo priestesses. What’s actually an eight hour long film, will have you laughing maniacally at how demonically delicious this season turns out to be. You’d be crazy not to sell your soul to the devil – that’s how wicked it is!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Netflix Review – ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Part 3

Reviewed on Netflix, Sydney, Jan. 14, 2020. Australian Classification: MA15+. Running time: 8 x 1 hour.

PRODUCTION: A Netflix release of an Archie Comics Publications, Warner Bros. Television production. Producers: Jennifer Lence, Ian R. Smith. Co-Producers: Carl Ogawa, Joshua Conkel, Amy Myrold. Elle McLeland. Executive producers: Lee Toland Krieger, Jon Goldwater, Sarah Schechter, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti.

CREW: Directors: Rob Seidenglanz, Alex Pillai, Viet Nguyen, Roxanne Benjamin, Michael Goi, Craig William MacNeill. Screenplay: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Ross Maxwell, Oanh Ly, Donna Thorland, Matthew Barry, Joshua Conkel, Lindsay Calhoon Bring, Daniel King. Developed by: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Based upon the comic book by: Archie Comics. Camera: Stephen Maier, Craig Powell, Stephen Jackson. Editors: Amy Stuvland Parks, Elizabeth Czyzewski, Leigh Dodson, Joseph Hatton. Music: Adam Taylor.

WITH: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Michelle Gomez, Jaz Sinclair, Lachlan Watson, Gavin Leatherwood, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Richard Coyle, Miranda Otto.

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