All may be calm, but all is not bright when Chilling Adventures of Sabrina returns for its fourth and final season on Netflix.
2020 may not have been the best, but we were lucky enough to get two seasons of the series in the span of one year.
The beginning of the end introduces audiences to a rather calm Greendale; it’s so calm that the Fright Club hasn’t had a reason to get together and Sabrina is actually questioning her decision to stay in this realm rather than reign as the Queen of Hell. She even entertains the idea of paying Sabrina Morningstar a quick visit in Hell, but Ambrose immediately shuts it down informing his Coz that there may be cataclysmic dangers to the two of them being in the same place at the same time.
Without no evil to ward off, Sabrina is feeling rather useless and alone, especially as all her friends are coupled up. Roz and Harvey are still smitten with each other, Puck and Theo are still going strong, and Nick and Prudence are heating up. So, it’s not surprising that Sabrina is feeling single AF.
To curb her boredom, Hilda gives her a not-so-brilliant idea: give the Fright Club a spooky reason to get back together.
With Salem’s help, Sabrina conjures up Bloody Mary a.k.a everyone middle school millennial’s biggest fear. The show’s Bloody Mary works similarly to the urban legend that floated throughout the halls: if you say “Bloody Mary” three times in the mirror and she shows up.
When Billy takes to the halls screaming after his encounter with the frightening, bloodied ghost, the Fright Club doesn’t waste time eagerly leaping back into action to protect their town.
However, despite Bloody Marry’s chilling demeanor, the whole scene is rather anti-climatic.
After the Fright Club successfully helped fend off the Pagan’s, this “threat” is like beginner’s monster-hunting for them.
Harvey, who gets all of Bloody Mary’s guts splattered on him in a moment he calls “amazing,” and Theo don’t catch on to the facade as quickly as Roz does thanks to her cunning.
She confronts Sabrina about the staged “evil,” and Sabrina confesses that she did it because she missed her friends, which leads Roz to acknowledge the sad but real reality that they’re all changing and growing up. They’ll always be friends, but they’re going to drift and go in their own directions. It’s a harsh realization for Sabrina, who is used to being at the center of everything for the past few seasons (which have really only spanned a year, believe it or not!)
Of course, this is Greendale, so the boredom doesn’t last for long. Spectral miners, soldiers of the Absolute Darkness – the first Eldritch Terror seemingly summoned by Faustus Blackwood, now the leader of the Pilgrims of the Night church – have descended upon the small town to snuff out all the light.
Their darkness is suffocating and preys on everyone’s biggest insecurities and fears. All of the Spellmans have a brush in with the miners. Ambrose and Sabrina spot them knocking out lights around town, while Zelda and Hilda come face-to-face with one that has infiltrated the Academy of the Unseen Arts.
Ambrose and Sabrina astral-project the the source of the darkness: the 1943 disaster that saw miners dying in darkness, but they quickly retreat when they realize they aren’t physically or emotionally prepared.
When the power goes out across Greendale, Ambrose, Sabrina, Nick and Prudence quickly concoct a plan to confront the first terror before the darkness consumes Greendale and shortly, the rest of the world.
Ambrose’s plan is to attack the darkness on multiple fronts.
Nick eagerly teams up with the Fright Club to lure out the miners with light so that they are not an obstacle. Prudence seeks out the help of Zelda, her lover Mambo Marie, and the rest of the coven, who now worship the Dark Mother Hecate.
And Sabrina gets her wish as she visits Sabrina Morningstar in Hell and asks for her to join her as she travels to the center of the darkness so they can get illuminate it from within.
Hell is one heck of a party as Sabrina witnesses prom night, which Sabrina Morningstar says happens every night. Okay, so maybe hell really is hell disguised as “fun.” Who wants to do prom night every night!?
Sabrina Morningstar agrees to help Sabrina because “a threat to one is a threat to both.” She’s the first to go into the void.
But even the Queen of Hell isn’t immune to being tormented and dragged down by her insecurities. In the same way that intrusive thoughts work in real life, Sabrina Morningstar begins to believe the voice that’s repetitively vocalizing her biggest fears such as no one loving her.
When the light begins to dim again, Sabrina enters the void and finds Sabrina Morningstar in shambles. She attempts to convince her to ignore the negative self-talk, and the duo once again begin to snuff out the darkness together as the voice intensifies in an attempt to shut them down.
Ambrose notices that the Sabrinas are being overpowered and calls upon Prudence and the rest of the coven to help two “sister’s” out.
Of course, poor Zelda and Hilda had no idea that Sabrina was literally inside the darkness, but when do they ever truly know what she’s up to?
Hearing the support of their Aunties and the coven, Sabrina and Sabrina Morningstar gain the strength and confidence to successfully defeat the first Eldritch terror and save Greendale.
Faustus Blackwood tells Sister Julia (previously known as Agatha) that while they didn’t succeed with darkness engulfing the planet, there are still eight other terrors and each one more harrowing than the next.
As Blackwood plots Greendale’s demise, Sabrina agrees to go on two dates with “inexperienced” Carl from Baxter High and Melvin from the Academy. Two boyfriends for Sabrina? She’s always up for the challenge.
After saving the world yet again, Sabrina and Sabrina Morningstar vow to keep their friendship a secret and celebrate with a little dance party together.
Other Important Moments
- Wardwell doesn’t seem to be doing all that well and turning to alcohol to drown her demons. Of course, this makes her an easy target for the Pilgrims of the Night church as she attends one of Blackwood’s seminars and then successfully embraces the darkness so that she doesn’t die. Does she remember what happened to her?
- Zelda and Mambo Marie are together and getting hot and heavy.
- Hilda and Dr. Cerebrus are the cutest.
- Riverdale apparently has condom machines in school, which is fitting if you’ve ever seen an episode of Riverdale.
‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ Review – A Murder Mystery Within a Murder Mystery
If you’re a murder mystery fanatic who enjoyed the original Knives Out, you’re likely looking forward to what Rian Johnson has in store for you this time around.
And you’re probably wondering—can the second installment capture, bottle up, and sell the essence of the first film once again? Unfortunately, it cannot.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery takes a stab at it—yet misses the mark, though not entirely. If you ordered a margarita, this would be a watered-down margarita–slightly less potent but still enjoyable enough.
The first film was a smashing success mainly because it delivered the eerie vibe of an old-school whodunit. However, the classic elements that made the first one so great are no longer present in the sequel. It’s glitz, glamor, and gadgets, first and foremost. With a heavy tech focus and set amid a backdrop of a luxury private island, it doesn’t necessarily align with what fans may be expecting, nor does it benefit from falling under the Knives Out umbrella. In fact, I think labeling it as a Knives Out mystery may have led to the confusion since tonally, it feels more adjacent to Death on the Nile.
That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed Death on the Nile, so once I came in with an open mind, Glass Onion turned out to be a thrilling journey from beginning to end. The pristine locations, top-notch action, and eccentric characters all lent themselves to the wonder.
We’re not playing your mom’s version of Clue as the film bypasses the typical murder mystery aesthetic, which becomes evident almost immediately, however, it’s crafted with just as much, if not more, love from Johnson, who knows he has to live up to some pretty high expectations.
The second film is ambitious, serving up multiple murder mysteries in one. The murder mystery within a murder mystery makes it difficult to have any plausible theories until about halfway through when the film starts walking the storyline back and peeling the layers of the very complex onion.
And while I personally thought the murderer’s identity was far too obvious—isn’t that always the case? Isn’t the killer always starting your right in the face?—it was still a satisfying resolution. The clues are all there from the beginning if you dare pay close attention…and it’s that attention to detail and intricacies that make the Knives Out franchise such a hit.
The writers managed to trip audiences up with an added plot twist so well crafted, it could shock even the sleuthiest of sleuths, including Benoit Blanc.
Daniel Craig’s gentleman detective is the only familiar thread between the two films, and it’s comforting to hear his Southern drawl once again, because this time, you know exactly what to expect from him. You’ve seen him in action and you know how his mind works, so even if it doesn’t seem like he has a handle on the situation, he knows more than he’s letting on.
He has a pulse on the new mystery, coming in knowing more than anyone on the island—or the audience—knows, but at times, it sure does seem like he’s lost his edge. And that’s the point… the minute you let your guard down, and when you think the game has gotten away from him, he cracks the case most brilliantly.
I didn’t think we’d see Craig headline another franchise after Bond, but here we are, and having a damn good time at that, especially as the film takes on a more comedic tone. The laid-back nature of the film allows Benoit to have some fun and not take himself so seriously– he doesn’t need to prove himself this time around—and fans can let loose and get lost in the plot without feeling too bogged down by the murderous twists, of which there are plenty.
The new group of suspects—because let’s be honest, that’s what they are—is a group of old friends who refer to themselves as the “disruptors.” However, the only thing being truly disrupted is their fun murder mystery party on the island when a real-life murder occurs and sends their little getaway into disarray. Through this real-life murder, we begin to unearth a little more about each character, learning their motivation and relationship with the victim(s) play a crucial role in solving this mystery. And though I found it slightly difficult to connect with any specific character on a deeper level, or even feel any empathy for them, the variety of personalities, backgrounds, and social statuses, makes them all worthy suspects.
Knives Out capitalized on a star-studded cast the first time around, and Johnson somehow managed to once again pull off bringing so much talent into one room, nabbing a cast that holds a candle to the original, including Edward Norton as tech guru Miles Bron (the owner of the Glass Onion), Kathryn Hahn as governor Claire Debella, and Kate Hudson as a carefree socialite named Birdie Jay, to name a few. There might not be a Chris Evans sweater moment, but they’re a good bunch that fit the tone of the film.
My biggest complaint isn’t even a complaint, but rather, an observation of how easily I was distracted by the name Andi, which should never be used for another character in a movie starring Hudson. True fans of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days will understand the sheer confusion of a movie referencing Andi but not actually referring to Hudson. That was a mystery in itself.
And just when you thought there couldn’t be more star power, there are plenty of Easter eggs and unexpected guest appearances—we’re looking at you, Hugh Grant.
The bottom line is that if you go in with zero expectations stemming from the first film, you won’t be disappointed. The films are distinctly different, but they’ll both make you put your detective skills to use.
It’s a worthy sequel that allows Johnson to flex his funny bone while doing what he does best—crafting a mystery that will keep you on your toes from beginning to end. He proves that there isn’t one way, or a right way, to do a murder mystery, and what makes them so enjoyable and enticing every single time is that they are one giant game for everyone involved.
Where Can I Stream Knives Out?
The first Knives Out film is currently not streaming on Netflix, and there’s no word if the streaming giant will be able to acquire rights before the second film premieres.
Knives Out 2 Cast?
Here’s a breakdown of the Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery cast:
- Daniel Craig As Detective Benoit Blanc
- Edward Norton As Miles Bron
- Janelle Monáe As Cassandra “Andi” Brand
- Kathryn Hahn As Claire Debella
- Leslie Odom Jr. As Lionel Toussaint
- Kate Hudson As Birdie Jay
- Jessica Henwick As Peg
- Dave Bautista As Duke Cody
- Madelyn Cline As Whiskey
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Release Date
The second installment in the Knives Out franchise was released on November 23 for a limited theatrical run for about a week. It will now debut on Netflix on December 23, 2023, which is perfect for your Christmas Eve and Christmas Day viewing.
Freddie Prinze Jr. Is Back! Everything We Know About the ‘Christmas With You’ Heartthrob
Freddie Prinze Jr., the ’90s heartthrob, is back on our TV screens in Netflix’s newest holiday rom-com, Christmas With You.
In the film, Prinze Jr. stars as a Latino single father, Miguel Torres, who teaches music class at his daughter Cristina’s (Deja Monique Cruz) school when his path unexpectedly crosses with Angelina (Aimee Garcia), a burnt out popstar looking for her next Christmas hit.
The actor, who starred in hits like She’s All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer, admitted he felt pretty nervous getting back into the swing of things, but thankfully, it seems to be paying off as the film is being well-received by audiences for it’s heartwarming and important message.
And now, we’re answering some of your burning questions about the leading man!
What Ethnicity is Freddie Prinze Jr.?
Since Prinze Jr. stars as a Hispanic father, the question of his ethnicity has come up quite frequently. The star reportedly embraces his Latin ancestry as his paternal grandmother was Puerto Rican, from Boquerón, so he is fluent in Spanish. His mom is of Italian descent, along with German, English, and Irish.
Does Freddie Prinze Jr. Have Kids?
Prinze Jr. shares two children with his wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar—13-year-old Charlotte Grace Prinze and 10-year-old Rocky James Prinze.
In fact, the actor told TODAY that his return to acting has a lot to do with his daughter, stating, “My daughter has taken an interest in acting and performing, dance and things like that. So both my wife and I wanted to take a more active role to show her the way, so to speak, because we have very different processes (with) the way we deal with success and failure, rejection and acceptance and all those things.
“We wanted to give her an opportunity to see that it’s not just being famous, limousines and millions of dollars and all that. It requires a lot of sacrifice and a lot of hard work, time away from the people you love,” he added.
Freddie Prinze Jr. Age
Since many of us grew up watching Prinze Jr. in the ’90s and early ’00s, we still think of him as this teen actor, but the truth is that he is 46 years old.
Freddie Prinze Jr. Wife
As mentioned before, Prinze Jr. wed his Scooby-Doo co-star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, in 2002. In fact, the couple met on the set of 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer, but didn’t start dating until a few years later in 2000.
They recently celebrated their 20th anniversary together, with Gellar sharing a sweet photo from the nuptials in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Instagram.
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Who Plays Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Love Interest on Christmas With You?
Aimee Garcia, best known for her role as Jamie Batista in Showtime’s Dexter, takes on the role of Prinze Jr.’s love interest and pop sensation Angelina Chavez Torres, who visits the small town where Prinze Jr’s character, Miguel, lives with his daughter, who is preparing for her quinceanera. Her big holiday wish? To meet the pop star who remains the only connection to her late mom.
Christmas With You is currently airing on Netflix.
Virgin River Season 4 Episode 1 Premiere Review – All Is Not Calm In This Scenic Town
All is not calm in this scenic town, but you already knew that?
However, if you didn’t know what to expect when Virgin River Season 4 returned to your screens, you probably didn’t anticipate the first episode to kick off with a very pregnant Mel walking with Jack. You assume you’re getting a glimpse of what’s to come, but suddenly, Mark, very much alive, comes their way as a debate erupts over who the father of the child actually is.
Thankfully, it’s just a nightmare (though, Mel might see it as a dream), and a peek into Jack’s current mental state when it comes to how he’s coping with the pregnancy news.
It doesn’t take long before the series dives right in where we left off dishing out the expected dose of drama, feel-good moments, and that gorgeous, picturesque scenery.
Mel and Jack arrive at the doctor’s office where she’s classified as a high-risk pregnancy because of her previous stillbirth. Jack continues to worry about Mel throughout the episode, which isn’t helping her since she doesn’t want to make a fuss about it. She informs him that when she was expecting with Mark, they did everything by the book and still lost a child, so her plan is just to live her life this time around and hope for the best. It’s not an easy thing to accept, but who can blame Mel for not wanting to worry when anything can go wrong regardless?
A new doctor blows into town, and since he’s a young, good-looking man, it stirs up a lot of gossip! Not only is Dr. Cameron Hayek a looker, but he’s also a great guy! But he’s no competition for Jack, even if the town’s people are hoping for some kind of love triangle strictly for their own entertainment.
Jack asks Mel not to tell her sister, Jo, about the baby as he wants to keep it a secret for a little longer, but Joey knows something is up when she calls Mel. When breaks the news to her, she informs her that she’s not sure who the father is. Either way, Joey is thrilled and knows this is what Mel has always wanted.
Jack continues to worry about Mel throughout the episode, which isn
Anette O’Toole is back as Hope, but this isn’t the snappy and spunky woman we’ve come to know. Hope is recovering from a traumatic accident that led to a brain injury, so she’s not feeling like herself. Everyone is kind of tip-toeing around her as she deals with her new reality, particularly when it comes to Lily. Hope asks Doc if Lily is mad at her because she’s not returning her calls. Her brain blocked out the information that Lily passed away, and Doc does his best to avoid the topic at all costs because he doesn’t want to inhibit her recovery in any way. When Lizzie volunteers to take care of Hope, she accidentally reveals that Lily is dead. Once she realizes Hope doesn’t know, she panics and calls Doc who comes to inform Hope that she knew about Lily’s death and was actually on her way to the funeral when she got into the accident.
As Doc deals mostly with Hope’s memory loss and recovery, he’s shocked to hear that there has been a young man looking for him claiming that he’s his grandfather. Obviously, since he had no children, he doesn’t really believe it. But at the end of the episode, Denny arrives on his doorstep and informs him that Rose Miller gave him Doc’s information. Doc recognizes Rose’s name immediately, but he also thought she died 49 years ago. The fact that he remembers how many years have passed means that she meant a great deal to him. Will Rose somehow be involved in the series?
Her appearance is brief, thankfully, but she does divulge that she’s expecting boys, a secret she’s conveniently keeping from Jack. I just feel bad for the kids because she clearly doesn’t value Jack as their father and is going to make being in their lives as hard for him as possible.
Preacher doesn’t have much action in the first episode, but considering the nature of his storyline, I’m sure it will change soon enough. He’s worried that he hasn’t heard back from the PI about Vince after he kidnapped Christopher. He considers taking the whole thing public but decides against it because he doesn’t want to spook Vince into hiding. Eventually, he’ll slip up and they’ll be able to find Christopher safe and sound. Hopefully.
Brady is in jail, which is quite a scary place to be when you’ve betrayed a whole gang and are responsible for the raid that landed them all in prison, including Jimmy. He keeps trying to reach out to Brie and even requested a bail hearing, but things are moving pretty slowly. Jack suggests that maybe Brady was framed. He notes that Brady is a lot of things, but dumb isn’t one of them, so the chances of him driving around with the gun in his Jeep are slim.
Brie goes on a job interview as she hopes to stay in Virgin River and make a life for herself here. After everything that transpired between Brady and Jack with the arrest, she chooses to ignore her former lover’s calls from prison. Will she eventually hear him out and let him explain his side of the story?
Hope is still in such a fragile place — how will she react to the news that Doc had a son and is a grandfather? Gossip travels fast in town, so it’s best if Doc tells her before she hears in the same way she found out about Lily.
Who do you think the father of Mel’s child is? It’s such a unique situation, and she’d likely be happy with either outcome. How will her pregnancy affect the storyline moving forward? Is the new doctor hitting on her or is he just super friendly?
Is Charmaine out of line? Will Brady survive in prison?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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