The third of the eldritch terrors – the Weird – has arrived in Greendale on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Episode 3.
This terror came directly to Faustus Blackwood, who eagerly offered up his own body to host the Weird One. Unfortunately, the entity wasn’t interested because it had its eye on another… Sabrina Spellman, who it deemed stronger than Blackwood.
You know that had to bruise his ego.
Mary Wardwell suggested a Trojan horse in order to get close to Sabrina. A corpse containing the entity is delivered to the Spellman Mortuary.
Despite the threats facing Greendale, Sabrina is more focused on romance as she does a spell to essentially grow her own boyfriend that’s sweet and sensitive like Harvey and powerful with a dash of danger like Nick.
I couldn’t help but chuckle at the fact that the “Grow a Boyfriend” is actually something you can purchase at an actual store. Magical powers not included.
Also, Sabrina may be an all-powerful witch, but she’s also relatable. After going on two bad dates, she realized it’s a waste of time when she can just make her ideal man. A true icon.
Ambrose holds a seminar to prepare the coven for the terrors to come, but well, he doesn’t seem to know much about how to stop them. All Ambrose is really able to divulge is that they are inhuman, unkillable, and world-destroying, which doesn’t exactly elicit confidence.
On the plus side, he shows the coven Harvey and Roz’s prophetic clues about the six additional terrors to come so that they can prepare, remain vigilant, and report any strange disturbances and manifestations.
Of course, this begs the question how two mere mortals were able to see and draw the images. While Harvey chocks it up to Roz’s sixth sense, Mambo Marie becomes intrigued and believes there’s more to the story.
She appears at Roz’s home later that day to inform her that she is no cunning woman but a Weird woman, better known as a witch, who is crucial to helping the coven fight off the terrors.
Roz isn’t convinced, but a visit from Nana reveals that the voodoo Queen is right. Since the Walker women were god-fearing Christian women, they couldn’t exactly refer to themselves as witches, so they embraced the term “cunning women” instead.
Mambo Marie emphasizes that they need Roz’s powers to help defeat the eldritch terrors.
Roz eventually visits the Academy and proves her skills by correctly guessing all the cards in a deck while blindfolded. Prudence is shooketh.
Roz’s arrival comes at the right time as she also warns the ladies that the king’s from hell are coming for Lilith’s baby.
Remember on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Episode 2 when Sabrina Morningstar told Sabrina that Caliban was marrying her for the right reasons? Turns out, Sabrina was right to be skeptical because he put on a good act.
With the Queen of Hell and Lucifer Morningstar off touring the nine circles of Hell, Caliban plots his reign and does a spell to speed up Lilith’s pregnancy as he “won’t have his title threatened by Lucifer and Lilith’s bastard.” Ego-driven and power-hungry, much?
Lilith realizes something is wrong and escapes to the mortal realm where she begs Aunt Zelda to help her deliver her baby.
Aunt Zelda gathers the coven, who shares Lilith’s pain and helps her deliver “the perfect little devil.” Media often portrays catty women turning on each other, so it’s a powerful scene that shows how supportive women can be when they come together.
Caliban is upset that Lilith got away, so he sends the king’s to fetch the baby so he can kill it. The coven once again bands together to protect baby Adam from Caliban’s wrath. Aunt Zelda then offers Lilith permanent shelter.
Lucas Hunt, a new student arrives at Baxter High, and partners up with Sabrina. He asks her to dinner, but she immediately shuts it down. Roz questions why she won’t give such a good looking guy a chance, and considering the Grow a Boyfriend is still “growing” in her bathtub, Sabrina changes her mind.
During the date, she gets super personal and explains that she’s been feeling quite lost in life as she doesn’t understand where she fits into the grand scheme of the universe. Ugh, being 16, am I right?
While the date ends with a promising kiss on the cheek, Sabrina later finds herself in the tub as Lucas manifests himself as the Weird.
The next day in class, Sabrina hears a high-pitched sound while attempting to dissect a squid.
Lucas offers to take her home. The two begin hooking up when he pushes her off because her tonuge feels really weird. When he takes a look at it, he flees quickly as Sabrina realizes her tongue resembles a slimy octopus. That’s bound to ruin the mood.
Ambrose explains that she’s turning into a squid-human hybrid as her body hosts a parasitic entity resembling an octopus aka The Weird, which hopes to use her body to attack the Earth.
Ambrose does a full-body scan to find that the octopus is inside her intestines. While they need to act quickly, it becomes evident that trying to cut Sabrina open will only kill her. Their only option is to make Sabrina’s body inhospitable by draining it of water so that the octopus won’t be able to survive.
The process is dangerous as draining the body could cause her organs to shut down.
Nick assists in the process because he’s worried about Sabrina, but everything goes smoothly as she throws up the octopus.
The next day at school, Sabrina begins channeling the Weird during class and orders everyone to kill themselves to become nourishment for The Void.
For some reason, Lucas isn’t affected by the spell bares witness to all of it. When Ambrose realizes what’s happening, he books it to the school and Sabrina to fight it by reminding her that she’s stronger than the Weird. When he’s unsuccessfully, he puts her under a spell and brings her home.
Sabrina is in a dream trance when she comes face-to-face with the Weird as it informs her that she was the strongest host and also the most vulnerable one.
Upon waking up, Ambrose informs her that despite their procedure to rid her of the octopus, she’s still being puppeteered by the Weird as it attached itself to her cerebellum (her consciousness).
Since Sabrina wants to be free of the Weird, Ambrose suggests infecting her brain with every disease known to witch and mankind as to make it inhospitable.
This is a bit more dangerous than draining her body of water as Ambrose tells her she has to have a stronger will than the Weird.
Nick is on-hand once again, and when Sabrina begins struggling to sing her mantra, he helps guide her by singing along with her. It may be the cutest moment of the whole series, and I’m not sure how Sabrina didn’t fall back in love with Nick in that exact moment.
After defeating the third eldritch terror, Sabrina learned that Lucas transferred to Riverdale High, which honestly, makes sense but also might not be that much better for him in the long run. Riverdale is just as crazy as Greendale!
Sabrina then confronts her inner-demons of loneliness and realizes that she needs to learn how to be alone and figure out who she is without a man. We’re here for a mature Sabrina.
Roz realizes she can’t tell Harvey that she’s a witch, but agrees to join Mambo Marie and Prudence in observing the realms for significant disruptions due to the coming of The Void via the eldritch terrors.
Despite pushing back initially, Prudence accepts Roz and declares the three of them the new “Weird Sisters.”
Faustus Blackwood is not concerned that the Weird failed because the next terror, the Perverse, is his favorite.
“The eldritch terror shall serve Blackwood,” he declares.
Considering that Sabrina and co. are three for three in defeating the terrors, maybe he should be a little more worried?
What did you think of the episode? What was your favorite moment?
‘Berlin’ Is the ‘Money Heist’ Spinoff We Never Knew We Needed
Berlin is the Money Heist spinoff we never knew we needed… but we’re so glad it’s almost here.
Since Berlin (Pedro González Alonso) was hands-down the most captivating (and problematic) character in the Spanish heist drama, fans always wanted to get to know more of him, especially after he sacrificed himself in the season 1 finale for his team, largely due to his terminal illness, redeeming himself in the process.
Quickly rising the ranks as a fan-favorite, the writers kept Berlin’s spirit alive in the following seasons via flashbacks, noting that he always had a hand in the planning of the heists, even if he wasn’t around to see them through. And it became more and more clear that there was an unsatiable thirst from audiences to explore additional parts of the character’s origin story; thus, a prequel to Money Heist focusing solely on Berlin’s prior escapades only made sense.
As seen in the later season of Money Heist, or La Casa de Papel, Berlin garnered even more intrigue when his son, Rafael (Patrick Criado) joined the heist. The former Electronics Engineer from MIT is Berlin’s prodigal son, whose only request was not to end up a thief like his father, also drew attention after entering a relationship with his father’s wife, Tatiana. It’s a lot to unpack, clearly, but it’s also proof that there was nothing boring or mediocre about Berlin’s life in the slightest, at any point.
So, again, it warrants a spinoff that digs even deeper into this complex, charismatic, and morally questionable character we’ve all come to love.
When he joined the Professor’s group in the series, he was already one of the most seasoned robbers of the bunch, having a plethora of experience mapping out and executing heists of ranging scales.
With Berlin: Money Heist, we’re not only going to get to see one of those previous heists in action, but we’re also going to get a sense of the man he was before attempting the biggest heist in history, which made him the beloved criminal we’ve come to know.
Capitalizing on the love already established for the series—one of Netflix’s most popular shows of all time—the prequel finds Berlin, in all his glory as Andrés de Fonollosa, the mastermind behind a heist targeting the biggest auction house in Paris to steal €44 million.
The series trails the planning of a new heist as he recruits his crew: “Michelle Jenner (Isabel) plays Keila, an eminence in electronic engineering; Tristán Ulloa (Fariña) goes into the skin of Damián, a philanthropic professor and Berlin’s confidant; Begoña Vargas (Welcome to Eden) plays Cameron, a kamikaze who always lives on the edge; Julio Peña Fernández (Through My Window) brings to life Roi, Berlin’s faithful squire; and Joel Sánchez plays Bruce, the relentless man of action in the gang.”
While it’s mostly an all-new cast, we’ll see a few familiar faces with Alicia Sierra (Najwa Nimri) and Raquel Murillo (Itziar Ituno) appearing at some point, though it’s unclear what their connection is to the storyline. Is it possible that their paths have always crossed and Berlin was always on their radar way prior to the action at the Royal Mint?
We may not be getting the version of Berlin from the original series, but don’t fret, as the teaser trailer evidenced, he’s still as ruthless, dapper, and flirtatious as ever, meaning that they really did this character–and prequel—justice. The fact that it hails from the original showrunner, Alex Pina, is also a sign that it won’t let the fandom down.
“It’s a trip through the golden age of the character, when he robbed around Europe crazy in love,” Pina previously told TUDUM, adding, “That’s the most surprising, the comedy. You’re going to make people laugh a lot.”
Berlin in his prime, in love, and flexing his comedic bone? As the beloved criminal says in the trailer, “it’s all the things worth living for.”
The full synopsis for the series reads:
“There are only two things that are sure to turn a bad day into a great one: love, and a payday worth millions. They’re what keep Berlin going through his golden years, a time when he still has no inkling of his illness and hasn’t gotten trapped like a rat in the Spanish Mint. This is where he starts preparing one of his most extraordinary heists: making jewels worth 44 million disappear like some sort of magic trick. To do it, he’ll enlist the help of one of the three gangs he’s ever stolen with.”
Watch the Berlin trailer below:
Berlin arrives a few days prior to New Year’s Eve on Dec. 29, 2023, which means you’ll have plenty of time to binge watch while counting down to 2024.
To prepare, you can stream Money Heist on Netflix and read our coverage here.
Who Is Mel’s Father in ‘Virgin River’?
Virgin River Season 5 concluded with a tiny time jump four months into the future, bringing the timeline into the Christmas holiday season.
Disclaimer — this post includes spoilers from the episode — proceed with caution.
On Virgin River Season 5 Episode 10, as Mel (Alexandra Breckenridge) and Jack (Martin Henderson) decorated their cabin in anticipation of Joey’s arrival with the kids for their first-ever Virgin River Christmas, Mel received quite a shocking piece of information.
Her sister informed her that she found a stack of love letters between Mel’s mother and a mystery man in Virgin River that she believed could be Mel’s real father.
And this obviously lends itself to the question—who is the secret admirer?
There aren’t that many elderly men in Virgin River aside from Doc (Tim Matheson), and it would be next-level if he had another secret child in addition to Ryan, Denny’s late father. Though wouldn’t it be funny if Mel thought she just escaped to this random small town only to learn that it wasn’t random at all and she’d been working with her dad this whole time?
Aside from Doc, there’s really only Nick (Keith MacKechnie), Bert (Trevor Lerner), and Charlie (Patrick Keating), that we are familiar with, anyway.
Naturally, there are probably plenty of residents that audiences have never met (and they have to keep us on our toes and think of new directions for the storyline), and it’s possible her dad isn’t even alive anymore.
It would be extremely fitting if it was Lilly’s late husband, Buck, making Mel sisters with Ava, and Tara. Considering her strong bond with that family, her sisterly relationship with Ava, her love baby Chloe, and how drawn she is to that farm, this would be such a sweet twist. Mel always had a soft spot for Lilly as well, so this would be a unique way to keep her memory alive.
Mel’s father will be the major storyline addressed in the two bonus holiday episodes dropping in November, as the trailer revealed Mel starting the search for her biological dad before informing Jack shortly after that they found him, with Preacher noting that he’s “still in Virgin River.”
The way he says it makes it seem like he’s still alive, which limits the possibilities even more. Who do you think it is?
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Either way, Mel actually has roots in this small town that’s always felt like home.
‘Riverdale’ Season 7 Hits Netflix—Stream It Now
Riverdale’s seventh and final season is now available to stream on Netflix in the U.S.!
Merely a week after the long-running CW series aired its final episode ever, the streaming giant has added the series in its entirety.
All the episodes are available for fans all over the world to binge-watch on September 1, and going into a long weekend, that gives you plenty of time to catch up on all the shenanigans happening in the Town with Pep.
Many fans weren’t interested in the weekly release model as it wasn’t ideal having to wait for new episodes to drop every week, but having them available all at once on Netflix allows you to catch up with ease.
And if you’ve never seen Riverdale and are curious about all the nutty twists and turns that eventually get all of our characters to—spoiler—the 1950s, well, all seven seasons are on the streamer for your viewing pleasure.
You can rewatch those previous seasons and relive the series in all its glory (including anything you may have missed/forgotten about), or you can just tune in for the final season—it’s up to you!
As mentioned before, the final season hit the reset button of sorts as Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Jughead (Cole Sprouse), and Veronica (Camilla Mendes), along with many of their loved ones and friends, went back in time to 1955 and found themselves reliving their high school days all over again.
Of course, as you rewatch any and all episodes, you can read all our reviews of the series that we’ve covered since its inception in 2017!
Enjoy your Labor Day travels to Riverdale—just remember that before it was redubbed the “Town With Pep” it was known as “Murder Town of the World.” You’ve been warned.
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