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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Review: The Perfect End?

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) KIERNAN SHIPKA as SABRINA in episode 213 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is taking its final bow when the fourth season premieres on Netflix on New Year’s Eve (December 31). 

Sabrina and friends embark on one final adventure to save Greendale from the Eldritch Terrors, though, if I’m being frank, both the coven and Sabrina’s mortal friends prove that they have enough steam to continue on for several more seasons.

And while the eight episodes are a testament to the fact that the cancellation was premature, one can also justify that they prove the very belief that sometimes it’s better to end when you’re in your prime. 

And praise heavens, Sabrina is in that prime as season 4 allows itself to fully exist in the madness and chaos that it has created over the years. 

After all, how much more danger and destruction could this small town suffer at the hands of the supernatural?

The Eldritch Terrors, which descend upon Greendale, aren’t just a threat to Greendale, however. The ancient entities that culminate with the arrival of the Void — the end of all things — pose a threat to the world and all the realms.

A race to stop the “end of all things” is admittedly quite a fitting and meta theme for the final season. 

Each episode, which is more like a mini jam-packed movie, finds Sabrina and team putting their heads together to fend off the terrors. Though they aren’t as fully prepared for what’s to come as Faustus Blackwood – who has been obsessing about the wicked things to come since season 3 (remember he snagged the Time Egg, the twins, and Agatha and did some ritual in which he declared that it would be “the beginning of the end of the Spellmans.”) – they do have one weapon in their arsenal that proves to be paramount: Ambrose. 

The show may revolve around Sabrina – she’s the titular character after all – but Ambrose has always been the brains behind the operations, now even more than ever. Chance Perdomo truly gets to shine this season as he leans on the vast knowledge his character has acquired over the centuries. Even when Ambrose isn’t exactly himself, he’s still Sabrina’s go-to, and it’s lovely to see him get the screen time he so very much deserves.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Review

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) CHANCE PERDOMO as AMBROSE in episode
212 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA. Cr. NETFLIX © 2020

Sabrina’s relationships are in a state of turmoil at the kickstart of the season as she realizes that not having the world revolve around her is a pretty isolating feeling. And that’s because at her core, Sabrina thrives on being the heroine; it seems like that’s her true purpose in life.

After all, she declares that she’s “always responsible for what’s happening,” and she’s not wrong. Back in season 3, Sabrina (and Sabrina Morningstar) created a time paradox when they chose to exist simultaneously and facing those repercussions is par for the course. Kiernan Shipka gets to continue exploring both of these characters, and admittedly, Brina was onto something as two Sabrina’s are better than one. 

However, Sabrina needs her friends and family more than ever when the terrors arrive. The power of the coven has always been instrumental in taking down evil and that only intensifies this season as they even work along with their enemies from hell towards the common goal of survival.

By now, not only do the characters know themselves inside and out, but so do the actors portraying them. The deep understanding and comfort-level of these characters allows them to play with the roles in a few episodes where reality is distorted. It’s a blast to watch, and maybe this is me being biased, but I’m a sucker for scenes with alternate realities as they provide an even greater obstacle to overcome. 

Sure, it’s impressive to defeat a terror when everything is normal, but how do you go about it when the reality you’ve grown accustomed to is flipped upside down?

The episodes have a bit of a season 3 time-traveling vibe, but it’s less complex and much easier to follow. Kudos to the writers for realizing that they needed to simplify it for it to make any sense… even by supernatural standards. Through more cohesive storytelling, the audience is always up to speed as episodes flow seamlessly into each other. 

The fact that the characters are so established also allows for further character development, which is done best with Roz. She’s always been one of the most promising characters next to Sabrina, and in her final arc, she learns more about herself and her cunning.

The dynamics of freedom and power have always been toyed with since the first episode, but it’s nice to see it happen for someone other than Sabrina! 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Review

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) RICHARD COYLE as FR. FAUSTUS BLACKWOOD in episode 212 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Cr. DIYAH PERA/NETFLIX © 2020

Blackwood becomes the biggest obstacle as he’s obsessed with the terrors and continues to stand in the way moreso than Lucifer, who has taken a bit of a backseat and embraced a more comedic nature. Prudence was right in season 3 – they should have killed him when they had the chance. 

One of my biggest gripes with the series is the lack of character development for Judas and Judith; throughout the season’s, they barely serve a purpose and are only included as mute sidekicks for Blackwood. I would have liked them to be more than just placeholders. 

Lilith undergoes quite a traumatic experience, but in true fashion, always comes out on top and better than ever thanks to Michelle Gomez’s acting chops – she impeccably pulls double duty portraying both Lilith and meek Mary Wardwell, who, well, I can’t even figure out what her deal is by the end of the season.  

Fans have mentioned that one of the biggest problems with the series is the lack of permanent deaths or any true threat. Of course, in previous seasons, that was harder to accomplish than in the final season where anything goes. 

The thinning of the fabric between life or death is much more prevalent in the final season for that reason; the stakes are raised and so are concerns about whether your favorites will manage to stop the evils from descending and save humankind.

Romance is definitely front-and-center, next to the terrors, of course, as Nick informs Sabrina that they are endgame (as seen in the season 4 trailer). Will he manage to prove it to her? Strap in, Nick Scratch fans. There’s also some sweet moments for Hilda and Dr.C, but sadly, not everyone gets their happily ever after by the curtain close, and that’s just a bullet we’re going to have to bite. 

Best of all, the show never takes itself too seriously despite its dark nature. 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina merges with Sabrina the Teenage Witch and welcomes Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) BETH BRODERICK as ZELDA and CAROLINE RHEA as HILDA in episode 215 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2020

As previously revealed, Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick, who played the iconic roles of Aunt Hilda and Zelda on The WB’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch, guest star in an episode that toys with the idea of reality. 

The two appear as Sabrina is fighting “The Endless” terror and finds herself stuck in a “diabolical sitcom that never stops filming.” The episode even features a laugh track and a talking Salem, a nod to the original sitcom that ran from 1996-2003. Its moments like these that allow the series to shine and pay tribute to what came before it. The only miss is that they didn’t cast Nick Bakay as the voice of Salem! 

There are several other easter eggs throughout the episode, along with a few winks to Riverdale, and the attention to detail will be much appreciated by longtime fans. 

Over the course of four seasons (which is really only a year by the show’s standards as Brina turns 17 in the series finale), Sabrina has grown from a girl who wanted to have it all to a woman that was secure in being a half-mortal and half-witch.

Her ambitions know no bounds, she never takes no for an answer, and she understands the depths and limitations of her powers next to her male counterparts, who are always looking to knock her down.

While season 4 puts the most at risk with the fate of the world solely in Sabrina’s hands, it doesn’t offer as many cheap thrills mostly because it doesn’t need to. The series has already built up a loyal fan base that eagerly suspends disbelief to get lost in the non-sensical magic. But don’t worry, there’s still a good amount of gore and blood, which makes up for the lack of jump-out-of-your-seat moments.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Review

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA (L to R) LUKE COOK as LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR, CHANCE PERDOMO as AMBROSE SPELLMAN, and MIRANDA OTTO as ZELDA SPELLMAN in episode 213 of CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA Cr. DIYAH PERA/NETFLIX © 2020

In addition to offering sensational storytelling, the series also offers up closure. 

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina took a handful of household characters and made them darker, better, and more memorable. It’s what Riverdale always strived to be but never could – a show that reveled in its darkness and mystery. 

Just remember… every ending is sad, but it’s no reason not to enjoy the journey. And the final installment is one hell of a wild ride through every realm!

4.6/5


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    Elite Season 5 Episode 1 – 3 Review: The Party Don’t Stop… And Neither Do the Murders

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    Some Netflix shows have a break of several years between shows, but thankfully, that’s not the case for Elite

    Note: This review will cover the first three episodes of the brand-new season as they were available to the media in advance. 

    Elite Season 5 debuts less than a year after season 4, but there’s just as much angst, drama, sex, sexual fluidity, and, of course, murder, as ever. 

    Honestly, have you met a group of teens that endured more death than the student body at Las Encinas?

    Much like previous seasons, season 5 opens up with Samu arrested for murder, but we have no idea whose body is floating around in the water. 

    The rotation of interviews with the students provides a snippet of insight, and one might narrow down the victim list to Benjamin, Omar, or Ivan. 

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    Rebeka informs the cops that the killer is definitely not Samu as he’d like them to believe, but it’s unclear if she actually knows who the murderer is or if she knows it’s not him because it’s her. 

    There’s enough anger directed at Benjamin from literally everyone in school to make his death plausible. Omar is also an outcast who has made an enemy of the few that still loved him and got himself caught up in a dangerous situation. And Ivan, though innocent at first, has a darkness about him; it’s clear he loves to play with fire. But more on that later.

    Because aside from the new victim, there’s also the lingering mystery of what happened to Armando, Mencia’s abuser from last season.

    Even all these months later, his existence still plagues the Blanco family because they have absolutely no idea he’s dead.

    Only Samu, Rebeka, Guzman, and the audience know he’s at the bottom of the lake. There are a few moments where the secret is too much for Rebeka and Samu and they debate coming clean, especially as Ari tries to move on with her near-death experience and embraces a “you only live once” mentality that puts her in all sorts of questionable situations.

    Her fervor for living her best life lends itself to a bit of a tug and pull in her relationship with Samu, who finds himself very loyal to Benjamin, a man he considers to be somewhat of a father figure.

    Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

    ELITE (L to R) ITZAN ESCAMILLA as SAMUEL, OMAR AYUSO as OMAR in episode 03 of ÉLITE. Cr. MATÍAS URIS/NETFLIX © 2021

    Benjamin puts his faith in Samu and wants him to rein Ari in, and thus, Samu finds himself torn and in what can only be described as a three-way relationship with a daughter and her father. And trying to please them both means that he’s disappointing everyone.

    As detectives swarm in hopes of finding out what really happened to Armando, they begin to point fingers at family members, including Patrick, whose short temper occasionally gets the best of him. In an effort to erase all of the pain she’s caused her family, Mencia decides to come clean about the arrangement she had with Armando. It’s also why she has decided to live a quieter and tamer lifestyle, which doesn’t bode well for her relationship with Rebe. 

    Rebe and Mencia skirt the lines of will-they-or-won’t-they, but as Mencia tries to put herself back in the closet, Rebe puts an end to their relationship. 

    Many season 4 storylines spill over into the new season, including Phillipe’s confession of abuse. Elodie uses his apology to destroy the royal by announcing that he raped her, which taints his perfect image at the school.

    He begs Cayetana to confess what happened in the limo so that Benjamin will stop protecting him and kick him out of the school as it would allow him to seek refuge in his home country. She considers helping him out, but after a little persuasion from the new student, she realizes that’s the easy way out.

    Honestly, this might be the most important storyline on the series as it holds Phillipe accountable for his actions. He doesn’t just get to ruin lives, run off to his safe space, and do it again. He has to face the people he hurt and the people who know what he did every single day.  He needs to build himself back up. He needs to earn a second chance. And most importantly, he needs to want to change. Cayetana drags him to therapy and promises that she’ll be by his side, and it’s sweet, but it’s not helping because he’s not the one initiating it. He’s only going so that she takes him back, which is a terrible excuse to go to therapy.

    He pretty much throws a tantrum every time because he’s forced to confront the ugly side of himself and dig into why he did what he did. And when it gets tough, he runs away to his “yes girl” who makes him feel safe by throwing on rose-colored glasses, excusing his behavior, and convincing him that he’s not as terrible of a human as they say he is. 

    Every new season ushers in a slew of new faces to Las Encinas.

    Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

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    Isadora (Valentina Zenere) joins as an Empress and heiress of a nightlife empire in Ibiza who takes a liking to Phillipe. She’s so adamant about helping him clear his name, in fact, that she suggests they enter into a fake relationship. The logic here is that two pretty and rich people together will make the public forget all about his abuse. And on some level, she likely wants the fake relationship to become real.

    We don’t know much about her motivation with Phillipe, but based on a brief heart-t0-heart, it seems as though Isadora is a believer in second chances because she too has paid the price for a mistake in her past. 

    The second newcomer is Ivan (André Lamoglia), the son of the greatest soccer player in the world who doesn’t know when to stop the party.

    Ivan and Patrick immediately click, and while everyone at the school — and likely many fans at home — assumes Ivan is gay, he assures them that he’s very hetero. 

    Patrick, however, thinks he can persuade Ivan into sleeping with him through his good looks and charm, so he concocts a “no rules” party where everyone is basically encouraged to come naked and hook up with anyone and everyone without judgment. 

    Unfortunately, the night doesn’t go as planned for Patrick as he doesn’t get to hook up with Ivan.

    Samu, however, gets to lock lips with him before Ivan informs Ari that he’s completely smitten with her. She’s kind of into it, but also totally against it. It seems as though she’ll likely give in to temptation by the end of the season given her “live life” attitude.

    And as I mentioned before, Ivan’s desire to walk a dangerous path will likely infuriate more than one person, including Samu and Patrick. 

    Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

    ELITE (L to R) ANDRÉ LAMOGLIA as IVÁN in episode 02 of ÉLITE. Cr. MATÍAS URIS/NETFLIX © 2021

    Benjamin sets his sights on the students in hopes of forcing them to finally focus on school and less on partying, drugs, and hooking up, but the harder he pushes, the more they rebel. 

    Patrick’s party, during which he encourages everyone to go on airplane mode so that they can’t be tracked by the adults including his father, who is referred to as the “dictator” by some students, is just one example of it. 

    Social distancing definitely takes on a whole new meaning on the series as it has nothing to do with COVID. 

    At one point, in a fit of revenge, Benjamin forces the class to vote on which student they would like to expel as punishment for the drug-fueled party.

    Omar is the deciding vote, and he votes for Samu knowing that the “teacher’s pet” won’t actually get expelled. 

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    Benjamin announces that Samu will be expelled for three days, and the moment is the last straw for Samu and Omar’s already fractured friendship. 

    Ever since Ander left and hasn’t been responding to Omar’s messages, Samu has felt suffocated in the friendship. Omar’s parent-like vibe is overbearing. It’s likely something they could’ve come back from, but when, Omar takes pity on a man named Bilal who comes to the restaurant looking for food, gets a job, and then is caught stealing at the end of the shift, it throws their friendship in a new direction.

    Samu thinks Omar is too trusting, yet Omar opens up the home he shares with Samu as shelter for Bilal, who reveals that she’s trying to avoid some gangsters that are coming after him.

    Bilal once again bites the hand that feeds him when he steals Samu’s laptop, and yet, Omar shrugs it off by defending him and saying that he needs it more than Samu.

    There’s definitely too much animosity between these two, which leads me to believe that it might just be Omar who will be the season’s victim, especially as he’s gotten involved in a dangerous situation if Bilal is telling the truth.

    He has gotten pretty entwined with the storyline, and while he said that helping people might have illuminated the path to social work for him, maybe he gets in too deep?

    Then again, maybe Bilal made it all up to take advantage of Omar? 

    Maybe Patrick kills Ivan in one of his uncontrollable fits of rage? 

    As the rest of the season unfolds, we’ll get all the pieces to do the puzzle, but until then, what did you think of the first three episodes of Elite season 5?

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    Spring 2022 Season Finale Dates Revealed for NBC, ABC, CBS, and FOX

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    Season Finale Dates spring 2022

    Spring showers bring TV season finales to your screen. 

    The major networks — NBC, FOX, ABC, and CBS — have announced all their season and series finale dates for the spring of 2022.

    Check out the list below to find out when your favorite shows are coming to an end this season! 

     

    ABC

    TUESDAY, APRIL 12
    9 pm  Abbott Elementary Season 1 finale

    TUESDAY, APRIL 19
    9 pm black-ish series finale

    SUNDAY, MAY 15
    10 pm The Rookie Season 4 finale

    MONDAY, MAY 16
    10 pm The Good Doctor Season 5 finale

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
    8 pm The Goldbergs Season 9 finale
    8:30 pm The Wonder Years Season 1 finale
    9 pm The Conners Season 4 finale
    9:30 pm Home Economics Season 2 finale
    10 pm A Million Little Things Season 4 finale

    THURSDAY, MAY 19
    8 pm Station 19 Season 5 finale
    10 pm Big Sky Season 2 finale

    THURSDAY, MAY 26
    8 pm Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 finale (two hours)

     

    CBS

    FRIDAY, APRIL 8
    8 pm Undercover Boss Season 11 finale

    THURSDAY, APRIL 21
    9 pm Ghosts Season 1 finale

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
    10 pm Good Sam Season 1 finale

    FRIDAY, MAY 6
    9 pm Magnum P.I. Season 4 finale
    10 pm Blue Bloods Season 12 finale

    SUNDAY, MAY 15
    8 pm The Equalizer Season 2 finale

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
    9 pm Beyond the Edge Season 1 finale (two hours)

    THURSDAY, MAY 19
    8 m Young Sheldon Season 5 finale
    8:30 pm United States of Al Season 2 finale

    SUNDAY, MAY 22
    9 pm NCIS: Los Angeles Season 13 finale
    10 pm S.W.A.T. Season 5 finale

    MONDAY, MAY 23
    8 pm The Neighborhood Season 4 finale
    8:30 pm Bob Hearts Abishola Season 3 finale
    9 pm NCIS Season 19 finale
    10 pm NCIS: Hawai’i Season 1 finale

    TUESDAY, MAY 24
    8 pm FBI Season 4 finale
    9 pm FBI: International Season 1 finale
    10 pm FBI: Most Wanted Season 3 finale

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
    8 pm Survivor Season 42 finale (three hours)

    THURSDAY, MAY 26
    10 pm Bull series finale

     

    FOX

    THURSDAY, MAY 5
    9 pm Call Me Kat Season 2 finale

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
    9 pm Domino Masters Season 1 finale

    MONDAY, MAY 16
    8 pm 9-1-1 Season 5 finale
    9 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star Season 3 finale

    TUESDAY, MAY 17
    8 pm The Resident Season 5 finale

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
    8 pm The Masked Singer Season 7 finale

    SUNDAY, MAY 22
    8 pm The Simpsons 33 Season finale
    8:30 pm The Great North Season 2 finale
    9 pm Bob’s Burgers Season 12 finale
    9:30 pm Family Guy Season 20 finale

    TUESDAY, MAY 24
    9 pm Name That Tune Season 2 finale

    THURSDAY, MAY 26
    8:30 pm Welcome to Flatch Season 1 finale

    THURSDAY, JUNE 23
    8 pm MasterChef Junior Season 8 finale

     

    NBC

    TUESDAY, APRIL 12
    10 pm The Thing About Pam limited series finale

    MONDAY, MAY 2
    10 pm The Endgame Season 1 finale

    MONDAY, MAY 9
    8 pm American Song Contest Season 1 finale

    TUESDAY, MAY 17
    8:30 pm Mr. Mayor Season 2 finale

    THURSDAY, MAY 19
    8 pm Law & Order Season 21 finale
    9 pm Law & Order: SVU Season 23 finale
    10 pm Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 2 finale

    TUESDAY, MAY 24
    8 pm Young Rock (new episode)
    8:30 pm Young Rock Season 2 finale
    9 pm This Is Us series finale
    10 pm New Amsterdam Season 4 finale

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
    8 pm Chicago Med Season 7 finale
    9 pm Chicago Fire Season 10 finale
    10 pm Chicago P.D. Season 9 finale

    FRIDAY, MAY 27
    8 pm The Blacklist Season 9 finale

    SUNDAY, JUNE 19
    10 pm Transplant Season 2 finale


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    Best Shay Mitchell Movies and TV Shows to Watch

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    Shay Mitchell has amassed quite a following on social media with her hilarious and relatable TikTok videos, but on-screen is where she delivers the real gold and pours herself into the most challenging roles.

    Here are the best movies and TV shows starring Shay Mitchell to add to your must-watch list:

     

    Pretty Little Liars – Freeform

    Shay became a household name after bringing Emily Fields to life in the ABC Family/Freeform mystery drama. Emily and her best friends attempted to solve the mystery surrounding their best friend’s disappearance while fielding text messages from a digital stalker at every turn. Shay’s portrayal was also pivotal as it brought to life one of the best LGBTQ characters for the network! 

     

    Dollface – Hulu

    After being dumped, Jules (Kat Dennings) rekindles her female friendship with Madison (Brenda Song) and the eccentric Stella (Shay) and re-enters the world where your girlfriends trump romantic relationships. Each character brings a certain personality to the series, but Stella is definitely the most vibrant and worldly. 

     

    You – Netflix

    In its first season of the psychological thriller, Shay tackled the role of Peach Salinger, the best friend of Joe’s (Penn Badgley) first obsession Beck (Elizabeth Lail). And you know that any friend of Beck’s is an enemy of Joe’s. 

     

     

    The Possession of Hannah Grace – Sony Pictures

    Shay flexed her horror muscle as cop-turned-morgue worker Megan Reed, who accepts a delivery of a disfigured cadaver during the graveyard shift and is plagued with horrifying visions as she’s possessed by a demonic spirit. 

     

    Mother’s Day

    The film revolves around several different mother’s day events, including one with Sandy (Jennifer Aniston), a single mom that finds out her ex-husband is marrying a younger woman, Tina, played by Shay.

     

     

     


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