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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Your Guide to All the Must-Watch Christmas Movies of 2022
When the weather outside is frightful, holiday rom-coms are surely delightful.
There’s a reason why those predictable Hallmark-esque movies continue to be a holiday tradition—there’s nothing better than cozying up on the couch with some hot cocoa (or Gluhwein) and getting lost in the magic of the season.
And since there are so many good Christmas 2022 movies to choose from, we put together this little movie guide to help you so that you don’t miss any of the holiday goodness!
Fa la la la—enjoy!
Falling for Christmas (Netflix) – Nov 10
Lindsay Lohan triumphantly returns to the screen in this original Netflix rom-com, which hit the streamer on Nov. 10. In the flick, the Mean Girls star is a newly engaged heiress who suffers an accident at a ski resort and must figure out her identity with the help of, you guessed it, a charming hunk. The film is the first of two-projects that Lohan has secured for Netflix. Her other film, Irish Wish, is set to premiere in 2023.
Christmas with the Campbells (AMC+ and in theaters) – Dec 2
Brittany Snow will star in the upcoming holiday romantic comedy alongside Justin Long. Snow stars as Jess, who is dumped right before the holidays by her boyfriend Shawn (Alex Moffat) but is convinced by his parents to still spend the holidays with them and Shawn’s cousin (Long) while he’s away. While we expect feelings to develop, thing take a turn when a blast from the past, played by Sweet Magnolias’ JoAnna Garcia Swisher, arrives with her sights set on him. Co-writer Vince Vaughn called it almost a parody of the Hallmark movies.
Christmas With You (Netflix) – Nov 17
Aimee Garcia is Angelina, a pop star that escapes from her daily life to grant a young fan’s wish in small city, where she finds inspiration for the career burn out she’s feeling and even finds herself smitten with a new love, played by Freddie Prinze Jr.
Hotel for the Holidays (Amazon’s Freevee) – Dec 2
Riverdale’s Madeline Petsch is Georgia, the manager of a high-end hotel whose guests for the season include heartbroken singles, an infamous pop star, and a European ex-prince who recently abdicated his throne. As they look for an escape from their everyday lives, Georgia finds herself entangled in the madness and in a love triangle with the hotel chef and the ex-prince!
The Noel Diary (Netflix) – Nov 24
Kevin Pearson, er, Justin Hartley is a best-selling author who returns home for Christmas and is forced to sort out his mother’s estate. When he finds a diary, he’s “led down a path of self-discovery.”
ABC, FOX, NBC, and CBS Reveal Midseason TV Schedule—Mark Your Calendars
With the holidays around the corner, the wind-down of many of your favorite shows is also fast approaching, meaning the midseason schedule is not far behind.
Networks are already looking to 2023 to unveil all their exciting new programming, along with the return of many favorites, some in different time slots.
Here’s what is on tap for the ABC, FOX, CBS and NBC 2023 midseason:
MONDAY, JAN. 2 — NCIS Crossover Event
8 pm NCIS (winter premiere, special time)
9 pm NCIS: Hawai’i (winter premiere, special time)
10 pm NCIS: Los Angeles (winter premiere, special night and time)
TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm FBI (winter premiere)
9 pm FBI: International (winter premiere)
10 pm FBI: Most Wanted (winter premiere)
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
8 pm The Price Is Right at Night (new episode)
9 pm Tough as Nails Season 4 premiere (two hours)
THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm Young Sheldon (winter premiere)
8:30 pm Ghosts (winter premiere)
9 pm So Help Me Todd (winter premiere)
10 pm CSI: Vegas (winter premiere)
FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm S.W.A.T. (winter premiere)
9 pm Fire Country (winter premiere)
10 pm Blue Bloods (winter premiere)
SUNDAY, JAN. 8
7:30 pm ET / 7 pm PT 60 Minutes (winter premiere, immediately following NFL doubleheader on East Coast)
8:30 pm ET / 8 pm PT East New York (winter premiere)
9:30 pm ET / 9 pm PT NCIS: Los Angeles (new episode)
THURSDAY, DEC. 15
10:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (special series premiere )
TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8:00 pm The Rookie
9:00 pm The Rookie: Feds
10:00 pm WILL TRENT
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
9:00 pm Abbott Elementary
9:30 pm Home Economics
10 pm Big Sky: Deadly Trails
THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8:00 pm Celebrity Jeopardy! (temporary new night)
9:00 pm THE PARENT TEST (regular time period premiere)
10:00 pm The Chase (temporary new night)
FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8:00 pm Shark Tank
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 11
8:00 pm The Conners
8:30 pm The Goldbergs
MONDAY, JAN. 23
8:00 pm The Bachelor
10:00 pm The Good Doctor
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8
8:30 pm NOT DEAD YET (special series premiere)
9:31 pm NOT DEAD YET (regular time period premiere)
10:00 PM A Million Little Things (final season!)
SUNDAY, FEB. 19
7:00 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8:00 pm American Idol
10:00 pm THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
THURSDAY, FEB. 23
8:00 pm Station 19
9:00 pm Grey’s Anatomy
10:00 pm Alaska Daily
MONDAY, Jan. 2
8 pm Fantasy Island (Season 2 premiere)
8 pm The Resident (winter premiere)
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 4
8 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (2-hour series premiere)
THURSDAY, Jan. 5
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen (winter premiere)
9 pm Welcome to Flatch (winter premiere)
9:30 pm Call Me Kat (winter premiere)
SUNDAY, Jan. 8
8 pm ET / 5 pm PT ALERT (series premiere, live in all time zones)
MONDAY, Jan. 9
9 pm ALERT (regular time slot premiere)
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11
8 pm Celebrity Name That Tune (series premiere)
9 pm SPECIAL FORCES: WORLD’S TOUGHEST TEST (regular time slot premiere)
TUESDAY, Jan. 17
8 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star (Season 4 premiere)
SUNDAY, Jan. 22
9 pm ACCUSED (series premiere)
TUESDAY, Jan. 24
9 pm ACCUSED (regular time slot premiere)
SUNDAY, Feb. 12
10:30 pm ET / 7:30 pm PT Next Level Chef (Season 2 premiere, live in all time zones following Super Bowl LVII)
THURSDAY, Feb. 16
8 pm Next Level Chef (regular time slot premiere)
9 pm ANIMAL CONTROL (series premiere)
MONDAY, JAN. 2
8 pm AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: ALL-STARS
10 pm Quantum Leap
TUESDAY, JAN. 3
8 pm America’s Got Talent: All-Stars (encore)
10 pm New Amsterdam
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 4
8 pm Chicago Med
9 pm Chicago Fire
10 pm Chicago P.D.
THURSDAY, JAN. 5
8 pm Law & Order
9 pm Law & Order: SVU
10 pm Law & Order: Organized Crime
FRIDAY, JAN. 6
8 pm Lopez vs. Lopez
8:30 pm Young Rock
9 pm Dateline NBC
TUESDAY, JAN. 17
8 pm NIGHT COURT
8:30 pm NIGHT COURT (special bonus episode)
9 pm New Amsterdam (two-hour series finale)
TUESDAY, JAN. 24
8:30 pm American Auto
TUESDAY, JAN. 31
9 pm La Brea
10 pm La Brea (special bonus episode)
SUNDAY, FEB. 19
9 pm Magnum P.I.
10 pm FOUND
SUNDAY, FEB. 26
8 pm The Blacklist
MONDAY, MARCH 6
8 pm The Voice
TUESDAY, MARCH 7
9 pm The Voice
10 pm That’s My Jam
5 Characters Who Exited ‘Chicago Med’ in 2022
Chicago Med’s mass exodus continues with several characters exiting the medical drama in 2022 alone.
Some of the exits were preplanned and announced in advance, allowing fans to prepare mentally, but a handful caught viewers by complete surprise, without much of a sendoff for the beloved characters.
While hospitals typically see a rotation of doctors in real life, it’s understandable that fans aren’t exactly thrilled with the constant shakeups on the One Chicago show.
Here are all the stars who have departed (or are departing) Chicago Med Season 8:
Rafferty starred as Dr. Pamela Blake, the Head of Transplant Surgery. She made her debut in the fifth episode of season 7 before exiting in the premiere episode of season 8. And it felt abrupt considering the promising relationship she built up with Crockett (Dominic Rains). The couple had a bit of a falling out after she didn’t agree with the decision he made as her power of attorney during an operation, so fans would’ve understood if she wanted to end things and get a fresh start, but the writers didn’t do these two characters justice by addressing her decision to leave before she just packed her things and left. There was no goodbye or closure. Crockett went to her house to apologize for making a poor decision influenced by his own selfish reasons, but Blake’s daughter, Avery, informed him that she had already left town. It was weak and left fans scratching their heads, which wasn’t fair to the incredible pairing they built up ahead of this moment.
Locked portrayed Dr. Dylan Scott on the series after joining the cast in season 7, but he also exited the drama one season later in the premiere of season 8. Scott went through a bit of a heartbreaking situation when he lost the woman he loved, Jo, who was undercover as Milena (played by Riley Voelkel). Upon her death, he realized he’d constantly be pulled back into his former life as a cop, so he resigned to get a fresh start.
Executive producer Andrew Schneider defended his exit to TVLine saying they “played” his character out and felt it “would be a good time for him to move on,” but honestly, Will Halstead is still here, so they surely could’ve taken Scott’s character in another direction if they wanted to.
Cooper’s exit was a total shocker and a lot of fans may not have realized that handing her birth mom, Maggie, papers for vaccinations she needed to get in order to accept a job as a clinic nurse in the Philippines meant that this was Vanessa Taylor’s final episode. Why did Asjha Cooper leave Chicago Med? It’s unclear, but what we do know is that we’ll miss her. And maybe she’ll swing back around the next time she’s in the Windy City to visit her mom!
Tee might be the biggest character exit to date as he’s been with the show since 2015. Sadly, his final episode as Dr. Ethan Choi will air on December 7. Tee told Deadline that he will be pursuing other projects and spending time with his family as his daughter was just a few weeks old when he joined the series. The comforting thing is that he’ll be back to direct an episode later in the season, but it’ll be hard to say goodbye to one of the OGs. Choi’s on-again, off-again love interest April (Yaya DaCosta) made a few guest appearances on season 8, even rekindling her romance with the ED doctor, so hopefully, the writers will tee-up Tee’s exit by noting that he’s going to be following his heart.
Hager joined the medical drama alongside Scott in season 7 as Stevie Hammer, an ER physician, but she didn’t even last the season, exiting halfway through without as much as a goodbye. In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment, Stevie decided to go to Michigan to give her marriage with her estranged husband another try, which was so odd considering the series was building up a love story between her and Halstead. We invested so much time into this storyline simply to have it fizzle out with an explanation. The show’s executive producers noted that they’d love to have Hager back on the show at some point, but they never gave a reason for her abrupt exit. However, a quick glance at her Instagram page reveals that she was very far along in her pregnancy at the time and gave birth over the summer to a beautiful baby girl!
Which Chicago Med cast members’ exits hurt the most? Who would you like to see return?
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