Sabrina Spellman always had one duty: to save Greendale from supernatural evils.
Over the course of four seasons, Sabrina put her life on the line countless times to save her Aunties, Ambrose, Harvey, Roz, Theo, Nick, and the rest of the coven.
Sabrina was the heroine and savior on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, so it’s only fitting that the series finale honored that, even if a Sabrina-less reality is a hard pill to swallow.
The final episode begins with Mary Wardwell reading The Eldritch Gospel to the congregation; she’s basically narrating the sequence of events in the finale.
It’s two days before Halloween, which means it’s two days before Sabrina’s 17th birthday!
After a movie-night with her mortal friends, which is basically code for an all-couple’s makeout sesh, Nick gifts Sabrina and early birthday present – a locket that will always allow him to find her.
They continue hooking up in her room as Sabrina Morningstar crashes through her mirror and shuts it behind her to trap the Void. As you’ll recall, she’s just outran the Endless and the Void on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Episode 7.
She tells her twin that she came back to warn them that the end of all things was on its way to “destroy everything.” Sadly, before she’s able to reveal any more information, she dies leaving Sabrina distraught and filled with guilt.
Headless Faustus feels the coming of the Void and orders his body to stand up and rejoin his head. He then reaches out to Mary for her help sewing it back into place, who, at this point, just does whatever he says without questioning it.
Sabrina and the team brainstorm ways to stop the Void as they prepare Sabrina Morningstar for burial.
The RO-Cosmos have vanished, which means that they’ve officially been consumed by the Void. The end is near!
As everyone rushes to the Academy, Sabrina stays behind at the Mortuary to spend some time with her late twin. As she looks for a way to destroy the Void, the Trinket Man shows up and offers her an exchange: Pandora’s Box for the Imp of the Perverse. Considering how dangerous the Imp was on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Episode 4, it’s probably best that it’s back where it belongs.
Pandora’s Box, on the other hand, sounds rather promising as it once contained all the evils and terrors of the universe.
However, trapping the Void is basically a suicide mission for Sabrina, who is told she’ll have to open it from inside the Void in order for it to be effective. This also means that the box may also suck her in too.
Knowing that everyone would try to stop her if they knew that she was planning the ultimate sacrifice, Sabrina writes a goodbye letter to all her loved ones.
The saddest part of the episode, though, is how upset and hurt Salem is by Sabrina’s selfless decision. She tells him that he’s been a good boy, orders him not to follow her, and turns the mirror to stone once she crosses over.
When she enters the Void, it’s not at all what you would imagine the “end” to look like. There’s literally a wall that says “The Void” along with planets floating around as if they were art installations. Honestly, it looks like Sabrina waltzed into some hipster art show in New York.
Salem makes a break for the Academy to inform them about Sabrina. Since the Void won’t let up its grip on her, the family decides to bring her soul back and place it into Sabrina Morningstar’s body. It’s a sound idea and while they are successful in their spell, they pull her back before she’s able to suck up all of the Void into the box.
When Sabrina awakens in Morningstar’s body, she swears she has to finish what she started, but Ambrose informs her that the Void has disappeared from the Observatory.
“It seemed to have worked,” everyone assures her, but Sabrina remains skeptical. Out of sight doesn’t always mean out of mind, and that’s definitely the case here.
Lilith learns that Sabrina has taken over Sabrina Morningstar’s body and uses it as a chip to get what she wants.
She trades that piece of information in exchange for her freedom (and powers) by informing Lucifer that his daughter, the Queen of Hell, has died.
Lucifer is so outraged that the witches are using Sabrina’s body as a vessel for Sabrina Spellman’s soul, that he promises to give Lilith whatever she wants.
Caliban is also outraged, and the duo vow to claim Sabrina’s body for the royal burial it deserves. While their desire to bury the Queen makes sense, neither stopped to consider that Sabrina Morningstar actually liked Sabrina Spellman since they were technically one and the same. She wouldn’t have wanted this, but again, that doesn’t stop either of them as they spell a handful of miners, including Harvey’s dad, to build a legion of demons to stand against Sabrina.
Meanwhile, Sabrina wakes up on her 17th birthday and while she attempts to make the best of it, she notices that things have begun to disappear. First her alarm clock is missing, then her food, and eventually, the cake with candles that she’s about to blow out for her birthday.
Before anyone can even figure out what’s going on, the witches are summoned by Lucifer and Caliban, who are waiting outside with Harvey’s demonic dad in tow.
Lucifer confronts his “false daughter” who admits to taking Sabrina Morningstar’s body. She agrees to pay the price and even surrenders her powers to him, but when the miners approach her, they begin disappearing.
Lucifer is shocked by her godlike powers and believes it’s proof that she must be destroyed.
Back in Hell, Lucifer plots Sabrina’s demise and ignores Lilith, who grows impatient that he isn’t restoring her powers and decides to take it from him by stabbing him with the sword and drinking his all powerful, celestial blood. Lilith is just full of surprises.
After she gets Lucifer’s powers, she banishes him from Hell by casting him to the Mortal realm in a brilliant twist that gives Lucifer a taste of his own medicine.
Back in the Mortal realm, Harvey interrogates Sabrina about what she did to his father. The more stressed out she becomes, however, the more people begin to disappear.
Ambrose asks everyone to keep calm and does a body scan on Sabrina, which reveals that her body is completely empty.
In blatant terms: Sabrina has become the Void. When the coven brought her soul back into Sabrina Morningstar’s body, they sucked some of the Void into her as well. As a result, she’s manifesting properties of the Void.
Worried about becoming too powerful, Sabrina zaps herself somewhere far, far away.
The coven realizes they have to finish what Sabrina started by trapping the Void in Pandora’s Box.
Nick says he can locate Sabrina with the locket he gave her for her birthday, but since her body floating around in space, he needs help breathing out there. Ambrose suggests the Weird as an oxygen mask. Who knew a terror could come in handy?
While Nick is out roaming time and space to find his girl and the box, the others embark on a mission to find Sabrina and the Void within her.
Sabrina exiled herself to the Mountains of Madness where Faustus Blackwood approaches her. Since he’s obsessed with the eldritch terrors, he offers to help her control the world devouring power.
Without much of a choice, Sabrina agrees under the condition that he’ll teach her to contain it, control it, and tell her where the others have disappeared.
Two weeks later faithful travelers arrive on the Mountain of Madness. They reveal themselves to be Prudence, Roz, Agatha, Ambrose and Salem, the familiar that led them to his master.
They’re shocked to see “the Priestess of Nothingness” emerge for her daily feeding; she’s dirty, weak, and using canes to walk.
Faustus informs them that Sabrina has taken a vow of silence to control the Void because any sudden movement will make things disappear.
The Weird Sisters tap into Blackwood’s mind to learn of his diabolical plan. They learn that he’s not here to help Sabrina, but instead, plans to find the rest of the Void, bring it down to Earth, combine it with the Void inside Sabrina, break her down, rip it out of her then consume and wield the power himself.
Sabrina is well aware of Blackwood’s intentions to sacrifice her, but she doesn’t care to leave with them because it’s too dangerous.
The Weird Sisters begin a spell to control Sabrina into leaving and as she resists and grows stressed, she swallows Prudence and Roz.
She begs Ambrose and Agatha to leave immediately and assures Ambrose she’ll see him at the end.
Back at home, Ambrose tells the Aunties that Sabrina used telepathy to tell him when to come back – during the Winter Solstice when Blackwood intends to enact his plan.
As timing would have it, Nick arrives from space with Sabrina’s body and the box.
Three days later, the coven arrives at the Mountains of Madness to extract the remainder of the Void inside of Sabrina using Pandora’s Box.
They find Sabrina on the sacrificial altar and stop Blackwood as he’s about to stab her. They convince him to change his mind by offering him Pandora’s Box along with all the other eldritch terrors that they’ve collected.
Blackwood’s greed gets the best of him, per usual, and he quickly learns the box is a phony which blows his eyes out. Nick also takes great pleasure in knocking Faustus out.
Sabrina is glad to see them, but informs them that they have no choice but to complete the sacrifice. She explains that she stuck with Blackwood to get a crash course on the Void, which revealed that she’s basically been absorbing the people that she’s made disappear.
Good news: they are still alive. Bad news: they’re inside of the Void a.k.a her.
To get them out, they have to cut her open and open the gateway, go inside, and bring them all out alive. They also have to bring the terrors inside of the Void to get rid of them forever.
And, most importantly, Nick is tasked with going inside and using Pandora’s Box to trap the remainder of the Void while also making sure to shut it before he’s pulled in forever.
Theo and Robin hold onto an unbreakable rope to ensure that everyone finds their way back out.
The Aunties and Agatha remain by Sabrina’s side as they cut her open and she begins bleeding out. As the others complete the world-saving mission, Sabrina gets very cold and begin seeing images from her childhood.
As more time passes, she says goodbye to all her loved ones one-by-one.
She dies saying goodbye to Nick as he exits the gateway having successfully closed the box and destroyed the Void.
His celebration is short-lived as he realizes his girlfriend died to save them all.
“She can’t, she’s Sabrina,” he says, which pretty much echoes how the rest of the fandom feels, but then again, with all of Sabrina’s near-brushes with death, this was almost unavoidable.
The Aunties hold a funeral for both Sabrina Spellman and Morningstar, who was often one and the same: cheerleader by day, Queen of Hell by Night.
A statue of Sabrina is also erected at the Academy next to Hecate to thank her for her bravery and selflessness.
Now, if you’re an avid watcher of the show, you’re probably waiting for that “gotcha” moment where everything is reversed and the coven finds a way to bring Sabrina back, but sadly, it never happens.
Hilda tells Zelda that she and Mr. C will move back to the Mortuary because “Spellmans have to stick together.” They attempt to imagine a world without their niece, and quite frankly, it’s impossible even for us mortals.
Prudence pays her father a little visit and does what she should have done a long time ago – she takes a chainsaw to his body so that she can scatter him to the four corners of the Earth so that he’ll never cause trouble again. He’s immortal, after all, so creativity was a must.
And then… the final scene. We see Sabrina, dressed in white, reading in the “Sweet Hereafter.”
A voice asks her if the seat next to her is taken and she realizes it’s Nick. He informs her that the undertow in the Sea of Sorrows got the best of him.
“We’re together here… forever and ever,” he tells her. “That is a plus,” she responds as they kiss for all of eternity.
And well, the audience is left with the comforting fact that Sabrina got her happily ever after; she’s finally at peace and with the love of her life.
Nick and Sabrina truly were #endgame.
‘Feel Good’ Season 2 Packs Quite the Punch
In Season 2, the final adaptation of comedian Mae Martin’s (they/them) semi-autobiographical comedy, Feel Good takes on much more content in its short six episodes, packing quite the punch.
We’re guided deeper through the traumas of the primary character Mae and left wondering how they’re able to stand on their own two feet after years of childhood grooming, drug addiction, and parental toxicity.
The light answer to this is humor. As it’s joked often throughout the episodes, “comics are supposed to be sacks of shit.” Through light-hearted comedy and the power of laughter, Mae’s story is dissected. However, at times, big topics are rushed and viewers are left grasping at strings, wishing there were more episodes in the season.
Following an unfortunate relapse in Season 1, we’re immediately thrown into Mae’s life in Canada, as they’re about to reenter rehab. They’ve only been away from England for a couple of months, but with the fresh wounds of the breakup, both George (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mae aren’t healed and are still stuck in their desire for each other. I mean, Mae still has George’s photo on their nightstand!
While in rehab, Mae reconnects with an old “friend,” Scott. When he’s first introduced we’re left wondering who he is and what his role is in Mae’s life. As an addict and queer comedian, there’s much more behind Mae’s curtain of trauma than initially presented in Season 1. Much more trauma that’s led to rash behavior, and Mae’s conversation with Audrey, easily foreshadows this.
Intertwined with the main storyline, Mae’s also navigating their non-binary identity. Mirroring Martin’s own coming-out as non-binary, Mae’s figuring it out, explaining that they see themselves as more of a Ryan Goslin or Adam Driver.
Again, with only six episodes to squeeze so much storyline into, Mae’s rehab stint only lasts 15 minutes into the first episode before they’re running out the door back into the arms of Scott.
As Mae’s stumbling through life in Canada, George is also trying to keep her mind focused on things like saving the bees. At an event at her school, she meets Elliot, a bisexual, polyamorous man with who she bonds. He’s the nice guy, maybe too nice for George. He’s one of those men who are self-proclaimed progressive and ultra-feminist, trying to mansplain the harm in porn’s presentation of women and how sex needs to be a safe space for connection.
And as Mae knows, that’s definitely not how George likes to be treated during sex. Thankfully, George and Mae reconnect, and Elliot is quickly out of the picture with Mae and George recreating their first meet-cute, hoping to restart from a fully healed wound.
As Feel Good is written by a queer person, the portrayal of queer sex is finally construed in a realistic and non-hypersexualized manner. Mae and George run through various role-playing scenarios as they are falling into what seems to be a healthy relationship.
Realistically, their timeline is rushed, but Mae needed some stability before they faced the bigger demons hiding under the bed.
The show cleverly depicts Mae’s moments of withdrawal and trauma responses through a high-pitched ringing sound. As if we’re inside Mae’s head. Originally, Mae experienced the ringing sound when they were with George, as George was a replacement drug. But, in this season, the ringing sound appeared whenever the past tried to resurface.
Mae told Audrey that they had a hard time remembering the past, that it was all like a jumbly tumbly mess of Tupperware containers. But, as the episodes progress, each Tupperware slowly found its way to its matching lid.
It becomes clear that Scott isn’t just an old friend, but a man who used to abuse and take advantage of Mae. After Mae’s kicked out of the house at a young age for drug addiction, they move in with Scott who presents himself as a safe haven and gateway to Mae’s comedic success. When, in reality, he’s a pedophile who’s grooming them.
When a woman calls Mae to talk about Scott, presumably about the things he did to both of them in the past, Mae’s reminded of the trauma they had compartmentalized. A doctor suggests Mae might have PTSD, and with George’s help, they begin the journey of confronting the harmful past.
Meanwhile, through all of the personal traumas, Mae’s working through their professional success after being signed with an agent and fulfilling their dream of TV comedy. However, Mae finds it challenging to reinvent their success from the original standup virality that got them the agent in the first place. As mentioned earlier, with comics, the butt of their jokes is their own trauma.
Unfortunately, as Mae hasn’t healed from their trauma, there’s no way they can make light of it yet. As their career goes for a bit of a downhill turn, and they have a hard time performing for an audience, they begin to seclude themselves and withdraw from the world.
In a much-needed getaway, Mae, George, and Phil take a trip to Canada in order for Mae to confront Scott.
The scene in which Mae directly tells Scott they never want to speak to them again, although a bit anticlimactic, was retrospectively a strong scene that finalized Mae’s character arc in the perfect ending to a witty, raw, and endearing show.
The final episode leaves Mae leaps and bounds beyond where they had been before on their road to recovery. And just as Mae’s love for George grew healthily from a need to a want, our need for a Season 3 resolved itself, and we feel good saying our final goodbyes to Mae and George, knowing fully well they are on their way to a fresh start.
‘Elite’ Season 4 Review: New Students, New Mystery, Same Scandalous Drama
The wait is almost over.
On June 18, Elite returns for its fourth season, but aside from a few new faces and a new principal hellbent on making a difference, things at Las Encinas haven’t changed much at all.
In fact, things are more dramatic than ever.
The premiere of Elite evokes the same feelings as the start of the school year — there’s a rush of excitement for what’s to come.
The series indulges in more of what has made it such a success: scandal, parties, threesomes, love triangles, intrigue, crime, and sex. So. Much. Sex.
I always forget just how many vivid sex scenes there are until I get pulled into a new season, but I’m very quickly reminded.
The first day of school for Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Ander (Arón Piper), Rebeka (Claudia Salas), Cayetana (Georgina Amorós), and Omar (Omar Ayuso) is bittersweet. While they may be getting another shot at repeating their final year, their classmates Carla, Lu, Nadia, and Valerio have moved on to bigger and better things. It’s a bummer to lose such a great group of characters, but you almost don’t feel their absence when the new crop of students takes their place, flips the world upside down for current students, and simultaneously ushers in a brand new mystery.
The new mystery anchors the story, and like in seasons past, it plays out with flashbacks that lead up to the fated moment.
However, unlike in previous seasons, we find out pretty early on who is at the center of the mystery with the how remaining the big question mark.
But there’s no question about whether the Blanco family is involved.
As Ander tells the investigator, the toxic family’s arrival “tainted everything.”
Benjamin (Diego Martin) is the extremely rich new school director. He comes in like a bulldozer with big plans to rehabilitate Las Encinas and its reputation after a tumultuous few years that led to two student deaths. He begins his reign by setting his sights on Samu and Omar, who he doesn’t believe belong at the elite school.
It’s honestly surprising anyone wants to send their children to get an education there at this point.
Benjamin doesn’t waste any time making changes, but with his focus solely on “discipline, excellence, and achievement,” he fails to realize that his family’s arrival brings the bulk of the drama.
Immediately, you begin to wonder how Benjamin plans to fix a whole school if he can’t even control his own children — Ari (Carla Diaz), Patrick (Manu Rios), and Mencia (Martina Cariddi).
Benjamin has a fraught relationship with his youngest, Mencia, who has brought the family pain in the past and continues to rebel and defy her father at every turn.
She has a genuine connection with new girlfriend, Rebeka, but the relationship stirs up even more problems for Mencia as Benjamin disapproves and thinks Rebe is a bad influence considering her mother’s reputation as a drug kingpin.
Little does he know, Mencia has gotten into a world of trouble all on her own.
While Rebe’s relationship with Mencia grows into one of the purest this season, following Samu’s betrayal last season, she’s understandably closed off and cautious with her heart.
Ander and Omar are still going strong but find their relationship is tested in unexpected ways when they invite Patrick, Benjamin’s son, into the fold.
Patrick knows the power he wields over them and intentionally meddles in their lives, but there’s also much more to him than meets the eye.
Ari is Benjamin’s star child who respects and listens to her father, but to her peers, she’s the resident mean girl who is oftentimes uptight and has a chip on her shoulder.
She catches the eye of both Samu and Guzman, which fractures their budding friendship. These two have always fought over women, but last time, Samu was being protective over his best friend, Nadia, who Guzman is still dating when the season commences.
Nadia appears only via video chat from her New York apartment, and their relationship allows the series to explore the trials and tribulations of a long-distance relationship that’s tested as temptation lurks right around the corner for Guzman.
While Guzman stands a chance with Ari based solely on social class and standing, Ari and Samu connect unexpectedly in an academic setting.
Who will the love triangle favor in the end?
Additionally, the school has attracted the youngest royal heir in Europe, Prince Philippe (Pol Granch). The series flips the classic “princess and the pauper” narrative to “prince and the pauper” as he connects with the school’s janitor Cayetana, making all of her fantasies come true.
But as the saying goes, “be careful what you wish for” as this fairytale quickly turns into a nightmare when it’s revealed the prince has a dark secret, and Cayetana’s past secrets with the late Polo and Valerio come back to haunt her.
Overall, you know exactly what you’re getting into when you press play on the fourth season. The writers have managed to deliver yet another incredibly intoxicating season about a group of lost souls looking for a purpose and tapping into the extreme lengths they’ll go to numb their pain.
Elite hits Netflix on Friday, June 18 with eight brand-new episodes.
*This review is based on the first four episodes of season 4 that were available to the press*
WATCH: Mel and Jack Talk Starting a Family in ‘Virgin River’ Season 3 Trailer
There’s plenty of baby talk going around in the Virgin River Season 3 trailer!
Netflix dropped the trailer for the upcoming drama on Friday, June 11 and it doesn’t waste any time answering the question on everyone’s mind: does Jack survive?
It’s quite an obvious answer considering there is no show without Jack, but if it’s been keeping you up at night, the good news is that he does.
Of course, that doesn’t put the question of who shot him to rest. (And we have some theories you can check out right here!)
As he recovers, he’s blessed to have Nurse Mel by his side.
With their romance finally heating up, the nosy locals in town begin asking questions about their future — is marriage in the cards? And what about babies?
Mel’s history will definitely come into play, especially as it was always her dream to have a child. But Jack is a new father to twins (at least we think they’re his) with his ex Charmaine.
Luckily, Charmaine is no longer hung up on him as she’s found a new man who is there for her and the kids!
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