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Review: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 Episode 2

January 23, 2020
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Sabrina had always been a powerful witch. She found her peak in Part 2 when she raised herself from the dead and killed two angels while floating in the air. Despite using this immense power for good, she was ready to let go of it because it required her submitting to the Dark Lord and bringing about the Apocalypse. But the game has changed now. She has all her powers and no strings attached, thanks to Lilith. So, she can use it to do all the good, or the bad, she wants to do.

In order to save Nick, she is ready to risk a thing or two. For now, it seems to be working to her advantage, but everything comes with a price. The only question is: when will Sabrina have to pay her due?

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 Episode 2 Recap

The second episode of ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ opens with Nick/Dark Lord chained in the dungeons of the Academy. A minor slip allows the Dark Lord to stir some trouble. This makes things even more difficult for Zelda, who is trying to restore order in the Academy. After a visit from the Council, she discovers that the hierarchy is full of pretentious men who care just about their power. Although she started out believing that they should keep their attack and imprisonment of the Dark Lord a secret, she decides, later on, that they should pray to the goddess that they have now.

Meanwhile, Lilith plays her role as the Regent and begins Sabrina’s training that should make her a worthy contender against Caliban, who has emerged as the new competitor to the throne of Hell. The first task requires Sabrina to drag some souls back to hell. These are the people who had sold their soul to the Devil in exchange for something. She has to send two souls to Hell if she is to prove herself fitting of being its queen. While Sabrina doesn’t like it, she finds out that her job might not be so hateful after all. Meanwhile, a new threat lurks on the boundaries of Greendale.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 3 Episode 2 Review

After a brief visit to Hell, Sabrina is introduced to new opponents and another form of patriarchal hierarchy that she has to fight. Looks like Hell and Earth are all the same. To stop another tyrant from coming to power, she has to sit on the throne as a Morningstar and hold the fort, until she can pass it over to Lilith. However, the way she seems to be adept at the ruling, it would be interesting to see how comfortable she gets in the skin of it and if she will really let go of it when the time comes.

This episode also sets the ground for the promised threat of the eldritch terrors, the old gods who are about to walk the Earth. Father Blackwood, who has been very busy in the past month, also returns as the herald of the new danger. At the end of the second season, all of Sabrina’s enemies seemed to have scattered away. The third season quickly reassembles all of them, with more on the way.

Apart from the dark future that awaits Greendale, this episode also focuses on the titular teenager’s introduction to the potential she never tapped into. The prophecy would have had her sit on the throne of Hell, and even though it is not really fulfilled, she does get to claim her throne. Two different incidents allow her to use her newfound power in different ways. It presents a clear line between what she intends to with it, no matter how dark and unholy the source of her power might be.

‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’, no matter its diverse mysteries and ancient dangers, has almost always hinged on one thing- how good or bad is she? Inherently, she is a good person who wants to help everyone. But good intentions are also just enough for someone to stray from the right path. We have seen this with her before, like when she brought Tommy back from the dead. In this season, we, once again, delve into these territories, and with a more powerful Sabrina, the answer becomes even more twisted.

She is the Queen of Hell now, even if she tells herself that it is not for long. And the crown that rests on her head will surely demand the tasks worthy of itself. Sabrina has dodged the grey area of it pretty well, until now. But the future seems to have a more definitive path laid out for her.

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