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A Disappointing Start to Season 2 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Updated: Sep 11, 2019

As you may recall, just the other day I blogged about my excitement for the release of season 2 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. However, after finishing episode 3, I’m finding myself a little disappointed with the return so far.

WARNING: The information below contains spoilers for the first three episodes (let’s say four to be safe because now I can’t remember where I stopped) of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Continue at your own peril.

Sabrina: Back to her Usual Light Self

Maybe I need to rewatch season 1, but I remember it ending with Sabrina having accepted her dark side and giving in fully. Or Perhaps I’m thinking of the trailer...

Regardless, I was kind of hoping to see her flirting with evil a little more. Meanwhile, she’s struggling to steal a pack of gum. Come on, girl. Even mortals who haven’t signed their name in the book of the beast have stolen gum. So far, I think Sabrina's made more reckless decisions in season 1 than she has at the start of season 2, making the second season feel kind of repetitive. But hey, I guess I'm still only 4 episodes in, so there's still hope.

Atrocious Acting

No, not on everyone’s part, just on the main actress, Kiernan Shipka. Am I the only one who thinks this?I’ve struggled with it since season 1, but somehow it’s worsened. There have always been moments where I found her affect lacking or her reaction to fall flat, but season 2 jumpstarts an entire new low. That fight she had with Ambrose in episode 1 was laughable and she continues to give a five in the emotion department when a ten is needed.

Hasty Plot

The show runners are speeding through so much, leaving no time for build-up. Since when do—SPOILERS—Roz and Harvey have the hots for each other? More importantly, in what world would a high-school-aged girl be okay with her best friend going out with her ex-boyfriend, the first love of her life?

We Get It: They’re In High School

These have also been some of the most stereotypical high-schooly episodes yet. Basketball tryouts, bullies, a Valentine’s Day dance—I liked the first season because it WASN’T one big cliché.

Now, none of that is to say that there’s not some good in the mix.

I have rather enjoyed seeing some cameos from actors/actresses in The Chilling a Adventures of Sabrina from other shows I’ve loved. Alexis Denisof who played Wesley from Buffy/Angel, Alessandro Juliani who was Gaeta from Battlestar Galactica, and Michelle Gomez who plays Missy on Dr. Who have all made appearances that have tempered my nostalgic fan-girl heart.

Suzie/Theo’s coming out not only is a much appreciated perspective of the LGBTQ community, but it also has some nice symmetry with Sabrina’s continued interest in gender equality at the Academy of Unseen Arts.

Seeing Zelda confront Faustus about their status and then shutting things down when he tried to placate her was PURE GOLD.

And, as always, the witchcraft and lore is always dark and delectable.

I plan on doing another blog post once I finish the season, but I just had to get my initial frustrations out. How are you enjoying the new season so far? What have you liked and disliked?

Stay nerdy!

Jessaca Willis

author of the Awakened series

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