Alice Oscura, Featured Writer
Warning: SPOILER ALERT (mostly for previous seasons)
Synopsis: Sabrina Spellman/Morningstar and the gang battle the eight Eldritch terrors unleashed unto Greendale by Faustos Blackwood.
Review: Although I have enjoyed CAOS from inception the fact that the titular character Sabrina is being pulled in different directions causes the main story to become a bit convoluted.
Season 4 is heavily inspired by the work of HP Lovecraft and comprises eight episodes, each one being titled with the name of an Eldritch terror that the team has to face. However, the series suffers heavily from characters who in my opinion should have been eliminated sticking around, causing the cast to become over bloated and confusing with too many sub-plots happening at the same time.
For instance, Rosalind Walker (Jaz Sinclair) becomes a powerful character due the final explanation of what “The Cunning” really is and the pivotal role that she has to play in warning of the upcoming Eldritch terrors. Then, you have Theo Putnam (Lachlan Watson) who started off as Suzie Putnam but began his transitioning since Season 1. Other than becoming a plug for the LGBTQ community, this character wasn’t given any meat in the final season other than the romantic story arc, which is a waste of a character especially if you are dealing with an apocalyptic main plot.
I also thought that reusing Faustos Blackwood (Richard Coyle) as the main antagonist yet again was entirely unnecessary as I think that Blackwood’s character hit its peak in Season 2. While Lilith/Mary Wardwell (Michelle Gomez) was brilliant as the manipulative Madame Satan in previous seasons, having Mary re-introduced to the series demoted Lilith’s character and caused both roles to become irrelevant. The poor execution of the conclusion of Lilith’s pregnancy established in Season 3 leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Other previously strongly intimidating characters were rendered campy and made the butt of jokes to much disappointment.
Season 4 also seems mostly devoted to making sure that all the romantic relationships have a happy ending for the most part. However, this as well was handled most chaotically, and I felt it equally unnecessary to throw in a potential love interest for Sabrina’s unlucky-in-love Aunt Zelda (Miranda Otto) only to introduce a plot twist that throws it back out the window.
When the series was unexpectedly cancelled at the end of Season 3, we were introduced to two Sabrinas. Spellman wanted to stay and explore life as a normal high school teenager and be with her family while Morningstar wanted to be crowned the Queen of Hell and rule the nine realms alongside her father Lucifer. In this final season, there is an extremely weird sense of foreboding with these two and it will leave fans deeply unsatisfied and disappointed in the culmination of the series. The writers seemed more preoccupied with Sabrina’s love life than exploring the fact that she has celestial power due to her bloodline from Morningstar. It felt as though they wanted to mute that part of Sabrina, hence the split.
I can’t say I was totally dissatisfied with the final season of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. But they have managed to take a fun, quirky, powerful comic book character and literally beat it into something unrecognisable. Suffice it to say I think I now understand what the Game of Thrones fans have been speaking about since they got their finale.
Alice’s Score: 6 out of 10
For the Game of Thrones series finale review you can click here.
Dark Alice has an old soul and a curious mind. I believe that anyone can be a hero and that the good guys should always win! I dislike cruelty to animals and think that they have far superior qualities to humans. My motto is there is no future without the past. I also have a weird penchant for Paranormal TV shows even though the slightest sound makes me jump.
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