Hey guys! Happy Friday! So there’s a bit of change for today. I’ve said a few times that I was going to review How the Grinch Stole Christmas from 2000 today. I put on Netflix to watch it, having seen it on there a few times when I went on to watch something else, and it wasn’t there. I searched for it and it’s not there. So instead I’m going to review the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Christmas special. So let’s get into it!
Titled “Chapter Eleven: A Midwinter’s Tale”, this Christmas special was actually pretty good. In fact it actually made the first season’s finale much better in terms of what Sabrina did in order to save Greendale from the Dark Lord. It turns out that Sabrina signing her name in the Book of the Beast didn’t negate her deal with Father Blackwell, and she’s still going to the Academy on the weekends while going to Baxter High during the regular school week. She also doesn’t seem to have any hidden agenda or anything like that. She just signed the book and there doesn’t seem to be any direct consequences of that action.
Also I think the writers and producers of the show took to heart the criticisms people had about this show. I know it addressed some of the problems I had with it. Aunt Zelda is more likeable in this special than she was in all of season 1, Ms. Wardwell is back pulling strings behind the scenes, Ambrose is a more fun character, and they seem to have, at least for this special, dropped the Feminist undertones the first season had as well. They weren’t super in your face with that as some other shows and movies have been in more recent times, but, it was still there, and while there’s nothing inherently wrong with Feminism, or any political agendas there is something wrong when a director, producer, and/or writer is just interested in pushing their political agenda, and not interested in telling a good story or writing believable characters.
I’m still a bit wary about Harvey and where they seem to be going with him, but, hopefully season 2 fleshes that out more once it starts in April. This was actually the most fun I had watching this show since the pilot. Partly because I watched the entire ten episode first season over the course of five days with only a two day break in between episode 2 and episode 3, and as I said in my review of the first season, I’m not accustomed to watching a show that’s as dark in tone as Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is.
So basically it’s the Winter Solstice/Christmas time and the Spellmans are preparing for a festive season. Sabrina decides to have a seance so she can talk to her mom, and that’s what she does, though Wardwell attempts to distrupt the proceedings, with minor success. There’s also a demon who disguises himself as a shopping mall Santa and kidnaps the teens who are hired to be his Elves and turns them into dolls. Susie gets captured and after dealing with a witch who takes orphan children and gives them a home as ghost children, the Spellmans team up with said witch and save Susie from the demon.
There’s a little bit more to the episode than that, but, that’s the gist of the episode. It was good. It was less gory and cringey than the entirety of the first season, and like I said, I had a lot of fun watching it. Which is more than I can say about the first season, which wasn’t as fun to watch just because there were so many disturbing moments over those first ten episodes. I don’t know if I’m going to watch season 2, just because I don’t know if the things they did to make this episode better will carry over to the season, but, unlike other shows that have Christmas specials that air after the season has ended (I’m looking at you Power Rangers) this episode seems to be in continuity with the rest of the show and acts as a bridge between seasons 1 and 2, so this is probably just a glimpse at what they have in store for us for the second season, which drops in April, instead of October 2019, like I thought it was going to.
That’s it for me for 2018 guys. I hope you all have a wonderful end of the year, however you celebrate it, Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate Christmas, and I will see you all in the New Year. I’m aiming to start making content on the blog again on January 4th, so join me then for my first review of 2019. I’m also going to focus heavily on franchises that I love like Star Wars, Star Trek, DC Comics, Archie Comics, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Power Rangers. Starting in 2019 I’m going to start a review series on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I’m going to review the movie and all six seasons of the show, which is on Netflix right now, and I’m also going to do season reviews of Young Justice, Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Animated Series. So look forward to all of that in 2019. I’ll also let you know when I come back in 2019 how I’m going to tackle these franchises, beyond what I’ve mentioned here. So until then have a wonderful holiday and I will see you all in 2019. Take care!