Sabrina, Season 3: Stuck in Limbo?
Updated: Jul 19
I absolutely loved Sabrina, Season 1. The irony and sarcasm that was present was quite refreshing for someone who is so familiar with Christianity. Season 2 of Sabrina brought us deeper into the story of what it means for our protagonist to further struggle with her identity as both witch and human. This identity ultimately gives her the power to save her coven, her family, and her friends. In season 3 we find ourselves with a new filler-like story as our characters barely grow out of their season 1 and 2 molds.
Don’t get me wrong, if you’re a fan of the series, you will like it. I liked it but it definitely had it’s problems. Let’s start with those, shall we?
The music. What in the world? The music doesn’t add anything to the story or to the character’s story arcs. It’s like they paid the copyright for these songs just to show that their acting talent could also sing. Great. Now you have some mediocre covers of songs by some decent singers and a very good singer (check out Ross Lynch’s band The Driver Era for more of his amazing vox). What they should have done is paid for someone to write an actual melody for Pan’s song at the end of episode 3. False God have mercy on them.
Harvey rocking out in his garage with Theo and Roz.
So much to do, so little time. There is so much content in this season. There’s a new band of baddies, there’s a quest for the throne of Hell, there’s the coven, there’s Blackwood, there’s the love story for Sabrina, there’s love stories for all the other characters, ohhh boy. I say focus on one thing, please!
So many people, so little growth. There are some new characters in this season. All of whom I really really like. Caliban (Sam Corlett) and Robin (Jonathan Whitesell) are both super sexy and charismatic in their own ways. Mambo Marie (Skye Marshall) is an interesting character for plot’s sake and I like the diversity she brings to the story and cast.
Sam Corlett, Skye Marshall, and Jonathan Whitesell.
However with the new addition of characters, we also can’t focus on our previous entourage of superstars. Namely, Harvey and Nick don’t get much screen time and really exist only to create unnecessary drama. What happened to Harvey’s witch hunting background? And why isn’t Nick’s internal conflict in this season explored on a deeper level? The only characters who have grown so much in this series are Roz, Theo, and Prudence and I really really like the ways their story arcs have developed and intertwined with the main plot. Let’s not even talk about Dorcas, Agatha, Zelda, Hilda, and Sabrina. I know it’s possible, so let’s see some more growth for our other beloveds as well.
An awkward confrontation between Harvey and Nick.
All that to say, not much has happened for the overall story in Sabrina Season 3. Sabrina is still pretty much a badass so if you enjoy that, you won’t be disappointed! The ending of season 3 also poses some really problematic questions like where did first Sabrina come from? You’ll see what I mean when you watch it but for those who are not going to, *spoilers* a Sabrina from the future comes to save present Sabrina but this future Sabrina warns present Sabrina to continue the time loop of saving herself or else all will go badly. It’s like, where’d the egg come from if there’s no chicken, sort of thing. *end spoiler*
I did like some things though! Like I said earlier, the new cast is great. Nick has an interesting internal conflict this season that shows he’s human and real but it really needs more writing to back it up and make it a full fledged character arc. Kiernan Shipka is an amazing actress for the part of Sabrina and it really shows in this season.
All in all, it’s a fine season. There are some things I don’t like about it but it was still enjoyable. I am excited for season 4 and hope that some of my favorite characters like Harvey, Nick, Lucifer, and Lilith get some more screen time and growth. I haven’t given up yet on this one. Riverdale on the other hand…