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Spoilery Review: CAOS Part III



Okay, now that I’ve finished The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part III, I have some thoughts.




A word often used in television reviews that I never really liked is the word “uneven.” There were a couple of reasons. One, I didn’t share the opinion. If I liked something, overall, I liked it, and it was fine. If I didn’t like something, overall, then it wasn’t fine. Like with any television series, there are hits and misses, ups and downs, but I do get an overarching feeling about something which then makes it good or bad. Two, it just seemed wishy-washy. When it comes to politics, the human condition, psychology, communication, and critique, I am all about nuance. However, that all seems to jump out the window when it comes to television shows. I don’t know. I’ll have to analyze myself about that (among other things). I could pinpoint hits and misses but I always went with my overall impression. What does “uneven” mean? Well, all of that is in the past tense. I now understand completely because CAOS Part III is the epitome of “uneven.”

This season was all over the place. The world of the show expanded in a big way. There were deep dives into some interpersonal relationships, and an aspect of Sabrina’s character got a spotlight in a big way. All of these things are good. I enjoyed the conflict between the Satanic and Pagan witches and how it expanded the story-world and storytelling possibilities exponentially. I am enjoying the character development of Ambrose. He came into his own this season. Theo continues to be a badass. I like how his brave core is the engine of his development, and I like his relationship with Robin. I’m also intrigued by the development of (the real) Mary Wardwell. How she is dealing with coming back to her life in the middle of it. These things, among others, really made my heart pound with anticipation as I watched.

However, these great things were weighted down by others. I mentioned the singing in my previous post. There is no need for me to get into it again except to ask, WHY???? (Again) Prudence’s character development seemed to have taken a back seat, as did Hilda’s. A friend of mine mentioned he found Zelda to be a bit one-note. I didn’t agree, but I see his point this season. I honestly think this season is a turning point. It’s a set-up for bigger storylines coming down the pike. This season was also shorter than the previous two seasons. A shorter season plus multiple unnecessary musical numbers equal “uneven” to me.

Some quick hot-takes:

The Good:

  • The expansion of the Worldbuilding: highlighting the different types of witches and how they derive their powers. Witchcraft isn’t the exclusive realm of “the Devil.”
  • On that same note: The introduction of Maiden, Mother, Crone to Witch Lore, and the power therein. It makes sense, given the commentary on misogyny the show makes.
  • The Theo-Robin relationship. Representation is very important, and it was heartwarming to see a trans relationship on screen.
  • Theo-type bravery: He’s always going for it, and it doesn’t surprise me that Theo is the first of the “Fright Club” to lose his virginity on the show. Yes, Roz lost hers at Bible camp, but that is before the story opens.
  • Zelda and Mambo Marie
  • The introduction of the Triple Goddess

The Bad:

  • As previously mentioned, the singing. Again Why????
  • The loosey-goosey rules of magic. Members of the Church of Night were losing their powers and couldn’t do certain things until they had to do them to advance the plot. There were a few points where the coven did things to boost their waning abilities, but we never knew if it was a one-time thing or how long the effects would last. Because of this, the magic just seemed like sloppy writing.
  • The shorter season leaving less time to explore these big changes and what little time there is being taken up with the first bullet point.
  • Cheerleading

I know I have a lot of complaints about this season. However, I still enjoyed it, and I am looking forward to Part IV.

Please Stop Don’t The Music!


I love the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!

I was impressed by the first season, and the second deepened my affection for the show. I just hope this third season doesn’t kill it.

I will have a longer post with my review of this entire season, but for now, I need to address a disturbing trend I am seeing.

For some reason, they’ve incorporated musical numbers into the episodes. Now, I do like a good musical number once in a while on a television show. I loved the (THE, as in ONE) musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I loved the (THE, as in ONE) musical episode of Lucifer. I heard rumors that Lucifer might have another musical number next season, but one per season isn’t bad. I even enjoyed the musical number during the last episode of CAOS during Season 2. However, for Season 3, CAOS has had them for two episodes in a row, sometimes multiple numbers, and they don’t fit into the storyline like Season 2’s number. Sure, one of the teaser trailers for this season was a music video, but I thought it was all in fun. I didn’t think it was the direction the show was going in. Why mess with perfection? According to some of the comments from the video, it appears the showrunners did the same on Riverdale. I have to take their word for it as I haven’t seen that show. Those same commenters also stated that’s when the show ended for them, but I don’t want the same to happen with me and CAOS.

Please don’t do this. Please stop the music.

I’m not above begging!

Kudos to Tight Writing!


Manifest Season 2 started a few weeks ago. I am enjoying the season so far. The writers have expanded the story world and increased the stakes for a number of our significant characters. There are a few things that are kind of awkward (i.e., the Jared/Michaela/Zeke situation), but even those things set up a bigger (potential) pay off later. I will write a more in-depth review of all of my thoughts and feelings later on. But there is one thing that happened during this past week’s episode that I must absolutely address now. There are major spoilers ahead. I will place the-thing-that-must-not-be-named below the line.

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The CW’s Elseworlds takes me away…


Can we talk about Elseworlds for a minute?

Oh, my god! That was some of the most fun I had watching an hour of television in a while. It was campy, silly, and FUN (Did I mention that already?). All the things that I am about right now and I am here for it!

Elseworlds is the annual Arrowverse cross-over event on the CW. In the first crossover, Supergirl was introduced to the Arrowverse. Supergirl, which launched on CBS, takes place in a separate world from Barry, Oliver, and the Legends gang. That crossover was definitely good, but the focus was on introductions and the fallout from Flashpoint (a crisis on the Flash which had repercussions throughout the Arrowverse).

The second crossover was a bit lighter. The gang from two Earths and a time machine all came together to attend Barry and Iris’ wedding. (Side note: On the show, traveling to go to ANOTHER EARTH to attend a wedding seemed easier and cheaper than attending a destination wedding on THIS Earth. Seriously…wtf?) The personal drama was a little less angsty, however, angst is part of the deal on CW shows. I’m pretty sure it’s in the contract. But, rightfully, all the teams were more focused on stopping Nazis from taking over the planet. (If only our electorate was so proactive…)

But this third crossover was a hoot and a holler. Of course, they had a little angst (again… contract!), but they embraced the camp and even had a Smallville throwback which made me scream with laughter and clap my hands. The energy of this episode was positively off the charts and you can tell the cast was just having a good time. Even granite-faced Stephen Amell (And this is not an insult. The entire man is granite, that’s a huge part of his appeal) couldn’t hide the sparkle in his eye as his played Olivier-as-Barry. The actors were just having a good time and that manifested in a dynamic episode full of action and joy.

Now some of this might diminish some as the group heads to Gotham City in tonight’s episode (which I’ll watch tomorrow). If you’re familiar with the DC Universe you know Gotham is not a place for joy or fun. In fact, the place can make the Arrow of Season six seem like Disneyland. But it’s still exciting as this is when Ruby Rose as Kathy Kane makes her debut and we get to see what her show is all about. I’ve been hearing good buzz, so I hope it works out. I’ll definitely find out tomorrow night.

I’m back…

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Okay, NBC, I see you.

Okay, folks. It’s been a minute, a minute and a half, really, but that’s life.

While the month of September was a deluge of health challenges, the month of October was a ton of personal ones – and a vacation. I may write about the last 90 or so days of my life, or I may not. But, right now, I want to talk about the show Manifest.

I am excited because I just saw the seventh episode and it was one of the best episodes of the season. As I stated in my initial review, I’m always a sucker for an out-of-time/ fantasy story and Manifest delivered. Up until this point, I was pleasantly entertained and somewhat intrigued by the mystery. I tend to be very loyal to television shows. Once I start watching one, I keep doing so unless it pisses me off – royally. At the moment, I can only think of a handful of shows that have that possess that dubious distinction; for example, the last season of The 4400 and Sleepy Hollow (Seriously, why would they do Abby that way!?), and the last two seasons of Heroes (from the early Aughts). So as long the Manifest surfed the waves of mild entertainment, I was likely going to stick with it.

Well, apparently, that was not good enough for the writers because last night’s episode raised the bar!

Not to get too spoilery (Is that a word? I’ve decided it is), but the mystery went from interesting to compelling. This is more than Early Edition – (does anyone remember that show?), 4400-esque mystery of the week scenarios. Yes, that is still the format of the show, but it has become more. The last two episodes have really emphasized the connection among the passengers and what it all means. No longer are these passengers unfortunate (maybe) singularities dealing with the aftermath of missing for 5 ½ years. Now these people are a part of something bigger in a way that’s more concrete than I’ve seen in similar shows. And the people around them are being sucked into their world so much that they are almost as much passengers of MA 828 as the people on the actual plane. The thing I am most excited about is the character arc of Deputy Director Vance, head of the investigation into what happened to flight MA 828. Again, not to be too spoilery, but the pivot of this character not only gives him depth, his transformation gives gravitas to Ben’s efforts to understand what happened to him and the other passengers, and ups the suspense factor by several notches. And even this character’s pivot may not be as straightforward as we might think. Sure, Vance might be [BEEEEEEEEEEEP] this time, but who’s to say he won’t pivot again or pirouette or grand jetè even? The dude’s NSA, let’s not put anything past him.

When I wrote my initial review over a month ago, I had questions as to whether this show had the fuel to maintain its flight. Well, at the seventh episode mark, this vehicle seemed to have refueled and I’m excited to see where it goes next.

NBC’s Manifest Takes Off


[Yes, I skipped a week. Sorry! To make it up, please see this recap I wrote for Manifest]

April 7, 2013

That’s the date 191 people boarded Montego Air 8-2-8 from Jamaica to New York. It landed November 4, 2018. For those on board, only a few hours passed – both mentally and physically. For the rest of the world, including those closest to the passengers, it’s been five and a half years.

That part is on the television promo. Spoilers are below the fold…

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