This is a Netflix Original Series that dives into the darker elements of Sabrina, and this fourth final season concludes the journey in one awful way. This is both in terms of the message it gets across, and just how painful that was to watch. I’ve been with this series since pre-day one since I’ve reviewed every season ahead of launch and it just leaves you ever so empty.
Despite all of the hopeful messaging and bright material it just ends with a brief thud. It’s a shame as there was clearly a great season to be had, the Eldritch Terrors are creepy and super dark. They’re very messed up foes and feel like a proper build from previous enemies. It really has felt as though it’s been building towards this type of battle. This just ended in a sort of way that made it feel as though they had too much to cover in a single arc.
It was as though they were racing towards the end. They had a really great setup for how the Terrors were introduced and then dealt with. By the end it seemed like they jumped hastily ahead to reach the ending their had in mind. It was just such a shame, and ultimately led to what was the worst season of the series.
It felt so mismatched at times, and all over the place. Not a whole lot of rhythm, with side characters being pushed aside and them leaping to get characters to where they needed to be in order to wrap things up. Such a shame. I will note they had a fun cameo type episode pop in, that was a treat to see and perhaps a nice moment for fans of older takes on this character.
The cast is very much comfortable with their roles at this point, with some characters switching around almost too awkwardly. The core of this is of course Sabrina Spellman, played by Kiernan Shipka who is absolutely delightful as the lead. She really has carried the show over the years and is what I imagine as a perfect representation of the character at this point.
The aunts have been great, with Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Zelda (Miranda Otto) having a fun run in with their counter parts to a degree. I feel bad for Ambrose (Chance Perdomo) as while great, didn’t have a whole lot of importance in this final season. There is of course the core supporting crew, everyone is essentially here and getting thrown in varying directions to conclude the series.
It would take too long to dive into everyone, and there was a lot for them to rush through to find a final conclusive balance for them. This was once again well shot, and very grim in presentation. It felt right in line with previous seasons, being perhaps even darker at a point or two in regards to how they treated Faustus Blackwood (Richard Coyle).
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 is by far the worst season of the show, feeling rushed and ultimately disappointing in how it concludes. It’s just a rough set of episodes that barely come together. They had some awesome villains, but you could tell how much they struggled to reach a conclusion despite having so much more material to go through.
It really could have used some more episodes to make this feel more natural, and to allow breathing room. This almost concludes being in the middle of an arc, at least that’s how it felt. Life goes on, but enjoy that ending for your key character. Just a dreadful ending point, was left very disheartened I suppose. Mostly just empty as I was like, people are not going to like that at all.
My main issues were how rushed it felt and that the story didn’t seem to conclude in a natural way and more with one that was rushed in order to end it earlier than intended. It’s a shame we won’t get more as this show was delightfully dark with a great cast, I just thought there was so much more they could have done with this one.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 4 Review at Home with Streamed Viewing
Screening was Provided by Netflix