Finally, after two semi-dud episodes, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is really hitting the gas, tearing up the figurative story pavement in Part (Season) 4, with episode 3, “The Weird.” With the Dark and the Uninvited of the Eldritch Terrors defeated, the third terror, the Weird, arrives at the doorstep of Faustus Blackwood’s Pilgrims of the Night Church. Risen from the fathomless depths, the Weird declares the Night Church is to serve it, as the terror seeks to possess the strongest in Greendale for besting the previous terrors.
Meanwhile, Sabrina reflects on making her own happiness out of the best parts of Nick and Harvey. Ambrose takes it upon himself to warn and educate the coven about the Eldritch Terrors as they wait for the next one. Thanks to Harvey’s drawings, they now have an idea as to which terrors will be arriving in time.
As visually hinted at during the end of the episode “The Uninvited,” the Weird is a squid terror, so it makes sense that this episode will be full of oceanic-centered sequences. Even the halls of Baxter High are adorned with nautical crafts such as construction paper jellyfish and sharks, ship netting, tropical fish, and coral. Plenty of thunder, lightning and rain takeover Greendale in the midst of it all. With all of this taking place around the Weird’s arrival, it’s hard to believe several other subplots are also taking place in the episode, specifically for Lilith and Roz. Zelda’s coven, now serving Hecate (maiden, mother, and crone), bares its new united power in what has to be the best two scenes of the entire season so far.
“The Weird” lives up to its title in the best ways possible. With one plotline slamming into the next, so much story takes place here it makes you wonder why the first two episodes were wasted by Sabrina’s teen angst and FOMO.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 4 was completely filmed prior to Netflix’s announcement of its cancellation. Series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa had always planned for there to be at least one more season after this one to truly complete his arc. Unfortunately, Aguirre-Sacasa had to work with what he had already shot in order to give CAOS the feeling of a conclusive ending. Still, why is there such a heavy focus on Sabrina’s love life over the drama brought about by the terrors and threats from other realms? Maybe this will be answered in the episodes to come.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 4 is now available to watch in its entirety on Netflix.