This episode is titled “Deus Ex Machina,” which is based on the Latin phrase from ancient theatre that loosely means “God from the machine.” What does this have to do with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina? Quite a great deal, especially within this episode. Deus Ex Machina is still used today to describe any situation where something unexpected or implausible is brought in to the storyline as a quick and easy way to resolve situations or straighten out a complex plot. Either an event, a new character, or plot device (or all three, why not?) could be the resolution. The plot for this fourth and final season of CAOS has been that of the witches of Greendale fighting the Eldritch Terrors, summoned by Faustus Blackwood. So far, the Darkness, Uninvited, Weird, and Perverse have come to Greendale, only to be quickly overcome by Sabrina Spellman and her double, Sabrina Morningstar, from time to time. To be honest, this has become quite boring and expected. In order to spice things up, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa decided to introduce a Deus Ex Machina in this fifth episode via the Cosmic Eldritch Terror.
Returning to the end of “The Weird,” Roz, Prudence, and Mambo Marie united as Seers in order to keep watch for the Terrors as they unfolded upon Earth — the Mortal Realm, Heaven — the Celestial Realm and Hell — the Infernal Realm. “Deus Ex Machina” begins with an insight into the Celestial Realm, as an angel named Metatron watches in wait for the mortals, witches, and infernals to handle the Terrors, specifying that the Terrors are actually attracted to an unprecedented amount of chaos within the Mortal and Infernal Realms. Metatron also reveals a scary plan if the aforementioned groups fail. For the first time ever in the series, the Celestial Realm is involved, and this is the major event that will be used to propel the last half of the season forward.
Like clockwork, the chaos begins to physically manifest between the two realms. With the Deus Ex Machina, there is a dramatic shift that at first may seem a bit confusing as it unfolds rapidly. What happens by episode’s end in an edge-of-your-seat rollercoaster ride that will leave you wanting to immediately know what happens next. Don’t forget about the side plots! Theo must make a life-altering choice for someone else. Lilith has given birth to Lucifer’s son, but fears what he will do to her when he finds out.
With three episodes left until the conclusion to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, expect anything and everything to be a possibility.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is now available to watch in its entirety on Netflix.