After a highly successful first series, Netflix are following up shows ascension with Sabrina‘s very own Christmas Special.
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Sabrina Christmas Special Explained
The Seasonal Special opens on Sabrina as a child saying that she wishes she could see her mother as a gift from Santa. We then flash forward to one week before Christmas and join Sabrina, platinum hair and all, setting up Christmas decorations. It feels like something pulled straight out of the perfect Christmas but Sabrina is still quite sad and low about the holiday. Sabrina is clearly missing Harvey so it’s great that we get some finality on who she has chosen since the last season left it on a bit of a cliffhanger.
She realises that she needs to give her friends space to adjust to the fact that she is a witch but is a bit lost on the best way to handle their friendships going forward. After seeing her mother in limbo in the prior season, Sabrina realises that she wishes to reach out to her and ask for advice on how to handle the situation. She too wants to free her mother from the purgatory and Sabrina holds a seance to contact her.
Sabrina’s connection is broken before she gets to hear anything meaningful from her mother and Zelda discovers what they are doing. Zelda stops this as it’s ok to Kidnap babies but not contact the dead.
A couple of spirits come through during the ritual as the Yule Log fire is put out by Madam Wardwell and this quickly becomes a villain of the week episode. I got really bad flashbacks to the Possession Of Hannah Grace and the Ghosts aren’t even the scariest part. Sabrina’s friend, Suzie, is nearly made into an elf figure and there’s a really creepy vibe to the entire episode that definitely brought out the more sinister side of Santa.
Everything gets wrapped up pretty neatly with the Ghosts, aka Yulelites, being sent back to where they came from after the family make contact with their mother, Gryler. She wishes to take the baby with her but Sabrina’s mother appears and comes up with a morality test in order to determine who should look after the baby that Zelda kidnapped. They trick Gryler and are deemed worthy to still keep the baby even though they are the kinda people who think its ok to kidnap a baby.
Gryler too rescues Suzie from living the rest of her life as a mannequin and the Spellman’s trick Suzie’s father into thinking his daughter’s disappearance was all a dream.
Zelda decides to return the baby as she will forever be in danger with them. Sabrina’s mother returns once more and says that shes happy that Sabrina lives with a family that loves her. However, she does not think that Sabrina and Harvey’s relationship is a good idea and warns her off this dark path. We learn that her unfinished business keeping her in limbo is the worry of her daughter and she returns there at the close.
A Changed Woman?
Even with all of this though, Sabrina clearly is taking a step towards being a good person as she helps Harvey’s fathers alcoholism. Harvey states that he wishes she would stop casting magic spell on him and around him but does appreciate it, even though he returns the gift Sabrina gave him.
The big pointer to take from this is that many people, including myself, believed that Sabrina would be a villain after the end of the first season but this clearly showcases that she is still a good person and I believe that going forward this duality will cause problems between her and the forces of evil that she has now become aligned with.
The show ends with demon men coming out of the mines and this is a tease towards Season Two of the show which returns in April 2019. It’s pretty difficult to decipher what this means but they could be seen as the satantic Three Wise men, here to ruin Christmas. What will happen is still up in the air but I’m definitely exicted to see the show return after watching the trailer at the end of the episode.
So, what are your thoughts on the Sabrina Christmas Special and where do you hope to see the show go in Season 2?
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