Happy Saturday TV fans! After watching Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 1 episode 11, we were reminded that ‘Tis the Season for seances during the witching hour. While we all have our own traditions during the holidays, the Spellman family wished us a “Happy Solstice” and asked that “Satan bless us everyone.” Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet. In episode 11, “Chapter Eleven: A Midwinter’s Tale,” the Spellman family prepares for the “Winter Solstice,” but Sabrina has a few magical ideas of her own. Meanwhile, Susie gets in a bit of trouble during her holiday job and Aunt Zelda is preoccupied with baby Leticia. My top 5 moments from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 1 episode 11 holiday special are:
“Christmas is the best time for ghost stories.”
In the beginning of the episode, we learn a bit about some of the Spellman family traditions during the holidays, which center around burning a “Yule Log,” which is meant to ward off evil spirits during the solstice. It is very important that the “Yule Log” fire does not go out or the Spellman family will be vulnerable to many magical threats. Sabrina recognizes that things are very different this year, but she can’t help missing her parents during this time, as she looks at a photo ornament of them that is very dear to her heart. Sabrina remembers that she crossed paths with her mother in limbo and is desperate to find a way to help her, but perhaps this isn’t the best night to do so.
“Too soon or too weird?”
Sabrina is determined to contact her mother with a seance, recognizing that the veil thins between the living and the dead during the solstice. After Ambrose turns down her request, Sabrina goes to see Miss Wardwell, who initially seems willing to help Sabrina, but recognizes that she will need to run some interference to prevent Sabrina from going down the wrong path. Sabrina tries to include her mortal friends, but they are not really too excited about participating in the seance. Sabrina does not take “no” for an answer; however, as she recruits Prudence and her sisters to assist with the ritual. It seems like everything is working perfectly when the spirit of Diana Spellman appears before them, but other magical beings begin to break through the veil as well, which threatens everyone in the Spellman home.
“Is this what it’s like being a witch?”
During all the commotion at the Spellman residence, we also learn that Susie has gone missing when her Santa Claus boss, Mr. Bartel, tries to turn her into a wax figure for his creepy collection. We learn that Bartel is actually a demon, but Sabrina and her aunts are ready to help save the day, as they enlist the help of Gryla, who is a demon that gathers the lost souls of children. It looks like Susie will be OK and everything is back to normal for now, but I think she will be researching her next job opportunity with a little bit more care next time.
“Please don’t ever do that again. Use magic.”
During the episode, we also get a Harvina moment, as Sabrina tries to make amends with Harvey by giving him an enchanted pencil set. Harvey later gives the gift back to Sabrina and explains that he doesn’t want her to use magic anymore with him. Sabrina clearly cares about Harvey a lot, but she also recognizes that he may not be ready or willing to walk down the path of night with her. I’m still hoping that these two can work things out; however, because they are absolutely adorable together.
In a heartwarming moment, Sabrina gets a very brief moment with her mother and confides in her about Harvey and some of her doubts and fears. Her mom helps her quite a bit, even though she cannot stay for very long, but it looks like Sabrina will cherish this brief encounter forever. Sabrina’s mother was mortal and understands all too well what it means to walk down the path of night, but Sabrina may need to experience this for herself, as her path may be different. At the end of the episode, Zelda decides to bring baby Leticia to Desmelda to keep her safe, which leaves us with some more unanswered questions. Is Desmelda a friend or foe? What will Miss Wardwell do next? Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the holiday special. I appreciated that the show took the time to celebrate with our favorite characters, while continuing the plot as well to get us ready for new episodes on April 5th 2019. Stay tuned!
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in the comments section below. Happy viewing!
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