TV Binge: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 3, 2020)

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 3, 2020)

Creator: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Gavin Leatherwood, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Miranda Otto, Michelle Gomez, Jaz Sinclair, Tati Gabrielle, Adeline Rudolph, Lachlan Watson, Sam Corlett, Richard Coyle, Alessandro Juliani, Luke Cook, Jonathan Whitesell

As her 16th birthday nears, Sabrina must choose between the witch world of her family and the human world of her friends. Based on the Archie comic. – IMDB

Picking from the events from Part 2, Greendale has completely switched around. Sabrina’s boyfriend Nick has sacrificed himself and taken to Hell with Lilith who now rules there. Much like Aunt Zelda who now has taken over the Academy of Unseen Arts to hopefully rebuild it. While Ambrose and Prudence have gone off to travel around the world trying to track down Father Blackwood and get rid of him before he can exact anymore hazardous plans upon his probable return. However, Sabrina soon gets dragged into a much more serious role in exchange for saving Nick as she takes on the role of Queen of Hell and is challenged by Caliban, the Prince of Hell who also wants to win the throne through a series of quests to find the Unholy Regalia.

Part 3 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes an interesting turn of events. The relationships are now pretty much set as much as the alliances. The shift in power as well as the new outline of who is running things starts having a bigger toll especially as a lot of the secrets were revealed by the end of the last season. This season, its about making up for those things with some rather dire consequences, notably the main one being Sabrina given the power of the Queen of Hell and having an inner tug of war between what she needs to do, what she should do and what is more important to her. This all comes crashing together in the big finale when there is a whole time manipulation sequence where things get warped and she has to find a way to fix it.

For Part 1 & 2 reviews, I haven’t really taken a lot of time to look at the other characters other than the character development of Sabrina. Part 3 seems like a good time since most of the main cast is now rather set and developed at this point. For the most part, the show does revolve primarily around Sabrina and her development and it ends up putting the others a little bit more in the background with little scenes that come and go which is mostly revolving around Ambrose and Prudence, the Aunts Zelda and Hilda, her mortal friends Harvey, Roz and Theo and her love interest at the moment. In this case, the season is mostly surrounding Nick and eventually also the possible interest in Caliban. In reality, the characters in Sabrina probably have a lot more space to develop and for the most part, they feel rather one dimensional despite some of their abilities being more fleshed out as the show moves forward, it could be one of the reasons that it feels a little less engaging.

The main engaging and fun element are mostly the events that they pop up that flips the situation. The gives the show a nice course of dilemmas and situations throughout that eventually lead to a big finale. In this case, it goes to a mysterious circus that comes to town and the escaped Father Blackwood messing things up in the background who all come into play as he now aligns with anyone who can exact the revenge he wants. The threat here being pretty much more engaging since this new crew of characters (the Pagans) pose their own threats. If the circus itself didn’t bring its own oddities, the people they bring also have their own influences to different characters and brings in yet another branch of belief and another force that wants to take over the realm. If the Hell issues weren’t enough, this definitely kept the plot points very busy.

Overall, Part 3 was a pretty decent one. It did step up a little from the second part. This time’s threats and dilemmas between the characters helped give it a lot of constant motion, propelling it forward so fast that it was actually rather fascinating. The twist at the end was a huge highlight especially since it gave it something of an adventure like Harrry Potter and the Goblet of Fire but the different realms giving some variation to the plot from its first 2 ways. The power struggle expands and pushes Sabrina to make some tough decisions, constantly developing her character further.

Magic: Fruit Transposition

Last night my mom forwarded this YouTube video to me.  It is in Chinese but magic doesn’t change and has no language barrier, right? Right!

This little magic trick is called Fruit Transposition.  Mr. Magician here is super awesome.

He goes to the fresh food market and asks a lady to choose two fruits..any two that she just bought.  She chooses first a chestnut (never knew that was a fruit but thats okay, I buy it) and a kiwi.  What he does is totally mind-boggling.  Of course, the lady felt the same way so Mr. Magician told her to choose any two fruits at the booth there.

She walks around and goes, “How about a papaya? Wait, No! Can we use a watermelon?”

Mr. Magician hesitates and says, “Why don’t you pick something else? Its a bit big.”

So she insists to use it and asks, “If its big, then it doesn’t work?”

He says, ” No…it can work”

She picks it up and says, “I want to use the watermelon.”

Then they bring it to the table and he asks her to choose the second fruit, a banana, and to choose the exact one she wants.

And he does the trick again…

Thats just a quick translation of what goes on. Here’s the video! Watch and wonder, my friends!

I love the quote at the end, “A conjuror is nothing if he only amuses and fails to inspire wonder.”-1876 Thomas Frost

I’m still wondering the possibilities of how he did it.  My mom and I has this discussion also.

What do you think? Any ideas?

A Word A Week Challenge: Celebration

After long thought, I decided to use this celebration at Clearwater Bay as the focus for A Word In Your Ear’s A Word In A Week Challenge. Join this challenge HERE!

If you have followed my Hong Kong month, after that wonderful lunch at C-Jade Kitchen, we hurried off to Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club. You usually had to members to get in but we managed because my mom’s best friend’s brother is a the manager and they  had a stall to sell stuff that day.  So, we had a chance to visit.  It was at the Marina.  This event was to celebrate their 30th ANNIVERSARY. The theme was Magic Wonderland.  It was full of Alice in Wonderland themes and backdrops.

It was pretty nice event with lots of fun little things to do.

So here you go, an idea of what there was at this beautiful event.  They had boards and even ones where you could stand behind backdrops and take pictures along with backdrop decors along paths. Down near the water, we saw all the yachts parked there.  As the day drew to a close, there were people on their actual yachts.  There were two boats opened for visit: one was the police surveillance boat and the other was one that all brown…I don’t know the purpose of this one as they asked us to take off our shoes and the line was immense to go up, so I didn’t.

Back at the main grounds, we had little mascot animals everywhere: cow, duck, monkey and actual human disguise with a swan, peacock and the guy up there is probably some wild animal, leopard perhaps.  I’m not quite sure.  What do you think?

As any events, they had guests, first up was Bubbles Lady up there who made the biggest bubble.  I feature that up there along with bubble tiaras and all sorts of interesting tricks.  The second guest was the feature of this event, a magician called Ryan Joyce.  He’s up there in my gallery with this twist of hula hoops.  He also showed us a few tricks.

The event came to a close at 5pm just as the skies started getting dark and the winds hit us extremely hard.  I’d say that we were lucky, wouldn’t you? The skies graced us with decent weather all day for this celebration.