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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018) s01e18 – The Miracles of Sabrina Spellman

So following Sabrina showing herself off as a possible messiah, Richard Coyle gets back to town with Miranda Otto—Otto’s totally Stepford Wives—and convinces his bosses she’s a heretic and they’re just going to have to kill her.

Meanwhile, Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) is enjoying her new powers. She can make it sunny out, she can cure blindness, she can teleport objects, make it rain rose petals; so like anyone would, she starts proselytizing to her fellow witch academy students—she gets back in, because the show doesn’t just introduce characters to get rid of them after three episodes, it does the same thing with subplots (if anything, “Sabrina” might be an example of why shorter seasons are better as far as plotting goes too). She and boyfriend Gavin Leatherwood are restored to the school and the High Council, who are above the Dark Pope but maybe not above the demons Shipka and Lucy Davis conjured last episode for help, but also maybe below them? It’s unclear. Anyway. The High Council gives Shipka twenty-four hours to come up with proof cousin Ambrose (Chance Perdomo) is innocent of murder. Otherwise he’s going to be executed.

Complicating matters are Coyle sending Otto in as a spy and saboteur to mess up Shipka, Leatherwood, and Davis’s attempts to clear Perdomo’s name.

Shipka also decides—if she’s able to pull off saving Perdomo—she wants to get the mortals and the witches together, even if it means she has to show everyone she’s a witch. Leatherwood does not approve.

Meanwhile, Michelle Gomez is making a monster (from her rib, nice touch) and Ross Lynch and Lachlan Watson decide the middle of the night is the best time to go monster hunting in the mines and what they find is going to change everyone’s life… forever! Especially Shipka’s.

It’s a rather well-paced episode, even if Shipka’s lofty dreams of mortal and witch cohabitation are a little naive. Plus some great moments for Otto. Bummer Gomez doesn’t get any. Soon, mayhap. Though, at this point, it’s impossible to say where “Sabrina”’s going and how soon it’s going to get there.

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