Sabrina Spellman is back for season 2 of Netflix’s amazing “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” This time, Sabrina has fully embraced her witch heritage and is a full-time student at the Academy of Unseen Arts. But odd events bring her back to her mortal friends and send Sabrina on the path to her dark destiny, with the Dark Lord and Lilith (Michelle Gomez) pulling the strings from the start.
In certain episodes, Sabrina’s dark side comes out, but it was interesting to see Kernan Shipka portray the battle between good and evil going on inside Sabrina. Season two also shows us how powerful a witch Sabrina Spellman can truly be. Once sequence in particular lead to a very funny conversation with Harvey (Ross Lynch) that somehow went from Sabrina using her powers to him comparing her to Dark Phoenix. Shipka’s reaction gave me one of the biggest laughs of the season.
“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” season two score: B+
The 2011 film “Hanna” starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, and Eric Bana is one those movies that came and went without much of an impact at the box office. The movie wasn’t bad per se, but it wasn’t a great film either. It certainly wasn’t screaming for a remake or a sequel either thanks to itself contained story. Amazon Studios, however, had other ideas, and now we have the all-new, all-different “Hanna.”
Speaking of the bad guys, “Hanna” features the imposing villainy of Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos). Wiegler is the person behind many of the mysteries surrounding Hanna’s birth and unique abilities, and for much of the season, she’s the primary antagonist. But it doesn’t take long to know that there’s a bigger threat just looming around the corner.
Written by: Tini Howard
Art by: Hannah Templer
Letters by: Christina Miesner
Release date: March 27th, 2019
Cover price: $3.99
Published by: IDW Publishing
What It’s about…
What I thought about it…
When all is said and done, I thought Glow #1 was a huge disappointment. There were times I forgot these are characters I’m familiar with thanks to the show. While other times the art completely took me out of it. Maybe this comic was trying to introduce new people to Glow and now that’s done, things will improve in upcoming issues. But I have not decided if I’ll stick around or not.
Something else “The Umbrella Academy” has plenty of is humor. Some of my favorite moments came courtesy of Klaus (Robert Sheehan). One sequence, in particular, features Klaus’ conversation with several of the victims of time traveling assassins Cha-Cha (Mary J. Blige) and Hazel (Cameron Britton). The scene was so funny, it left me with tears in my eyes.
Something else I loved about the show, was the clever use of music. Every episode seemed to have one of two breakout scenes set to music. There’s one scene in which all the siblings retreat to their own rooms after their father’s funeral, a record starts playing Tiffany’s “I Think We’re Alone Now” and everyone starts dancing to the music. It’s a simple scene, but a poignant moment nonetheless. One that shows viewers that despite their many quarrels, these extraordinary people are still family.
But that’s a minor complaint. The fact is, the “The Umbrella Academy” was a joy to watch. In fact’ I’d say season one was better than some of the Netflix Marvel shows put together. Academy had something for everyone, super-heroics, music, time, travel, mannequins, donuts, bird watching, you name it. Whether you know the comic or now, “Umbrella Academy” is worth your time.
Yet, everything that I liked from the original show was still there. But now I got to see how the war against Dr. Hell affected each character. In fact, much of this movie is character driven, rather action driven. I even liked seeing Boss, Nuke, and Mucha running a noodle restaurant.