Seriously – it has been awhile since I liked a movie this much. I thought it was fun, deep and cool to watch. I even went so far as to write down a quote from it I thought was especially striking. “Only the best evil can disguise itself as good” and it just hit me so hard that that is SOOO freaking true. It took fairy tales to a dark but relatable place. I think I would do better int he school for evil – at least it’s honest. “Good has become vain” so true too. The message that the world isn’t black and white or good a evil is a great lesson. Everyone is just human and we have a little bit of both. I love that the ‘beauty’ teacher was like “I used to teach magical history – you think I like teaching people how to smile?!” It was just so clever. Two thumbs up from this witch. Can’t wait for the sequel which is very obviously coming. Go watch it on Netflix.
I recently finished season 3 of ‘You’ on Netflix. Perfect for Halloween season. SPOILER ALERT – if you haven’t watched it, don’t read any further. I really enjoyed so much of the season. I thought Joe and Love made the perfect psychotic pair and team. On paper it works great but like most things didn’t turn out so in ‘real’ life. Joe justifies his crimes as ‘for the right reasons’ and so does Love, but they have very different definitions of what the ‘right reasons’ are which ultimately their undoing. I liked the secondary characters in the season as well. Theo was a good addition as was his dad. What surprised be most was really enjoying the Conrads in the end and the contrast they brought to the Goldbergs. They showed how they are actually a really strong couple, if not great people. I love that Love and Joe’s new obsession connected emotionally and she let her go. All of the cast was amazing and did and awesome job. Penn Badgely has been amazing through the series and everyone else elevated the level of acting this season. The Ending is what I was unhappy with. This cat and mouse game could have continued for awhile as Love is really Joe’s only worth opponent. What does he have to fight against now except going back to fighting against himself? Love could have had her own spin off series too. Henry definitely got the best end of the deal but I still cried when he left him. Also, I would have liked them to update on Ellie’s story more. Maybe they will in season 4. If he keeps sending her money after faking his own death, if he keeps sending her money she will know it’s him and he faked his own death. Will she look for him with questions? As she grows, wills he become his next obsession? We know he doesn’t stay on one woman too long.
The crazy/cool thing about the whole series if you are sad for all the characters, even they though they all do horrible things (on a scale but they all do horrible things). Still, you ache a little for them and you are sad for them. How do they do that? It kind of makes me question myself and my own moral compass. I think that is one of the goals of the show though. It’s super interesting what it brings up about myself.
…here are my thoughts. Spoiler alert (the end was spoiled for me so I wanna warn ya)
Overall I found the series entertaining and very different from Sabrina the Teenage Witch – which is very good in my opinion. It is a much darker tale with a much darker ending. I thought the character development was great and enjoyed existing in this world for awhile.
The Ending, I thought was very fitting for dark story. I had read that people were upset with the ending and that is sent the wrong message. I didn’t read the article for fear of more spoilers, but it wasn’t hard to guess. Sabrina (both of them) perish and Nick ends his life to be with her in the afterlife. I thought it was a good ending that would please fans of the show- a show which any watcher knows isn’t real. Young people aren’t stupid- they know the show is fantasy and view it as such. It wont lead young minds to commit suicide if they can’t be together so everyone just take a breathe. If you think it might, then we better stop having kids read Romeo and Juliet as well. At least in this version one of them dies to save everyone else in the story line. Nick Scratch (PS LOVE HIM) simply show up int he afterlife with Sabrina after ‘taking a swim in the sea of sorrows – wicked undertow.’ There is no gruesome death scene with sobbing about not being able to live without her, it’s just not Nick’s style. It was simply a decision in the story to satisfy the fans. It also breathes some hope into the story of Sabrina and the peace she has achieved- they both still exist just in a different plain of existence. It brings back a hopeful air.
As a big fan of Sabrina the Teenage Witch in my younger years, I really appreciated all the nods to the original series in the second to last episode. The return of the original aunts was fun and made sense in the story line. They worked that in nicely. I also liked that Salem was a talking puppet again in the ‘show’ version of Sabrina’s life. They call over the microphone that ‘Mr. Saberhagen’ (spelling?) should report to the set and as OG fans know, Salem was Sabrina’s Uncle who broke magical law and his punishment was like 100 years as a cat or something and his name was Salem Saberhagen. Not having Melissa Joan Hart make an appearance was the right call. There were already two Sabrina’s and we didn’t need a third. They did say there was a previous Sabrina on the ‘show’ and I assumed it was a tip of the hat to our OG Sabrina and that was enough for me.
Overall, I really enjoyed the show – the added characters and it’s dark nature. I think it ended at the right time and had a satisfying ending for fans. It acknowledged the original series while creating something completely new. I recommend it if you like a little dark side to your entertainment.