Re-Watch Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina S1-EP3

Episode Synopsis

The Trial of Sabrina Spellman: As Sabrina confronts a long line of family secrets, Harvey faces turmoil at home – and shares a secret of his own.


Kiernan Shipka … Sabrina Spellman

Ross Lynch … Harvey Kinkle

Lucy Davis … Hilda Spellman

Chance Perdomo … Ambrose Spellman

Michelle Gomez … Mary Wardwell

Jaz Sinclair … Rosalind Walker

Tati Gabrielle … Prudence Night

Adeline Rudolph … Agatha

Richard Coyle … Father Faustus Blackwood

Miranda Otto … Zelda Spellman

Abigail Cowen … Dorcas

Justin Dobies … Tommy Kinkle

Bronson Pinchot … Principal George Hawthorne

Best Character

Sabrina really shines in this episode. She knows what she wants, or mainly what she doesn’t want, and she’ll do anything to get it. I often forget that she is barely sixteen for the whole of this show because she exudes maturity. 

Best Supporting/Obscure Character 

Mrs Wardell is especially conniving in this episode and although she doesn’t speak very much, she is still the best supporting character. Everything that happens is because of her and right now if this is the first time you are watching this show, you have no idea who she is or why she’s actually doing what she does. 

She’s a great character, she often does questionable things, but that’s what makes her so great. 

Favourite Scene

The court scenes, which is what this episode is all about, are definitely the best parts. It’s the first time you really get a glimpse into what being in the coven is like and honestly it’s quite horrible. But at the same time I love how twisted the witches are, not to the detriment of Sabrina though. She’s my favourite girl.

Best Quotes/Lines 

SABRINA: He took possession of Principal Hawthorne and threatened me. 

ZELDA: Did you hear that, sister? Can you imagine how enraged he must be? 

SABRINA: Well, it doesn’t matter. I don’t want to be a part of his coven, I don’t want to step foot in the Academy of Unseen Arts, and I am certainly not gonna stand trial.

This exchange is both hilarious and frustrating. The fact that Zelda doesn’t care that Sabrina was threatened by the Dark Lord, more about the fact that he was so annoyed he had to do it. Poor Sabrina, I love how she stands her ground though.

FAUSTUS: Poor Zelda. Already, I see the ravages of age upon you.

What an actual savage, and I don’t mean this in a funny way. I actually hate him. 

SABRINA: Now it makes sense! All your strong-arming trying to get me to sign. You were just trying to cover up the fact that you had already pawned me off to the Dark Lord like a used car.

“Like a used car” is what makes this one of the best lines in the show. Such a mortal thing for Sabrina to say, but also quite funny. This show does have its moments of comedy.

Most Iconic Outfit 

Zelda and Hilda’s headscarves and sunglasses they wear to court due to their rapid ageing are purely iconic. I love how the outfits progress the older looking they get and the fascinator that Zelda wears in the final court scene is such a serve. 

Thoughts/Opinions That Don’t Fit Into A Specific Category

The one thing I really don’t get about this episode is that Harvey definitely saw the Dark Lord when he was younger and is worried that no one will believe him. Yet in the previous episode when Sabrina tells him she’s a witch, he freaks out despite knowing that the supernatural potentially exists.

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