I have to admit that I groaned a bit when I discovered that the fourth episode of part 3 of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was going to center around yet another holiday. Seriously, how many holidays do these witches have to celebrate over the course of year? This time, the holiday was the Hare Moon, which involves everyone dressing in white, going on a picnic, and not killing a rabbit. The holiday itself doesn’t make much sense and, to the show’s credit, this episode opens with Sabrina telling her aunts that it doesn’t make much sense.
So, I wasn’t expecting much from The Hare Moon but, to my surprise, it actually turned out to be a pretty good episode. At the very least, it held my interest and that’s more than I can say for the episode that came immediately before this one. I think it helped that a good deal of this episode took place in the woods during the day, which meant that I could, for once, actually see what was happening without having to strain my eyes. I know that I spend a lot of time complaining about how underlit and dark the majority of Sabrina‘s interior scenes are but I think this episode proved my point. When I could actually see who was talking, it was a lot easier for me to actually care about what they were talking about.
The highlight of this episode came when, during the Hare Moon ceremony, the witches ran into the pagan carnival people, who were all celebrating a holiday of their own. The interaction between the two groups was wonderfully awkward and, even more importantly, the carnival people seem like worthy adversaries to the witches. The carnival people worship the Green Man and, by the end of the episode, they had delivered an ultimatum to the witches. The witches can either worship the Green Man or they can die. Since the covens powers have been weakened by a petulant Satan, the witches are momentarily at a disadvantage.
In other developments, Harvey and Roz decided to investigate the carnival on their own, which led to Roz getting turned into a statue and …. well, I mean, it’s Harvey and Roz. If either one of them had a personality beyond Harvey being amiably stupid and Roz having an overprotective father, it might be interesting but they don’t so who cares? Nick also ended up setting Satan free because Nick’s main reason for being on the show is to do stuff like that. Of course, the Spellmans were going to free Satan anyway so that they could get back their powers but Nick decided to go ahead and do it so now the Spellmans are still weak and even more screwed than before. Way to go, Nick!
Anyway, this was actually a pretty entertaining episode. The carnival people are wonderfully sinister and Will Swenson was well-cast as their leader. Kiernan Shipka remains the show’s greatest strength and even Miranda Otto and Lucy Davis got a few good lines in this episode. There was still a bit too much filler but all in all, this was one of the better episodes. If only every episode was this good.