Happy Devil’s Eve!!! I would like to take a moment to tell Jason Blum to hire this Director A LOT!!! From Jumpstreet, she throws us off and builds suspense with her camera angles and moves. We’re right there with the characters in the thick of suspense in the first seconds! It almost has a found footage feel to it. THAT TAKES SKILL! JASON, HIRE HER! A LOT!!! SHE’LL DO A GREAT JOB AND MAKE YOU LOTS OF MONEY!
Back to the review!
Maggie Kiley understood the theme of the episode immediately: Corruption. Mostly, she uses close-in one-shots and two-shots, drawing us into these conversations where all of our characters are being slowly cozened into full darkness.
We quickly learn that Harvey’s brother Tommy is trapped in the mine and presumed dead. The drunkard father moves ahead with funeral plans right away to get insurance money. All of these characters are under stress, which is when the easy corrupt always seems to present itself. We learn from Hilda that their ground brings people back from the dead and in no way should give Sabrina any ideas to commit necromancy.
Furthering the theme of corruption, as the funeral is held, Sabrina violates Harvey’s will for the third time in the season. She has used her power to make him forget, make him safe, and make him strong. As pressure mounts, she continues to become more and more comfortable in overriding Harvey’s will. The series is amazingly complex in that none of the characters end the season with clean hands. They all are slowly corrupted in some way. It brings home the slow pernicious temptation that humankind always faces in times of a crisis: To do right thing or the easy thing. In this show, everytime Sabrina overrides Harvey’s will, we bear witness to it sending her going further down the path of darkness, giving up more and more of her humanity and bringing her closer to Satan.
And who is there at every turn to nudge Sabrina down the easy path of darkness: Mary Wardwell. She never tells Sabrina: Raise Tommy From the Dead!!! No, that’s not how temptation works. She presents the means and opportunity, allowing Sabrina see this viable opportunity to make things all better. Mary does it over coffee. It’s innocuous, but the option is presented.
Throughout the episode, it’s brought up that she never asked Harvey if bringing Tommy back from the dead is what he would want. Once again, she is being tempted to substitute her will for his. In going down the path of resurrection, Sabrina is not only substituting her will in place of Harvey’s, she is substituting her will for the very will of God himself.
Why is this working on her? Evil is attractive. I have met people that were actually evil. They appeared normal, but they were not. They committed terrible acts. Why? Each time I was confronted with these men, their actions were done out of arrogance and expedience. They knew the act work and because they knew could do it. That’s the heart of evil: convenience and arrogance.
Ambrose is given clemency from his house arrest by Father Blackwood. With it, comes fealty. The shot is pulled closer and closer just more actively to bear. Then, once proposed, the shot backs off. As if to say, I’m just here to help.
Aunt Z is corrupted as well, but hers is a lot more direct and in keeping with the show’s raging hormone. She has a torrid affair with Father Blackwood. It is STEAMY! Honestly, this is the most relatable bad act on the show.
Sabrina learns that the sisters were responsible for Tommy’s death. She conflates vengeance with justice. They caused harm, so I can use them and harm them in order to correct a greater harm. In doing this, Sabrina convinces herself to commit murder. You could argue that it was temporary, but it was pointed out that it was still murder in order to bring Tommy back.
When you hear presumably Tommy banging on the Harvey’s door; it’s straight up terrifying. The last shot is the hand on the doorknob- Brilliant!
I’ve written about this before how you could have a great director who can’t direct horror. Maggie Kiley knows what she’s doing. I was riveted. I can’t wait to see more of her art!