Happy full moon! This month we’re discussing Netflix’s new show, the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. There will be spoilers!
Content warning: brief mentions of Larry Nassar and Brett Kavanaugh, racial slurs, lynching, homophobia, transphobia.
Our theme song is “Moon and Spruce” by Sarah Littledrum.
Here’s a listening guide for the episode. (For a description of our segments, go here.)
Introduction (0:00 – 3:11)
“Treguna, Mekoides, Trecorum, Satis, Dee!” (3:17 – 32:06)
- The show’s depiction of witchcraft as an inversion of evangelical Christianity
- Appropriation and misapplication of various religious and pagan symbols
- Sabrina’s visions
- Exorcism scene (power drawn from the women in Sabrina’s family tree)
The Nutcracker/ “girl goes fantasy world” conversation started on Jeannette Ng’s Twitter
“Bald Heads and Queer Noses” (32:13 – 46:27)
- Witch bodies vs. human bodies
- Witches’ lack of respect for others’ bodily autonomy
- Sabrina’s erasing Harvey’s memories (with a kiss!), cursing Mr. Hawthorne, attempting resurrection
- Witches’ treatment of familiars
- Demonic possession and a man-eating Lilith
- Portrayal of Sabrina’s body in the comics
She-Ra is a recent example (on Netflix, too!) of a female character being reclaimed by women: An All-Female Writing Team Gives ‘She-Ra’ a Modern Makeover for a New Netflix Reboot
“Are You a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?” (46:36 – 1:13:15)
- Susie = a non-binary character (played by Lachlan Watson, a non-binary actor)!
- The show’s ambiguous, 60s-esque setting + its flat depiction of high school
- Is Sabrina a good witch or a bad witch?
- Prudence and the show’s difficulty navigating race
- White women = complicit in white supremacy
- Cousin Ambrose and Sabrina’s aunts
Final Spells (1:13:19 – 1:26:25)
- The nature of spells (Latin vs. vernacular, words vs. intention)
- The comics’ influence on popular ideas about witches
- Jenny’s lunar ritual: Gemini Sage Moon