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
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
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
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina‘s Non-Binary Character Deserves Better
Star Tati Gabrielle Talks Giving Depth to Prudence
In Defense of Prudence Night
Why Can’t Black Witches Get Some Respect in Popular Culture?
Cousin Ambrose is the Most Compelling Part of Sabrina
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
Tarot-Inspired Character Palettes