Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Ep. 27: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix/TV)

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Welcome to episode 27 of the show!  This time around we are excited to bring you a review of the Netflix original series the "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa based on his comic of the same name.  The name of the show has been affectionately shortened to the acronym "CAOS".  Our review will cover the initial first 10 episodes of season one released in October 2018 and the holiday special episode released in December 2018.  The second half of season one will drop on Netflix on April 5th!  The show stars Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Michelle Gomez, Ross Lynch, Richard Coyle, Jaz Sinclair, Lachlan Watson, Tati Gabrielle and Gavin Leatherwood.

The show has some wonderful writers with good representation of women and LGBTQ writers among the staff.  Some of the writers also identify as pagan which isn't always the case among these types of shows.  One of the writers, Joshua Conkel identifies as a witch and is a practitioner of Kentucky Appalachian granny magic.  He has recently made the rounds on some pagan podcasts including The Witch Wave and Modern Witch to promote the show.  He was also interviewed by iHorror and you can read the article here.  Joshua wrote the necromancy episode on the show along with writer M.J. Kaufman.

The show has a wonderful 70's witchcraft feel and aesthetic and you can read further about "The Seventies Witch" at the New World Witchery blog.  Please be sure to also check out the rest the blog and podcast at New World Witchery which is chockfull of information regarding American folk tales and witchcraft.

During the episode, we made references to several of Sarah Anne Lawless' blog posts on hedge witchery, spirit traps and abuse in the pagan community.  Unfortunately, Sarah's old blog has been very recently taken down along with all of it's informative content.  She now has a new website, shop and blog called Bane Folk which focuses on the herbs of the poison path.  She has a great article on that blog regarding a poison path reading list so be sure to check it out if you are interested in reading further on working with poison plants.  Laura Tempest Zakroff wrote an excellent blog post titled "Healing Ourselves While Aiding & Guiding New Witches" that provides some tips for new seekers navigating the general pagan community.

The show has a wonderful divination scene involving the mallum malus and NPR has a informative article on how the apple became the forbidden fruit.  We also mention the demon Batibat and you can read about this hefty Filipino tree spirit here.  CAOS features a lot of string magic which is connected to string games and a good resource for string games is "String Figures and How to Make Them" by Caroline Furness Jayne.  You can also visit the International String Figure Association website.

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As mentioned in the the episode, the show was recently sued by The Satanic Temple over copyright infringement issues related to the Temple's Baphomet statue which was settled out of court.  You can read about it more on NPR and on Patheos.  Speaking of the The Satanic Temple Baphomet status, I would like to make a correction regarding the name of the artist who created the statue.  His name is "Mark" Porter and not "Mike" Porter as stated in the episode.

Lastly, we mention several of our previous episodes that have connections to CAOS and could add further information regarding the subjects discussed.  These episodes include: Episode 3: The Witch: A New England Folk-Tale, Episode 11: Promethea and Episode 16: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina & other comics.

The music featured in this episode includes:
Black Dahlia by Dark Asylum Music,  Lusty by Azar Swan,  Theme from "The Mad Thinker" by Dr. Frankenstein,  Malice by Dark Asylum Music,  Moments like last night make me wanna believe in Ghosts by Electric Bird NoiseCoop's Theme by PhemaleNight Find by PhemaleOrange Nightmare Record Fair by KeshcoDevil Do by Holly Golightly and The BrokeoffsThe Creature From Beyond The Grave by Haunted CorpseI'm Tired of You Satan by The Party Lights,  Waxing and Waning by Robin CrutchfieldIn The Night by Ela Orleans,  Moldy Specter by Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands,  Through the Eyes of the Dead by Haunted Corpse,  The Haunted House by Haunted Corpse,  Upon a Time by Surrain,  Misery by Dark Asylum Music,  The Haunted House Song by Planet Cock,  Flares by Glissade,  The Beat Goes On by Ela Orleans,  Walking with the Wicked by Waylon Thornton and the Heavy Hands,  and A Ghost Waltz by Loyalty Freak Music.

Theme music X-Files Theme Parody by Mallon Khan
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