The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina landed on Netflix this week, introducing us to a much darker side of Sabrina Spellman than fans of the ’90s sitcom are used to seeing. Fans might also be familiar with the eight comics, that have been printed thus far of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, will be happy to have a new installment of the character. Riverdale fans may be on the fence, as we know Sabrina lives in the Riverdale universe. There are name drops aplenty! Unfortunately, you will not find a single crossover character just yet. I’m sure Netflix and CW will come to some type of agreement very much like Marvel and Sony did with Spiderman.
Staring Kiernan Shipka as the teenage witch who we meet on the eve of her 16th birthday. Sabrina finds herself caught in-between her two worlds and decide if she will remain to keep clinging to the mortal realm she knows and loves. In lieu of embracing her darker bloodline. Along the way, she relies on guidance from her aunts.
Lucy Davis and Miranda Ottotake on the roles once played by Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick, and in this iteration, they work at the mortuary. Additionally, Sabrina’s parents only exist in her dream. Unlike the original show, where they would come and visit from time to time. Chance Perdomo ushers in a new character and cousin Ambrose Spellman a pansexual warlock… or is he a witch? Not sure what he identifies with.
Sabrina is joined on her misadventures of by her boyfriend Harvey played by Ross Lynch. Who I’m not sure how I feel about the way he is being played so far. Harvey from the 90’s was fun and lovable. This Harvey seems to have more of a puppy dog demeanor. I’m hoping he too will become a little darker as he struggles with trying to understand the relationship he is now finding that he is truly in.
The powers that be over at Netflix really have done a great job. The 10 episode season does a wonderful job at crafting a world that is dark and sinister. Sabrina finds herself toeing the line living both a human and witch life. Along the way she comes across multiple adversaries included the Weird Sisters. A trio witches that are definitely threatened by the thought of Sabrina realizing her abilities. Sabrina does have her own band of sisters as well. Susie Putnam and Rosalind Walker stick right by her side throughout her journey. By the end of the first season, you do realize that all 3 girls are on a journey together and that they do need each other.
Now Season 1 shows tons of promise. It does have some downsides, that I think falls solely on the age demographic the show is playing to and rightfully so. Yes, there are a couple of annoying characters and some less than desirable choices made by other characters as well. Just remember if those things are bothering you? It’s because you’re an adult and should know better. Season 1 really is enjoyable and I can wait to see what season 2 has in store for us!
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