“What’s the point of being a witch if I can’t help the ones I love?” An excellent question for sure, as half-mortal Sabrina Spellman learns that being a witch is not all fun and games. If you had the choice to be a witch or a mortal, what would you choose? Would you continue on your normal path or would you choose the path of night? The Netflix series is based on the Archie Comics series, which was also the inspiration for the sitcom, Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996-2003). While the sitcom was a fun and lighter take on Sabrina’s adventures, the Netflix series is a much darker approach. The show features 10 episodes and they are all currently streaming on Netflix as of October 26th 2018. After watching all of the episodes in one weekend, I can tell you that I absolutely adored this series. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is the perfect portion of Riverdale bubble gum pop dipped in delicious darkness. It is absolutely enchanting and I highly recommend it. Please note that major spoilers have been left out for your convenience. My top 5 reasons to check out Chilling Adventures of Sabrina are:
This show tackles real issues.
Welcome to Greendale. While the town is known for its spooky and Halloween-like atmosphere, it is also near Riverdale and it should be noted that these two series do connect. If you are a Riverdale fan like me, you will be pleasantly surprised with a few mentions and connections along the way. Even though the town has a lot of dark and mystical things going on, the series also sheds some light on some important issues. Sabrina and her friends witness and deal with sexual harassment and bullying, reminding us that there are some real life horrors happening along with the supernatural ones. The show does a good job of making us aware of these important issues and promoting female empowerment, while seamlessly continuing on with the plot.
The supporting characters.
It is sometimes difficult for the supporting cast to step into the spotlight, especially when there is a strong lead capturing our attention. However, I was delighted by a lot of the supporting cast. I give standout performances to Lucy Davis (Hilda Spellman), Chance Perdomo (Ambrose Spellman), Tati Gabrielle (Prudence), Michelle Gomez (Miss Wardwell), and Miranda Otto (Zelda Spellman). These characters all complimented Sabrina so well and I could really see a true connection among the Spellman family. You will be delighted by all of them.
Episodes 5, 8, and 9.
While all of the episodes were fast paced and fun, these three were on a completely different level. I will not spoil anything for you, but I would definitely recommend giving these three episodes your undivided attention. Episode 5 provided me with some Buffy the Vampire Slayer nostalgia and episodes 8 and 9 were shocking and dark, pulling the story in a twisted direction and further developing the character of Sabrina. These episodes are not predictable and they will have you on the edge of your seat. Enjoy the ride!
Played by Kiernan Shipka, Sabrina is a strong female protagonist who you can truly root for. Kiernan is absolutely enchanting and she really captured the essence of the character. Sabrina makes mistakes along the way, but that is part of her charm. She’s flawed, but she has so much inner strength and loyalty to her friends and family. Sabrina always tries to do what is right to protect the ones she loves. She sort of reminds me of a mix between Riverdale’s Betty Cooper and Harry Potter’s Hermione Granger. She is a fast learner and is willing to go against authority to try and keep her moral compass intact. Sabrina is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in and she is constantly challenging everyone, reminding us that she is not just a powerful witch, but a powerful and amazing woman.
A worthy series about witches.
It’s not always easy to provide the audience with a true representation of witchcraft. There is always the allure of having magical powers and casting spells, but there needs to be a balance as well. Shows like Charmed and American Horror Story: Coven were able to capture this along with movies like The Craft. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina tackles everything from truth spells to resurrection ones and reminds us about “personal gain” and real consequences. While it may seem glamorous to be a witch, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina reminds us that it’s not always this simple. Sabrina is trying to find her own identity as a person, but also has to deal with making a choice between her mortal life and her destiny to become a witch. It’s a decision that weighs on Sabrina for quite some time and she begins to understand that magic cannot always solve everything. While the show will provide you with some fun magical moments, it also reveals the darkness and sacrifice that comes with it. Overall, I was truly impressed with this show and I cannot wait until season 2. I absolutely recommend this spellbinding series to everyone. Ready to watch?
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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