By now we all know that this version of Sabrina is not the teenage witch we all know and love. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina goes real dark and this is a very horror take on things.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina follows the story of half-witch, half-human Sabrina Spellman who was orphaned as a baby and is raised by her warlock father’s two sisters. Sabrina’s 16th birthday is fast approaching and she is meant to fully embrace her witch heritage by signing her name in The Book of The Beast on her dark baptism. But Sabrina refuses and somehow comes to an agreement with THE DEVIL about her soul and living a dual life. Because people who’ve made deals with the devil have always come out on top.
I wasn’t sure if I would like this because to be completely honest I hate horror movies but I started this on Halloween because why the hell not? Like it’s sister show, Riverdale, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has that stuck in the 70s vibe but with 21st century technology which isn’t the worst thing but it does take some getting used to when you’re trying to place your mindset for these characters.
Then there’s all the Satanism. As a religious person it did make me uncomfortable at times. Usually when Satanism is presented in TV and film, it’s not your protagonists who are praising Satan or signing their souls over to the devil. But eventually it did just become part of the fabric of the show.
Sabrina herself falls victim to what I like to call “The Main Character is Not the Best Syndrome”. A lot of shows fall victim to this: Riverdale and Teen Wolf are coming to mind. While she is the protagonist, Sabrina is also the most annoying character on this show and I spent a lot of my time just being irritated by her self-righteousness and privilege and in the end it’s what drives her and Harvey apart. She just stomps around a lot and demanding things. Urrrrgh! Shut up Sabrina!
She does however become a bit more tolerable in the Christmas Special and I don’t know if that’s because she’s learned her lesson, signed her name in the godforsaken book or if she just wasn’t the only focus of the episode.
At one point even her house-bound cousin, Ambrose has had enough of her shenanigans and he (like the audience) is the one who indulges her the most. By the end of it all, you’re on Aunt Zelda’s side because wow, how can one person be so stupid?
But aside from that there are great characters in this show. Miranda Otto as Zelda Spellman is exquisite to watch. And I really enjoy Ambrose as a character. Harvey Kinkel is also somewhat annoying so he and Sabrina deserve each other really. He really took the puppy dog boyfriend role to heart.
Michelle Gomez was beloved as Missy on Doctor Who so it was an absolute treat to see her back causing all kinds of mischief in the background.
I think that the character with one of the most interesting storyline is Roz and the whole things with her losing her sight but gaining The Cunning. I hope they explore more of that in season 2. I’d like to see her working her magic along with Sabrina.
Overall, I enjoyed the show and how Sabrina wants to take The Church of Night down from the inside. And I really love the sense of family and loyalty that these characters have toward each other. Zelda makes a terrible mother though. That whole thing with baby Letitia, she treated that poor baby like a doll! Anyhoo, it’s a fun watch if you can get over all the Satanism.