Sabrina Spellman is back… but not as we know her. CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA shows a new side to the teenage witch.
When I watched the first episode of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I didn’t expect the new direction it has taken for the beloved character (played by Kiernan Shipka).
We know Sabrina Spellman to be a light hearted character and 7 seasons of Sabrina the Teenage Witch later, we loved her more than ever. However, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is an entirely new take on the iconic character and shows a darker side of the teenager.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina opens with the typical teenage night out. Sabrina, her boyfriend Harvey (Ross Lynch) and two friends Roz (Jaz Sinclair) and Susie (Lachlan Watson) are shown viewing a horror film at the cinema. Of course this was a cliche move, especially since the main character was born on Halloween, but the show instantly seemed harmless to me.
I was wrong. As the episode progressed, things turned sinister. Sabrina discovers that she must embrace her witch ancestry through a dark baptism, taking place on her sixteenth birthday. She is conflicted between her family and her friends, and it is clear that while she loves her aunts Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Zelda (Miranda Otto), she also loves her boyfriend and her friends too much to let herself turn into what she is meant to be.
While most of the episode is built around Sabrina’s decision, there are some fun elements to it. For example, Sabrina and Roz create a feminism club to help their friend Susie who is going through a hard time, with bullies constantly targeting her. This deals with important issues in today’s society and the message of female love is reiterated through these scenes, along with the importance of friendship.
There is also quite a disturbing scene with spiders (definitely not for the faint of heart), but in reality it’s all for a good cause. And it also makes me kinda wish that I was a witch.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina truly comes into its own towards the end of the first episode. The terrifying maze scene had me on the edge of my couch, desperately clutching my remote; I was unable to cast my eyes away from the screen. I didn't expect to enjoy the episode as much as I did.
I initially started it because I am a fan of Riverdale (fingers crossed that we will see Sabrina sitting in Pop's sometime soon), but I'm glad I did because I have been introduced to an interesting plot, lovable characters and many, many twists and turns. I suspect that Netflix is going to pull out all of the stops for this and with villains such as Madam Satan (Michelle Gomez) standing out, there is definitely more to this show than meets the eye.
I am looking forward to seeing where else it takes us, even if Salem, Sabrina’s precious familiar and pet cat, doesn’t talk.
- Watched on Netflix UK. 29/10/2018