As someone who loved Sabrina the Teenage Witch and is skeptical about remakes of movies and series, in general, I was excited albeit quite unsure of what to expect when Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was announced. After finishing the first season (yes, I’ve already finished it), I can say it’s just what you’d want from a series or film about witches.
Why you’ll like Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Compared to the first live-action series based on the comic book series, this iteration is dark. We were treated to that darkness right off the bat and it’s truly a nice contrast and deviation from the first series. In some scenes, it’s incredibly so. But there are also light-hearted moments. A few comic reliefs were present as well. I also appreciated that while the central plot is focused on Sabrina, as it should be, the supporting characters are also equally given their time on the spotlight. You see them grow and take care of their personal conflicts. I liked the nightmare episode because it showed how members of the Spellman family had different personal demons, although I changed the tab a lot because of the gore.
I also liked that Sabrina wasn’t portrayed as a one-faceted goody-good person. She acts impulsively, as most teenagers do. And sometimes that works to her advantage but sometimes the consequences are far too real and gut-wrenching. Sometimes you’d want to slap her on the arm and say, “Well, aren’t you a prickly, stubborn teenager?” I appreciate that she was portrayed that way, though. It shows her “humanity” since she’s a half-mortal after all.
At her core, she is truly good. But they also showed that sometimes, even if your intentions are good, how you execute things (pun intended) reveals a part of yourself you’d wish to never appear. It also showed that we all have a dark side lingering within us, waiting to be unleashed and it’s always up to us to heed its call or shut it up.
The things that made my eye roll
Throughout the first season, it was hinted that Sabrina had great power and was being groomed for something and it annoyed me how she was (I assume, like Harry Potter although I’ve never seen any of the films and only read one book in the series) made out to be a hero in the making or the chosen one without being given a background. It was revealed in the last episode, though, which I think was good but it could’ve dragged on the show had the revelation not been as effective as it was.
Salem was not talking! That’s all I’m gonna say about that.
I’m not too sure whether I like it or not but it was to be expected, I suppose, that Sabrina would choose her power and new life over the people and life she fought so hard to protect and keep. I guess, at least, she can’t regret or fault herself for not trying even though she was given the choice to leave everything behind in the first place. That’s just the point of view of a spectator, of course, and I’m pretty sure I’ll go for all the trouble she had if it were me in her place.
To sum, it’s as entertaining as it is dark. Watch it if you haven’t yet.