The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Premise - 90%
Cast - 80%
Score - 80%
Script - 30%
Videography - 80%
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is intense, quirky and wicked. A tale that is familiar but a version that will be able to catch you by surprise. In the end, this one is up to you to decide how you feel about it.
Genres: Fantasy, Horror and Drama
Sabrina the teenage witch is a well-known fictional character created by writer George Gladir and artist Dan Decarlo way back in 1962 as a companion character to the Archie comic characters. Sabrina, who is famously known as the product of true love between her warlock father and mortal mother, became so popular that she gained her own comic series which was later adapted into 3 different animated series. The most notable and beloved adaptation, however, came from ABC Studios 1996 series, when Melissa Joan Hart was cast as Sabrina and gave us 7 years of comedic, enjoyable and most of all, magical moments of our favourite characters. In 2014, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack re-imagined Sabrina in the darker, less romantic comic book series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which was published under Archie Horror. This comic book series became the inspiration for the 2018 series which, incidentally, is directed by Aguirre-Sacasa. Please note that there are general plot spoilers ahead.
In this new, Netflix-exclusive series, we are introduced to a strong minded and serious young Sabrina (played by the talented Kiernan Shipka) who is fast approaching her 16th birthday. This 16th birthday signifies much more for young Sabrina than your average teenager as she will face decisions that effect both her mortal and witch halves. Early into the first episode, you will come to understand that this series is indeed a very dark and rather twisted take on the character. Sabrina is surrounded by her aunts Hilda and Zelda, her cousin Ambrose and her familiar – a black cat named Salem. On the mortal side of things, Sabrina attends a normal high school and has mortal friends and a mortal boyfriend.
The season focuses on Sabrina’s ability to balance her two worlds without causing too much damage. Unfortunately, this proves to be very difficult for young Sabrina as she is torn between her magical and mortal sides. The premise of the series is a well-rounded, refreshing mix of fantasy versus reality. We see that although Sabrina has the option to leave all her mortal problems (and there are many) behind and disappear into the magical world, she chooses to face all challenges head on, sometimes more than one at a time. At first, I was not totally convinced on the casting choices but as the series progressed I became satisfied that each character was cast almost perfectly. I think that the scoring soundtrack on a series has an impact on the overall concept of the series but sometimes is not considered important to some viewers. I felt that the score aligned very well with each relevant scene, it was creepy and eerie when it needed to be which set the tone quite nicely. Some of the dialogue did lack depth but the display of emotions from each of the characters made up for this.
The overall feel of this series deserves a thumbs up in my opinion. Not to get too much into detail, the very foundation of this series is debatable in some circles. However, I decided to absorb it for what it is, pure entertainment that dances on the dark side. Some scenes were laughable and others were intense and that is why I eagerly await news of a possible season 2. In the meantime, there will be a Christmas special episode release as confirmed by Netflix and I plan on enjoying it to the fullest.