Two days ago, Netflix blessed us all with the Satanical new version of Sabrina Spellman. This Sabrina is based on Archie Comics’ The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It is in no way the happy-go-lucky show that you remember. Gone are the sarcastic Salem and the jokes all around. Now it is the Dark Lord who wants Sabrina to sign her name in the Book of Beast. She has to make the choice between the Path of Light and the Path of Night. She is under a lot of pressure to join the Dark Lord’s coven. Sabrina is not keen on the idea to leave her friends and boyfriend behind. SHe wants to keep her own free will and get the best of both worlds. But it doesn’t turn out to be that easy.
Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina
The most important thing about a show like this is obviously the lead actress. Kiernan Shipka could be Emma Watson’s long lost sister, as the two share so many facial similarities that it is uncanny. Imagine that, Sabrina and Hermione actually being sisters. Shipka nails Sabrina’s look and basically is her. While she does great in some of the more emotional scenes, there are times when it feels like she is just reciting lines, which is a shame. That said, she is a perfect choice for the character and I can’t wait to watch the rest of the show to see her grow into her character more and more. The feminist take on Sabrina is very interesting and welcome in these times.
While Sabrina is a great character, she doesn’t quite steal the show. Of course aunt Zelda and Hilda are fantastic, especially the dynamic between the two characters. Sabrina’s homebound-cousin Ambrose Spellman is already a favorite, with his charm and humor. The show boasts a host of other interesting characters, although the one we’re all missing is Sarcastic Salem. Salem is still present in the series, but he doesn’t talk. It would be out of place for him to do so, but still, talking Salem was iconic.
Dark but not haunting
The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina is a lot darker than the original version. Episode 1 set the tone in a perfect way. While there was some gore and a jump scare, it wasn’t haunting in a way that will make you unable to sleep. There is enough fun in the darkness, and for the older generation, it is fun to see the new take on these old familiar characters. While some of the first episode was a little vague and overdramatic, it was still a good introduction to Sabrina’s new world. If you love witchcraft, Satan and dark rituals, or if you just enjoy a cool supernatural show, why not give the first episode a try?
We will post a full review of the series when we’re done watching all of the episodes.