Even though Halloween is long over that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the new series “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” The long-awaited show finally made its premiere on Netflix on Oct. 26. Made by the same creator that brought us “Riverdale,” it is safe to say this is not the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” that we all grew up with. Just like with “Riverdale,” this is a refreshing and new spin on a classic. This makes sense due to “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” being based on the comic books by the same name.
If you are someone that was once obsessed with “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” then this may be a series that will take a little getting used to. A teenage witch who lives with her two aunts is where the similarities end.
The story begins with fifteen-year-old Sabrina preparing for her sixteenth birthday where she will be forced to sign her name to a book which means she will serve the Dark Lord and begin her life at a new school only for witches. This means that because she is a half mortal, she will be forced to choose between leaving her mortal life behind or losing her powers.
“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is darker than one might expect from Sabrina as it deals with demons and the Dark Lord. The series is also quite progressive as it implements multiple themes such as feminism, racial diversity and LGBT representation. This also makes for a diverse cast of characters. Sabrina’s very relatable cousin, Ambrose is pansexual but the show does not make that the character’s most defining trait. One story arc of the first season deals with one character’s gender identity as well. The series takes its time to develop its characters rather than just chalking them up to a one-dimensional being.
The only downside to this series and too many viewers’ disappointment, is that Salem the cat does not speak. Instead he is Sabrina’s familiar with no world domination backstory, however, he is still very cute.
If you enjoy “Riverdale,” have always liked Sabrina’s story or just like witches, this is a show that you will definitely want to check out.