‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Casts an Exhilarating Spell


Yacob Reyes, Staff Writer


As the spooky season approaches its end, Netflix decided to give its subscribers one last treat by airing the first season of ”The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” last Friday.

The series is a live-action adaptation of the comic book series by the same name, centered around Sabrina Spellman, a half-mortal, half-witch teenager.

The reboot marks the second time the character has been adapted to a live-action television show, the first being ”Sabrina the Teenage Witch”, which ran on ABC from 1996 to 2003.

Initially envisioned as a companion show to the CW’s “Riverdale”, the show follows their dark and edgy themes.

Set in Archie’s neighboring town Greendale, the series opens up with Sabrina preparing for her 16th birthday and her dark baptism, a satanic rite of passage for witches.

Conflicted with her attachment to her mortal life and craving of freedom and independence from The Devil himself, who makes a claim for her soul, Sabrina refutes the efforts of many and escapes her dark baptism, ultimately triggering a series of events that make up the entirety of the season.

Within minutes of the first episode, the viewer is bewitched by the extremely well-written plot lines and the creative reimagining of characters we have become so familiar with in the past.

The entire cast deserves recognition; their superb acting matched with fresh and progressive storytelling help create a plethora of scene-stealing characters and a seamless immersion into their mythical world.

Contrasting with other reboots airing recently, the show, which has an inclusive cast and some heavy political undertones, depicts these elements in a non-aggressive manner that essentially normalizes it in its presentation to the audience.

Combining complex familial relationships, intense character development, and an 80’s horror film’s tone, the show proves to be a guilty pleasure for many diverse audiences.

”The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is streaming now on Netflix.