Fatima Rivera | Assistant Editor
A witch and the devil make a pact. Well, supposedly. “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” pops in right in time for the season of curling up in blankets and binge watch.
In the small town of Greendale, Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) prepares for her dark baptism that will take place on her 16th birthday. With guidance from her Aunt Zelda, ( Miranda Otto) and Aunt Hilda, (Lucy Davis) she has to sign her loyalty over to Satan and her coven in exchange for leaving her boyfriend, Harvey, (Ross Lynch) and friends behind. After choosing not to go through with the baptism, Sabrina has to fight and defend her choice as problems begin to rise and threaten the safety of everyone she knows.
The series is surrounded by much darker content than the upbeat '90s predecessor, “Sabrina The Teenage Witch.” The latter had comedy and is more family/teen orientated while the Netflix original does not sugarcoat anything from the murders committed and heavy influence of Satanism to where “Praise Satan” is said on a daily basis. It is obvious that those who are uncomfortable with any mention of darker things should not watch as it a heavy influence on the characters.
The series is also based on the comics, titled the same as the show, and is based off of the “Afterlife With Archie” storyline. However, since the show is created by the executive producers of "Riverdale," there are a few references to the show but a crossover episode is not officially confirmed.
Many fans of Sabrina were excited to see how Netflix would portray Salem Saberhagen, Sabrina’s talking familiar who in the '90s show grew to be a fan favorite. In “The Teenage Witch” Saberhagen would be making witty remarks and encourage Sabrina’s mischievous decisions while in “Chilling Adventures” he only spoke when meeting Sabrina and then meowed for the rest of the series. It is a bit disappointing but seeing a real cat walk and interact with its environment without any puppetry melts hearts.
The aesthetic and camera view fits really well with the events in the show. The location they picked for the woods was beautifully introduced during the day and night time and remained consistent throughout each episode. One thing that is consistent is how the camera focuses on whoever or whatever is talking and the background is blurred out; creating a horror type of illusion.
At first, it is different to the eye and could take some time adjusting but it can also be disorienting.
It is a fresh concept and a new take on a beloved series many grew up with. Seeing Netflix expand their genres has potential for the future and quite chilling.
All Episodes of "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" is available for streaming on Netflix.