Thrillingly spooky and filled with dark humour, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has surpassed the Sabrina Spellman of yesteryear to bring you a new and bewitchingly relevant teenage witch in her iconic red coat – and she’s undeniably woke AF.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina follows Sabrina Spellman, who has to choose between her mortal and witch life on her 16th birthday. Being half-mortal and half-witch, she is given the chance to either embrace her powers on the path of Night or forsake them for the path of Light. However, instead of choosing either paths, Sabrina decides to create her own path where she navigates the life and temptations from both sides.
Whether you’re a longtime Sabrina The Teenage Witch fan or entirely new to Greendale, it wouldn’t take you long to get completely enthralled with the series and its colourful ensemble of characters. Unlike its beloved ’90s counterpart, the new Netflix reboot is soaked in mystery, horror and all things witchcraft. Although the title of the series may be a tell-tale sign of what’s to come, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina serves up more than just the chills.
Rising actress Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sabrina Spellman, shares that she expects the audience to be in for a wild ride. “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina definitely lives up to its name because there’s a lot of action-packed things to watch out for. I think the audience is going to expect horror, but I don’t know if they’re going to expect the level in which we take things to a certain point.”
And, she was not wrong. The masterful and well-paced storytelling was intricately weaved with intense scenes like Sabrina’s initiation into the Academy of Unseen Arts, as well as character development that was both subtle and impactful; especially with the introduction of Susie Putnam. Instead of blatantly explaining to viewers why she was being bullied at school, the story leaves room for the audience to figure it out on their own, through tactful and mature dialogue between characters.
The mature tone of the show allows for strong emphasis on the discussion of feminism and patriarchy (which were also contributors to the problems the characters face), and it is no wonder that the prevailing feminist theme continues throughout the series. As a female lead that’s portrayed an inherently feminist character on top of being an activist, Kiernan had this to say: “It’s wonderful to be part of a show that has such a strong and empowering message. I’m really excited that young girls and young children in the general sense, who are impressionable, are going to get to see the show and grow up with something that’s a very positive influence.”
All in all, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a spellbinding thrill ride steeped in youth empowerment that is eerily relatable and befitting of a binge on Halloween night.
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