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Rewatch Reviews: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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Typically, movie and TV show reviews are written by people right after they have watched the movie or TV show the first time. They write from gut instincts and first impressions, but I feel like you only form your true opinions of something, especially if you love it upon first watch, after a secondary watch. Once past the initial surprise and element of the unknown, you’re able to be a little more critical and honestly reflective about something. In the rewatch reviews column, we explore that concept. Up this week: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

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Based on a graphic novel series of the same name, that spawned from the classic comic series Archie, the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina follow soon-to-be-16-year-old Sabrina Spellman as she tries to navigate both being a normal teen and part of a witch coven that worships Satan. She’s got great friends, a cute boyfriend, a demon cat, two odd aunts, and her Dark Baptism is a mere week away. That’s where we are as season one starts, first airing on Netflix in 2018, and things rapidly escalate from there in season two and three.

If you were ever someone who watched the 90’s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch, then upon first impression the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is great because of the contrast it presents to the Sabrina you know. The sitcom has the two aunts with generally similar personalities, the cat Salem, and the dreamboat boyfriend. That’s about where the similarities stop because Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is so much darker and stranger.

I do genuinely enjoy watching this show, but I'll also fully admit it isn’t the greatest show. It should fairly be categorized as a guilty pleasure show. It can be a little cheesy and melodramatic at times. The actress who plays Sabrina is a little stiff and one-note with her acting, but she does well building that into the character. But the darkness, promiscuity, and magic make you want to know where it’s going to go next. And I can confidently say, it’s at least better than Riverdale, a show on The CW from the same producers that is based on the aforementioned Archie Comics.

One thing the show does right is pulling from its source material, but I’m not talking the comics. They pull from the lore and legends of witch covens and Christianity really well and in a believable way. That’s what I like about shows of this nature. Shows like this take something supernatural and blend it well into modern day life. It’s the same way I feel about the Magicians in that the characters react and carry out the course of events in a way believable of modern-day twenty-somethings.

So, if you’re looking for a show that’s fun, that you can allow yourself to get caught up in some of the angsty teen drama, and you like to take a walk on the dark side, then this guilty pleasure show is for you. But if angsty teens and a less than stellar main actress are the banes of your existence, then maybe bypass this one and start scrolling through the seemingly endless new shows Netflix has to offer looking for something else.

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