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The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina

In Part One of the Netflix series, Sabrina Spellman gets a revamp. Unlike the magical comedy of the former, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a magical bloodbath

 

 

The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Casts A Spell

*** This review may contain mild spoilers***

In Part One of a new Netflix series, Sabrina Spellman gets a revamp. Unlike the magical comedy of the former, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a magical bloodbath. Sabrina, (Kiernan Shipka), is a half-mortal, half-witch required to sign her name to The Dark Lord, Satan. The signing takes place on her 16th birthday at a ritual called Dark Baptism. Once Sabrina learns she must forsake her mortal life, (and more), Sabrina makes a choice that will change everything.

Comic Vs Adaptation

Immediately, viewers realize this Sabrina isn’t like any reboot out there. In fact, this Netflix series is based on a comic of the same name. The comic book explores the similar dark imagery of the series, if not more so. Netflix’s adaptation isn’t faithful to the early source material but stands out on its own.

Events are neglected, characters even have different stories, names, and motivations. For example, Ms. Wardwell, (Michelle Gomez), is a teacher possessed by a demon. She aims to lead Sabrina to The Dark Lord at all costs. In the comic, her motivations are far more terrifying.

She is actually a former lover of Sabrina’s father. Turned away from his affections moments before death, she rises from Hell for revenge. Her human name in the book is Evangeline Porter, not Ms. Wardwell. Her actual name is Madame Satan

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
(Michelle Gomez) is Sabrina’s favorite teacher and mentor at Baxter High. When she is possessed by the Devil’s handmaiden, MADAM SATAN, Ms. Wardwell turns into a sultry, cunning manipulator, always trying to lure Sabrina down the Path of Night.

Another deviation is that Sabrina herself is very different. Comic Sabrina casts a spell on Harvey to love her. She kills a goat as part of the Unholy Baptism, (Dark Baptism). Sabrina is even forced to resurrect Harvey after he is murdered by demons. None of these things happens in the show.

The Sabrina of the show is far smarter, kinder, and empowered. In fact, the show adds a feminist impact the comic lacks. Sabrina’s demands to have ownership of herself does not exist early in the comic.

She desires a new path other than the people of her coven. Her path may be paved with good intentions but is laced with entitlement. Though that’s most likely due to her age. The amount of mature content presented makes one easily forget she is a teenager.

Let’s Talk About That Camera

Did you watch The Twilight Saga? Remember how the camera does that whole, “Let’s look at Edward” lense? Everything else is pointless; Let’s just look at Robert Pattinson’s ghastly ass. Well, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina loves that lense.

No, you’re not going blind. No, your tv isn’t having an occasional blurring issue. The crew just thinks that lense is cool. It’s so cool that they thought to use it every few minutes. Yep, even when absolutely nothing profound is happening.

Do you like Sabrina’s shoulder? Best believe you’ll see that shoulder if it’s the last goddamn thing you’ll ever see. Do you like the beautiful setting of Greendale Wood? Too bad; You need to see something else.

I’m 109% sure that lens isn’t called the Twilight lens. Do I care? Not really. Do they care that it looks so bad? No, they don’t, but they really should in Part 2. It was like a spell was being cast on my tv screen. My tv screen did nothing to no one.

Conclusion

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is nothing like your childhood fave. Perhaps it’s not identical to its the source material either. Yes, they also need to lay off the Twilight Camera Lens. Somehow despite this, the show managed to be awesome.

A diverse cast, dark story, and great acting make this title better than most Horror titles released this year. Chilling Adventures is no Haunting of Hill House but it’s still great. The ending leaves those that can get past Satanic imagery hungry for more.

 


 

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