‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ dark, full of good vs. evil


Many millennials can recall the slapstick humor of “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” that featured Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina and Caroline Rhea and Beth Broderick as her wacky aunts, Hilda and Zelda.

Her talking cat, Salem, voiced by Nick Bakay, added a sarcastic tone to the story. These characters brought a light tone to the world by using magic to solve some of their problems. Viewers also had the opportunity to see how Sabrina balanced adolescent issues like boyfriends and fitting in with learning spells. The reboot, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina takes a darker tone by adding in elements of demon possession and witchcraft.

Kiernan Shipka plays Sabrina Spellman in this reboot. She deals with some of the same issues that the earlier Sabrina did, like her relationships with her friends and her boyfriend, Harvey.

However, this reboot dives into extremist views of Satanism where its followers worship the Devil.  Shipka’s Sabrina walks the line between living in the world of her friends or giving her soul to the “Dark Lord.” Seeing this real struggle between one of the earliest ideas of good and bad is shocking.

Some would say that this new version of Sabrina is too twisted. It tarnishes the legacy of the first Sabrina. Despite these ideas, this reboot does much more than shock its viewers. It makes them wrestle with the darkest parts of themselves, which crave the macabre.

Good is always going to the best side to choose, yet what choices are good? It seems the best choices always come at a cost. “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” do not provide alternative choices like many other teen dramas. These characters decide whether the choices are worth the risk.

These decisions often leave Sabrina in a tug-of-war between her two worlds. She shoulders this weight with strength and will. Yet, her trust in others can lead her to making the wrong decision. Her trust in others presents the hope  that lies in all of us. We want to believe that the people we look for advice in do not have their own interests in mind. Sabrina’s belief in this causes her to put her faith in the wrong people.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina may be filled with the occult, yet it holds material we all can relate to. The constant debate between good and bad is what drives us all. We hope that we make the right decisions and confide in the right people. These decisions are what drive us every-day. Adding the supernatural just helps to make things interesting.

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)