The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina P1
Hello all! Welcome back to my corner of the net. I’ve decided to keep the Niffler background until I’m tired of looking at it. Today I’m going to get into the new Sabrina Netflix show. Enjoy
There’s going to be SPOILERS dun dun dun……
I was very interested in this show. Like the Fantastic Beasts series, it’s bringing back something from my childhood but with a twist. However, in this show it may as well be a coincidence that all the characters have the same names.
My first thoughts where “Why is the background so blurry?” “Why is the foreground so blurry?” I’m wondering if that was supposed to give the show a “spooky” feel but overall it just made me feel like I wasn’t wearing my glasses. Through out the show it persists, though it does get better. I was also struck by how much this new actress reminded me of Melissa Joan Hart. There’s just something about her facial movements. I also very much enjoyed how believably high school they all looked. It doesn’t feel like I’m watching someone pushing 30 trying to pull off being in the 10th grade.
I very much enjoyed this show. I liked the darker tones and while it’s dark it’s not over the top. I also like that satanism is like an occult and religion rolled together. There’s “church” meetings and sermons, holidays, and doctrine that really give satanism a depth. The episode where they sacrifice a “queen”to feed the coven was fantastic. The way Sabrina is strong armed and manipulated to be “one of us” gives me feels that I’m sure most of us have had where you don’t want to participate in an event but feel that maybe you should because that’s the way it’s always been. Sabrina shows us that nothing can change unless you’re willing to push against the norms of do what you feel is right.
Some low points in this show for me were the first episode. I almost stopped half way through and said well that was enough of that. The dream episode felt like tedious filler where our characters didn’t grow or learn anything and in a series that only has 10 episodes a season. I don’t have time to waste on nonsense filler. As previously stated, the weird blurriness bothered me. Also,I wanted more magic. Some magic we see is very subtle and feels like could workout in the modern world, but I wanted more fantastical magic that made me oh and awe. Also when did this take place? I thought it was going to be the 90’s,not so far removed that it seems like a different time but where technology wasn’t so prevalent. I spent many episodes thinking we were in the 90’s then suddenly I started seeing smart phones. The sets also had an old-timey feel to them, I suppose the point was to feel ageless?
Now the highlights. I love every character…….except Harvey. He falls flat and I find him a little one noted and boring. Although I felt for him when his brother died and his life started falling apart. I think the aunts play off each other very well and give Sabrina’s home life a rounded feel. Ambrose is this Sabrina’s Salem ( I know her familiar is Salem) in that he is the one that gives the exposition of how the coven works, gives Sabrina advise, and kind of helps Sabrina get into mischief. I absolutely adore him. Her friends have a unique feel that we don’t see in a lot of shows in that they feel like whole complete characters even if Sabrina isn’t around. Their problems aren’t centered around her and they feel as though I could watch individual series about each of them.They each have their own lives happening that have faults and hurtles to overcome that must be dealt with by themselves.
The ending!!! Aaahhhhh, so heartbreaking and so many questions. Like, did Ms. Hartwell need to see Sabrina do the summoning spell successfully to do it herself? Or was that just apart of her overall scheme to taint Sabrina? Did I miss something, why did signing the book change who Sabrina fundamentally is? Is Sabrina going to end up being super powerful even though she’s only half witch? I mean this is the point to keep us wanting more and boy am I excited for part 2!!