A Thawed Expectation

Sarah Petty, Writer

Satanic subjects and political empowerment are best used to describe Netflix’s new series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Unfortunately, the show doesn’t do well with shoving these topics down your throat. The only chilling thing about The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was the decision to mix Devil worshiping witches with feminism.

Netflix recently released The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina this October. The show features Sabrina Spellman, a half-witch struggling to accept her abnormality in a world of mortals. Sabrina is a fierce activist, fighting against her sexist principal, a trio of bullies at her academy, and even her lord – Satan. The show continuously mentions politics, pushed into every conversation fit, and sometimes unfit. The characters lack emotion able for the audience to connect to them and are all stereotypical teens.

Kiernan Shipka is lackluster as the role of the main protagonist, Sabrina. Her over dramatic facial expressions don’t do well to portray her powerful leading character. Alongside her, Ross Lynch plays Harvey Kinkle, Sabrina’s boyfriend. Ross does horribly to convey a loving partner to his witch girlfriend and together Shipka and Lynch don’t convince the audience of their passionate on-screen relationship.

I would give this Netflix series three out of five stars. It does the job, leaving you with an eerie feeling and a new perspective of the witch life, but the characters are unconvincing and the endless political banter gets old. If it weren’t for the predictable “Sabrina-saves-the-day” plot, the show would feel spookier while building a better connection with the characters.

Overall, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, should only be watched as a last resort or if you want to admire Chance Perdomo. The show is terrible if you wanted an actual chilling show for Halloween, instead try… American Horror Story?

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