Like many others, I was both excited and nervous about Netflix’s new series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (CAOS). On one hand, I’ve been very into witches lately, and this seems like a gorgeous, dark twist on the original. On the other hand, it’s produced by the same people who made Riverdale, and although the visuals are stunning and Cole Sprouse is a babe, the plot of that show is too ridiculous to be gripping.
Now that I’ve reached the end of it, I’m honestly not sure how I feel about the series as a whole. In lieu of a proper review, here’s an assortment of thoughts:
1. The show is visually stunning.
Just off the first preview, we knew this would be the case. Much like Riverdale, CAOS brings us a small town stuck somewhere in time, where modern laptops coexist with genuine milk bottles and a vintage aesthetic. You can tell that someone put a lot of thought into everything from costume to color theme, and that’s honestly half of what will have me coming back for Season 2.
2. Sabrina is really, really annoying.
And Sabrina in the original series wasn’t the brightest Crayola in the box either, but at least she acknowledged it and kept her expectations semi-reasonable. New Sabrina, Savior Sabrina, walks around like she’s the most brilliant witch that ever lived (and the show treats her as if she is) but her hubris and lack of thought toward consequences gets people really, really hurt. And honestly, it isn’t cute or likeable.
In fact, it’s so bad that I finally stopped shipping Harvey and Sabrina, which I thought would be one of my favorite parts of the show. But Sabrina is the worst and (even this) Harvey deserves better.
3. But the supporting characters are amazing.
Hilda, Zelda, and Prudence are honestly carrying the whole team.
4. Ambrose is a total babe.
Sabrina’s in a bit of a love triangle, because of course she is, but both love interests pale in comparison to Ambrose, Sabrina’s hot cousin who’s on house arrest for assisting in a plot to blow up the Vatican. He’s intelligent and quippy and deep down just wants to be loved; he is replacing Marshall Eriksen as my new impossible standard for men on tinder.
5. The witches in general are infinitely more interesting than the mortals.
The witch characters are nuanced and interesting, full of conflict over different loyalties with vibrant personalities. The mortals, in contrast, seem to mostly exist to hit you repeatedly over the head with the show’s morals and try (but fail) to make Sabrina look better. If this were what muggles were actually like, Voldemort’s cause would start to make a lot more sense.
6. Even if you don’t watch CAOS, you have to watch old Sabrina react to New Sabrina.
Here you go. You’re welcome.
What did you think of the series? Do you think I was being too hard on Sabrina? Let me know in the comments <3
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