The new Netflix series “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” takes viewers on a series of dark and twisted events complimented with charm and black magic. Though it’s based on the 90s ABC comedy series “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” this series is nothing like the original. The horror-inspired show follows a dark, twisted and spooky storyline, which is quite the opposite of the original ABC series’ aesthetic.
To add another twist, the show follows the comic series “Archie,” created by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and has a sister-show on The CW Network, the popular teen drama “Riverdale.” One may be expecting to see Sabrina as the peppy, relatable teenager, but she is almost the exact opposite in this chilling and gruesome series — the once-relatable teenage witch is not-so-relatable anymore.
Sabrina Spellman, played by “Mad Men” star Kiernan Shipka, is still a half-witch and half-mortal teenager. Instead of following the original series of living in Massachusetts, she resides in Greendale, a fantasy town adjacent to Riverdale. Living with her two aunts and black-cat companion, Sabrina struggles to balance the dual nature of being half-witch and half-mortal.
As Sabrina’s 16th birthday approaches, she has to make the difficult decision of continuing her family’s legacy by going through with her dark baptism which will convert her into a full-time witch. Doing so would force her to leave her boyfriend, friends and mortal life in Greendale for a new life at the Academy of Unseen Arts.
Although she loves her mortal life, she comes from a long line of Satan worshippers, and it is her duty to give herself to the Dark Lord. As the storyline unfolds, the Spellman’s are thrown into a series of unfortunate events, giving viewers a glimpse into their world of witchcraft and Sabrina’s quest to save Greendale from dark forces.