A New Look on ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ the Netflix Original

A New Look on 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' the Netflix Original

When I started watching The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I thought it would be a cute show with a chance to watch Ross Lynch. Once I got more involved in the show, I started feeling creeped out and avoided watching it during the night time. My parents were also listening, making small judgements–”This is not a kids’ show” and some larger ones “This goes against God.And what happened to the sweet Sabrina from the 90s?”

Most parents believe children under 18 years old should not be able to watch this spooky show because of the darkness hidden under the feminist storylines and new romantic love interest. According to criticClarisse Lou “Sabrina was the peak of the 1990s ‘girl power’ that was manifested most in a string of ultra-capable female characters who drew on supernatural elements to underline their unstoppable potential,” which grew with other shows at the time like Charmed or Buffy the Vampire Slayer

The original tv show, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, was known for wit, laughter, and whatever wacky trouble Sabrina got into at school. In the reviews on Common Sense Media, parents stated, “This a great family show, and will keep you laughing for ages!” For some people, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a completely different universe from the 90s sitcom. This spinoff of Sabrina reimagines the character so fondly remembered from Sabrina the Teenage Witch as full-blown occultist; her worries about good grades, popularity, or her boyfriend Harvey Kinkle are now mildly overshadowed by her daily dealings with Satan.The audience was introduced at the beginning to the witches’ religion, which often includes common sayings like “Thank Satan” instead of “thank goodness.” One parent wrote in a review that the “show is basically a lesson in satanism for kids.Throughout the whole show the viewer is being educated into the Satanic mindset…step by step. This show is designed to educate… to make it fun and cool… especially to young people.”

However, the Daily Beast argues a different take on this chilling show: “In the end, the show isn’t that dark, edgy, or that twisted, despite what we were promised. There are scary demons and real blood, and some gruesome images. But it’s all style, when the substance, in a surprising turn for a comic-book show, is deeper than that.” I would have to agree with the Daily Beast on this. It is a show based on the darker version of the Archie comics and highlighted this in the trailer. I believe Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is covering  current issues for teenagers today, like Susie transitioning to Theo at the beginning of season three. This is a new viewing for society today to inform people who do not know much about transgenders but to the LGBTQ community being able to look up to someone like them on their tv. Many people will have different opinions on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but one thing is for sure, season three is out now.