Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with NATALIE MILLER


SHOW: Chilling Ad­ven­tures of Sab­rina

CHAN­NEL: Net­flix

TIME: On de­mand

REBOOTS are ei­ther highly an­tic­i­pated or writ­ten off as un­watch­able lazy adap­ta­tions to some­thing that’s seen as a clas­sic, how­ever, the new in­car­na­tion of “Sab­rina the Teenage Witch” is noth­ing to squint at. As some­one who has watched all sea­sons of the iconic 90s sit­com “Sab­rina the Teenage Witch”, I can defini­tively say that the re­boot isn’t sim­i­lar to the sit­com but more alike to a hor­ror film. This show is not for the faint hearted, but de­vel­ops a new style of TV view­ing that caters for a mod­ern au­di­ence. The se­ries fol­lows young girl, Sab­rina Spell­man (Kier­nan Shipka), who is half witch, half mor­tal. She lives with her two aunts Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Zelda (Mi­randa Otto) Spell­man, and Cousin Am­brose Spell­man (Chance Per­domo). With the lead up to her “dark bap­tism”, she must make a choice - to stay liv­ing her mor­tal life or ful­fil her true po­ten­tial as a witch given by her late fa­ther. As you can guess Sab­rina has a hard time with this choice - she doesn’t want to say good­bye to her life as a mor­tal, but she doesn’t want to dis­ap­point the Witch Coun­cil ei­ther by not be­com­ing a trained witch like her fa­ther. How­ever, she doesn’t want to sign her life away to who they call the “Dark Lord”. In­spired by the Archie Comic se­ries, The Chilling Ad­ven­tures of Sab­rina has ob­vi­ous di­rect links to an­other Archie comics Net­flix adap­ta­tion se­ries, “Riverdale”. The Chilling Ad­ven­tures of Sab­rina refers to char­ac­ters and places as seen and men­tioned in the Riverdale se­ries, es­pe­cially link­ing to the lat­est third sea­son in the fran­chise Per­son­ally I en­joyed the se­ries but I sug­gest only watch­ing it if you are okay with ex­ces­sive vi­o­lence, gore and su­per­nat­u­ral themes, thus the MA15+ rat­ing.

◆ SPELL­BIND­ING TV: Step aside Melissa Joan Hart, Kier­nan Shipka is the new witch in town.

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