Spooky new Netflix show just in time for Halloween
NETFLIX'S The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has aired just in time for Halloween and all things spooky.
Like Netflix's Riverdale, the Sabrina is based on the Archie comics and has been created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
In the first episode we meet the nearly 16-year-old witch and orphan Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka, known for playing Sally Draper on Mad Men) who lives in Greendale with her eccentric Satan-worshipping aunts, Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Zelda (Miranda Otto), and her cousin Ambrose (Chance Perdomo), who is not allowed to leave their Aunts' house for a magical crime he committed over 70 years ago.
The show begins just days before the teenage witch's 16th birthday; which just so happens to be Halloween.
Sabrina is only a half witch on her father's side.
This means she has been allowed to attend a mortal high school in Greendale, Baxter High, until her Dark Baptism.
Sabrina's Dark Baptism is set to take place at midnight on Halloween under a blood moon.
She has to sign away her soul to The Dark Lord (not Voldemort, but Satan himself) if she wants to claim all of her witch powers and attend The Academy (again not Hogwarts, but still a school for witches and warlocks).
Doing so means she has to cut off all contact with the mortal world.
Sabrina isn't exactly keen on giving up her somewhat normal life to worship Satan.
With the help of her boyfriend Harvey (Ross Lynch) and best friends Ros (Jaz Sinclair) and Susie (Lachlan Watson), Sabrina is dealing with your usual high school problems; institutionalised sexism and misogyny.
After a group of "jocks” wearing letterman jackets harass and attack her non-binary friend Susie over her appearance, Sabrina knows she can't leave her friends behind to fend for themselves.
Especially not when the only effective way to fight back against the patriarchy is with her magic.
The series then continues to follow Sabrina as she tries to outsmart Satan; by keeping her mortal life, and learning magic at the same time.
Although repetitive at times, the 10-episode series is a must watch.
The retro-aesthetics, fast-paced dialogue, eerie lighting, and acting are all brilliant.
Michelle Gomez (Missy from Doctor Who) as Baxter High teacher Miss Wardell is a stand out.
Overall this show is the perfect amount of spooky magic meets real world problems.
But, be prepared for Satan-worshipping, murder, cannibalism, some serious sexism, and resurrection spells.