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Noob Reviews: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Parts 01 - 03)

Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.



What is Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a 2018 reboot of Sabrina The Teenage Witch which aired between 1996 and 2003. However, unlike the cuter and more cuddly original Sabrina, which starred Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina, Chilling Adventures adds a very dark and sinister twist that really makes the reboot stand out as more of a mature horror-themed take on the Sabrina universe.


Both incarnations of Sabrina are based on a comic book series of the same name, published by Archie Comics. And there have also been multiple songs and soundtracks released over the years, especially for Chilling Adventures. Some of which became extremely popular with hundreds of thousands of downloads on their first few days of release.

Who is Sabrina?


Set in the present day, Sabrina Spellman is a half-witch/half-mortal about to turn sixteen and unlock her full magical abilities while at the same time traversing the minefield that is high school, dealing with matters of the heart and helping her friends with anything she can. Whether it be decorating for school social events, curing blindness inflicted by curses or dealing with undead relatives hungering for flesh.


To add to Sabrina’s growing list of problems, she must also prepare to sign her soul over to the Dark Lord who rules their witches coven and submit to his service for the rest of her life to keep her powers. Luckily, to help Sabrina with the trails ahead of her, she lives with her two aunties (Hilda and Zelda) who are also witches and her cousin (Ambrose) who is a warlock.


If you are a fan of Salem, the talking black cat from the original Sabrina The Teenage Witch series. Salem also returns as a silent guardian who protects Sabrina from otherworldly entities that would see her harmed.

How many parts are there so far?


There are three parts available to watch to date on Netflix.

What are the three different parts about?


Part one


Part one of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina not only introduces us to Sabrina Spellman herself but also begins to set the groundwork for the future by introducing us to her friends, family and even academic rivals known as the Weird Sisters. Who wish to see Sabrina fail for no reason other than seeing a half-blooded witch as inferior and unworthy of the Dark Lord’s gifts.


Unfortunately for those around her, Sabrina also begins to delve into the darker side of magic and creates some rather interesting situations that lead the locals of her hometown of Greendale, to pay more attention to the coven’s activities, infuriating the coven’s council who would prefer to move around and operate unnoticed.


- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -

You can find part one of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix here.


Part two


Continuing on directly from the first part, Sabrina’s powers continue to grow more potent with each passing day, meaning she must learn to quickly adapt to control her power before it controls her. At the same time, though, she must also prepare to come face to face with not only the Dark Lord but his prophecy for her.


Add into the mix a group of Witch Hunters combing Greendale for the coven, love-struck and extremely jealous werewolves and power struggles - and that pretty much sums up part two.


Oh, did I mention Zelda seeking to increase her standing in the coven by agreeing to a union between herself and Father Blackwood? I don’t think I did. I probably forgot to mention too - that feeling threatened by Sabrina and her newfound powers, Father Blackwood’s plans for Zelda and a union between the two of them may be less about love and more about his plans for Sabrina. But I don’t want to go too much into that for spoiler reasons.


- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -

You can find part two of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix here.

Part three


Part three begins with an exciting chase across the globe with Father Blackwood been hunted by Prudence and Ambrose from South America to Scotland. Unfortunately, as they pursue their prey, the coven is still reeling from the events in part two. With diminished members and waning power, the coven is exposed and vulnerable, and easy pickings when a carnival of pagans and their old gods arrive. Sensing the lack of the Dark Lord’s protection and seeing the coven as weak, the pagans begin to launch an offensive against their inferior prey.


Whilst Zelda tries to hold together what remains of the coven and academy, Sabrina is put in a position where she must either accept to rule Hell in the Dark Lord’s place or submit her power to Caliban. A demon who seeks to rule Hell as his own and return it to the old days when Hell’s power was absolute.


Whether it be dealing with child-snatching serial killers, long-dead Roman legionnaires or powerful dark deities within human vessels - part three continues to build upon the first two parts with more action, adventure and magical goodness.


- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -

You can find part three of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix here.


When was Chilling Adventures of Sabrina released?

Part one of Chilling Adventures was released between October and December 2018, part two was released in April 2019, and part three was released in January 2020.

How many episodes are there?

Part one contains eleven episodes, part two has nine and part three has eight. Each episode has an average run time of around fifty-five minutes with a handful running both longer and shorter, but only by a few minutes.

Has a fourth part been confirmed?


There has been a fourth season confirmed and surprise, it is getting released tomorrow!


... Which would be Thursday 31st December if you are reading this after then.


If you have not seen the trailer before, I have taken the liberty of including it below.


- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -

Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?

For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.



What did you think of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?


Having watched Sabrina The Teenage Witch when I was younger, I was very excited to see the darker themed gothic reboot that focused more on the horror and supernatural elements of the Sabrina universe and have to say that I was not disappointed.


Although some parts of Chilling Adventures are a lot stronger than others, with (in my opinion) the second part been one of the weakest, for the most part, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has a fantastic story that seamlessly flows from one episode to another. With a great sense of pacing, an artistic flair for story arcs and character development that really makes you feel invested in the characters on screen, the writing has been done fantastically and really draws you in.


When it comes to the actors and actresses, there are very few issues I can point out that bugged me. Some episodes do have the characters focusing more on the emotional and romantic aspects than others, which I found dull at times. Admittedly though I am not really one for teen drama and romance, so other viewers may thoroughly enjoy those segments. For the most part, though, lines are delivered with real energy, arguments are convincing, and many of the actors and actresses have a substantial screen presence that makes them genuinely memorable. Although Sabrina is the main character and played wonderfully by Kiernan Shipka, I also loved the story arc for Sabrina’s cousin Ambrose and honestly went from loathing to loving Prudence. Although initially starting out as a cold-hearted and cruel hater of anyone that is not a pure-blood magic-user. Prudence eventually begins to let her guard down around Sabrina and Ambrose as they get closer and really does become a firm but fair ally with fantastic fashion sense and a frightening grasp on the dark arts.


I would say that Chilling Adventures definitely ramps up the entertainment factor time after time in terms of entertainment value. Overall, when taking all of the current episodes/parts into consideration, I would have to say it is a definite five-star from me on the entertainment front. Although some of the romantic scenes really kill the pacing, and other episodes go off on a tangent which muddles a few of the storylines, these occurrences are few and far between in the grand scheme of things. I also believe that with the darker atmosphere and gothic twist, Chilling Adventures really brings the magical and horror elements to life in a unique way, making them fantastic choices from both the writers and production team. Although the vibes for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina are a lot more mature than Sabrina The Teenage Witch, they definitely serve the series well and continually improve and build the Sabrina universe for the better episode by episode.


Personally, I can not wait until part four of Chilling Adventures is released on Thursday and will definitely be binge-watching it. Purely for review purposes of course.

What rating would you give Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?


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I would rate Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as a 4.6 out of 5 bananas.


Adding a fresh and invigorating twist on the original Sabrina The Teenage Witch show, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is not perfect but comes pretty damn close and is one of my favourite reboots to date. With an engaging story, enthusiastic and passionate acting and surreal special effects and filming locations - Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has something for both original Sabrina fans and those new to the Sabrina universe.


If you get chance, give Chilling Adventures a watch, but make sure to watch from part one all the way through to ensure you get the full picture of what is going on as there are many backstories and a lot of build-up before going into part four. Luckily, if you don’t have time for that, Netflix has you covered with in-depth recaps before each new part begins, to give you a rough idea of what is going on, so you do not feel completely lost.

Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion. You can check it out on Netflix here.

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