Sabrina, or The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, to give it it’s full title was an interesting reboot of the cute Sabrina the Teenage Witch from way back when. It is a darker, more grownup version to be sure but no less entertaining. With season one over and done with, will there be a Sabrina season 2 on Netflix?
Yes there will! Netflix announced late last year that it had renewed The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina for another season that begins on April 5, 2019. In fact, the company said it had commissioned three more seasons so we will get seasons three and four in the future too!
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
I remember watching the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch when I was a kid. A cutesy show with harmless fun and good natured witchery within a nuclear family environment. If you’re looking for the same kind of thing, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is not it.
The title says it all and should set your expectations accordingly. This is a much darker, grittier reimagining put together by Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
The show stars Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina, Lucy Davis as Hilda Spellman, Miranda Otto as Zelda Spellman, Chance Perdomo as Ambrose Spellman, Ross Lynch as Harvey Kinkle and a varied supporting cast. It’s a good cast that plays convincingly well in their roles. I remember Shipka from Mad Men and its good to see her on form again.
Alas there is no Salem the cat this time round though.
Sabrina season one
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina begins by introducing us to the main characters and letting us know that this time the witchcraft is serious. Sabrina is a daughter of the High Priest of the Church of Night and discovers her powers early. She has always known of her duality, part witch, part human and seems to have reconciled them.
Her parents die in a plane crash she lives with aunts Hilda and Zelda along with cousin Ambrose. They all live in Greendale, which is a dark and moody place where bad things seem to happen.
Cue the self-discovery, battles with supernatural beings, troubles with human friends and relations and some dark humor thrown in. That humor adds a brevity that keeps Sabrina entertaining. We have seen this setting before many times but the elements of humor and the stark departure from what we knew as Sabrina before make this a good watch.
Sabrina is a strong character. All the females in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina are strong. I’m sure there are lots of comments about feminism and empowerment and they might all be true. All I can say it that the cast is well chosen and believable. While I’m no expert, I see Sabrina as a positive role model. She is confident, capable and tries to do the right thing. More importantly, she seems authentic. It’s also good to see a female lead who is up to the job too.
Throughout season one we meet sleep demons, ghouls, disasters, teenage angst and a variety of physical, mystical and psychological challenges to survive. At only ten episodes long, our time with The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was brief but entertaining.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season two
By the time you read this, season 2 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina may already have been aired. It premiers on April 5 2019 which is a very short time from the Christmas special and season one.
We know most of the main cast from the first season will be present. A quote from Shipka in an interview gives us a clue as to what to expect. She said:
“I feel like we’re already in such a rhythm from coming out of the first season that to jump right into the second one was really, really fun and just a great opportunity to keep the momentum going. Sabrina definitely changes and shifts a lot. Her growth is very evident and the second season definitely has a different spin on it than the first season. They’re very different from each other.”
Netflix have said that season two will explore a lot more of Sabrina’s darker side and she wants to learn more about her heritage. All this while trying to balance her supernatural and mortal sides and maintain relationships on both sides of her life.
With a season three and four also greenlit with the main cast having apparently signed up for all of them, there is a decent future ahead for the show. As long as the quality of writing continues, I think I shall be watching it through to the end!
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