The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina season 1 consists of ten episodes of about roughly fifty minutes in length for each. This is a modern grounded take on the teenage witch being a gritty series with some drama to it. It somewhat comes across as a typical teenage drama in terms of some plot points, but that's to be expected as she is in high school. Those parts help bring some realism to it while also countering the more intense witch based moments.
The first half of the season is certainly lighter in terms of what themes are being presented and then the latter half gets dark. I'm not able to give a review or perspective on the series at this point, but am able to write about some thoughts of this. I won't spoil any aspects, as that does ruin the fun of watching something. As mentioned, it's certainly lighter as it introduces characters and establishes the world. Once everything is set in motion we begin to see some behind the scenes motivations going into action and Sabrina becoming more confident.
Tame is a certainly a word I'd use to describe the initial episodes. It certainly has those darker moments, but doesn't fully embrace them until later. There is an early point that is somewhat dark, but it lightens up a lot. This really focuses on establishing who this character is and the environment she's been set in. Kiernan Shipka is perfect as Sabrina, really capturing the character well.
She brings the right balance of being sweet with a sense of innocence, to then get almost evil when the moment calls for it. There are some good motivations, but she can at times embrace the darkness which was great. The supporting cast is also excellent and I felt they had the Spellman's perfectly set here. I wasn't a fan of the boyfriend too much and I feel her other friends will be better as we learn more about their place in this narrative. I'm very eager to view the rest of this and can't wait to see more of it in the future. There's a lot of potential for the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, I believe this one will do extremely well.
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