The hour of witchcraft is upon us, and if possible, it is even more charming than promised.
To envision the world of Sabrina Spellman means to explore a spooky, sinister and satisfying adventure on the road.
It is unpredictable in the best way, raise the stakes for the show in the first ten minutes, as to make it clear that you should not have any expectations because there will always be another chilling turn waiting to be revealed.
During Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1 Episode 1 Sabrina and her life are presented to us when her sixteenth birthday forces her to wonder if she really wants to participate in dark baptism. Giving herself to the Dark Lord and having to leave every human in her life makes Sabrina reconsider what was written in stone for her.
Meanwhile, there is a small hint about a possible witch hunter in Greendale that passed between Ambrose, Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda.
"Chapter one: October, country", written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is a complete introduction to the city of Greendale and to the trip in which Sabrina Spellman was found.
Seeing him during the Netflix and Chills panel at New York Comic Con meant questioning how the pilot episode could explore a variety of topics from the start.
There are ready bases for the future mythology of the program, but there is also enough space to solidify the main characters and the lasting bonds they share.
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The spell characters
The people of Greendale have already really managed to come alive in the few scenes that we could spend with all of them.
Sabrina is the key to the story, and she is a multi-layered protagonist who exudes strength and courage. While it is questionable why Sabrina is now realizing that she is going to lose her boyfriend and friends when choosing her witch side, that can be overlooked when you follow her.
She could have been ignoring the inevitable, hoping it would not come to this and then not having much time to prepare everyone when the time came.
You're just supposed to start losing things after you've fired them, right?
But even then, there is a clear need within her to put her friends first instead of stopping in this situation.
Your priorities are relatable; The need to protect your loved ones is too familiar. This makes it easier to trust Sabrina, and that is if we ignore that she is so kind. His obsession with horror films, the way he has a solution to most problems, his obstinate approach to all things.
These are just some of the features that have been established in an introductory episode to the program.
Then there is Salem; It is an understatement to say that he is a popular addition to the cast.
It was an icon in the original television series, so the pressure had to be present when it came to representing it in a new way.
As Kiernan Shipka mentioned in New York Comic Con, Sassy Salem is a meme that the whole Internet knows. Fulfilling that would have been a death sentence and would not have worked in the context of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Salem, like a simple black cat, wins over the audience when he purrs and acts as if he were cute. It establishes a sweet exterior that makes it even more fun when it protects Sabrina.
There's nothing more adorable than a cat hugging Sabrina for a second and then happily devouring one scarecrow possessed the next.
That was a creative version of a legendary character, and there will not be constant pressure on an entity separate from another project.
The two characters scratch the surface of the established main cast and the potential that everyone has in the grand scheme of things.
The intrigue has been created, and now it is necessary to continue with that looking forward throughout the season.
Each character stands on its own due to the features that the pilot made sure to slide. It is easier to create an image of who could be someone, which is where the show can appear and play with our expectations and reality. of what you may have in mind.
I have reservations about saving myself for the Dark Lord. Why do you decide what I do or do not do with my body?
In general, the pilot worked on some levels, but the characterization aspect was at the top of the list. It was evident that the work was set to differentiate the characters from each other at the beginning.
The dialogue assigned to the characters placed them in specific spaces, with Harvey fitting in more with the relaxed observer role compared to Ambrose, who performs more actions from the beginning.
Then there's Susie, who is fighting for a place to survive in high school, and Roz, who wants the change to happen instead of Sabrina.
Aunt Zelda is more sensible; She is intense but entertaining at the same time. Aunt Hilda is softer around the edges, and yet all she wants to do is keep her niece safe.
All this is demonstrated successfully through the way in which the exhibition flows perfectly in the dialogue, based on who the characters are and adding more references about where they fit.
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The fascinating relationships
Creating strong links in a pilot episode is challenging, and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina increases significantly.
Not all relationships are established for us, but the base is there, and it is growing successfully.
There are persistent questions about how some people fit into each other, which adds to the addictive nature of the show.
You want to go back and see how Sabrina and Harvey keep dating when things get complicated. She wants to continue investing in the organic alternative that Sabrina has with Ambrose.
Sabrina: I'm leaving behind my childhood.
Harvey: in the woods?
Sabrina and Harvey have a lot of work going on against them, specifically that they might have to leave and the fact that they are an established couple. There is nothing wrong with the fact that they are already dating and super tender, but the odds are not working in their favor.
Established couples are always at risk because it is easier to throw obstacles into their relationship. We still do not spend too much time with them, so if problems arise it's easier to believe.
You can not make so many statements about something out of the ordinary or false in relation to their relationship, since the audience we are only knowing and anything goes.
Even so, until now they have been adorable and anguished at the same time, which seems promising. They have a lot of work against them, but we still have to consider the nostalgia factor.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will not follow its predecessor, but it is putting weight on the iconic pairing of Harvey and Sabrina.
They have a storm in their path, at the same time they love each other, and that has transcended multiple interpretations of this story. Also, the chemistry is there immediately because of the way they are matched.
Sabrina is much more than a scene thief, and Harvey is quite happy to hang out in his world. They do not overcome their moments together, and it feels like a way to see them enjoy that mist of young love that, unfortunately, will disappear when reality settles.
Then there are the friends of Sabrina, Roz and Susie, who have also bet on our hearts.
The focus has not yet been on Roz, and that is something that must change soon. Susie already has a more formed history; She is dealing with the bullies of the football team.
It is still a strong reminder that bullying can be so brutal, and this was just a glimpse of what happens on a daily basis.
It should be noted that Susie has been labeled as non-binary, as is the actor who plays them. For now, the characters in the program are still using their pronouns, but it's probably safe to assume that in the future there will be a transition to them.
It still feels more appropriate to use them at this time since the detail of Susie's story has been made public.
In any case, Sabrina's relationship with Susie and the protective nature that the whole group of friends has for them is already significant.
There is not much time to discuss how long they know each other or what the dynamics are, but it is clear that everyone loves each other. That has value because it shows the reliable bonuses that will continue throughout the season, even if sometimes that can be put at risk.
Sabrina is taking care of everyone because she knows she is going to leave them, whether she does it completely or not, that's another question. The chances of her disappearing from their lives as planned are slim, if only because they were not presented that way.
The objective of the pilot test is to consolidate what we should invest in, everything that is explored in a meaningful way is what will be discussed or challenged later on.
Sabrina's relationship with her friends is important because her secrets are likely to come close to her. But it will not be forever; You will have to find a way not to venture too far and leave someone behind.
The last significant relationship comes in the form of Spellman's family bond. Sabrina has different connections with her two aunts, one more opposite with Aunt Zelda and one softer with Aunt Hilda.
That plays with what they are individually and that manifests in the pressure they release on Sabrina as her birthday approaches.
There is also Ambrose, her encouraging cousin who wants her to be a witch, but who does not want to repress her. He has his feelings in his mind every time he advises her, and especially the support he has is refreshing.
Sabrina: There's also the Harvey of everything. We recently took things to the next level.
Aunt Zelda: He has not contaminated you, right?
It is encouraging to know that Ambrose is there for Sabrina because she has enough work against her that she deserves her family to be in her corner.
That may also be necessary when you consider the fact that his father's accident was far from that.
Aunt Zelda and Hilda know something, they know everything if those looks are something to pass.
There is no confirmation of what Ambrose knows, although it is a sure bet that he has no idea what is going on behind the scenes.
Still, it will be chaotic when Sabrina reconstructs what has been hidden from her, and those suggestions have already been dispersed to us.
It is possible that whatever her parents were involved has led to her death, and that will push Sabrina to want to sign the book of the Dark Lord.
For now, although all that is clear is that Aunt Hilda and Zelda can not continue hiding things from her niece forever.
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The plot to break the spell
It can not be a coincidence that cinematography combines the aesthetics of Halloween with this almost dreamlike state. It always feels as if you are watching a scene that could serve as a memory that is not quite there.
Parallel to Sabrina taking the memory of Harvey, that feeling of dizziness insecure that after that filled the screen in each scene. It allows the audience to have this blurry Greendale scheme, a technique that favors the environment that creates the program and makes it unique from the start.
I could also play with the way Sabrina is experiencing things, with her confusion about her future pushing the boundaries of the spaces in which she appears.
Ambrose: And what time will we be casting spells?
Ambrose: The hour of the witches? Spooky.
All in all, the plot itself is clear in the pilot, and it benefits from the clear structure that Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has in its favor.
The program knows where it wants to go, the turns it adds on the way become natural because nothing is rushed or forced where it does not belong.
The progression is smooth without being predictable, just when you think Sabrina is working on her confusion about her future, another player comes to the game.
It is an efficient way to increase bets and makes it clear that nothing is going to be simple. Sabrina telling Harvey about herself is a final move in any other program, although it can be deleted without thinking twice.
There are chilling consequences, but there are also gaps that allow Sabrina not to lose everything and end up in a worse situation.
Moving forward, getting to see the magic school has to be on the top of the list. Play an important role in the reluctance of Sabrina, and would make the plot more hectic. There is the potential there to introduce more characters and add more dark magic too, there is always room for more of that.
Above all, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has been compared to Riverdale since its conception, and this pilot offers an important distinction.
The attention to detail gives us more faith in the process, the stories can be confused, but in general the show knows what is important.
Sabrina at the center of everything, her relationships with her family and friends, and all the spooky things that prevent her from living a normal adolescent life.
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It is an understatement to say that the configuration is significant and surprising in this program. As a big Halloween fan and how it mixes with that fall vibe on television, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina offers just that.
Everything, from Sabrina and Harvey to the harvesting of pumpkins and the corn maze, to Sabrina casually in the cemetery with Ambrose. The show is drawn extensively from its cinematography, and it is working well for them.
Madam Satan is such a well-written character, and it has only been an episode. It is not always clear exactly what his ending is, from helping Sabrina discover her darker side to putting her life in danger. But all this is part of the fun, especially when Father Blackwood enters the equation.
Using the fears of people against them as a form of torture is never great, but that principle deserved it. It was a successful example of how dark the show can become and how Sabrina in layers is too.
Not only is she attracted to light or darkness, but she wants to experience both. It is exciting to know that Sabrina will not be fighting strictly to follow what is right; is willing to venture into the twisted punishments and methods that keep us alert.
RIP mysterious bat. You will really be surprised.
Did anyone find that impromptu comment Sabrina made about the Weird Sisters, specifically Prudence, a little? Throwing the racist word there did not contribute as expected. He stood out, and I'm not sure if that's good or bad.
Spellman's house looks amazing. Do everyone else have their fingers crossed so we can see more soon? Do not? Just me?
It's like starting to remember the other television version of Sabrina's story. Aunt Zelda is significantly more unpredictable, Salem is more threatening and the use of magic is somehow more standard.
This version is not about Sabrina exploring her abilities (yet), it seems she has already understood. His attention is more focused on the temptation that darkness presents, something that the original television program tried to avoid due to the great difference in tone.
I would like formally to announce my love for Prudence. I would sell all my soul for her, and she would probably let me do it.
How did you like the premiere of the series? Do you think Sabrina should sign her name in the Dark Lord's book, or is she right to doubt?
Which character do you love most at this moment? Which character do you like least? What do you expect us to see more as the show goes on? What do you want to see less during the first season?
How much of your soul would you sell for Salem? Is Halloween aesthetics everything you thought it would be?
Let us know what you think below!
Yana Grebenyuk He is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.