Archie Andrews and his friends from Riverdale heard stories of what lies in Greendale, just across the Sweetwater River. It is where Cheryl Blossom ventured with her brother Jason, which led to her tragic death, and is the subject of the uniquely trippy experience of farmer McGinty. As he once told Jughead Jones about the CW drama, "You never know [what you might see] on the way to Greendale. "Netflix Sabrina's chilling adventures he removes the veil to reveal a world of witchcraft that bubbles beneath the surface and the adolescent half witcher, half mortal at its center. Follow along with EW& # 39; s binge recap.
EPISODE 1: "Country of October"
The series of 10 episodes, directed by Riverdale The producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is not a formal split of Riverdale. It is clear that both exist in the same world given all references, but the gap between Netflix and CW makes a crossing difficult, not impossible, but difficult. Instead, we should take CHAOS as a Riverdale-esca original shot by Aguirre-Sacasa Sabrina's chilling adventures The comic, which was a Gothic twist of terror in the sharp world of Peachy. Archie and the comedy of Melissa Joan Hart Sabrina, the teenage witch.
CHAOS, the show, makes for sabrina what Riverdale He did it for Archie: he relies on darker and more complex concepts to reveal the juicy stories in the center.
As a half witch, half mortal, this new Sabrina (played by Crazy menKiernan Shipka must constantly reconcile with the forces of mourning. Enjoy her normal life of analyzing horror movies with her boyfriend Harvey (Ross Lynch) at the local Greendale cinema and fight patriarchy with best friends Roz (Jaz Sinclair) and Susie (Lachlan Watson). The generally cheerful adolescent life of Sabrina is contrasted with the darkness of her life as a witch. When she was a young sorceress who was approaching her 16th birthday, she had to make preparations for her Dark Baptism, a ritual initiation ritual in which a young witch enters the forest with her group and signs her name in the Book of the Beast. (Also known as the book of the Dark Lord, also known as Satan's book.) In doing so, he will be granted immortality, make sure that his powers do not vanish and get his entry into the Academy of Invisible Arts (such as Hogwarts, if Harry Potter studied necromancy and the demonic spell instead of enchantments.) The downside, obviously, is that she signs her name to the Devil and completely renounces her mortal life, two things that do not suit Sabrina.
However, this is what witches have always done, so she makes the necessary preparations with the guidance of her sorcerous aunts Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Zelda (Miranda Otto). One is blonde, the other is redhead. One is warm, the other is cold. One sympathy for Sabrina's deadly attachments, the other wants her to cut ties. They exist as visual representations of the polar forces that influence Sabrina, but they are also their own infinitely entertaining gothic company, such as Punch and Judy (a reference that Zelda will mention later) if you could really see the blood that Judy spits after obtaining a shovel. in the head. Sabrina's cousin, Ambrose (Chance Perdomo), under house arrest by the witches' council for a past offense, acts as a compromise. He likes to meddle in affairs, but he also knows the pain of separating himself from the mortal world.
Shipka captures the appearance of the teenage witch, but her performance has been oversold. She does a good job of evoking some of the most emotional and intimate scenes (the sweetness between her and Harvey and the comfort between her and Susie). But his delivery does not stick at all. Dialogue always feels more like reciting lines of dialogue instead of delving into the theatricality of the material.
As important as the character relations that surround Sabrina is the atmosphere. The comic was based on the distinctive style of artist Robert Hack, and the series offers its own twist. The opening credits are an animated tribute to his art that extracts images directly from his comics. In the episodes themselves, the effect of the fish tank seems to be a popular technique to unbalance the viewer and blur the lines between what is real and what works with spells.
Much of this effect is used for scenes in the forest and in which Mrs. Wardwell, Sabrina's favorite teacher at Baxter High, participates. The innocent woman tries to help an apparently traumatized child who appears on the side of the road. The girl turns out to be Mrs. Satan, devil's maid. Then he kills and seizes Mrs. Wardwell's body in a frightening way, a scene that sets the tone for the audience, this is not a group of Bednobs and brooms. Helped by Stolis, her familiar crow (an elf who takes animal form to better serve a witch), is on a mission from Hell to influence Sabrina to join the Church of the Night (the religious institution of the witches) and embrace your dark side.
Then come the Weird Sisters, three witches who dress identically and disagree with a deadly "mutt" who attends the Academy of Visual Arts. Prudence (Tati Gabrielle), Agatha (Adeline Rudolph) and Dorcas (Abigail Cowen) appear before Sabrina to cast a blood curse while in the woods to summon a relative. It's nothing that Sabrina's Aunt Hilda can not fix, but the trio does even more damage when they insinuate that Sabrina's parents were murdered by witches and not in a plane crash as he was told. That mystery remains in Sabrina's mind, since she, taking a milk bath to wash the hexagon, has the vision to follow her parents to the forest and find two babies on an altar: one normal and the other in the form of cleft paws instead of feet.
There are many references to classic horror films throughout the series, another comic book lineup; The books of Aguirre-Sacasa presented a line of covers of variants that paid homage to titles such as Rosemary's baby Y The Exorcist. The first of these is The night of the Living Dead, which Sabrina and her high school friends discuss in the books of Dr. Cerberus (Cerberus is the hound of Hades guarding the gates of the underworld in Greek mythology, and Greendale was a path from the mortal world to the supernatural realm) . As Susie mentions, the zombies in the film were a metaphor derived from the Cold War by the collapse of the nuclear family, and CHAOS It serves a similar function.
The series plays with the image of women in the 60s and 70s, a time of Suzy Homemaker, but then twists that image with lovely results. Ms. Wardwell's possessed form channels the most complete hair and elegant vintage dresses of that era, but she is a literal devourer of men. Harvey always seems to look like a coal miner from the Industrial Age, because of his family business that works in the Greendale mines, but he is not poisoned by toxic masculinity. It keeps alive a lost age of chivalry and romance while allowing Sabrina to lead.
Sabrina also uses witchcraft, a symbol of the anti-nuclear family, as a weapon against "puritan masculinity" and restrictive gender norms. The director Hawthorne (Bronson Pinchot) does not take action when Susie (not binary) is physically assaulted and harassed by homophobic athletes, so the young witch takes the matter into her own hands. After Wardwell raised the idea, Sabrina asks Ambrose to bewitch a horde of Hawthorne spiders, only to "traumatize him a little" enough to make him sick one day so he can start WICCA, a club at school for protect Susie. and all the women at Baxter High. (The spiders are familiar to Hilda, which is a reference to comics when Hilda transforms into a giant tarantula to scare a neighborhood girl who harasses Sabrina).
There are many moving parts when it comes to introducing a new world, even one at least semi-familiar to Riverdale amateurs …
Sabrina tries to tell Harvey that she is a witch to see how she will react, but magically recovers her when she does not like it. The parents carry the body of their recently murdered son (who may well be a witch) to the morgue, which Ambrose suggests could be the work of the witch hunters. Sabrina finds her familiar when a goblin sneaks into her room and takes the shape of a black cat (Salem!). Zelda warns about choosing a savage relative to serve a witch, but Sabrina says it is more of a mutual association than of servitude. And with his concern about the increase in Dark Baptism and the refusal of his aunts to postpone it, Ambrose suggests that he go find Malum Malice, an apple that gives witches knowledge. Mrs. Wardwell finds out about this and, fearing that Sabrina can learn something that convinces her to get out of the way of the night, she uses a bit of voodoo witchcraft to send a scarecrow after her into the labyrinth of hay that excludes Malum Malice. Unlike the family Salem for the fans of Hart (pun intended), this Salem does not speak (communicates mentally with Sabrina), but can he returns to his most threatening goblin form and rips things, as the scarecrow said, into pieces.
For the most part, CHAOS It does well to keep all these pieces fun and attractive, while initiating a more complicated story about a teenager trying to trace her own path in life.
Sabrina finally chooses a path when she bites Malum Malice and sees a horrible vision: the branches of the tree now have multiple witches hanging from its branches and a creature half human and half goat explodes from its rotten trunk. Believing that this is the future that awaits her if she signs the Book of the Beast, she goes to her house to inform her aunts of her decision, only to discover that they are already waiting for her.
Hilda, Zelda and Ambrose gather by the fireplace to introduce Sabrina to Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle), the High Priest of the Church of the Night and the representative of Satan on earth. She has come, at the request of Hilda and Zelda, to address Sabrina's concerns about going through the Dark Baptism. The refusal to do so "should not be," he says.
Thus begin the mysteries in course around the young Sabrina: Why does the Church of the Night want Sabrina to sign the Book of the Devil so much that she sent her highest ranking officer to persuade her? What really happened with Sabrina's parents? What does it really mean to walk the road of the night?
Grade: B +
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