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2018 is truly a prosperous year for Netflix. Following The Kissing Booth and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, both of which received critically acclaimed success, Netflix recently released its own spin on the lore of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. With dark photographic shots and a gory aesthetic, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina offers a creepy feel and is a promising terrifying series. But, as with all promising shows and movies, one question must always be asked: Did it live up to its expectations?

Starring Kiernan Shipka as the show’s creepy heroine, the first few episodes of the series starts off with the introduction of Sabrina Spellman, a half-witch, half-mortal teenage girl, struggling to choose between her witch and mortal life as she counts down the days to her sixteenth birthday and her “dark baptism”.

Throughout the show, there are several mentions of the devil and other dark mythology, such as demons, ghosts, and, of course, witches. With this, the show thrives off horror as Sabrina is subjected to gruesome havoc and torture by the Devil. The reason? The half-witch, half-mortal teenager doesn’t want to submit to her baptism and sign her life over to the Dark Lord. Instead, the character longs to live in the ordinary world with her doting boyfriend (Ross Lynch) and her two best friends, Roz (Jaz Sinclair) and Susie (Lachlan Watson).

Now, like most of the Netflix shows and movies that I watch, I am pretty perplexed on my opinion with this particular show. Though I enjoyed the graphics of the series, I felt like the show went on for too long. It was almost like the storyline was being overly stretched, and the ending of each episode more predictable; no one being a match to Sabrina’s teenage powers and charisma. With this being said, I feel like the show would have been more entertaining if it were compressed to a thrilling short series. And I’m not the only one to think so.

Crystal Chavira, a BPHS senior, agrees with me and says, “I feel like the plots of the first few episodes were too slow, and I got bored.” However, in contrast, Josue Becerra states that, “I liked the initial episode and I would totally binge it if I had the time.”

So, overall, would I recommend this show? Yes. Even though the show seemed dragging at times, it was thoroughly entertaining and a bit horrifying to watch. And, dark-haired Ross Lynch is definitely a plus. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a solid 3.5 out of 5 stars. But, watch it yourself. Your opinion could be like mine and Crystal’s, or it could be like Josue’s. You never know until you watch it.

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