For those of you Netflix fans, this is your entry. I was watching the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is based on the comic books called Sabrina the Teenage Witch if I’m not mistaken. There was an animated series, and then a sitcom style show. I caught a friend listening to the old stuff on Hulu, but let’s get to the meat and potatoes before anyone asks questions.
The chilling and dark comic of Sabrina begins with her having to choose between the path of the Dark Lord and the path of mortality. However, secrets are revealed, and Sabrina gets scared of what she sees and goes through many adventures at Baxter High school and beyond, along with her not so talking cat Salem. In the sitcom, as many 90s kids will remember, Salem had a voice actor that talked, but not in this Netflix original.
There are some things I’d like to point at which Wiccans, or modern witches, will find interesting. For one, this adventure perpetuates the stereotype that witches worship a “Dark Lord” or “Satan”, which in ancient religious texts, is only what I call real tomfoolery. Witches worship the Lady and a Lord, but the Lord has horns, but he is not the Devil. Satan is, by actuality, a twelve-winged fallen angel who became an outcast. Lucifer himself is considered Evil, and Christians and other Peoples of the Book condemn the worship of the Lord and Lady as satanic because they believe in only one male god, a patriarchy and rules that forbid worship of the Goddess, and so on and so forth. No real Wiccan initiations include a blood bath either as you will notice in Sabrina’s “dark Baptism.” And there is no witches’ court. Another thing. Warlocks are not witches in Wicca culture as I’ve seen. Male witches are witches or you could say wizard, but witches are witches no matter what gender, period. For those who want to know, a witch’s grimoire, or book of shadows, does not contain a huge book of signatures. There is no need to sign a “book of the Beast”, but rather, Wiccans make offerings to the Lord and Lady at rituals. Nobody is supposed to be angry at rituals either as you’ll see that some of the witches are angry at rituals such as a courtroom trial. Also, another clarification on the warlock term. It means a betrayer, not a male witch at all. As I’ve stated before, Wiccans don’t use the term “warlock” to describe their male counterparts.
Would I recommend Sabrina to anyone who wants to watch it? Compared to the sitcom, it doesn’t seem all that funny. So if you love a bit of dark comic relief, I’d watch this with caution. This adventurous series is rated TV14, so the little ones will have to stay away unless they’re teenagers. But I do think this could be a rather teaching moment to talk about the Goddess, Wicca, and the true nature of witchcraft. It is not devil worship. What is dangerous is when you start getting into ouija boards and such, which my friends have all told me not to mess with. I don’t necessarily think those are fun to play with either, and upon request I will share a video about ouija boards with 25 scary facts about those.
Sabrina doesn’t do that kind of thing with ouija boards, but her agenda seems brazen to her fellow witches. Sabrina’s heart is in the right place, but her aunts are kind of weird in their magic. In any case, I believe that if you want to see witchcraft for what it truly is, you should read a real grimoire, or indeed the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Witchcraft and Wicca which is written by two witches themselves. Learn the history of what happens when the monotheists took over Europe and the Americas. Worship of the goddess was punishable by death. This is why so many years later, nobody seems to want to grasp the truth about witches and their craft.
As for this Netflix series, I’d give it about a 3.8 because of a few things.
1. The perpetual inaccuracies about Wicca and witchcraft as stated above are paramount.
2. Salem does not speak. He’s a cat, but still, I thought him speaking was way funnier in the Sitcom.
3. The Spelman aunts work in a mortuary, and there’s loads of blood and weird creatures not seen in prior iterations of the show.
4. Sabrina’s initiation into this perpetually dark version into witchcraft is rife with inaccuracy and human gore, and not every witch practices with what you’d call a coven group of witches.
Other than a review of the chilling adventures regarding Sabrina the teenage witch, there are other Halloween haunts you can check out as well on Netflix. Christmas is around the corner, so I will write what’s up then.
Thank you all for putting up with this tough review.