A Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
“When will the world learn? Women should be in charge of everything.”
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (CAOS) follows the teenage witch Sabrina and her group of friends. As she prepares for her Dark Baptism into the Church of Night, Sabrina must decide between remaining a mortal, or embracing her witch-half and leaving the mortal world behind.
As a kid, I loved Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and CAOS is just as good, but in a different way. This new, modern version is darker, more focused on witchcraft, and more dramatic. Also, I felt this show was diverse with its casting, which is something I always pay close attention to.
One of my favorite characters, Susie Putnam, is a character portrayed by the non-binary actor, Lachlan Watson. I was impressed that CAOS chose not to cast a cisgender actor for this role. Throughout the show, Susie is figuring out who she is and exploring her gender (to be clear, the characters in the show address Susie with she/her pronouns). On-screen representation is important, and the show took a definitive step in the right direction by making this decision. I’m excited to see where Susie’s story will take us in the next part of the show.
What I love even more is Sabrina’s loyalty to her friends. Susie is frequently bullied at their school, but Sabrina never hesitates to protect her. Susie’s friends show their support for her by never invalidating her gender.
Sabrina is an inherently good person and fights for what is right. Unfortunately, Sabrina’s willingness to be good is also a big flaw. Her character is intent on following her heart, even if that means sacrificing everything to save the people she loves. Sabrina willingly puts people above herself to the point where she has endangered her own family. However, I do admire Sabrina immensely, and can’t wait to see her develop even more in the next part of the series.
CAOS empowers women and addresses issues relevant to our society. Not only that, but the acting is phenomenal, the characters are lovable, and the show is fantastic.