Netflix’s ‘Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’ Gets Darker, More Focused In ‘Part 2’ [Review]

The Playlist | 4/2/2019 | Julia Teti
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After finding success with the ridiculous Jughead who f*cks “Riverdale” high school series, Netflix, likely thirsty from seeing the success metrics of the CW show acquired for their streaming platform, quickly jumped into the young adult TV world with the “Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina” spin-off. Based on the Sabrina The Teenage Witch comic and character made popular through the Archie Comics—which itself was adapted into the horny “Riverdale”— the similarities fortunately mostly end there. Though both shows, while drastically different, do speak on ideas of discovering who you are in the world.

The first part introduced the central dilemma of identity for the character Sabrina Spellman (a resilient Kiernan Shipka): as her sixteenth birthday approached, Sabrina had to choose between signing herself over a world of dark arts and witchcraft, or remain with her mortal friends in Greendale. The duality of her nature and this struggle marked much of the first batch of episodes. Now, having forsaken her human friends— if only to protect them from her complicated world— and her decision seemingly made, Sabrina signed herself over to the dark lord and dedicated herself to her witch school. But just as the young witch seems confident and comfortable in her own skin, she faces a new challenge by those in The Academy of Unseen Arts who would rather silence her than listen to her voice of reason.

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In this new selection of episodes, the magical and menacing world of Greendale is revisited, picking up a few weeks after the holiday special left off. In the first five episodes of ‘Part 2,’ Sabrina engages with more determined focus while supporting characters receive the bolstering storylines to carry them through this dark, enchanting installment.


It’s in the first episode where the ominous...
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