Season 1 rating: 91/100
Season 2 rating: 86/100
TV Series Info
Imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft.
|Keirnan Shipka||Sabrina Spellman||Season 1 and 2|
|Ross Lynch||Harvey Kinkle||Season 1 and 2|
|Lucy Davis||Hilda Spellman||Season 1 and 2|
|Chance Perdomo||Ambrose Spellman||Season 1 and 2|
|Miranda Otto||Zelda Spellman||Season 1 and 2|
|Michella Gomez||Mary Wardwell||Season 1 and 2|
|Jaz Sinclair||Rosalind Walker||Season 1 and 2|
|Tati Gabrielle||Prudence Night||Season 1 and 2|
|Adeline Rudolph||Agatha||Season 1 and 2|
|Richard Coyle||Father Faustus Blackwood||Season 1 and 2|
|Abigail F. Cowen||Dorcas||Season 1 and 2|
|Lachlan Watson||Susie Putnam/ Theo Putnam||Season 1 and 2|
|Gavin Leatherwood||Nicholas Stratch||Season 1 and 2|
First off, the series likes to reference all sorts of things that cleverly tie the lores and the history in nicely. For example, they quote Shakespeare in their spells (Macbeth) and they like to talk about all the details of satanic law. It really helps to create a world that is convincing and interesting. Thats what makes season 1 so good, you get to experience and learn with Sabrina about the darkness and other mythical things.
A good start to a series, constant story arc that didn’t seem to ridiculous. I loved the battle she has with choosing her two lives (Witch and mortal). It has a lot of heart to it, seeing Sabrina grow into a stronger women as well as a witch is amazing, you feel the progression and see it in her magic towards the end. The relationships between each character are good, Harvey and Sabrina have a complicated matrix that put each other to the test. I admit t hat it does lack direction sometimes and just fills time with pointless scenes but it still is entertaining.
Great use of effects throughout, especially with the different demons and familiars that are summoned. I liked some of the scenes that used magic as they really helped with creating an illusion that the magic was actually working. However other scenes like that weren’t as good and I felt like they were just saying anything that came into their heads.
Ross Lynch does well to be your heart throb that gets the girl, he is well suited for the artistic role of Harvey and does well to keep up with the rest of the cast. Of course the main star of the show Keirnan Shipka is great at being Sabrina and as a quirky attitude that makes her stand out from the rest. Since this is a teen drama, they do rather prefer to pick looks over talent and so not all cast members are that great. Its always a recurring theme, they do it in Riverdale also.
It brought more interesting laws and details about the mythical world, giving us some more light rather than dark. However, with the arrival of the Dark Lord and Nicholas Stratch into the story it gave less time for them to explore ideas and just filled it up with love competitions and weird character entrances. The magic was still cool and had me more interested in how the spells worked.
It starts off well, but after the first 30 minutes it goes south. Don’t get me wrong it is thrilling and had me interested, but it wasn’t like I was committed anymore. One of the tings was that the Dark Lord was underwhelming, he wasn’t a good villain, nor I think he should of been the villain or not so soon. It seemed to be obnoxious to the religion it was talking about in the second season. It loses what made the first season so good. Another thing is that the character of Sabrina is lost, she becomes an over powered god that just filled plot holes by bringing people back to life.
They kept up the quality of effects from the previous season and have been more creative in what types of things they show. The Dark Lord looks a bit rough compared to the rest, but it will do. Some clever camera shots, like when the weird sex hunt begins and it keeps up with the pace of everyone and makes it seem like a thrill ride. I’m still looking for something that is going to blow me away, it is a show to do with magic, so it has endless possibilities to do so.
Richard Coyle becomes are stronger character in this season and does well to make you hate him and be interred in what he is doing. Another good performer was Lachlan Watson, she did so well to show the struggles of growing up as someone you are not and does well to show the transition into the other gender. However, yet again it is over shadowed by the story focusing on good looks and seeing who would be better to kiss. One last thing, please don’t become like Riverdale and do a musical number every season, it makes you look stupid and takes away the overall tension of the show.