An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, and the apocalypse.
Reimagines 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. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina Spellman wrestling to reconcile her dual nature - half-witch, half-mortal - while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.Written by
Sadly there is nothing compelling about Sabrina's mortal world, and no enjoyment to be found in the witch world either, which is just relentlessly dark and dismal. There's nothing there which gives a reason to why she wants to be part of either. Her mortal friends are a tickbox list of millenial cliches with absolutely nothing interesting about any of them, while everyone in the witch world are either outright evil or tortured in some way by what they are. Neither is appealing, which is at the heart of why this show just doesn't ever hit the mark.
It wants to add a feminist spin to the idea of witches being given powers in exchange for loss of freedom, through their pact with the devil, with Sabrina standing up as a feminist and demanding both power and freedom - great idea! - but does it in such a badly thought through way, it just doesn't ever land. Worse, it comes across as obnoxious through her actions. Sabrina uses her witch powers to torment bullying 'jocks' (forcing them to sexually assault each other, yikes) and an uptight principal, but has no problem with her own family desecrating corpses, eating bits of them, or casually murdering each other for kicks.
The base problem with the show is that there is absolutely nothing new or fresh in it. All of the storylines are borrowed early Buffy the Vampire Slayer stuff (witches taking on a teacher's form, possessed principals, sleep demons) without any characters to root for to make it enjoyable.
But I will say that it's not a lost cause at least. If the show could just add some fun to Sabrina's life, some stakes in relation to her friends, get rid of that awful blurry filter that creeps in way too much, and stop recycling plotlines from far better shows, it has the potential to be a lot better. Unfortunately, I only made it to Episode 5 and just got so bored, I had to switch off.
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