“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” succeeds in connecting with the audience

“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is a spinoff of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” that premiered in 1996. They both are derived from the character Sabrina in Archie Comics.

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“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is a spinoff of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” that premiered in 1996. They both are derived from the character Sabrina in Archie Comics.

Abby Fleming '20, Paper Opinions Editor

Both thrilling and thought provoking, season two of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” proved itself to be an enthralling addition to the Netflix series. While season one of the show seems to have served as a type of introduction into the world of witches and warlocks, season two was action-packed..

It stayed true to the series’ centralized message of female empowerment, which is important because it was one of the biggest parts of the season one plot. In this new season, Sabrina Spellman, the main character, struggles to find her place as her coven turns to misogynistic tactics to keep the women in line and keep the men in power. Instead of trying to fit into her role, she begins to redefine her role and the role of all women in their world of witchcraft. She begins challenging her classmates for positions such as “Top Boy” or “High Priest” that were designed for men to fill, and eventually begins succeeding in obtaining these positions of power.

What makes this show unique and what I loved about season one is that this commentary on patriarchy never feels forced. The commentary and questions posed about the system of male dominance aren’t accusatory, instead they are thought provoking and cause you to question our own society. The writers are using the world of witchcraft as a mirror to our own world. When the system of male dominance is shown to us in an unconventional way (such as in a world of witches), it is easier to identify it and label it as wrong. In real life, it is prominent that we’ve become numb to it. I admire the way these important messages were tied into the plot, as it entertained and taught the audience.

Aside from the theme of female empowerment that has been a trademark of the series, season two showed Sabrina grappling with the issues that come with being an ordinary teenager, not just a witch. She faces lots of problems in her love life: she breaks up with her long-time boyfriend, Harvey and she is introduced to a new boy who she starts dating this season. These elements of a normal high school experience bring a level of connectivity with the viewer and help them empathize with Sabrina’s struggles as a human, not just a witch.

This connectivity between our world and the world of the show is what made the show a success to me. This connection was made through the idea of systemic male dominance and the link between Sabrina’s teenage experiences as well as the typical teenage experience. They are able to create an engaging plot and then they added in commentary that will help younger viewers recognize the need for change in our society, which is quite an achievement. I would highly recommend starting the second season of “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” especially if you enjoyed the first.