By Victoria Miller
Don’t be fooled by the character name; this is not the Sabrina the Teenage Witch from your childhood. This new Netflix show displays a darker side of Sabrina Spellman that you’ve never seen before.
Sabrina’s father, Edward Spellman, who was a high priest and a very powerful warlock, married Sabrina’s mother, Diana, a mortal. The marriage designated Sabrina as a half breed, which is frowned upon in their coven. After Sabrina’s parents die mysteriously, she is left in the care of her Aunt Hilda and Aunt Zelda.
Before her sixteenth birthday Sabrina must make a life changing decision, either give up her mortal friends and boyfriend Harvey to become a full witch, or reject her powers and be an enemy of the dark lord. Throughout the show Sabrina has to find balance between her two lives, but makes a lot of mistakes along the way.
In the beginning of the show, Sabrina is living a normal mortal life with her friends. However, one day she returns home to her aunt’s mortuary that is also inhabited by her cousin, Ambrose, who is on house arrest, and her familiar, Salem, who unfortunately does not talk in this adaptation. It is then that her problems exceed an average teenage girl.
Her decision between two lives lies in an event that her aunts have been preparing the half-witch for her whole life: her dark baptism. On Sabrina’s sixteenth birthday she is meant to sign the dark lord’s book, giving up her mortal friends to become a full witch and obtain unlimited power. When Sabrina defies this obligation, her life only gets more complicated.
Her Aunt Zelda insists that she sign the book because it is what her father wanted for her. Meanwhile her Aunt Hilda wants Sabrina to make her own choices. She believes that if Sabrina does not want to give up her mortal life, she should not have to.
Sabrina tries to change her mortal friends’ lives for the better, such as establishing a club for her friend Susie who is bullied by jocks in her school, as well as creating a club for her friend Ross to read banned books from their school in secret. Despite helping her friends and boyfriend Harvey with her powers, she can’t help but feel guilty for keeping the biggest secret in her life from them. Sabrina has to help her friends with their mundane problems as well as help herself battle the dark lord herself.
The end of the season one leaves off with a chilling ending, which will hopefully be continued. The series is seriously dark and incorporates just the right amount of humor. It’s utterly to die for.