So I got to see the whole first season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina through Netflix, who gave me a media pass to watch a screener of the show so I can review it before it came out. It’s safe to say that if I wasn’t tasked to review the whole season, I probably would have given up by the fourth episode and that would have been unfortunate because it got so much better at the end.
By the last four episodes, the show had found its footing and became really, really interesting to me.
I liked it, considering its very slow start, and I’m hoping that the second season will improve by leaps and bounds now that they’ve established the world and the mythos in the first season. It has to find a way to resolve its human elements as opposed to the witch elements because, for me, Sabrina’s conflict is a no-brainer.
The show never succeeded in making the human world more interesting than the witching world and that’s the crux of the show’s conflict. Sabrina’s human friends are never as interesting as the world she is to replace it with. As an audience member, I don’t see the struggle because I just want her to go to the witching world and stay there.
My other big fear is that Greg Berlanti, who is an executive producer of the show, has a tendency to start strong but lose steam right after the second season and the quality of the stories start to taper off. I saw this in Arrow and halfway through Riverdale.
I hope the show manages to maintain the interest it earned at its season finale.