No matter how much we love Melissa Joan Hart, Beth Broderick, or Caroline Rhea
the old Sabrina just cannot come to the phone right now.
Because she’s totes dead.
In 2014 Sabrina Spellman got a huge glow up when Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa introduced her in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as part of the Archie Comics family. As a fan of the bubbly teen witch in the 90’s and early 2000’s I decided that I just had to take a peek at her evil twin.
Of course everyone (should be) aware that The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was picked up by Netflix in 2018. Although many might think it’s the other way around. The show’s first season carries closely with the world that Aguirre-Sacasa creates for our young witch in the 1960’s tormenting boys and getting into plenty of trouble. And the show has been picked up for parts two, three and four set to begin airing April 5, 2019. Yeah, it’s that good.
I’m sure many fans of the comics are just as curious as I am about how Netflix will adapt to the various plot twists that Aguirre-Sacasa produces as well as the ones they chose to deviate from.
In the comic books, poor Harvey Kinkle stumbles into the woods the night of Sabrina’s dark baptism (you know, where she casually signs her soul over to the devil by writing her name in the “Book of the Beast” by using her own blood.)
Harvey is chased from the woods and murdered by witches. And I don’t really just mean murdered. I mean devoured. Literally. They eat the poor boy. Sabrina then decides to perform a resurrection spell, much against the wishes of EVERYONE she knows. But, oh, that teen love just can’t be eaten easily.
When she inevitably brings Harvey back with the help of another mysterious witch, Harvey just isn’t who he used to be.
In the Netflix series, Sabrina puts a protection spell on Harvey before anything horrendous can befall him. He does not enter the woods on the night of Sabrina’s dark baptism and he lives, instead, through a cave-in in their own family mines that he’s reluctant to work in to begin with. Because of Sabrina’s protection spell, Harvey is safe. But the same cannot be said for his brother. In this case, Tommy Kinkle, Harvey’s older brother, is brought back to life with a resurrection spell and, of course, mayhem ensues.
(And I’ll leave the spoilers there for the time being.)
I highly recommend catching the comic book series to anyone who has already watched the series on Netflix and is looking for a little more background or just a little more Sabrina. Also, if you don’t mind the gore and creepy crawlies because remember, this is the new Sabrina. And she’s not holding back.