Well, it's over. Apart from the first hopeful episode or two, that was an interminable ten-episode grind.
I don't have a lot of comments about the season as a whole, except to say that every favorable review I read in advance of watching 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' (and there were lots of them) was a lie.
All the reviews that screamed that Kiernan Shipka was INCREDIBLE and SUPER-TALENTED must have been getting that sweet Netflix payola. Because, truth be told, Shipka's okay. Yeah. Just okay. Her depiction of Sabrina is certainly good enough for this stilted production, but there's a certain vacuousness that becomes more noticeable as the season wears on. Oh, and she makes a mistake a lot of young actors make — she stops acting when someone else is performing. Watch her eyes whenever Miranda Otto is spooling out some over-baked soliloquy; you can almost hear the Windows shutdown sound.¹ But I think a lot of Shipka's faults here are the result of bad direction, because she certainly did some decent work on 'Mad Men'.
And don't get me started about the reviews that proclaimed Michelle Gomez as INSPIRING and MIND-BLOWING. If you're looking for a performance completely devoid of nuance, then yes, this was certainly mind-blowing. Gomez has zero range and is always so over-the-top as Ms. Wardwell that she may as well be a caricature. Seriously, there should be a drinking game where you drink every time Ms. Wardwell is so pleased about something, it looks like she's having an orgasm. Except you'd get alcohol poisoning. The only thing her performance lacks is a stovepipe hat and a big, greasy mustache to twirl. Watch some YouTube clips of her Missy character in 'Doctor Who' and you'll wonder if she's capable of performing anything other than this character.
Many people complained about the crazy depth-of-field and distortion effects, but I kind of liked them once they toned them down halfway through the season. As an example, the subtle effect that accompanied the Greendale 13 head witch standing in the Walker family doorway was the most appropriate application.
Another problem that plagued the first season was the disconnect between the Makeup and Lighting departments. When you're using a lot of yellowish direct lighting (i.e. candles, antique lamps), Makeup really needs to take that into account, or Lucy Davis is going to look like a Donald Trump hallowe'en pumpkin.
Other quick notes:
Fantastic first season. I love the Spellman family and their dynamic. I just hope Sabrina goes back to the ways she was, I don’t want her personality to change too much in season 2. I hope she realizes what a manipulative bitch Ms. Wardwell is.
I don't know.. for whatever the reason I was still hoping Sabrina didn't sign her name in the book. I guess the writers really wanted to distance the show from the TV sitcom style. Besides she's so rebellious it wouldn't surprise me if she figures out a way out of it. I'm also curious to know if Sabrina had a brother/sister...I mean, who's the baby with the hooves?!
I thought the finale was great. Somethings tied up and a few left hanging. A lot of spell use and some nice character playoff. I do hope they can write Sabrina out of that group and back on the good side of things quickly.
Nick and the Weird sisters 'news travels fast' and 'we heard what happened' about the 'failed resurrection' was very weird considering they were literally stood outside Harvey's house when the gunshot happened and Sabrina walked passed them...
I though this show was going to be a little different, more dark.I think they spend a lot of time focusing on Harvey and Sabrina's relationship. That was annoying.Hilda, Salem and Ambrose were my favorite characters.I don't know if I will watch a second season, they should change a few details so the show became more interesting.
boring till the end. what a waste of time. again.
I wasn't as impressed by Sabrina as I was hoping to be. A lot of my friends told me the first season was amazing, and that I would enjoy the many crazy things happening all over. However, by the fifth episode I was growing so tired of all the characters that I almost gave up hope that it would get any better. Sabrina is not likable at all, she does some questionable things, and even with everyone against her in the ninth episode, this changes nothing. Harvey is dull, the aunties are crazy comical, and while I was bitter at Salem not being able to talk, the end scene with Wardwell and her bird convinced me that not having a talking cat was for the better. I am glad people enjoyed this series, and I get why they did, but to me it runs into the same flaws as the Charmed revival does, too little time spend on the characters and their reactions to situations, no growth at all, not even one of these characters gets close to being a 3 dimensional character (except for maybe Hilda). Characters make decisions that make no sense with their personalities - I am looking at you Sabrina - and go from thinking one thing to the direct opposite without a span of two scenes - looking at Harvey at this moment.
This was my rant. Thank you for listening in.
A decent recovery overall from a couple of weak episodes, but a problem that's been there since the beginning continues to be obvious: namely, that Shipka simply doesn't have the acting chops or the stage presence that the show needs in its title character. She's okay in the nice girl next door sort of unchallenging way, but I just don't see her as capable of being the dominant and tough leader that the show seems to plan to make her in season two. Time will tell, I guess.
if you can make it past the blatant feminist agenda that infests the first half of the season, this show actually becomes quite watchable. I give the last few episodes that weren't entirely spent male bashing a 10/10
Yeah... Loved the show, hated the closing of the season. It was like all that has been done was just poured down the drain. There's a tiny bit of hope for the special episode, but I don't think that they'll undo all the ending. Sincerely, i'm nothing but frustrated.
Kierna can't act for shit
Everything the 9 other hour-long episodes of Sabrina couldn't do, this one did. Hopeful for season 2.
Season finale was awesome. This was such a good first season and can't wait to what comes next. Fantastic adaptation.