'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' season 2 may undo the blunders of season 1 including giving Salem a voice
Satan is by our side this season, as Sabrina may be friends with the Weird Sisters and Salem may get his own episode.
Sabrina Spellman needs no introduction. The comic character brought to life in 1962 by George Gladir was first portrayed on live-action TV in the 1996 film 'Sabrina the Teenage Witch,' starring Melissa Joan Hart. The success of the movie turned the flick into a television series and ran for seven seasons until 2003. Gaining wide fanbase Sabrina Spellman grew to be one of the favorite Archie Comics characters and fast-forward to today, Sabrina Spellman has been revamped by Kiernan Shipka, with Netflix's 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.'
Hart's Sabrina was a playful fun character, while Shipka's is that of a dark character with a lot of dark magic instead of being light, foolish and comedic. In a recent interview, Hart revealed that she is not really a fan of the reboot. "I don’t think it really appeals to me," the 42-year-old actress confessed citing that she is "too old" for the show and her children are "too young." However, she admitted that she is happy that the character is being watched by a new generation of teenagers.
'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,' was one of the most highly anticipated Netflix series last year and when it aired on Halloween, the opinion was divided among the young generation and those who couldn't help, but compare it to Hart's Sabrina. Of course, it was different. In fact, very different. But some differences stood out as major blunders for example, Sabrina's cat- Salem.
Salem is not only integral to the show but is also synonymous to the teenage witch who is battling her half-witch, half-mortal nature. In the original Sarina series, Salem was a talking cat. In the new series, Salem is a forest goblin who takes a form of the cat as Sabrina's guide. The cat is as ordinary and does not feel like Salem. However, with season 2 premiering on April 5, fans have high hopes that a lot of slips of season 1 will be amended, including Salem's voice.
Of course, Salem will not be a talking cat overnight, but it is rumored that Salem will get one complete episode where his backstory will be explored.
Another major gaffe of the show has been the representation of female friendships. It is quite clear that 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,' transgressed beyond a comic caricature and turned into an icon. The show itself wanted to make a lot of statements by addressing patriarchy, sexuality and a lot of other social issues. While it was successful to an extent, the representation of female friendship dwindled when mean girls aka the Weird Sisters were portrayed as Sabrina's main antagonist. Pulling the usual TV stunt, the mean girls' role shattered no stereotype, but there's hope that in season 2 the Weird Sisters and Sabrina will have a better relationship. Season 1 concluded with Sabrina walking with the sisters so it's possible they become friends in the new season. Who says powerful girls can't be best friends?
When it comes to sexuality, the show did a fair job of casting a non-binary actor Lachlan Watson, to play the role of Susie Putnam, Sabrina's queer mortal friend. However, Susie is constantly picked at by queer-phobic lot at Baxter High and hasn't really fought back. The one with Sabrina and Weird Sisters fighting on her behalf does not count. We hope to see Susie standup on her own and empower others who relate to her character.
As for other things in the series, we look forward to surprises as the countdown to the witching hour has begun!