Nerd Culture: Why “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” Is Killing The Reboot Genre

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By Nikki

I’m a 90s kid, so as the majority of us are, I am quite nostalgic. I crave those cheesy 90s TV shows I grew up with more than anything. And since we are in the middle of a huge revival/reboot era, I have grown torn as many of my favorite television shows have been taking part of this craze.

Although some have left me upset and broken hearted by the changes they have made with their modernized versions of television shows and films I have grown up loving, I have found it quite hard for me to appreciate these new twists to my favorites.

Except for one in particular; enter The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

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I was a big fan of the original growing up. I grew up with Melissa Joan Hart in many ways; watching her balance high school, and being a half-witch/half-mortal and seeing her go through similar obstacles as I went through.

I adore that version so much. I loved the witty Sabrina Spellman, her romance with Harvey Kinkle, and the more fun, light-hearted, comical route they had Sabrina navigate was what my ten year old self loved.

But, now that I am older, and the reboot crazy hit Sabrina the Teenage Witch as soon as Riverdale exploded; I can’t lie and say I was extremely upset when this was first announced.

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It felt like they were trying to ride the coattail of Riverdale with their success, trying to make it like the comic, but make it a bit sexier. I wasn’t okay with it, and didn’t want them to touch it unless Melissa Joan Hart agreed to it.

Once Netflix released it, I was reluctant to watch it at first. I had a feeling it wasn’t going to meet my expectations at all. But boy, I was I wrong! I binged the first part of season one in one day, and have rewatched it quite a few times since.

The reboot isn’t even much of a reboot. Think of them as two entirely different TV shows. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is much, much darker. They literally reference Satan on more than one occasion, and it’s pretty awesome. And actually, quite similar to what the comics are like.

With an incredibly diverse cast, beautiful sets, and well-rounded acting, CAoS makes everything about a reboot so enjoyable. And now, with season two coming a month away, I have a feeling based off of the trailer we received today that it will ten times even more dark than the first season.

It appears as if season two will be promising us more twists and turns; as well as love triangles, references to the Riverdale universe. And yes, more Ambrose!

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Let’s not forget, the just as cute and soft (if not more) Harvey Kinkle, I honestly don’t know why I was so against this show when it first came out. Season two looks like it’s going to be just as great as the first was, definitely keeping the crown as my personal favorite reboot/revival.

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