With the re-emergence of the pumpkin spice latte, there's no denying that fall is on the horizon.
By now, you're probably well aware of Netflix's latest addition, the one that's supposed to feed your October Stranger Things void, or as I like to call it, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Though it was originally dubbed a Riverdale spin-off and Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot, the series has taken on such a new identity, it can't even be compared to either anymore.
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Given it's darker nature, we know we shouldn't expect the cheerful and family-friendly tone we've come to love from the original, but that isn't stopping old fans from hoping creator Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa weaves in some elements that made the 1996 version such a cult hit.
Yes, we're obviously referring to Salem.
Here's what we hope to see when the first season premieres on October 26th.
Give Us Strong Female Role Models
Aunt Zelda and Aunt Hilda, previously played by Beth Broderick and Caroline Rhea, were the backbone of the show and Sabrina's moral compass. While they may no longer be the kooky and punny homebody aunts -- they've been replaced by actresses Miranda Otto and Lucy Davis, the older sisters of Sabrina's father Edward who also pledged their soul's to Satan -- we hope that the "girl power" aspect of the relationship remains intact. Every newbie witch needs leading ladies who will have her best interest's at heart, even if they bow down to the devil in their free time.
Harvey Kinkle Needs to Be Woke
There wasn't a 90s girl who didn't ship (before shipping was even a thing) Harvey and Sabrina. But the puppy-faced, mortal loverboy was so clueless when it came to his girlfriend's magical abilities. Netflix's version will have none of that! Ross Lynch, the man that brilliantly brought to life serial killer Jeffery Dahmer in "My Friend Dahmer, has been cast as Sabrina's love interest. In addition to his darker 'do, Harvey also has a dark side that will assist Sabrina in combating the evil forces that threaten the mortal realm. Talk about #couplegoals.
Some Dark Comedic Relief
Part of what made the original so enjoyable is that it never really took itself too seriously. Storylines didn't make sense, characters came then dissapeared, and boys turned into frogs. And we loved every minute of it. The Netflix version will be rooted in horror, but I hope they don't do away puns, dark humor and a Cheryl Blossom level of sarcasm. I always respect a show that's equal parts spooky and humorous.
Some may be surprised to find out that Sabrina will exist in the same universe as Archie. Geographically speaking, Sabrina lives in Greendale, the town adjacent to Riverdale, separated only by Sweetwater River. After Netflix poached Sabrina from The CW, Aguierre-Sacasa said there are no crossover plans at this time, but neighboring towns have to hang out, right? I mean, Greendale is where Archie's ex-teacher-turned-lover Ms. Grundy lived when she was killed by the Black Hood. Maybe she was related to Sabrina? There are so many familiar Riverdale faces in the Sabrina comics, this has to be on the table for the future.
Much like 90s shows, Riverdale has an edge that most teen shows lack these days; it doesn't shy away from controversial topics, edgy characters, and murders. With Sabrina being on Netflix and playing with themes of horror and the occult, it has to up the ante. There are also comparisons to it being a new-age Buffy the Vampire Slayer since Sabrina is described as, "an empowered young woman, beginning her dark education as a sorceress, as she tries to maintain a normal life as a sophomore." If Sabrina is even half as badass as heroine Buffy Summers, we're already smitten.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch had a predominately white cast, but we're glad this new version will be more inclusive of various races and genders. Jaz Sinclair will play Sabrina's best friend Rosalind, British actor Chance Pedromo is her pansexual live-in cousin Ambrose, Alvina August is Lady Blackwood, and The 100’s Tati Gabrielle is Prudence, the leader of Sabrina's rivals,"The Weird Sisters."