Sabrina is a half mortal/half witch who is approaching her sixteenth birthday, the day she will have to choose if she is willing to let go of her mortal side and become a full witch. She, of course, struggles with this decision as she feels that she is giving up some part of her, or disappointing her mother if she gives up her mortal half. Living with her aunts Hilda and Zelda, and her home bound cousin, Ambrose, they aren't much help for Sabrina, as none of them have ever been mortal. Her boyfriend, Harvey, doesn't know what is going on, nor do her friends, Rosalind or Susie. In the end, Satan gets what he wants, and Sabrina, while trying to help, sets a path of destruction that she can't fix.
Like Riverdale this is a darker version of the Archie universe. But, unlike the plot in Riverdale, there were issues with the plot and the story in Sabrina. I admit, I did binge this in one day, but partly because I was stuck home due to my car breaking down. I was actually supposed to go and see the new Halloween movie yesterday (Sunday, 10/28), but instead my car decided to be a little brat and I was stuck home, with nothing to do because I was also dealing another day of a seven day migraine (which I do still have today). I really only liked two characters in the show, Hilda, who was hilarious and honest, and Salem, who didn't get enough screen time.
The issue I had with this show, it isn't that it was a darker version of the original story or the show. The issue wasn't that most of the characters were unlikable. The issue wasn't even that it seemed to veer too much from the original work. The issue was the stupidity of the characters, especially when things seemed so obvious, and they had the ideas right there in front of their stupid faces. One example, and the one that I found the most annoying, is when Sabrina travels to limbo to looks for someone's soul. While there she sees her dead mother (as we know this is why she is living with her aunts, because her parents are dead), who asks Sabrina why she is there, an that she hadn't seen her since she was a baby. This scene is never expanded upon, and I was frustrated as to why it was even there if no one was going to talk about it. The problem are that there are several scenes like this, when someone says or does something and it is never finished. Another was when Susie is looking through the books on the shelf of a coffee shop/bookstore. Hilda approaches her and she runs away, leaving behind the book she was trying to steal, but it wasn't ever explained why she was trying to steal the book she had, as it is not a common book for teenagers to read.
Now, while I felt there were several plot holes, I did enjoy some things. I enjoyed the darker tone of the story, and I liked how, unlike the previous television show, Salem was always a cat. They never tried, or at least they didn't seem to, to use cheap animitronics or CGI. I enjoyed that Sabrina wasn't perfect, and she was trying to do good, and questioning why she should give herself to the Dark Lord. It was interesting to me how she continually questioned things that the other witches seemed to accept as fact. To be honest, accepting things we are told as fact seems to be a thread that runs through religion. As someone who grew up in a Christian household, and went to a Christian school until the age of fourteen, I too grew up not questioning what I was told.
In all honesty, I should have asked more questions of my faith. For example, why is there no mention in the bible I read of Lilith, or how demons came to be? Why are we told that hell is an excruciating place and that those who worship Satan are evil (I've met some Satanists, they aren't evil)? There are so many questions I would have liked to ask before leaving the church. I do believe in a higher power, I believe a lot of what I was taught, but animals do have souls, and maybe we are living in hell right now because humans are evil (or is that their nature). I would have liked to have someone like Sabrina helping me question why we do the things we do, and why other Christian faiths have some of the same ideas but some different.
But enough about my own religious issues, and my own questions. I liked Sabrina's willingness to learn and question, and I think more people should question while they are learning things.
So, yes, I think you should watch The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. It isn't perfect, and there are times when I became both frustrated and annoyed, but it was a fun thing to watch, especially as a fan of the older television show and the Archie universe.