Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina finds a smart metaphor in Satanism

Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina justifies its existence in its second episode, which begins with a contentious conversation about religious rituals and cultural norms — a surprisingly sophisticated argument for a TV show about a teenage witch. As heroine Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) approaches her 16th birthday, her aunts Hilda and Zelda and their priest, Father Faustus, try to quell some of her concerns about her upcoming baptism, reassuring her that the pledge of eternal service she’s making to the Lord will be merely symbolic, and will ensure she doesn’t go to Hell when she dies.

The twist? The “Lord” in question is Satan.

Like Riverdale — another wild reimagining of the Archie Comics universe — Sabrina drops the…

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