Monday, 19 November 2018

Picking Nits With The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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On November 12, 2018 the comic book world lost its, arguably, greatest creator, Stan Lee, at the age of 95.   If you're reading this blog, it's a pretty safe bet that you know who Lee was and you're familiar with his work.  Yet for those of you who live under a rock, Stan Lee was a prolific writer and creator at Marvel Comics.

In 1939,  Lee, age 19, was hired by Timely Comics, which would eventually become Marvel Comics.  After two decades of working on romance comics and western comics, he was given a crack at the superhero genre.  The rest, as they say, is history.

Stan Lee went on to create some of comic books', and pop culture's, greatest icons including; Spiderman, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Ant-Man, the original X-Men, and hundreds of others.

He will be missed by true believers everywhere.

Picking Nits With The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina:

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October 26, 2018 Netflix dropped the first 10 episode season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Because one of her parents was a witch and one was a mortal, Sabrina belongs to both worlds the same way Aquaman,  Namor, and Starlord do.  Walking the line between the two realms allows her to use her magical  super powers to help her mortal friends.

I knew going in that this show would be a darker version of the character Sabrina The Teenage Witch the same way that The CW's Riverdale in her darker version of Archie and Jughead.  I was prepared for an action oriented drama about good verses evil.  What I was not prepared for was the focus on devil worship.

While I am a Christian, I am not what you would you call a "bible thumper".  I can enjoy a Spawn or Hellboy comic book same as the next guy.  I can enjoy magic based shows such as Midnight Texas and Charmed as well.  However, those show don't feature heroic characters spouting, "Hail Satan," and referring to Christ as, "the false God," in almost every episode, in a bizarre attempt to hit viewers over the head with the satanic angle.

I could almost write it off as part of a fictional world if they had not gone out of their way to use the term Wicca.  By using the term, the show associates their characters with a real religion.  After college  I dabbled with the Wiccan religion for two years, and it has nothing to do with devil worship.  Real life witchcraft is about harnessing the power of mother earth and using it in a positive way.  To equate Wicca with devil worship reinforces the negative misconceptions which already exist in the world.

If your not like me, and a focus on devil worship does not bother you, you will enjoy 10 episodes of a magic based super hero show along the lines of Charmed and Legacies.  As for me, it makes me feel just uncomfortable enough to make me avoid season 2 unless they do a crossover with Riverdale. 

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