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Riverdale TV Show Season 1 Review

The CW’s Riverdale

Set in the present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, “Riverdale” is a surprising and subversive take on Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart, Surviving Jack), Veronica (Camila Mendes), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody), Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom – and nothing feels the same… Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music – not follow in his dad’s footsteps – despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him – certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats.

It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind – as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves – which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Madchen Amick) aren’t the only thing holding her back.

When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)… Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows…

I saw the word ‘Riverdale‘ with an image of a not bad looking guy while I was browsing the front page of Netflix two weeks ago. I don’t know why but I was intrigued to click on it and to watch it. It was not like me at all to click on something randomly. I was having the common Netflix user problem – browsing the catalogs for hours instead of watching a movie.

After watching a few minutes of the first Riverdale episode where the main characters are introduced, I finally figured out the show is based on the popular comic, Archie! So that got me watching the entire first episode before realizing there’s only one episode available. Turns out Netflix airs the episodes for international viewers a day after the US (shown on The CW). Can’t deny I was disappointed because I don’t normally watch an on-going, incomplete TV shows. I prefer to binge-watch them so I don’t have to wait a week to watch the next episode because I’d lose interest.

How’s the show? I was pleasantly surprised.

Archie comics have always been lighthearted and funny. I vaguely remember watching ‘Archie’s Weird Mysteries‘ cartoon show, though. And boy, this show is definitely NOT lighthearted. There’s no humor. The setting is not bright and cheerful.

Riverdale is DARK. It involves murder, mysteries, terrible dark secrets, teen drama and all that jazz.

And I LOVE dark shows. Since it’s on The CW network, it has the dark vibe from ‘The Vampire Diaries‘ and I’m a huge fan – until season 6 that is because season 7 was unbearable to watch. It was so boring that I haven’t even finished watching the season and not looking forward to it, unlike the previous seasons. People also said it has the same vibe as ‘Pretty Little Liars‘. I’ve just watched the first episode and I agree. It does.

Also, Archie kind of looks like Stefan Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries, no?

And only on the 2nd episode that I realized how cute Jughead was because he had more lines and screentime. But he looks sort of familiar. Then I found out that the character Jughead in Riverdale was played by Cole Sprouse. Geebus cripes, I used to find him and his twin brother Dylan quite annoying in The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Maybe because I outgrew Disney kids show. He’s looking fine in this show 😀 Gives me more reason to continue watching.

Okay, fangirling aside…

The Show

Don’t judge Riverdale by the trailer (oh, believe me, the trailer don’t do it justice). So far, the show has been REALLY GOOD and a lot of reviews I’ve read have been positive as well. You might think this is just another boring high school drama, but it’s not. And unfortunately, if you think Riverdale is going to be lighthearted and funny like the comic version of Archie that a lot of people grew up with, you’ll be disappointed.

I love the retro/vintage setting while still being in a modern setting – like the diner for example. Oh, and Josie & The Pussycats.

Riverdale premiered on The CW January 26th 2017. The show is available on The CW for the US and on Netflix internationally.

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