Riverdale Review 9.5/10

Riverdale Review 9.5/10

The CW’s new show Riverdale is one of the most popular shows of 2017.  The first season aired on January 26 and has been renewed for a second season a

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The CW’s new show Riverdale is one of the most popular shows of 2017.  The first season aired on January 26 and has been renewed for a second season airing on October 11.  The CW is known for popular shows such as The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and several other shows for young adults.  This show brings a different element on the network, murder mystery.  Mysteries are a personal favorite of mine and while watching the previous shows, I was always on the edge of my seat and felt every happy, heart-breaking, and terrifying moment in the thirteen episodes.  It was a mix of one of my favorite childhood shows Scooby Doo and another thriller show Twin Peaks.  One of the characters Betty Cooper is even nicknamed after another kid detective, Nancy Drew.

The cast consists of many talented actors and actresses such as KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch. and Casey Cott.  One familiar face is The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck star Cole Sprouse who shows us that he can do other genres outside of comedy.  He truly surprised me with his character Jughead Jones, the weird kid from the other side of the tracks.  He has definitely improved from a Disney child star and could be on the road to other serious projects.  Madelaine Petsch also gave a very chilling performance and had great character development from being the mean girl to one of the most loving characters on the show.

The plot of the first season is focused on the murder of teenager Jason Blossom.  The main four group of teenagers Archie Andrews [KJ Apa], Jughead Jones [Cole Sprouse], Betty Cooper [Lili Reinhart], and Veronica Lodge [Camila Mendes] investigate the case while also discovering secrets in the town of Riverdale and their own families.  There are also subplots in the season such as Archie struggling to find an identity, something a lot of teenagers face in high school.  He struggles with being in football and wanting to pursue his dream as a singer (which is another personal favorite element of the show).   

Although the show has good writing and very talented actors, there are some moments that are a bit bland and cringeworthy.  There is some cliche high school conversations and the typical high school personalities such as the jock, girl next door, rich girl, popular captain of the cheerleaders.  Some scenes had me thinking, “Teenagers don’t talk like this” and “How did they get away with doing this?”  The characters would sometimes do something very frustrating or an action that would throw off their development.  The stories is always be a bit darker than the show’s basis Archie Comics started in 1939.  

While the dark plotlines in the show are a bit disturbing, it adds the thrill and wonder into investigating the Jason Blossom murder and other dark secrets in Riverdale.  Betty is very passionate about finding out more about the Jason Blossom murder after learning more about her family, more importantly her older sister, possibly being involved.  Jughead deals with living on his own and working on the relationship with his estranged father.  Cheryl (who is the twin sister of the late Jason Blossom) starts showing her true nature as the season progresses dealing with the death of her brother and the treatment her parents give her.  

This show is very special.  Besides some cliche lines or actions, it is a story about friendship.  The chemistry and dynamics between the characters is astounding and the fact that the actors in real life is close makes it even more loving.  The way you see these group of friends do whatever they can to keep each other safe and happy is what makes the show what it is: a way of knowing that by surrounding yourself with the people you love, you are never alone.

References:

“Riverdale (TV Series 2017– ).” IMDb, IMDb.com, www.imdb.com/title/tt5420376/?ref_=nv_sr_1

“Riverdale on the CW.” Archie Comics, archiecomics.com, http://archiecomics.com/characters/riverdale-on-the-cw/

 

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