Whether you were a fan of Archie comics or not, Riverdale is a new hit series released on Netflix guaranteed to please. While the fan base for the show could be clearly geared towards the younger viewers, the show creates a dark twist to the lives of these wholesome comic book characters and feeds on the addiction of mystery, lies and secrets that we all so eagerly crave from a show.
Riverdale is the setting for our wholesome town with our wholesome characters and as with all things wholesome comes secrets and lies. The town is turned upside down when Jason Blossom, the son one of the towns most prominent families, is found murdered. His death has sent shockwaves throughout the small town, but the most shocking is the fact that almost everyone in town could potentially be the killer.
One of the main characters, Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) has set fire to the ginger community by creating a new sexy face to what people imagine when they think of a ginger. (I’ll just point out that KJ’s natural hair color is not actually red and his appearance is a severe contrast to an actual ginger such as Trevor Stines who plays Jason Blossom.) Regardless of your tastes both male and females cannot deny that KJ makes one very sexy ginger and if you aren’t entirely convinced, he even has an accent from his native New Zealand which you can check out in some of his Instagram posts: kjapa (you’re welcome). Our underdog and surprising entry is Cole Sprouse who plays Jughead Jones. You may remember Sprouse better from such things as Big Daddy, Friends (Monica Bang) and the Suite Life of Zac and Cody. As handsome as our Archie may be, Jughead adds some much needed depth to the story and the characters. I wasn’t entirely convinced by his one liner angsty comments in the beginning, but I’ve come to like him as our dark narrator. His darkness is balanced by that of the sweet Elizabeth “Betty” Cooper and a dash of spice with Veronica Lodge. While there are things that we love above each of these main characters I can’t help but have a soft spot for Cheryl Blossom. She is one half of the Blossom family twins and is a fierce bombshell of a red head whose wealth creates a glamour in both her home decor and her killer outfits.
The show has made its attempts at sending messages through its episodes but I much prefer when it sticks to the secrets and lies. Only three episodes in it had already tried to cram in slut shaming and the race card while also casually inserting the subliminal push for teens that Twitter is the new teendom and Facebook is for seniors. This is also part of that strange thing that shows do when they portray Highschool students as older than they actually are by drinking coffee all the time and drinking alcohol at clubs while still clearly well below the legal age limit. On the topic of young and old…As passing the torch from one teen show to the next, Luke Perry is cast as Archie Andrew’s father Fred Andrews. As young and attractive are the new cast, Luke Perry portrays the obvious effects of drugs and alcohol that an actor can be exposed to looking more like grandpa Andrews rather than dad Andrews.
Riverdale has that addictive mystery thriller quality where every person on the show could be a suspect. This can become tedious at times because you know that the first few sets of people pinned as the killer will be cleared in one way or another making way for our next suspect. The murderer of Jason Blossom is the pinnacle of season one, and while we may know, or not know, who that may be after season one, Riverdale has planted a few seeds to help create some lasting power for the seasons to come. There are many thrilling events and shocking secrets revealed in each episode of the season, but I must admit that there is a pretty obvious element of predictability when it comes to the show. I’ve been able to predict many events and even been able to quote lines before they are spoken much to the chagrin of those around me. Still, I am very much behind Riverdale and can’t wait to see which of my expected plot seeds will Blossom in season two.