Riverdale Season One


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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.


Jem and the Holograms (Film)


Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures


Nostalgia!  How the fond memories wash over you, then the remakes are born and the storm crashes over you leaving your a drowned rat of a mess covered in seaweed wondering what the heck just happened.

I decided that aside from my impeccable taste and skill at giving the best opinion to follow, I was also able to give an unbiased opinion.  Without having seen the movie it is an absolute guarantee that anyone who loved the original Jem and the Holograms cartoon, they would hate the film as it would ruin their fond childhood memories.  Although am I familiar with the name and look of the characters, I can honestly say I have never seen an episode of the fabled legendary cartoon.  With that aside I have no fear of nostalgia taking horn and can go into the film completely open minded.

The film took the Youtube, Justin Bieber movie route, introducing us to a group of foster girls living together and a sneaky youtube upload.  Interestingly enough, their foster mother Aunt Bailey, is played by Molly Ringwald, just to add another touch of Nostalgia.  The upload of Jem (Jerrica Benton (Aubrey Peeples)) singing a song she wrote goes viral.  Her identity remains a mystery though as she wore the signature pink wig and put magic on her face.  Producer Erica Raymond (Juliette Lewis) of Starlight productions finds Jerrica and offers her a record deal, but Jerrica bargains that her sister join her or its no deal.  The sisters go to LA and are thrown into the crazy life of fame as Jem becomes a worldwide sensation.  Insert Rio, Erica’s son played by Ryan Guzman, because you know… you can’t have a teen girl movie without eye candy.  While in LA, Jem’s strange robot, Synergy, who was created by her father who has passed, begins working for the first time.  With Synergy’s clues and the help of her friends, Jem finds the rest of the pieces to make Synergy whole, while believe it or not, finding the pieces to make her life whole.  It is all very touching if you just ignore the hardcore cheesy plot line and annoying scenes which make up the majority of the movie, and not in a good way.

Having not been a scream queen fan of Jem and the Holograms, I am not destroyed by this remake of the film.  Having gone in blindly, I have come out the other side relatively unscathed.  The film is a bust no matter which way you want to look at it.  The two major things that could have come out of this film would be new fashion for kids to take from the film starting a new trend and craze.  This I don’t see happening at all.  The second and probably most important thing they needed to do was to create hit songs that everybody falls in love with.  Although there is one song that could pass as catchy, the words are random and can’t understand them so really there is nothing left to keep you clinging to this film.

Sorry all, but Jem and the Holograms is exactly the skip worthy film you all feared and knew deep down inside that it would be.