RIVERDALE Season 1 Episode 1 Review

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Teen drama, Mystery
January 26, 2017

 

A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness, and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade.

Full disclosure: I’m a complete CW trash. I love every show they come up with. Be is The Flash, The 100, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Jane The Virgin, Supernatural, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Veronica Mars, I zombie, etc. You name it. So, when I heard about Riverdale, I was bound to check it out.

Riverdale is a dark, sexy and mysterious adaptation of Archie Comics broadcast in the US by CW and worldwide (just a day later) by Netflix. Ever fantasized about your favorite Archie Comic book characters tangled up in a sexy murder Mystery? No? Yes? No? Either way, you’re going to love CW’s fresh take on the classic comic series.

Since pretty little liars went off the air, Teen Wolf announced it’s final season and The Vampire Diaries pretty much lost all of its charms (IMO), I had been craving a show of their caliber that had the potential of sucking it’s audience in from the get go. Riverdale is that show for me. It has their sexy dangerous mystery vibe and the classic CW cast of new adults playing troubled teenagers so people like myself don’t have to question our morality when we find ourselves drooling over a 17-year-old character’s abs.

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The show explains Archie Andrews’ buff appearance saying that during the summer before sophomore year, he helped his father with some construction work (Thanks, dad) during which time he also developed an interest in music and songwriting. It is going to be an eventful year for Archie as he juggles being in the college football team, finding time to help his father and pursuing music.

While Archie expressed his love for music to Betty Cooper (his childhood best friend who has a secret of her own to tell him.) in a local diner, Veronica Lodge walked inside and immediately held Archie’s attention.

Veronica has just moved to town from New York and is the daughter of a Rich businessman who is facing embezzlement charges. As she looked from Archie to Betty, I found a strange sexual tension between the three and that had me fantasizing about a literal three-way relationship rather than a love triangle.

I know. I’ve read a lot of fanfiction over the years but guess what? So has the show’s writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who is also Archie Comics’ chief creative officer. Thanks for the kiss, sir. Good stuff!

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I would call this show my guilty pleasure but I can’t because it doesn’t quite fit the description.

We do have all the teen drama clichés. Hot 20 something playing teenagers? Check. Hot adults, who are young enough to pass for their siblings? Check. High school jock who is more than just a high school jock (Insert feelings, passion, and pressure)? Check. Love triangle? Duh! Sexual tension between everybody? Check. Queen bitch who also happens to be the head of the cheerleading squad? Check. Gay best friend? Check.

Why can’t I call it a ‘guilty pleasure’, then?

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While K. J. Apa is unbelievably hot at 19, his character Archie is plain when compared to the rest of the cast. Camila Mendes’ Veronica is looking for a fresh start in a new town and has decided to leave her bitchy ways behind while Lili Reinhart’s Betty is simple and shy but is also determined and kind.

Which is where they deviate from the source material and both personalities move kind of towards a middle while also maintaining their signature qualities.

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I think we can all agree that Jughead has been the best character out of the Archie comic books. He was my favorite character growing up and I don’t know about you but Zack & Cody were my favorite TV twins. Since the brothers have grown up into hot men, I’ve been stalking their Instagrams, hoping to hear about their latest projects and Cole finally came through and boy is he hot with dark hair.

Although, we did not get a lot of Jughead so I can’t quite tell if he fits the description but, I think that is not going to be an issue since he is the narrator of the story. We’re bound to see more of him.

The Blossom twins were brilliantly creepy and beautiful in the opening scenes and Josie and the Pussycats were perfect in their role while Miss Geraldine Grundy is… young (is the case with a regular teen drama) and so is Luke Perry as Frederick Andrews (Archie’s dad). But hey! I’m not complaining!

The pilot episode is well put together and knows exactly what it wants to be which is the reason why it defies all odds and… just works. It’s not a ‘guilty pleasure’ because despite everything, it’s actually good and the intended audience is absolutely going to love it.

Of course, this dude’s abs give you six more reasons to watch this show as well:

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  • Anshul Shokeen

    😍😍 this looks amazing. Will watch it surely.!!!!!!!!!!

  • Looks interesting