Riverdale–A new show on the CW, shoves Archie Andrews and the rest of the gang into the 21 century and golly… its good!
Like a lot of girls, I read the Archie comics. I particularly liked the Betty and Veronica issues and was always super excited when a double digest came out. Looking back, there was a lot in the subtext that perhaps wasn’t as squeaky clean as I thought as a kid but nothing came close to this new Riverdale.
Only 2 episodes in and I am hooked. Never have the residents of Riverdale been so sexy or so dark. Think Twin Peaks meets Gossip Girl and I love it. I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.
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A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. (IMDb)
Hmm, not sure if that description does the show justice. It’s subversive alright but it is very, very dark. The series starts with the murder of the highschool quarterback who happens to look like Archie’s ginger cousin. Speaking of Archie, damn he’s hot! Played by K.J. Apa, he is a dead ringer for Josh Hartnett. Complete with sexy, broody eyes, rippley muscles, abs you can scrub your laundry on… hmmm… what was I saying? Oh yeah. I’m almost positive they have dyed Apa’s hair the classic “Archie” orange and you know… I don’t hate it.
Riverdale is narrated by “Jughead” a la Gossip Girl style. Jughead, played by Cole Sprouse, fashion’s himself as a journalist whose mission is to reveal the true Riverdale and all its secrets. As you can imagine, that doesn’t make him very popular. He’s also a little emo which doesn’t fit the small town vibe. So he is still the town misfit but not in the goofy loveable way we’re used to. Apparently he used to be Archie’s closest friend until Archie became the über popular jock in school. Their relationship is complicated and strained, a great dynamic.
Everyone else has had their role reimagined in different ways and it lends a strong sense of diversity which is wonderful. Two fantastic examples would be Josie and the Pussy Cats who are now made up of three fiercely talented black girls, and Moose, who is now a closeted homosexual having a secret relationship with Betty’s other best friend. Come to think of it, Moose always did seem to be overcompensating. Maybe he has always been gay.
Seeing so much diversity brought to Riverdale makes me incredibly happy. Also, it makes the show a hell of a lot more interesting.
Perfect Blend of the Past and Present
One of the coolest things about Riverdale is how it is filmed. The cinematography, sets and wardrobe designs are an amazing blend of modern and retro elements, playing homage to the comic books.
Veronica’s wardrobe is gorgeous! It’s a mix of Upper East Side and vintage pin-up. Betty wears many sweet, heavy on the pink ensembles that are fresh and fashionable but perfectly “Betty”. When Archie isn’t wearing his classic varsity jacket, he dons simple denim and t-shirt looks that are sexy and timeless.
The entire tone of the show is filmed to look like a comic with vivid colours and a touch of surrealism. Honestly, it’s brilliant. I know I’m only two episodes into the first season but I have a feeling it is going to be wildly successful and I urge you to give it a try. Not only is it on the CW but it can be found on Netflix as well.
It is going to be a long week waiting for the next episode. Thankfully I have Vampire Diaries and Lucifer (which I missed last night. Sorry guys) Let us know what you think of the CW’s latest offering.