TV Review: Riverdale: Not your typical Archie
Updated: May 28, 2019
Now this year the CW Network added another show to their repertoire of shows and that is the new show Riverdale based on the comic Archie. Like most of their shows they brought in a new set of actors but did manage to bring in a couple of veterans for the supporting roles in form of Luke Perry (90210) and Madchen Amick (Twin Peaks)
This show is not your typical cheery happy go lucky Archie. The plot of the first season is based around the death of one of the high school quarterback who was engaged to Betty’s sister who was shipped off to a mental institution by her parents. The kids are dealing with the recent shutdown of the local drive-in and a local gang the Southside Serpents whose leader happens to be Jughead’s father. Archie even manages to get into an arc where he wants to concentrate on music and not football due to an affair he has with his music teacher over the summer.
I wasn’t exactly sure what direction the executives and writers were going to take but right from the first episode I would have put it into a Dawson’s Creek and Twin Peaks type mix without the supernatural tones from Twin Peaks. I know I can hear Todd in the background right now repeating my quote that I use to defend my watching of Dawson’s Creek (Joey was hot!) But when they took the dark route with the death of the student off the bat I knew this wouldn’t be the typical Archie and as the show progresses it doesn’t sway from the dark path it starts out on.
The characters are built up in a solid manner from the mainstays like Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead to the other minor characters like the parents of the kids and the other kids at the school that aren’t exactly the major focal point. The CW has been pretty successful with its other shows and building the characters and Riverdale does exactly that as well.
I know it is only around halfway into the first season of the show but they have already renewed it for a second season as of March 7th. I am intrigued to see where they can go with the show. The dark path works for shows like Supernatural and Arrow and even on other networks like Gotham. I think it can continue to work as long as they don’t sacrifice on the character building or put the focus on a subplot that has dragged on for too long (a la Arrow)
If you are looking for something with a short run to supplement your television watching while waiting for some other things to get here like iZombie or Game of Thrones than you may want to give this a quick view th. It’s pretty easily accessible with the CW’s agreement with Netflix. Every new episode is up the very next day on Netflix in case you don’t have access to it on normal cable or download most of your television off the net like yours truly. Season 1 will be 13 episodes and they just released episode 7 and are on a mini-hiatus for a couple weeks until episode 8 released the end of March to give everyone a chance to catch up if you missed it.
From what I have seen as well they are working on a comic book series to go along with the show as well which will be released in April so I may have to give that a quick view as well. But if you are fan of the CW shows or like things with a bit of a darker twist than I give a thumbs up for checking out Riverdale. Maybe you are an old school Archie fan then maybe you should check it out as well to get a fresh spin on the classic you’ve been keeping up on for all these years. It’s not as crazy as some of the comic spinoffs that have been released like Archie vs Predator or Archie vs Sharknado. But it’s a refreshing change from the upbeat and bright Archie that we have all become accustomed to.
4 Beards out of 5