Riverdale – Review

Genre Teen
Created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Starring KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Skeet Ulrich, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Mädchen Amick, Luke Perry, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott 
No. of Seasons 2
No. of Episodes 35
Released on January 26, 2017 – present
Duration 42–46 minutes
Channel The CW

A lot of the current generation and the generations before us, have grown up reading the Archie comics. There is an attachment formed between these characters, their personalities, and lives. Riverdale turns a light-hearted comic book to a dark suspense-thriller and to some extent it is a success certainly. The story revolves around the four main characters – Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Jughead jones and Veronica Lodge and how they investigate a murder committed in their town.

Riverdale began as a well-crafted, stylized teen suspense show which bought it a lot of fans and appreciation for its ability to do justice to the characters adapted. However, by the time season 2 began, a lot of people began questioning the credibility of the show. Now don’t get me wrong, Riverdale is a commendable attempt at completely altering the look of the archie comics and creating likable characters, but as the story progresses, it begins to slowly lose its appeal.

I started watching Riverdale assuming I am going to dislike it due to the fact that I was so attached to the original comic series. However, I was wrong. I began to enjoy the show and was hooked to it until season 1 ended. In season one,  Cheryl Blossom’s brother Jason is found dead and it was considered a murder case. But, the culprit is roaming free and the search for him/her is on. Archie and friends are leading their normals lives which somehow get entangled with the murder of Jason Blossom. Hence, they begin figuring out who the real murderer could be. There is a strong supporting cast with the likes of Madchen Amick, Luke Perry, Skeet Ulrich – as the parents of the lead cast. The story is well-knit as the setups have equivalent pay-offs.

However, by the time I got to the middle of season 2, it began to lose its appeal. First, because the second season had a lot more episodes than its predecessor, resulting in the story’s plot being weak, characters being unmotivated and haphazard with a lot of unnecessary music and dramatism. The show began to grow unrealistic and most of the plotline was painfully stretched in order to maintain the number of episodes. The worst part about season 2 was the fact that the characters transformed so much without any slow growth or progress that it felt very abrupt, confusing and made it hard to watch. Betty goes dark so fast and does extremely odd things that do not resonate with her character. Veronica and Betty talk to their moms about weird things that no teenage high school girl would ever do in their real lives. Archie begins to appease Mr. Lodge, risking all he has with his own father – which is inserted simply because they have to pull the story. Jughead talks about loathing the serpents but suddenly he becomes a loyal, and obsessed serpent and enjoys hurting people. Cheryl is the most messed up character out of them all. She spills blood on herself to scare her mother, suddenly becomes red riding hood when we didn’t even know she could fight and falls off the second floor window without even a scratch.

How did the characters become like this? I don’t know because it is never shown! Each episode appears to have no relation to the one before it, the storyline is messy and characters end up looking funny because they are doing random things. The makers of Riverdale have tried hard to copy David Lynch’s classic ‘Twin Peaks’ with their bold lighting and color choices – distinct ones for each character. However, it has not worked very well.

Overall, watch the show on Netflix or CW, if it falls under your taste.

Video credit – The CW | YouTube

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