Riverdale’s Chapter 1: The River’s Edge

In regards of mid-season new TV shows, I was interested to watch Riverdale, the CW’s take on the Archie Comics cartoon after seeing the promo:

Sneak Peeks:

The sneak peeks I watched showcases how the creators and producers of the show have decided to take the 1930’s comic and puts a 21st century twist.  In a day and age where we’re seeing shows, like Stranger Things, set in the 1970’s or different time periods, it’s nice to see a modern-day take on a classic.

Although I’ve never read the comics, I remember watching a few episodes of The Archie Show.  This live action rendering seems to take the wholesome small town orientated show and showcase what it might be like living in a small town.  this is personally interesting to me, just because I grew up in a northern Minnesotan town.

This sneak peek is probably the most appealing to me because I think it’s a struggle a handful of children struggle with: pursuing what we want compared to what out parents want us to do.

Episode Review:

It’s clear that there will be a love triangle between Archie and Betty and Veronica.  It’s also clear that Archie is divided with the expectations of peers and his father.  Betty is feeling the pressure of the expectations of being a great student and Veronica is proving to being a great new friend, despite the fact the Veronica seems to spark a certain interest in Archie.


A promo poster for The CW’s new show Riverdale.

Archie is clearly torn between a sophomore guy, an only son, and trying to figure out what his love interests. Betty comes off as a pushover at times, but already seems like she’s to be finding her footing.  Veronica is trying to find her footing after her father went to jail, causing her and her mother to move to Riverdale.    When the episode started, Jughead came off as the narrator for the episode, since we find out that he’s writing a novel inspired by the events that happened over the summer.

One thing that is a bit of a disappointment is the cliché of Archie hooking up with a teacher over the summer.  The main reason why this is a bit of a disappointment is the that we’ve seen this specific story line in Dawson’s Creek and Gossip Girl.  The whole male student being ‘seduced’ by a female teacher seems to be over done.  Regardless, it should be an interesting story line due to the fact that Archie and the his fling with the high school teacher is being kept a secret not just because of their  age difference, but because they both heard a gun shot on the  day that a Riverdale resident died.

What’s to Come…I think

With the series starting out with the show’s namesake as a high school sophomore, I think it’s safe to say that the producers are expecting the show to last a couple of years.  There is clearly some great potential of drama that can happen down the road: romantic drama, lost friendships, parental drama, life after high school, and so on.

Granted, there’s also the drama of the a Riverdale resident having possibly being murder.


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