If you’re feeling nostalgic about your high school days, or wish you lived in a small town, (don’t know if either of those are ever possible), but here’s why you should be watching Riverdale.
The Town of Riverdale
Let’s start off with the foundation for the entire show – Riverdale. Yes, Riverdale, the quintessential suburban town that exudes everything Americana, and the same town from the Archie comics. Executive Produced by Greg Berlanti, who is literally the producer of all the other comic book shows, and airing on CW that airs literally all the other comic book shows, we can agree Riverdale is in somewhat good hands. But, not every quiet suburban town is as pretty and cute as Stars Hollow. And the fact that every single character in the first episode threw the ‘In Cold Blood’ reference, we were forced to believe something really shady going on in this town. And it all starts with a white teen getting murdered on July 4th.
The B & The V
I think it was Cheryl Blossom who coined the name, Betty and Veronica, aka B and V aka the new Blair and Serena. So I never read the entire Archie comic series, but from what I know these two chicitas were fighting over the same man, and for the most part hated each other. Well, this version of Riverdale is all about Beyonce and feminism – really just feminism. Sorry I still have Grammy brain. B and V are truly best friends, they’re all about girl power and we’re down for this. Now, we probably know that somewhere along the seasons they’re going to fight over Archie, I mean it’s bound to happen – who doesn’t want a little ging in their life. But for now, getting to see them create a really true sister bond, it’s something that doesn’t get much focus on TV these days. Also, I’m banking on Betty being bipolar and cray cray, so can’t wait to see how that plays out.
New Zealand produced this generation’s real life Archie Andrews played by KJ Apa. He is so perfect for the role, it’s not just his mediocre acting chops (he has potential relax), he also looks exactly like Archie. With that ginger hair and that smokin’ bod, what’s not to like about the Arch man? With a huge secret (spoiler: he slept with his music teacher) we know he can handle an independent woman, and still charm the hell out of all the girls in his high school. My Archie forecast, I’m kind of over the teacher student affair story, so I’m hoping Archie falls for the Pussycat dolls singer who is obviously annoyed by his straight white maleness. Potential romance? I’m down.
They really went full throttle social outcast for the role of Jugghead. And I don’t mind it, I still think he’s cute in a really weird psycho killer way, but also his character is supposed to be like the wisest person in town. He always has this outsider’s perspective, and with his voice as the show’s narration you know he has Morgan Freeman wisdom potential. It seems like if there’s a secret floating around Riverdale, Jugghead’s probably going to know about it first (spoiler: Archie’s teacher affair) Also, Betty enlists Juggy to be a writer for the school newspaper, so it’s just all very cute, very high school-y.
Cheryl Blossom, aka Regina George, aka the twin sister of the white teen that got shot on July 4th, aka gossip girl. She’s not only gossip girl because she spreads all the gossip around Riverdale, but also doesn’t she sound like Kristin Bell from Gossip Girl? Kristin Bell was the voice of gossip girl – well she was the literal voice of gossip girl, not the figurative one played by Dan. (LOL, remember that? It’s still creepy to me after all these years) Anyways, Cheryl has a way of saying her lines in that weirdly intriguing fast talking way of explaining a back story, or when she’s convincing the audience as to why she showed up at the high school when B and V were in the middle of the B and E. (Betty and Veronica – breaking and entering, see! she’s so good at these tongue twisters) By the end of the third episode she’s not as villain-y, Cheryl joins the girl squad along with B and V, Barb Ethel (why can’t she ever have a non-grandma name?), and some other randos. It’s all about girl power right now and we love it.
I read a funny line today about the parents in the show and how their kids are exact carbon copies of themselves. So like Betty’s mom Alice Cooper is a journalist, and now Betty is working for the school paper. Or Archie’s dad played by Luke Perry is like a hot brooding confused loner/cool dude, and that’s exactly who Archie is. Veronica and her mom. Currently Jugghead has no parents. Cheryl and her parents, who just all have the same hair colour. So yeah, these parents are all up involved in the show, and so far Alice Cooper takes the trophy for most annoying parent. She’s so crazy and it was the best scene when Cheryl’s mom knocked her the f out. But let’s not forget about the big bag of money Veronica’s mom receives from big daddy.
As you can tell, there’s a lot going on in Riverdale. At the end of the day it still is a teen drama on the CW, they have a record of butchering shows down the line. But, from what we’ve seen and heard, (the writing is on point but I’m over the Blue Jasmine references) this show might have potential. It’s also one of the first shows to air simultaneously on Netflix, with episode releases weekly. So it has Netflix on its side, and a really good soundtrack. What else you waiting for? Start watching because it might win album of the year best new TV show.Follow @hollywd_heroine