Four days (Or three if in the UK), Riverdale arrived on everyone’s screen with promises of an edgy teenage drama for everyone to enjoy. My friends thoroughly enjoyed this episode and urged me to watch it. I, being the universal writer I am, decided to delve into the story of the town of Riverdale.
When watching the episode, the narration immediately settled you into the narrative of the series by introducing you to the characters and the town of Riverdale. It was definitely a relief as it helped to tie me into the story without having to work hard to figure everything out. Right from the beginning, the drama hits you without even preparing you, as you witness the drowning of Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines). It took me a while to figure out that the narrator of the story was Cole Sprouse! I remember him being my favourite Disney star from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. He had not changed one bit.
The series introduces you to a range of actors who DEFINITELY look too old to be starting their sophomore year. I don’t understand why is it a compulsion to hire 25 year olds to play 15 year olds? No one looks good when they are teenager and this sets unrealistic beauty standards. Anyways, as I watched on, it was getting boring. The love story was becoming a typical cliche: ‘Perfect girl has harboured her crush on the boy next door’. Things get interesting when a New York girl, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) moves in and forges a love triangle. They do surprise the audience by having Betty and Veronica be best friends. Towards the end I empathised with Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and wished well for her.
The teen drama was typical but the ending does promise better as Jason’s ‘drowned’ body arises only for it to have a bullet shot in the head. The show gave me a range of characters and I was liking the side characters more than the main. I was a big fan of Betty Cooper and Kevin Keller (Casey Cott). I wasn’t a big fan of the main character Archie Andrews (KJ Apa). The show lacked Cody Sprouse who plays Jughead Jones. All the names were so familiar, that it was on the tip of my tongue so after watching the episode, I did some research and discovered that the show is based on the comic book series Archie Comics. I remembered the characters, more prominently from watching The Archie Show and this is where the song ‘Sugar, Honey, Honey’ came from.
The show definitely promises great mystery and I just hope that it improves my opinion of it. I enjoyed it but felt that it was lacking in certain aspects. Other than that it was interesting first episode for a series based on a comic book series.