After an array of superhero comics turned into TV series, The CW finally returns to its roots with the Netflix Original series, Riverdale. The Archie Series themselves are comics, but for once, they aren’t about a costumed man going around to save the world. Riverdale is a darker take on the normally lighthearted adventures of the crimson-haired Archie Andrews and his gang. Of course, while it’s not as dark as the zombie apocalypse-themed Afterlife with Archie, Riverdale brings a sense of surrealism in the normally sleepy town of the same name, and here are five reasons why.
Warning: This article will contain spoilers from the first episode. Read at your own risk.
Jason Blossom’s Murder
The very premise of the series is Jason’s mysterious death. Originally, he was believed to have drowned while on a boating trip with his twin sister, Cheryl. His body was never recovered and was ruled an accident. By the end of the episode, it’s clear that this wasn’t an accident as his body washes up ashore with a very round bullet hole on his head. And thus, the quiet town of Riverdale is shookt.
Alice Cooper’s Obsession with Perfection
Betty’s Cooper mother, comic-wise, was portrayed as a kind and loving mother. While this is almost true for the show as she shows concern for Betty’s future, Alice also came off…unhinged and in excessive need for control, not to mention her intense hatred of men. Betty even mentioned her mother breaking her older sister with her harsh words.
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises in Riverdale is Jughead’s loner attitude and dissociation with his
best friend former pal Archie Andrews. Archie and Jughead had been inseparable in the comics, never being away from one another most of the time. Riverdale doesn’t give a crap about their history and your bromance ships. After a falling out, Jughead, the funny overeater from the comics, is now a brooding young man who kept a distance from people.
Hot Ms. Grundy
One of the weirder things on this list was Ms. Grundy, or should we say Geraldine’s newfound youth in the TV series. Ms. Grundy was always known as the old teacher in the comics. Now, she’s a seductive music teacher that started a scandalous hookup with Archie over the summer. Of course, this hookup ended up with them hearing the gun shot on July 4th, which could be linked to Jason Bloom’s death.
The Secrets. All the Secrets
This wouldn’t be a CW show if it didn’t revolve around a thousand secrets. Each character had some degree of history that we the viewers just don’t know about. Why did Archie and Jughead stop being friends? Why was Polly institutionalized? Why did Archie’s parents separate? Why was Jason Bloom murdered? Why, why, why? And with each question, people start to look suspicious in every turn. The questions just keeps piling up, and I believe they’ll just keep on increasing as the series progresses.
With all that said, the series is an interesting take on Archie. The darkness that is normally absent from the sunny comics is a neat point of view. Anything can happen. From here, everything is speculation as the show continues to grow and create twists that will keep us on the edge of our seats. Endgame-wis, who knows what will happen?–ERNEST TO GOODNESS