'Riverdale': The Twist We Didn’t See Coming
The CW is well known for their drama genre shows like “Supernatural,” “The Vampire Diaries” and the hit show, “Gossip Girl.” “Riverdale” is the new addition to the network which was highly anticipated since it’s mention in early 2016. The show is based on the beloved Archie comics but with a twist of its own.
“Riverdale” begins with Cheryl and Jason Blossom taking a boat ride out to the lake on the Fourth of July weekend. The scene immediately turns into Cheryl being found by a stranger which quickly reveals that Jason has disappeared in that time frame. The show is focused on the aftermath of it three months later, where Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper decide to catch up after being separated for the summer break.
During the “date,” new girl Veronica Lodge enters the diner and immediately makes eye contact with Archie. A connection is immediately noticed and the infamous love triangle is introduced in this scene.
As a friendship develops between the three of them, Archie struggles with his love for music due to his father wanting him to focus on football. Even the music teacher, Ms. Grundy, refuses to help Archie after their summer affair.
Other characters are introduced later on, including the music trio, Josie and the Pussycats, who also had their own animated series years ago. Other main characters for the season include Jughead Jones, Archie’s former best friend who is narrating the episode and each event from a distance. Jughead is played by Cole Sprouse, who makes a return to the TV screen after his Disney Channel career during his teen years.
“Riverdale” is a mix of old and new. It brings in the original aspects of the comics with the scenery and aesthetic background, but at the same time is modernized for a new generation. Pop culture references are made many times throughout the show.
The tone for the series is set to be darker than expected since a murder was never mentioned in the comics, or an affair with a teacher (who is portrayed much younger than she originally is). These plots add a gritty “twist” to the drama. If it was a live adaptation of the original comics, it would be labeled as a comedy sitcom due to its light-hearted nature.
Promotion for the series was kept secret at first. Producers and even some cast members would release mini teasers and began revealing their characters towards the end of 2016 as the premiere date drew close. The show received high praise on its premiere by many and was even trending on social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram. Dylan Sprouse even hosted a live stream of the show in support of his twin brother.
One of the biggest topics about the show was whether or not Jughead’s sexuality would be mentioned and played out within each episode. The writers revealed that Jughead is asexual. Many in the LGBT community were thrilled, especially when it was revealed that Sprouse will play Jughead. During the time, Sprouse was on social media posting up pictures from a photoshoot wearing makeup and pastel colors, bringing down the concept that men can’t be feminine.
Expectations for the show are high and the first episode definitely left many sitting on the edge of their seats and in anticipation for the next. “Riverdale” is on the list to be 2017’s next hit show and is set to leave an impact on the TV world.