Feb 25, 2017
Riverdale: Archie's Pals and Gals Face Angst and Dark Secrets
Recently there have been some experiments with adult themes, like a zombie apocalypse in Riverdale, or an adult Archie killed while saving his friend Kevin from an assassination attempt. But the new Riverdale TV series. WTF?
It's Dawson's Creek, Pretty Little Liars, Revenge, Twin Peaks, Peyton Place, and a whole lot more. Sex, sleaze, dark secrets, and a lot of angst.
Archie (KJ Apa, above) is juggling the affections of Betty and Veronica (Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes), as usual, but he's also having a clandestine affair with his teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel), who is not what she seems.
Meanwhile, Veronica's father is being indicted for embezzlement, and her mother is having an affair.
Jughead (Cole Sprouse) is estranged from his father, the leader of the Southside Serpents, a notorious motorcycle gang. He's writing a turgid novel with lines like: "Innocent/guilty, good/ evil, life/ death."
And what about Archie's Mom, who returns after a long absence and has a mysterious meeting with her old friends, Veronica's mom and Mayor McCoy (Robin Givens), whose daughter is the lead singer of the pop group Josie and the Pussycats, who Archie...well, never mind.
And I haven't even gotten to Reggie (Ross Butler) and Dilton (Major Curda).
But the big mystery is the murder of Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines left), brother of It-Girl Cheryl Blossom.
Kevin and Moose discovered the body.
Archie, Ms. Grundy, and Dilton heard a gunshot.
Everyone seems to have a dark secret about what happened that night. Everyone is a suspect.
At least there's a lot of diversity. Black, Hispanic, and Asian characters. Gay and bisexual characters. Jughead might even come out as asexual, as he does in the current comic version.
But how does any of this relate to the Archie comics that we grew up with?
Where's bucolic, small-town Riverdale?
Where's the fun?